Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Basement (FTTB), Cable, Satellite – There are quite a few different technologies being used to bring the National Broadband Network to Australia.
The technology type your premises will receive is predetermined by nbn™, who use a best fit solution for the different areas across Australia. nbn™ takes into account existing infrastructure and other factors such as cost-effectiveness and how quickly it can be connected, to decide which technology will be rolled out in any given area.
However, many tech-savvy people will do their own research on the different technology types and have an idea of which they believe to be the best choice for their home. So what happens if the technology type you receive isn’t the one you think is best for your premises?
Technology Choice Program
The Technology Choice Program devised by nbn™ is a way for people to pay to change the nbn™ access technology they are receiving. There are two types of applications that can be submitted for a technology switch: Area Switch and Individual Premises Switch.
Area Switch is the option to switch a group of eligible premises from one nbn™ technology to another. The recommended size of a group of premises for an Area Switch is 150 to 300 premises. This option is ideal for applicants such as incorporated associations, multiple dwelling apartment blocks and local and state government authorities.
For example, if a whole town is set to receive FTTN, an individual representing the town can submit an application to pay to switch to FTTP technology. Once an area is chosen for the application, you cannot pick and choose individual premises within the area. If 3 suburbs are submitted in the application – every premises within the 3 suburbs will be included.
Costs of an Area Switch vary depending on the size and complexity of the job and can range from tens of thousands of dollars to millions. Construction costs of previous whole town Area Switches have exceeded 1 million dollars. You can see the available Area Switch options below.
Individual Premises Switch
The Individual Premises Switch option is best for switching one individual premises or a small group of premises to an alternative nbn™ technology. This option could be used for a single residential property, a school, a farm, a business etc. The applicant must be the owner or authorised representative for the premises considered.
An example of an Individual Premises Switch could be a suburban house switching from FTTN to FTTP. However, in the case of an Individual Premises Switch from a planned FTTN or FTTB network to FTTP, the originally planned network must already be deployed before an application can be submitted.
An Individual Premises Switch will usually cost somewhere between a couple of thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. There’s a small possibility prices may be reduced if multiple premises in the same area all undergo an Individual Premises Switch. You can see the available Individual Premises Switch options below
It’s important to note that paying for a technology switch will not fast forward your nbn™ connection. The technology will roll out at the same time as it was originally planned to. The fees can be seen in the table below.
Regardless of the technology you receive or choose, when you sign up to the nbn™ with iiNet you get a choice of great plans and excellent customer service with a personal touch. We don’t call ourselves the nbn™ experts for nothing – we know the ins and outs of Australia’s national broadband network and we bring those expertise to our customers when they sign up with us.
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.
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