National Broadband Network (NBN)

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a government initiative to upgrade Australia’s broadband infrastructure by 2020. This upgrade will provide consumers with faster broadband connections. It will also result in a significant change in how landline and internet services are provided to consumers.

Different NBN broadband technologies

The NBN will be built using a variety of broadband network technologies. These include:

  • running fibre all the way to the consumer’s premises (‘fibre to the premises’)
  • running fibre to a nearby box or apartment block or curb and then using the existing copper telephone wire (‘fibre to the node’, ‘fibre to the basement’ and ‘fibre to the curb’)
  • using existing cable networks that can deliver pay TV services (‘HFC cable’)
  • using wireless technology to connect to a specific location, as opposed to mobile wireless (‘fixed wireless’)
  • using satellite services.

NBN Co will choose the technology for each area based on factors such as existing infrastructure, population density and distance to the local telephone exchange. Some technologies will require more extensive work at your property for installation than others.

Availability of NBN services

The NBN will be progressively built over the next few years. NBN Co is responsible for building the NBN. NBN Co does not provide services directly to the public, but acts as a wholesaler to other service providers. NBN Co will contact you when your area is ready for service.

NBN Co will let you know your region’s ‘ready for service’ date by direct mail. Once NBN has announced your area is ready for service, you will generally have 18 months to move your landline phone and internet services to the new NBN network. Some service providers might have shorter timeframes.

See: Moving to the NBN for consumers

Find out when the NBN rolls out in your area

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