The NBN™ landscape continues to see exciting changes with a brand new technology joining the mix: Fibre to the Curb (FTTC). Why is it spelled that way, you ask? Here’s the answer straight from NBN Co’s blog:
“If you’re wondering why we went with “FTTC”, instead of adopting the Australian spelling of “Kerb”, this is because the term “FTTC” (US spelling of “Curb”) is already a globally-understood acronym with its own definition.“
But enough about spelling – iiNet are the only major ISP to sell residential NBN™ plans across every type of NBN™ technology and NBN™ FTTC is no exception. If checking availability on our website shows that NBN™ FTTC is available at your address, have a read of this article to get the lowdown on how NBN™ FTTC works. We can help answer any questions you may have about getting connected.
NBN™ FTTC will be available on the same plans as other NBN™ Fibre technologies, which we currently sell on NBN Co’s Basic, Standard Plus and Premium speed tiers. You can read all about the typical download speeds and the different factors which can affect the speeds you experience in our article, NBN™ Speeds Explained.
You can view available plans on our website but keep in mind that you must check your address first to see which type of NBN™ you can get at your address.
You can check your address on our website to see which type of NBN™ is available at your address. Here’s some things to keep in mind:
With FTTC, fibre optic cable will lead to a Distribution Point in a pit or on a pole near the kerb (or ‘curb’) in your street. From there, copper cabling will connect to a wall socket inside your premises. In multi-dwelling units such as apartment complexes, this copper cabling may first pass through the building’s Main Distribution Frame (MDF), typically in the basement or in a locked telecommunications cabinet. In short, fibre goes all the way to a point near your kerb and then copper runs to your home.
This technology is very similar to NBN™ Fibre to the Node (FTTN) with one key difference: a shorter length for the copper cable. One FTTC Distribution Point connects up to four premises to the network, so they’re positioned much closer to the premises they’re connecting than a typical Node. The length and quality of copper cable used in network infrastructure has a significant impact on the speeds you experience so the shorter, the better.
If your home doesn’t already have an NBN™ FTTC connection (as will be the case with many households in the early stages) then you’ll also need an NBN™ Connection Device (NCD) at no additional cost. This may be delivered along with your iiNet modem or in cases where an NBN™ installer must visit your address to get you connected, they’ll bring an NCD along with them. The NCD remains the property of NBN Co and should not be removed from the premises once it’s ‘installed’, although we use that term loosely because ‘installing’ it is as easy as plugging it into your wall and power sockets.
From there, there’s just one Ethernet port which you’ll need to plug your iiNet modem into. Modem configuration is usually automatic as soon as your NBN™ service is activated, so getting set up is a breeze!
One important thing to note, which you’ll also see on warning labels on the NCD itself, is that plugging in the NCD will cause any legacy phone/broadband services on that same copper line to be disconnected. This is a necessary step as both services cannot exist simultaneously on the same line, so make sure you’ve arranged for all of your phone/broadband services to be switched over to the NBN™ before you plug in the NCD.
Yes. Just like iiNet NBN™ HFC, you must use the modem supplied by us with your iiNet NBN™ FTTC connection, otherwise your internet and NBN™ Phone services may not work as expected. We currently use the TG-789 Broadband Gateway for NBN™ FTTC which has a purchase price of $0 on a 24-month contract or $89 on a no lock-in contract ($10 delivery fee applies). The TG-789 has four 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports plus the latest dual-band AC/N WiFi so you can connect all of your home devices with ease.
The connection to the NCD must be through the modem we supply. However, if you have a different WiFi router that you want to use instead, you may connect it to the TG-789 via Ethernet cable so you can have you WiFi signal broadcast by your preferred device. This is known as ‘bridging’ but it’s important to note that while bridging, your TG-789 will not be able to broadcast its own WiFi or be used for your NBN Phone (VoIP) service.
We’re here to help you get connected to quality NBN™ services on a plan with great value. If you still have any questions about NBN™ FTTC before you make the switch, just leave a comment below or call us on 13 19 17 and we’ll be happy to help.