The National Broadband Network, or NBN for short is Australia’s newset ultra-high speed internet network available in selected locations around Australia.
The types of services, speeds offered by the NBN differ from location from location, which can make it difficult to choose an NBN Broadband Plan. The following service types (and speeds) are current available on the NBN (as at 17 November 2014):
Fibre to the Home (FTTH)
Fibre to the Home or FTTH for short was the original incarnation of the NBN network, where ultra-high speed fibre connections would be installed into peoples houses and would offer internet speeds of up to 100 Mbps Download.
Speeds offered by the FTTH product are:
- 100 Mbps Download / 40 Mbps Upload (100/40),
- 50 Mbps Download / 20 Mbps Upload (50/20),
- 25 Mbps Download / 5 Mbps Upload (25/5) an.
- 12 Mbps Download / 1 Mbps Upload (12/1).
Over the years there has been much discussion about Fibre to the Home and what part it will play in Australia’s internet landscape. At current, the current Australian Government has opted not to build any new FTTH infrastructure and replace this with Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connections instead. See below for more information on Fibre to the Node or FTTH. Existing FTTH builds and FTTH builds in progress will be completed and offered to customers.
Fibre to the Node (FTTN)
Fibre to the Node or FTTN for short is set to become the replacement and default connection for metropolitan areas. Fibre to the Node delivers an ultra-fast fibre connection to a node which lives in the street. From this node, individual houses are served with copper wire connections, very similar to the way ADSL and ADSL2+ connections are delivered today, however much fast given the copper wire is not travelling all the way to the telephone exchange, which can be up to 5km away in some metropolitan areas.
There is much debate in the telecommunications indsutry whether this is the right path for the Australian Government and NBNCo to be progressing down. FTTN is seen by some as an inferior technology to FTTP as it still uses the aging copper telephone network, which is over 40 years old in some areas and some experts suggest is past its used by date.
Fixed Wireless connections will be used in regional areas where greater coverage is required due to homes and businesses often being further away from each other than seen in a metropolitan area. Fixed Wireless NBN connections will offer a faster connection than a Satellite connection, while a slower connection that a Fixed Line connection, be that a FTTP or FTTN connection.
Fixed Wireless NBN services are expected to deliver speeds of 12 Mbps Download / 1 Mbps Upload (12/1) initially, with the potential for faster services at a later date.
Fixed Wireless NBN connections work very similar to a mobile phone network, with the exception that the receiver is fixed to the side of a house or building. Mobile receivers are not being offered. For a Mobile Broadband service, you would have to select a Mobile Broadband plan.
2-way Satellite internet will be offered to the remaining parts of Australia where FTTP, FTTH or Fixed Wireless connections would be unviable from a cost or coverage perspective.
Like Fixed Wireless connections, Satellite NBN services are expected to deliver speeds of 12 Mbps Download / 1 Mbps Upload (12/1) initially, with the potential for faster services at a later date.
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Each type of NBN service mentioned above is currently in service in parts of Australia. Are you connected to the NBN already? Leave a comment and let us know how you’re finding it!