2016 has been a big year for the NBN™! This year 835,000 more Australians have been connected to the NBN™ and there’s no sign of slowing down with a further 2,657,000 households expected to get the NBN™ in 2017.
From new tech to rocket launches, it’s been a wild ride and we can’t wait to see what the NBN™ will bring to Australian cities and rural communities in 2017. We’ve put together a year in the life of the NBN™ to bring you a detailed review of the NBN™ rollout throughout 2016. So here it is!
There are a few number of technologies being used to bring the NBN™ to Australia. In 2016, we now utilise the following technologies:
The arrival of NBN HFC
Hybrid Fibre Coaxial networks (also known as HFC for short) were added to the NBN™ mix of technologies used to roll out the faster, more reliable NBN™ network across Australia. HFC will be available to 830,000 premises by June 2017 and to date has seen 17,000 premises connected to NBN™ goodness!
Our new NBN™ plans
NBN™ has not only greatly improved many services for end-users but it’s also changed the way we consume broadband data. In the past year, the availability of high definition media streaming online and to the comfort of your own home has made some huge changes to the way Australians access movie content.
With that in mind, this year we were proud to introduce new plans offering Liimitless data on the NBN™. iiNet customers can now download and stream to their hearts content without having to worry about any data limits. Just think – what would you do with unlimited internet on superfast NBN™ speeds?
The rocket launch
On October 6, 2016 the NBN™ Sky Muster™ II Satellite blasted 36,000km into orbit to work with Sky Muster™ I to provide superfast broadband speeds to 400,000 Australians living in rural areas.
All systems are now go, proving the sky’s the limit when it comes to the NBN™! Personally, we were over the moon about replacing the Interim Satellite Service and launching new plans. Want to know more? Click here for details on our satellite plans or watch the video!
iiNet in the community
In the past, Australians in regional areas were excluded from high speed broadband, with city-folk ‘surfing the internet’ glory. But no more! Thanks to the NBN™ Long Term Satellite rollout (delivered by Sky Muster™ and Sky Muster™ II) fast and reliable connectivity is delivered to remote areas, changing lives for the better with greater education, health and agricultural resources.
Keeping up-to-date the iiNet way
As many residents rely on their Internet Service Provider (ISP), such as iiNet, for all Internet related services, queries and issues, we’ve committed to providing regular updates and information to our customers about each stage of the NBN™ rollout. If you are yet to do so, join our wait list for updates on the NBN™ and we will notify you directly as the roll out reaches your address!
What does the future hold?
This year nbn™ reached their one millionth user, in fact this was one of our customers in Halls Head, WA. But wait, there’s more, the NBN™ technology mix isn’t done yet. Expected to arrive in 2018, our latest network technology Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) will join the NBN™ rollout.
FTTC will replace the term Fibre to the Distribution-Point (FTTdp). FTTC means that NBN™ will deliver fibre to the telecom pit outside of the premises. From here the fibre connects with a Distribution Point Unit and using the existing copper line to deliver fast broadband to the premises.
The launch of FTTC services will mean the NBN™ will be one of the first operators in the world to take advantage of reverse-powered distribution point-based FTTC services – now that’s cutting edge!
It’s been a busy year for the NBN™ and as the network unrolls, more and more Australian’s are reaping the benefits. Understandably, it takes time to roll out a new network across an entire nation. If your street hasn’t gone live yet, don’t stress you haven’t been forgotten! The NBN™ is still on its way.
Bookmark this page to see where your address stands in the NBN™ rollout progress. Our NBN™ Coverage Checker lets you pinpoint exactly where sites have been built and where preparation or construction is currently underway. Want to double check if the NBN is available at your address? You can find out at the click of a button right here!
As the NBN™ gets closer to your door, don’t forget to start checking your options to ensure you get connected with the right NBN™ plan for your family. The choice is yours, but when it comes to the NBN™, iiNet are the experts. Add in our award-winning customer service team and you have a winning combination.