NBN Trivia

How much do you know about the NBN™? Put your NBN™ knowledge to the test and see if you can you answer all 15 trivia questions below!

You may have seen our clearing up NBN™ misconceptions where we broke down a list of common NBN™ misconceptions so you know what to expect with the NBN™. This month, we’ve put together a list of trivia facts you may not have known about the NBN™ infrastructure and the rollout. Check them out and see how many you know the answer to!

1. How many technology types are there in the NBN™ Multi-Technology Mix?

There are a total of seven delivery modes in the NBN™ Multi-Technology Mix.

iiNet is one of the only major ISPs selling plans across all technologies! The technologies include: FTTP, FTTN, FTTB, FTTC, HFC, Fixed Wireless, and Satellite. You can learn more about each of these technologies here.

2. How many premises were connected to the NBN™ last year?

Approximately 2.5 million premises were connected to the NBN™ network in 2017 alone!

3. How many premises will be connected to the NBN™ in the next 6 months?

In the next 6 months, over 1.3 million premises are expected to be connected to the NBN™.

4. Why is Fibre-to-the-Curb spelt with a ‘C’ and not a ‘K’?

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.

5. How do customers connect to NBN™ Sky Muster™ Satellites?

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.

6. When was the first connection to the NBNcompleted?

On the 23rd of October 2014, addresses in Tasmanian towns Scottsdale, Smithton and Midway Point were among the first in the country to complete the transition to the NBN™.

7.  How many new digital jobs are expected to be created due to the NBN?

Around 9,700 new digital economy jobs created in 2017 were directly attributed to the rollout of the NBN™ access network.

8. How long did the NBN™ Sky Muster™ Satellites take to build?

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.

9. How many more people are expected to work from home by the end of the rollout?

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.

10. Where does the term “broadband” originate?

The term “broadband” originates from physics. In the context of physics, “broadband” describes radiation from a source that produces a broad, continuous band of frequencies.

11. Are the NBN™ Sky Muster™ Satellites among the largest in the world?

Yes, NBN™ Sky Muster™ Satellites weigh about 6,400 kilograms each, making them among the largest commercial satellites ever launched.

12. How many more businesses are expected to be created due to the NBN™ rollout?

The rollout of the NBN™ contributed to the creation of 5,400 additional new businesses in 2017 and is expected to contribute to the creation of up to 80,000 new businesses by 2021.

13. What does the NBN™ mean for rural students?

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.

14. Which technology will make up the largest part of the remainder of the 2018 rollout?

HFC will have the largest rollout for the second half of the year with over 500,000 premises being rolled out.

15. How many addresses have become NBN-ready since the first rollout?

Since the first connection in 2014, 6,752,576 addresses have become ready to connect to the NBN™ and 3,980,366 premises have actually been connected to the NBN™.


  1. Anonymous says:

    FTTC is not an acronym.

    It is however initialism.

  2. Rod Soulsby says:

    Since joining the NBN with iiNet everything is working fine with minimal fuss. Well done to the iiNet team..

  3. Bob Stiles says:

    Im still waiting. Maybe im not close enough to the satellite!

  4. Jim quan says:

    Why did you trial FTTC in Coburg and by reading about it seems it was a success yet iam told HFC will continue
    If so why
    Also we where told that we would get NBN last September then was told all NBN would be delayed by six months
    Now being told it may be upto 18 months
    Hope you can help

  5. Geoff pennefather says:

    I have vascula dimentia and being 65 yrs old I am comparitively computer iliterate. you have bent over backwards to help me to cope with a very complex field,From the botome of my heart thank you.

  6. Barry says:

    No NBN connections at West Shelly Orford Tasmania 7190

  7. Denis says:

    Here is another fun fact –
    Q) What is the most popular NBN plan for all customers across Australia?
    A) “In its third-quarter results (2017), nbn revealed that 52% of customers on its wired networks have chosen the 25/5Mbps connection speed”.

    Shall I add a follow up question regarding the only major ISP NOT selling the most popular plan ?

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Denis,

      We did sell the 25/5 plan, however, when the opportunity came to upgrade these plans to the 50/20 tier, we jumped at it!

      – Leo

  8. Paul says:

    It is noted in your trivia that there is no mention of the Turnbull governments decision to not proceed with fibre to house as intended and paid for by the citizens of Australia.

    It is noted that there is no mention that Mr Turnbull has fibre to house at his premises.

    There is no mention of the constant drop outs and less than satisfactory speeds promised due to the use of existing copper wire to the house from the node which is not a design component of the NBN as approved initially and promised to the people.

    There is no mention of the countless complaints regarding unsatisfactory service.

    There is no mention of how Australia’s service compares to that of other countries that actually have fibre to house as intended.

    There is no mention of the loss of land line phone service to those who opt to use the current NBN system and the subsequent poor quality telephone service via internet.

    There is no mention of the pending forced move to NBN and its substandard service.

  9. David Rees says:

    I live in Hallett Cove SA 5158 am waiting for HFC and have been told not until June 2020.

  10. John Kelmar says:

    We live in Australia and KERB is the correct spelling. Just because the yanks can’t spell, does not mean we have to follow suit.
    Perhaps staff at iinet can’t spell as well??

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi John,

      You’ll need to raise this with NBN, as they’re responsible for mandating the terminology used!

      – Leo

  11. Les says:

    Re. the comment from Paul, he is saying what a lot of NBN subscribers are repeatedly saying, that in a nutshell the whole focus in this rollout has been numbers connected not quality of service.
    iiNet is just as guilty as the other RSP’s for avoiding their customer responsibility by just saying “It’s not our fault, complain to NBN”.
    Our customer contracts for service are with you iiNet, NOT NBN. Please, face up to your customer responsibilities iiNet.

  12. Norm says:

    I have been based in several locations & used IINET for all business services without fuss. My most recent location, I was forced to use Telstra only. As usual Telstra promised untruths in writing. I reverted back to IINET and NBN at max speed and have never looked back. Thank you guys
    Telstra had to compensate for loss of revenue
    When will the powers to be wake up and get rid of Telstra entirely. Look at countries with working NBN world wide.. No Telstra Control…mmmm funny that.
    Look at poor countries with great working mobile service ..and low pay… no Telstra ….wake up Australia we are suppose to be 1st world not 3rd world.

  13. Patrick Kissane says:

    “Curb”and “kerb”. I pronounce curb as curb and kerb as kerb as in Kerry.

  14. Martin says:

    Moved house 3 months ago, was getting 42mb rock steady, very happy. That lasted for about 6 weeks then the speed dropped to 30mb, then the next day the drop outs started. contacted iinet ran all the tests and they logged a call out for the NBN, tech came out and re terminated the line at the pit. got a call from iinet telling me the NBN said it was fixed. I explained the the connection was still down and that it wasn’t fixed. They put me on a stable profile, well the modem reconnected but only lasted a few hours. this farce was repeated multiple times until one NBN tech actually tested the line and found a fault 371 meters from my house he fixed the problem and I was then getting 36mb. So after multiple “fixes” that didn’t and over a month with no stable connection,I got a call from iinet saying it was fixed, I said yes it was but I wasen’t getting the 41mb I was getting before, I was told it was within the speeds I could expect so that was it. I asked to be taken off the stable profile I was told no it won’t make any difference.
    As of today my download speed is down to 33mb and my upload speed has dropped from 13mb to 10mb. So overall not a very happy customer.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Martin,

      Certainly understand your disappointment here. This is one of the issues that does arise with some connections as the priority from NBN’s side is to restore the connection to working order. We’ve located your account and have placed a request to move you from the Stable profile, back to Standard. Whilst we don’t anticipate that this will make much difference to connection speed, we are hoping for an improvement. Critically, we want to see if the connection retains its stable state. If not, we want to know!

      – Leo

  15. Ilija Delovski says:

    I live in Hocking WA 6065 & i am about 2.5Km
    from the nod. What would be max. speed?

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Ilija,

      This is a great question, but to be honest, its near impossible to answer; reason being that you may actually be closer to another node, we don’t know the quality of the infrastructure you might be connected to and we’re hesitant to given give an assessment without knowing more information.

      Your best bet, is to give our team a call on 13 19 17. Ask them to check your address in the NBN systems and they may be able to give a (very rough) estimate for you.

      – Leo

  16. Charles Jodun says:

    Since I have moved to NBN, I have not experienced any dropouts. Now I am quite happy with the connection to my house. Well done Westnet/iiNet.

  17. Philip says:

    This information appears to be government propaganda. Full of half truths. Why is the roll out focusing on apartment buildings of over 50 units? They claim all as connections when no all residents do connect, only about half in my building.

  18. Anonymous says:


    Why can’t ballan get fttp only fttn because Ballarat and Bacchus marsh got fttp ….
    It is not fair

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Anonymous,

      Ultimately, this is the responsibility of NBN Co, as they make decisions on what connection type is rolled out in each area.

      – Leo

  19. Bit says:

    I rang About FTTP and you said you don’t do it
    and speeds have dropped by over half in the last 12mths

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Bit,

      We still offer FTTP but it does depend on where the connection type is available. If it is not available in your area, we’ll offer what can be connected to you.

      – Leo

  20. Michael Mazur says:

    From reports, this 5G thing is going to fry us all.

  21. Richard Horobin says:

    As a happy iiNet-TransACT FTTN user who does NOT want to join the NBN, why are you confusing me and sowing doubt about my decision to stay with iiNet?

    Shouldn’t you be re-inforcing my decision to stay with iiNet in Canberra?

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Richard!

      Certainly no intent to confuse here and, just to be clear, we’re delighted that you’re with us on our own network in the ACT and there is no need for you to move to the NBN.

      – Leo

  22. keith says:

    I am a basic internet user on ADSL naked something.I measured my download speed at over 12 Mbps recently. I am happy with things as they are, especially that I am on a month to month deal as I have been with iinet for some time. I DON”T like the idea of being tied to a 24 -month Contract.
    I DON’T want to buy a new modem, or pay an installation fee when my current setup works fine.
    I WILL be delaying joining NBN as long as possible. Maybe 5G will save me…

    • Brianna Burgess says:

      Hi Keith,

      We’ve managed to locate your account via the email address supplied and can see NBN (FTTN) is currently available at your address. Eventually you will need to make the switch if you would like to remain connected to the Internet, however you can make the switch whenever you feel ready.
      Here is some information that may assist:
      We have NBN plan options you can select with no lock-in contract. Take a look here:
      Also if your current modem is NBN compatible you shouldn’t need new hardware either.

      Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. We want to make this easy for you!

      – Brianna

  23. Phil says:

    I like Keith wished to stay off the nbn for as long as possible.

    but – due the increasing number of THREATS OF CUT OFF I gave the system 4 weeks to get ready ….

    But – as expected – it has been the most pathetic fiasco one could ever imagine !!!!

    1. The scheduled transfer date was delayed – 30 mins after I received the txt msg advising such – we were unceremoniously DISCONNECTED from a perfectly good working ASDL.

    2 It took 3 days to re-connect [and only after about 10 phone calls – and the last I advised the Wnet “service” – if not – we will be looking elsewhere !]

    3. we had 2 “service techs” [apparently 3 sent !] visit to “fix” the issue – they claimed the line could not be re-connected as it was “faulty”. but somehow we got a “connection”

    3. DROPOUTS – I would claim to hold the record for DROPOUTS – I use Apowersoft’s Screen Capture to record this – it has to be seen to be believed !!! – we are dropped of 20 t0 40 times EVERY MINUITE !!!!

    4.The ONLY programs [that I have found] to hold the NBN FIASCO supply steady are two download ones – DAP and Apowersoft’s Video Downloader – whilst these are downloading files we can squeeze in some activity that demands a constant feed – NOTHING ELSE WORKS !!!!

    5 Our Bank has had to stop a number of transactions due to the UNSECURE NATURE OF THE NBN FIASCO SERVICE WE ARE DUMPED WITH !!!!

    6. I got a msg stating I had “used” 80 of my mb “allowance” — I checked my accound to find I had been charged [$300 au] for the hours that I had waited [at service personels request !!!] to hunt for a solution to the nbn fiasco !!!!!



    9 my clientel with [TPG- iinet-Westnet-KISSER- Starwon goes back to 1991 !!!

    10 I am amazed at the sudden increase in phishing scams and such since the nbn fiasco connect ion – also the number to my mb – never have I had such … way too co-incidental !!!!!

    11 to be treated like this is rather … DISAPOINTING !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for taking a few moments to get in touch. It certainly sounds like your upgrade to NBN has not gone as planned, with there being a delay in the cutover, your ADSL being disconnected (this is part of the process when changing over), the NBN being connected and there being dropout faults on the connection. We do sincerely apologise.

      We believe that we’ve been able to locate your account and we’re arranging contact for you to have the issues that you mention, resolved, as we do want your connection working smoothly.

      – Leo