How much do you know about the NBN™?
We’ve been working with the internet since the dialup days and our experience has shaped us into the NBN™ experts. From common misconceptions and questions to trivia about NBN™ infrastructure, technologies and the rollout in general, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.
There are a total of seven different technologies being delivered by the NBN™ Multi-Technology Mix: FTTP, FTTN, FTTB, FTTC, HFC, Fixed Wireless, and Satellite. Fortunately, Westnet sells plans across all technologies so no matter where you are, we have an NBN™ plan for you!
For more information on how to understand your NBN™ status and the technology types that are available, head here.
In 2011, addresses in Tasmanian towns Scottsdale, Smithton and Midway Point were among the first in the country to complete the transition to the NBN™.
Your phone services can also be affected by the NBN™ rollout. When the NBN™ comes to your area, it will eventually replace most existing fixed line phone and internet networks, meaning you’ll need to switch over if you want to keep using these services. You should receive letters from your phone and broadband service providers as well as from NBN Co warning about the disconnection well before it happens, so you won’t be cut off out of the blue. You can find out more about this here.
4. If I have slow ADSL speeds will I have slow FTTN NBN™ speeds?
Firstly, the Node that your premises connect to for NBN ™ in your area may be much closer than you expect! This means that there’s less distance for your connection to travel and you should receive quicker connection speeds.
NBN™ FTTC stands for Fibre-to-the-Curb and uses the US spelling of “Curb” instead of the Australian spelling of “Kerb”, as FTTC is already a globally-understood acronym with its own definition.
No, you will not be able to continue using your current internet connection indefinitely. The NBN™ will be the national standard for broadband and phone communications. The legacy copper network and Telstra cable network used for most non-NBN™ internet services will be disconnected approximately 18 months after your premises becomes ready to connect to the NBN™, so you’ll need to ensure you make the switch before this period ends. Keep an eye on your letterbox for any notices from your phone and internet providers, as well as NBN Co, that your services will be disconnected soon. Once you get one of those, it’s really time to get a move on and upgrade to the NBN™ so you don’t get stuck without a connection!
There are a few exceptions to this rule in areas serviced by future-ready broadband networks. For example, if you’re in our ULTRA Broadband VDLS2 and Cable network areas, you can upgrade to connect to one of these technologies instead of the NBN™ and reap the benefits of superfast speeds at amazing prices.
For those on NBN™ Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), you’re currently unable to change the type of technology your premises is connected on. The ability to change technologies is currently under development for HFC areas, so stay tuned. However, for all other technologies, the Technology Choice Program is available to eligible groups of premises or individual premises to switch to an alternative NBN™ technology. Keep in mind this is an expensive process and will include an application fee of $330 before work can even commence. You can find out more about this here.
Each Sky Muster™ Satellite shoots 101 “spot beams” across Australia. Each customer is allocated to the beam that covers their area, however overlaps mean that some customers may fall under more than one beam. NBN Co allocates them to one beam from one of the two satellites, depending on what is best for sharing the load across the entire network.
A satellite dish at your premises points to the SkyMuster satellite in orbit. It then communicates with a large ground-station satellite (which connects to the www) and returns data back via this path to your satellite dish and in turn your modem and devices.
NBN™ Sky Muster™ Satellites weigh about 6,400 kilograms each, making them among the largest commercial satellites ever launched.
NBN™ Sky Muster™ Satellites were custom built and took around three years to build including extreme temperature testing to ensure they are ready for the environment in space.
The NBN™ means that rural schools and students have reliable internet connections to allow remote learning and e-learning opportunities for those in remote areas.
Depending on the technology and the facilities available at your address, the equipment you’ll need for the NBN™ may differ. Where new equipment or physical connection work is required, you’ll be able to discuss your options with the technician. It’s important to understand that you’re allowed to discuss alternative options for installation and do not have to accept the recommended installation points suggested by the technician. You can find out more about this here or check out our article Building a home and looking to get NBN™ and NBNCo’s technology guide for some tips on installing the NBN™ Utility Box and NBN™ Connection Box in your home.
The first standard installation of NBN™ equipment is free of charge, however there may be activation or modem purchase fees from your internet service provider. All you need to do is purchase a compatible modem. The good news is Westnet waive these fees on a 24 month contract! You won’t need to carry out any other rewiring around your house unless you specifically want hard-wired access in certain places around your home. If you’re included in a new development area, keep in mind that a $300 New Development Fee applies.
This one depends on the type of technology and infrastructure at your premises, however most technologies will require an appointment if the NBN™ has never been connected before. If your premises has previously had an NBN™ connection, an appointment is typically not required.
If your property will be connected to Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), some connections can be completed via self-install and some Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connections can be done at the exchange so you may not be required at the premises. You can find out more about this here.
By the end of the rollout in 2021, up to 47,300 additional people are expected to use the network to work from home, compared to around 3,000 additional workers last year. The rollout of the NBN™ is also expected to contribute to the creation of up to 80,000 new businesses by 2021.
If you’re eager to get movin’ and your address is expected to be NBN™- ready within the next six 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 you’ll be connected with a truly satisfying NBN™ provider.