If you’re building a new home or are ready to move in to a new home, don’t get caught out – here’s everything you need to know to ensure your home is NBN™ ready from the moment you move in!
If you’re building or looking to build, make sure to check if the property developer has applied for the NBN™ network. You can ensure your new home will be ready to connect to the NBN™ without the hassle by following these three easy steps:
You’ll need to apply for your NBN connection a minimum of 3 months before civil works commence, so make sure you start planning the installation early in the building process. Start thinking about how the NBN™ build process fits into your construction plan (like working out where the modem or NTD should be placed in your house), any costs that may apply, and gather the documents you’ll need for your application.
All new development applications need to be made online. NBN Co will then confirm the eligibility of your premise and guide you on next steps, fees and the building process.
If you haven’t commenced construction and you’re still in the planning process, you’ll need to apply for conditional approval by submitting a new development application.
Once Practical Completion has been achieved, you will need to submit an as-built design and/or Notice of Practical Completion (PCN) to notify NBN Co that you are ready for a site inspection.
Preparations for NBN™ infrastructure can be undertaken during the development stage. This may involve Lead-in Conduits (LICs), pit and pipe works, or pathways. NBN Co standards state that before a NBN™ network can be installed, it’s the developer’s responsibility to build the works required for NBN Co to install the NBN™ network. Design submissions are required to be submitted online for pit and pipe works or pathway works and once approved the build process can commence!
It’s important to have a think about where you want the NBN™ equipment to be located. Depending on the technology you receive the equipment you require may differ but there are usually three boxes that nbn co need to install to get your connection up and running – there will be one on the outside of your house, and one on the inside. The box outside of your home is the NBN™ Utility Box, also known as the PCD. Inside your home you will require the NBN™ Connection Box installed, this is also known as the NTD. If you’re considering a battery backup unit, this will require an additional box to be installed inside your home. However, iiNet doesn’t support this additional battery backup box for residential premises.
Now these units aren’t very pretty so it’s important to plan their installation to ensure they don’t become an eye-sore or get in the way in your new home! Additionally, think about the devices that you want to connect to your internet or phone and if your NBN™ connection will work with smart wiring or existing infrastructure. Ensure they’re in close proximity and easily able to connect to the NBN™ connection and if you are looking to connect wireless devices, that the location doesn’t trap or restrict connection.
This equipment is required for FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) technology. If your home connects using a different type of NBN™ technology, you can find out what equipment you’ll need here.
Buying a home in an NBN™ live area means that you’ll already have everything needed to get connected when you move in! The only thing left to do will be to choose your plan.
If you’re part of an NBN™-ready estate, ask your builder to arrange a pre-installation of NBN™ Connection Box (also known as Network Termination Device or NTD) so you’ll be ready to connect ASAP.
You can request a pre-installation of the NBN™ equipment as soon as the site is secure (lock-up stage) and has power, or where a generator can be used. After you submit a request, NBN Co will contact you to arrange an appointment – be sure to allow a minimum of 20 business days for NBN Co to complete your request.
If you’re about to move in to your new home and you don’t know if the NBN™ is available, the first thing to do is check your address here. If you received the status “Service available at your address” when you checked your address in our NBN™ Coverage Checker – that’s great news! The NBN™ is now available and you can choose your plan.
If you’re eager to get NBN™ and your address is expected to be NBN™-ready within the next 3 months, you can pre-order iiNet NBN™ for a hassle-free switch and we’ll get your order rolling as soon as NBN™ reaches your door. Just pre-order your preferred plan now, then sit back, put your feet up and relax knowing that with iiNet you’ll be joining Australia’s most satisfied NBN™ customers.
Whether you’re moving home or building a new place, by following the steps above you’ll be on your way to being NBN™ ready!