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This is for members of Stafford Probus


NBN is coming to a house near you (eventually).

Some information that may assist you to know what it is all about and what you will need to do.

Much of the information is from the NBN.Co web site including the sketches. A number of links are in place that you take you to the web site for more detailed advice.

The following is my view of the system and what needs to be done to get the best set up not simply accepting what some technician says will be done. The purpose is to let you know what you can ask for that meets your convenience and positioning of equipment. Don’t just accept the quick and nasty fix tell them you want it installed without running surface conduits and cables or equipment in poor positions.

What is NBN.Co.?

Essentially it is a Government “company” that is replacing the existing copper telecommunication lines with Fibre Optic cable. The purpose is to provide a fast communication system to Australia.

IT provides the cable for data movement i.e. just like a road system; it does not provide and of the internet or phone services directly to consumers.

It will provide High Speed Internet connections and it will take over the wired telephone connections.

The NBN will bring cable to your house, and it will terminate on a wall of your house. You may not get an option where that termination box is located. By default it will be somewhere near where your current telephone line comes to the house.

The NBN.Co web site has a lot of detailed information if you want to look it over this is the link  click this link to go to that site.

It is important to understand that you don’t have any “contract” to NBN.Co it simply provides the communication backbone to the Nation; just as Telstra did.

Also you need to be aware that you will have to connect to the new system there is no option to continue using the current connection. 12 months (currently) after the service is available in your area the existing wiring will be disconnected.

Also of most importance is the fact that the fixed telephone services will not have independent power and will fail to work if there is loss of power to the premises. So you will have no 000 or other emergency contact. You may be able to have a backup battery installed, or you will need an alternate device i.e. mobile phone. You must notify suppliers if you have a medical device that needs connection.

Another important consideration if you reply on your phone is that if the NBN.Co system has also lost power then a backup battery may not work either.

You will not get a choice of the connection type used. NBN will determine the type use in areas throughout the network.

What are the connection types?

  1. Fibre to the premises (FTTP) it is the best and offers the fastest service. The fibre optic cable is run directly to a termination box on the wall of your house.

  2. Fibre to the Node (FTTN) this brings the Fibre Optic Cable to a Node, or a street cabinet near your home. The connection to you home will use the existing copper wire lines to connect the street cabinet fibre to your home. This probably the poorest connection.

  3. Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) appears to be similar to the fibre to the node except her the fibre termination (Distribution Point Unit (DPU) is closer to your house and is in a pit in the street. It again uses the existing copper wire to the house.

  4. Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) this uses an existing cable TV cable (a Coaxial cable) to connect from the fibre optical cable to the house. It is probably the next best to direct fibre to the premises.

  5. Fibre to the Building (FTTB) is used when connecting an apartment block or similar types of buildings to the fibre access network. Many members will probably find this is the connection they will be given.

    Here the fibre optic cable is run to a central point in the complex and then uses existing cabling to connect to your unit

Cable types


 More detail on the specific types of service is on sub menu items.