iiNet gets ready to launch NBN HFC


Earlier in the year, we told you all about the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC or Cable) networks that nbn™ purchased to add to the mix of technologies they’re using to roll out the faster, more reliable nbn™ network across Australia. We even tried it out for ourselves during our nbn™ HFC trials in Queensland and Western Australia.

Now iiNet is getting ready to launch nbn™ HFC plans and we couldn’t wait to tell you all about it. So who is getting nbn™ HFC, and what sort of planswill you be able to get from iiNet? Let’s take a look.

nbn™ HFC Footprint

With so many different nbn™ technologies like FTTP, FTTN, and Fixed Wireless rolling out across the nation, you might wonder how many residents will actually be receiving nbn™ HFC. Well, it’s actually quite a lot!

The rollout of nbn™ HFC aims to cover 830,000 premises by June 2017 alone. That’s a significant portion of the 8 million connections nbn™ aims to make by 2020. The largest nbn™ HFC footprints can be found in Victoria and New South Wales, which will each have over 200,000 premises connected to nbn™ HFC. Queensland will have a fair slice of nbn™ HFC with over 100,000 premises to be connected, while Western Australia and South Australia will each have a little over 50,000 premises in the footprint.

Same Great Value Plans

At iiNet, we’ve made it simple when it comes to nbn™ HFC plan sets: they’ll be the exact same as our other nbn™ plan sets! This means the same great value prices, same speed offers, same phone services and even the option of Liimitless broadband data on the nbn™.

Why iiNet Does it Better

The HFC networks purchased by nbn™ were originally owned by other Internet Service Providers. Naturally we see some issues for customers when a network owner doesn’t allow other service providers to offer competitive plans over their network. Some of the areas in the nbn™ HFC rollout may have had poor Cable experiences in the past from their service providers, because there was little to no other choice in providers. The HFC network itself is also getting an upgrade in 2017 so it can support even faster speeds.

With the upgraded nbn™ HFC, you’ll have a choice in provider, so why wouldn’t you go with the people who know nbn™ best? iiNet has already tested the technology and has the know-how to back it up. For competitive prices and great customer service, we’ve got you covered.

To see where your exact location stands in the nbn™ rollout process, check out the nbn™ Coverage Checker. This will let you see exactly where sites have been built or are in stages of preparation or construction. Make sure to register your interest on the nbn™ Wait List and check out iiNet’s nbn™ plans to be ready to roll when the nbn™ hits your neighbourhood.


  1. Hank says:

    Great news, but many people like myself have a medical or emergency alarm, which apparently is not compatible with iiNet cable? I have heard that TTYs may not be compatible either, which prevents people with disabilities, more precisely, Deaf, hearing and speech impaired which is against the DDA and USO.

  2. Greg Knight says:

    There’s a lot of white space in the southern suburbs of Sydney on the Coverage Checker. Presumably there is (still) nothing happening any time soon in this area. It’s a joke!
    Our ADSL2 gives (if we’re) lucky about 2Mbps.

  3. Paul Loring says:

    The Age today said the NBN has abandoned HFC because it doesn’t meet the NBN standards. That the 800,000 won’t be getting HFC the Queensland trial failed!

  4. Di Keller says:

    Err, isn’t NBN dumping this ???

  5. Ant says:

    errr, the same HFC that’s being dumped?

  6. Phil says:

    When is iiNet going to get satellite to service the bush???

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Phil,

      Our NBN Sky Muster Satellite plans are now available. We’d like to arrange for you to be called to have a chat! Would you mind sending your details to me directly ( and we’ll make the required arrangements?

      – Leo.

  7. Jason says:

    Didn’t NBN Co just announce that they’re ditching HFC?

  8. John Salmon says:

    what if I can’t receive through cable or tower?

  9. Dr Paul Smith says:

    I see we have some transmission line being touted as the great alternative to the Fiber Optic wave pipe. No. This will have limitations in signal fidelity just like all other copper wire transmission lines.
    We used these on a state of the art Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometer (I set it up after delivery). This system used a mix of these and fiber optics. These cables were limited to less than 5m length as the fidelity of the very sensitive signal data could not really be assured as error free if the cables were over this long for the application.
    The Future MUST be full Fiber Optic technology, with copper cable being replaced, even if it is high quality dual core coax, as it is still a transmission line, with signal leak out and limited fidelity length.

  10. Rob Towns says:

    Hmmm. I have Telstra and Optus HFC past my door, and connected into my address, yet the coverage check states “Not Available – rollout not started”
    I’d be very happy to kill off Optus and get a more reliable provider with faster upload that can maybe give me a static IP on HFC.

  11. Norm St Jorre says:

    When will this be available in my area

  12. James says:

    NBN has announced that they are dumping the entire cable network they previously purchased from Optus because it’s in such bad shape…They are instead introducing yet another technology called Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp)…do you think they will dump HFC all together or stick with HFC using what they’ve purchased from Telstra?

    And at what point do you think the government will come to its senses and proceed with the original plan, or as I call the only plan, of fibre to the premises? This entire project is being run into the ground before the majority of people even have access to it first by Abbott and now by Turnbull. I can’t imagine that all of these ‘technology’ changes are saving money and/or speeding up the roll out, rather it’s far more likely that they are doing the opposite. And supporting all of these technologies?! It’s going to be a nightmare.

  13. Entoni volarevic says:

    When is NBN coming to bell post hill, Geelong , 3215..

  14. Tony Millward says:

    Still waiting in Thornlie… many promises.

  15. Tom Wall says:

    HFC is a sub standard NBN.
    If, the now rather old cable system is not up to scratch there cannot be same speeds and stability as for the other NBN products.
    Plan costs should reflect the standard level by wholesalers..
    This is not iinets fault, rather the fault of this Government that is seriously lacking in competence and understanding of any science whatsoever.

  16. Peter Cohen says:

    Until something positive with published test reports by competent professionals (not politicians or sales people) are available I will not change anything. Not that what I already have is particularly brilliant.

  17. Chris says:

    I’m an intelligent person but have no idea what all this means. I just want to connect to the Internet whether by NBN or not and get a decent, reliable service that enables me to run my business without having to spend days trying to comprehend IT gobbledegook.

    iiNet’s biggest fault in all it does is its inability to describe its products for the ordinary user and to use names for products which have no relevance to the function/s.

  18. m brede says:

    will the HFC nbn modem have a netphone voice option so i can cancel my existing phone line?

  19. Wilson says:

    Wonderful but when will it reach my area?

  20. Tom Pearson says:

    I love all this positive information about how good NBN is and the speeds that are being experienced! It’s a far cry from us poor suffering internet users stuck on ADSL, in my case no hope of NBN until at least the end of 2018 and putting up with speeds as low as 0.07mbps and as high as 2.50mbps. Any enquiries I make only result in negative feedback and vague promises and I feel that there are many, many more like me out there. How about some positive feedback for the suffering many?

  21. David Edwards says:

    I hope the NBN system is better than what I have, but to be honest, I doubt it could be worse.
    eBay constantly locks up as does you tube.
    Uploading a 1.5 minute video to you tube can take me anything up to an hour, and downloading a video is the same. Download a 5 minute video this morning…45 minutes.
    Do the telcos deliberately slow everything down so people will go to the NBN.
    Is it true (I heard on a TV report), that the Australian NBN will be the dearest and slowest Internet access in the western world?

  22. Peter Eerden says:

    We have NBN connect through iinet though not sure what flavour. All I know is we pay a premium for this service compared to what is currently being advertised. I want to know what we can save seeing as we have been loyal customers for years and iff our connection is actually the fastest on offer?

  23. R Anderson says:

    As a Yass resident in what must be a difficult location to access NBN, I have been advised that it is likely to be 2019 before we can enjoy NBN. If this is correct then maybe I should wait and see what the benefits will be.

  24. Gordon Lawton says:

    With the recent power black out in SA there were some complaints that the old phones that do not require power would not work on NBN system.Surely this is not correct as most modern ohones require power to operate.

  25. Nev Ellis says:

    Should be good if it ever gets here

  26. Kevan says:

    I have a monitored alarm and it took some time tooing and froing betweenn iinet and alarm company before I realised that the only way that I could connect the alarm was to hire a phone technition to connect it.But it can be done…NBN is not any faster than what we had before.

  27. Peter Luther says:

    After all the hype with NBN we finally got it in Picton NSW. We used to live in Appin and had ADSL2+ with a down load speed of 2.2Mb, when we sold we rented while our new house was being built, there our download was 130Kb, so pedestrian. When we moved into our new home we got a startling 167Kb, wow. So when we connected to the NBN we thought wow this is it, well it certainly was not, at 1.3Mb to 1.6Mb we were still slower than Appin, so where is this great improvement in technology?

  28. David says:

    I am puzzled as I already have cable to the home as part of the TransACT cable network, yet the comment is “Not available
    The rollout of the nbn™ network has not started in this area.” TransACT is owned by iiNet and the ISP is iiNet (Webone).

  29. I agree this Frankenstein NBN infrastructure is clearly the work of incompetent technology ministers. What a joke this country is we are slower on internet than half the world.

  30. Peter says:

    OK, now you have me even more confused. Does this mean that nbn should now be available to areas which already have coax cable? My area is still in the great big desert of whiteness on the nbn availability map. I used to have Telstra cable but I dropped it in favour of ADSL2+ some years ago mainly because Telstra charged for upload bandwidth used as well as download, and that didn’t gell very well with my desire to upload backups and to cloud storage. So I still have a coax cable into my house, which is still active for Foxtel TV. Please give me some good news.

  31. Lindsay Hill says:

    Hi, I am now totally confused as to what is going to be available to me, can someone please explain what is going on and what will be available to me as an IInet customer plus how does iinet compare with Telstra, Optus and the other suppliers that are now coming onto the scene.

  32. Robert Bowyer says:

    When should we expect HFC to go live in Leeming WA?

  33. Ash well says:

    Oh it well la di da id be more excited if i could actually get nbn area .. im in brisbane have been forn2 years not a single mention when my area will he getting nbn

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