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What are the different nbn Technologies?

Several different technologies are used to deliver nbn broadband services to homes and businesses across Australia.  nbn make the decision as to which technology will be used to deliver the nbn network to a property and often it will be based on the location and density of the properties in an area.

The technologies used by the nbn to deliver services include:

nbn Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

nbn Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is where nbn run a fibre optic line all the way to your premises. Arguably this is the best method for the delivery of the nbn as it provides the ability to offer extremely fast internet services (currently speeds up to 1Gbps).  However, you cannot choose the technology that will be used – this is determined by performing a service qualification on our website.

nbn Fibre to the Node

nbn Fibre to the Node (FTTN) is where nbn run fibre to a newly built cabinet in your local area and then connect with the existing copper network for the signal to reach your premises.

nbn Fibre to the Curb

nbn Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) is where fibre is extended close to your premises. Here it is connected to the existing copper network inside a small Distribution Point Unit so the signal can reach your premises.

nbn Fibre to the Building

nbn Fibre to the Building (FTTB) is generally used when we’re connecting an apartment block or similar type of building to the nbn broadband access network.  Once the building is connected, the internal wiring of that building is used to connected to your premises.

nbn Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) – aka “Cable”

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

nbn Fixed Wireless

nbn Fixed Wireless is a form of connection where data is sent from a transmission tower and travels wirelessly to an antenna fitted to your roof by an nbn approved installer.

nbn Sky Muster™ Satellite

The connection of some remote and rural locations services can be delivered via our Sky Muster™ satellite. In this scenario, a satellite dish is installed on the premises and receives the signal from the Sky Muster™ satellite.

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