The National Broadband Network – NBN

What is the NBN?

Very simply explained, NBN is the new broadband internet technology currently being rolled out by the NBN to homes and businesses across Australia.

Still a broadband connection, The National Broadband Network is a fixed internet connection, but in this case, it’s not copper. The main difference is that the NBN is not restricted as ADSL was. ADSL had a 1Mbps upload technical restriction due to the copper connection. The National broadband network runs through mainly fibre.

What does this mean for you?

The National Broadband Network has the potential to be much faster than ADSL. However, with multiple factors involved, it isn’t as simple as an ‘economical improvement’. Fixed line broadband connection access is considered as FTTP, FTTN, FTTB, FTTC, HFC.

What are the different types of NBN?

NBN Fibre to the premises-

NBN Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is the where the NBN have
opted to run a fibre optic line all the way to your location.

NBN Fibre to the Node

NBN Fibre to the Node (FTTN) is where Fibre is run to an existing node
and the last part uses the existing copper network.

NBN Fibre to the Building

NBN Fibre to the Building (FTTB) is mostly used when connecting an apartment block or similar type of building to the NBN broadband access network. Similar to FTTN but just in an apartment and not an individual location.

NBN Fibre to the Curb

NBN Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) is a mix of Fibre to your street or street nearby, and then the
final distance uses the existing copper line to your location. In reality this uses a shorter length of copper than FTTN.

Nbn Hybrid Fibre Coaxial

NBN Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) is used in circumstances where the existing ‘pay TV’ or
co-axial cable network can be used to reach your premises.

Do you have to switch to the NBN?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. You aren’t forced to stay with the same internet service provider, but, they will eventually be obligated to terminate your connection to make way for the NBN. When the NBN eventually reaches you, your options will be to sign up before the disconnection date or go without internet and home phone.

What sort of speeds should you look for?

The ultimate decision you have to make when signing up for an NBN plan is between NBN 50 and NBN 100. NBN 100 is obviously better by virtue of being faster, but you’ll want to ensure you’re utilizing it speed to justify the higher billing cost. An NBN 50 plan will ensure everyone in your house is able to use or play online activities, whether it’s streaming movies and music, gaming, or video calling with overseas family and friends. NBN 100 is recommended if multiple people are streaming services such as Netflix. If you’re crazy about your gaming, then the extra $20-$30 for premium may be something to consider when choosing your plan.


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For any advice regarding the NBN or issues once you’ve been connected, feel free to contact us at Mobile PC Pro for advice or a free quote.