NBN facts Australia

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The big Telcos would make you believe that you have to use their services with NBN, and that’s not the case at all; they just don’t tell you all the facts.

Just think of NBN (National Broadband Network) as another internet service (just like ADSL), that’s all it is. Instead of having fixed/copper phone lines (PSTN or ISDN), they simply supply a VoIP (voice over internet protocol) service from the modem/router or a internet gateway. We have been doing this for 15+ years, well before they even offered the service.

We’ll show you how to get the finest NBN deals, including phone lines and hardware. We can source you a better deal that NBN, Telstra, Optus, Commander and other big Telcos offer using quality NBN compatible hardware.

Is it worth getting NBN?

In our opinion absolutely! It is generally a faster service providing you better options, and will become quite reliable over time.

What is NBN?

NBN is a Broadband technology that brings you a higher speed Internet, and can include phone line access via VoIP (Voice over IP protocol) replacing the fixed copper line service we have been accustom to for many years.

Due to the higher Internet speeds it can provide you much richer entertainment experiences.

NBN uses the latest advancement in broadband technology being fibre optic. Its name comes from the use of plastic or glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer compared to the standard copper wires which are used in regular broadband connections.

If the fibre optic cables can be run directly to the premises, this can supply very high speed and include other services such as TV signals via the optic cable. However, having fibre optic run and terminated to the premises is generally within new developments areas only. Unfortunately, the cost to run optic fibre directly to existing premises is too excessive therefore alternative delivery methods are used which will mean you can get NBN, but have limitations on speed and services.

NBN Delivery Types

This is where NBN can become a little confusing  for most as there are many delivery types depending where you live or are located (premises). NBN utilise a physical line running to the premises as follows:

  • FTTP – fibre to the premises
  • FTTB – fibre to the building
  • FTTC – fibre to the curb
  • FTTN – fibre to the node
  • HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial
  • Fixed Wireless
  • Sky Muster Satellite

The difference between each type of connection used simply comes down to how the NBN utilise the existing network technology within the area.

What is FTTP – fibre to the premises

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connections are used where a fibre optic line/cable will be run and mounted directly on your premises.

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What speeds can I expect from FTTP

FTTP is considered the best connection due to its superior speed and offers typical download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 40Mbps. Some FTTP connections can achieve up to 1Gbps for downloads and 400Mbps for uploads.

Your FTTP connection speed can vary depending on the speed level you choose. The retailer where you purchase the NBN service from might offer 12Mbps (somewhat ADSL speed), 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 100Mbps speed levels.

What is FTTB – fibre to the building

FTTB is generally used when connecting NBN to apartment blocks or similar types of buildings. A fibre optic line is run to a fibre node in the building’s communications room, and then existing technology is used in the building to connect to each apartment.

FTTB - fibre to the building
FTTB – fibre to the building

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What speeds can I expect from FTTB

FTTB is considered the be a good connection and offers typical download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 40Mbps depending on the provider.

Your FTTB connection speed can vary depending on the speed level you choose. The retailer where you purchase the NBN service from might offer 12Mbps (somewhat ADSL speed), 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 100Mbps speed levels. Some evening speeds could be as low as 7Mbps.

What is FTTC – fibre to the curb

FTTC is a reasonably new technology that will form a part of the NBN rollout and is used in circumstances where the fibre is close to your premises, and is connected to a small DPU (distribution point unit), which is generally located inside a pit on the street near your premises.

From the DPU the existing copper network is connected to the fibre to make the final connection. A connection device will be required inside the premises and will be required to be on mains power.

FTTC - fibre to the curb
FTTC – fibre to the curb

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What speeds can I expect from FTTC

FTTC is considered the best connection due to its superior speed and offers typical download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 40Mbps. Some FTTC connections can achieve up to 1Gbps for downloads and 400Mbps for uploads.

Your FTTC connection speed can vary depending on the speed level you choose. The retailer where you purchase the NBN service from might offer 12Mbps (somewhat ADSL speed), 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 100Mbps speed levels.

What is FTTN – fibre to the node

FTTN connection is utilised where the existing copper phone and internet network is supplied from a nearby fibre node. This is used to make the final part of the NBN connection.

The fibre node is generally in the form of a cabinet in the street. Each cabinet accepts the NBN network signal (over fibre optic) from the exchange, to the cabinet, and  then from the cabinet utilise the existing copper network to your premises.

FTTN - fibre to the node
FTTN – fibre to the node

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What speeds can I expect from FTTN

FTTN is considered the be a good connection and offers typical download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 40Mbps depending on the provider.

Your FTTN connection speed can vary depending on the speed level you choose. The retailer where you purchase the NBN service from might offer 12Mbps (somewhat ADSL speed), 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 100Mbps speed levels. Some evening speeds could be as low as 7Mbps.

What is HFC – hybrid fibre coaxial

HFC is used where the existing  cable network such as ‘Foxtel and Optus Pay TV’ can be used. In this type of installation an HFC line will be run from the nearest available fibre node to your premises.

HFC - hybrid fibre coaxial
HFC – hybrid fibre coaxial

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What speeds can I expect from HFC

HFC is considered the be a good connection and offers typical download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 40Mbps depending on the provider.

Your HFC connection speed can vary depending on the speed level you choose. The retailer where you purchase the NBN service from might offer 12Mbps (somewhat ADSL speed), 25Mbps, 50Mbps, or 100Mbps speed levels. Some evening speeds could be as low as 7Mbps.

What is NBN Fixed Wireless

Fixed Wireless is data transmitted over radio signals to connect a premises and is typically used where the distance between premises can be many kilometres apart. Within a 14 Kilometre range  the data is transmitted from a tower to an outdoor antenna on the premises.

Fixed Wireless NBN
Fixed Wireless NBN

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What is the Sky Muster satellite service

The Sky Muster satellite service delivers broadband to homes and businesses in regional and remote areas within Australia using two state-of-the-art satellites.

Certain remote people across mainland Australia and Tasmania, including  islands such as Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands can also obtain NBN in these regional areas using satellite.

The installation will require a roof satellite dish installed on the premises, and then a modem inside the premises as well.

Satellite NBN
Satellite NBN

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What speeds can I expect from Sky Muster satellite service

Sky Muster satellite service is considered the be a good connection and offers typical download speeds up to 25Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 5Mbps.

Your Sky Muster satellite service connection speed can vary depending on the speed level you choose.

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