If you’ve been keeping up to date on all the iiNet news and products, you’ve probably heard about iiNet’s own Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC or Cable) network available in Geelong, Mildura and Ballarat. What you might not have known is that nbn™ have also purchased Cable networks to bring the National Broadband Network to eligible users.
Cable is a broadband service that uses Hybrid Fibre Coaxial Cable. It was first implemented to deliver Cable TV to homes, but is now being used as a two-way high speed broadband network, combining nbn™ fibre with coaxial cable to bring nbn to homes faster. The best thing about HFC is its speed, which can be offered in the same speed tiers as a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connection.
To help speed up the delivery of their fast broadband network, nbn™ have bought two different telecommunication companies’ HFC networks to add to their multi-technology mix. But nbn™ isn’t planning to just keep the purchased cable as it is: they’re going to upgrade it to bring faster, more reliable broadband to users sooner.
So what does this extra Cable mean for end users? We take a further look into HFC below.
Who’s getting it?
It’s expected that HFC nbn™ will be delivered to more than 3 million premises across Australia, which sit within the HFC technology footprint. The network will be available primarily in metro areas, targeting capital cities.
Easy to connect
One of the great things about a HFC nbn™ connection is that it is less invasive and easier to connect than some other nbn™ technologies. Depending on the type of premises, only an nbn™ HFC modem should need to be connected, meaning little to no work required inside the premises, making it less intrusive during connection. You’d just need to plug it into your wireless router to get multiple devices connected at high speed.
In most cases, once your area goes live, all you will need to do is make a call to your RSP, like iiNet, to connect and ensure you have an nbn™ ready modem to start surfing.
Once the HFC network is upgraded and live, it is hoped it will deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps (megabits per second) download and 40Mbps upload to end users.
The upgrades being performed on the Cable will mean HFC will have better bandwidth than some other technologies. This means less congestion and better speeds for end users.
The utilisation of existing HFC networks will help nbn™ reach their connection goals and get users on the nbn™ faster.
To see where your exact location stands in the nbn™ rollout process, check out the nbn™ Coverage Checker. This will let you pinpoint 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.