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 NBN™ completed?
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?