The NBN Wrap-up for 2019

NBN Co have been working towards completion of the nationwide NBN™ rollout by 2020. With the end of 2019 just around the corner, there’s been a lot to do before the 20-20’s arrive to ensure that all Australians have access to an internet connection that allows them to communicate, work, surf the net and stream with ease.

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™. As 2019 nears to an end, we take a look at just what has happened in the NBN™ world this year and how far it’s come in the last eight years.

Let’s dive in!

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

There are currently a total of seven delivery modes in the NBN™ Multi-Technology Mix and 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. At iiNet, we were one of the first ISP’s to introduce NBN™ plans and to date we have connected over 600,000 Australian homes across the entirety of the technology mix.

To date the NBN™ rollout has seen:

  • Over 248,800 premises ready to connect on FTTB
  • Over 376,600 premises ready to connect on FTTC
  • Over 1,048,300 premises ready to connect on FTTN
  • Over 281,500 premises ready to connect on FTTP
  • Over 924,200 premises ready to connect on HFC
  • Over 290,841 premises ready to connect on Satellite
  • Over 249,700 premises ready to connect on Fixed Wireless

The 2019 rollout

This year saw an additional 2,641,800 million addresses ready to connect to the NBN™, bringing the total rollout since 2011 up to 10,283,800 million. That’s over a 40% increase on last Financial Year’s rollout! The biggest rollout this year occurred in June with more than 545,000 addresses ready to connect to the NBN™.

Online learning

Approximately 220,000 regional households with children that previously had no internet or a below average internet connection in 2014, are now connected to the NBN™. Students in NBN™ households have spent a minimum of 15 minutes per week doing homework online compared to students in non- NBN™ homes.

NBN™ scams

The rapid expansion of the NBN™ and the need for all Australians to eventually make the move across has seen an increase in door-to-door and phone scams. To help you stay aware and keep one eye peeled for any suspicious activity, check out our article on NBN door-to-door scams.

Connecting regional and remote Australia

Earlier this month, close to 98% of the homes and businesses in regional Australia can now, or will soon, access the NBN™.

In October this year, NBN Co launched a new regional-focussed business unit. Once the rollout ends, NBN Co has announced that they will remain committed to providing even greater broadband services to these areas, increased regional support, and raised digital capability of these areas.

Aussie Businesses on the NBN™

By the end of the rollout, up to 47,300 additional people are expected to use the network to work from home, compared to around 3,000 additional workers in 2017.

What’s in store for the NBN Co in 2020?

The NBN Co is on track for rollout completion with 11.7 million premises ready to connect and 8.1 million homes and businesses with an active service over the NBN™ access network by the start of 2020. A further 923,400 addresses are projected to be added to the footprint next year in the final year of construction, with 8.7 million premises expected to be connected to the NBN™ by the end of July 2021.

The NBN Co estimates between 27,400 and 79,700 new businesses will be established and 31,000 additional jobs will be created as a roll-on from the NBN™ in FY21.

iiNet and the NBN™

Want to know more? We’ve been working with the internet since the dialup days and our experience has shaped us into the NBN™ experts. At iiNet, we’ve been connecting people to the NBN™ since the beginning of the rollout and have consistently set the standard for the NBN™. Just to name a few, we’ve be awarded Internet Service Provider of the Year by Roy Morgan, won Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers award for Small Business Broadband for the last five years, named Australia’s Best NBN Provider for 2018 by Choice, and come out on top numerous times in Honesty Box’s Broadband Performance Measurement reports.

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. How, you ask? Just pre-order your preferred plan now!

Want to know more? 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. For other NBN™ articles, be sure to check out our blog!


  1. Shane Wharton says:

    You haven’t mentioned in all the statistics the number outages to existing services disrupted by NBN co or the number of days customer have been without services because of these disruptions. We are still waiting and the * stays the same they just keep moving the month in front of the * to make it later and later. This has been going on for four years!

  2. Hi.

    At this point in time the NBN has not met my expectations.

    I have now moved to foster not moving in for
    About 1 or 2 weeks I’m hoping to be connected to finer to the node .

    Lookout to better service then ???

    Happy Christmas to all.

    & a new year with NBN for me .

  3. Rosie Birch says:

    NBN Information- 6 of apartments in my strata have been on NBN for months – but my date is now June 2020!!. No explanation or help from IINET or NBN. Same cables to the street! Cannot get any information or help. Disappointed by lack of support from IINET – ” not our problem you need to contact NBN” Contacting NBN is really hard but I did. Got a repeat of ” service will be June 2020 – not dialogue or help as to why”

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hey Rosie,

      Thanks for your thoughts!

      We can only relay the information that NBN has for us, as far as availability is concerned, as they do control the rollout of the network. There’s no intention on our side to be unhelpful; we simply don’t have access to the information that you want.

      – Leo

  4. Patricia Lewin says:

    It would be nice to have unlimited data on the satellite plan. Just because we can only get satellite shouldnt mean we are disadvantaged and have to pay more for less data. Regional wa. But only 1hr from Perth.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Patricia,

      We’d love to have our Satellite customers to have as much data as possible! NBN very strictly controls the amount of data available on these connections, as there is limited capacity on Satellite services.

      – Leo0

  5. Michael says:

    When, if ever, will NBN Co be delivering the true benefits of Fiber connection to all house holds?

    The current NBN™ Multi-Technology Mix is a barrier to maxium speed FTTP can deliver.

    Currently my FTTN is 70% UNDER SPEED due to the aged copper wire’s NBN Co are utilising to inflate rollout statistics.

  6. John R Warren says:

    I presume I am soon to be connected to FTTC. I would like to have the save (or slightly improved) services to now. You can check my account to see the present setup. In particular, how will the landline phones and the security service with its daily calls be affected?

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi John!

      We’d strongly recommend having a chat to your security service provider before upgrading to NBN. The upgrade will remove the landline phone from the copper loop and the number will be transferred to being a VoIP service (should you want to retain the number). This also means that the number will be dependent on the internet service being connected, so should the connection stop, so does the phone service.

      – Leo

  7. Brian Sherman says:

    Our internet on NBN has been just passable – about twice the speed we had on the phone line; but our net phone has been well below our old phone line – we still get many calls where we can’t receive the caller until we press receive a second time, in which time our caller has been getting music; and the time feed we get is Australian Eastern Standard Time, not Australian Central Standard or Summer Time – when we are in Adelaide.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hey Brian,

      We’d recommend having a chat to our Support team about this, as we don’t believe that your voice service should be working like this. The point of having a Netphone service is that it should function like a regular landline, so we know that our teams will be able to help with this.

      – Leo

  8. Frank Chang says:

    I am still waiting for NBN.
    When shall I have NBN connected.

  9. Cheryl says:

    The only things I’ve heard about the NBN (Not Bloody Necessary) are bad, very bad. What other alternatives are there to joining this ridiculous, watered down version?

  10. I find it hard to believe that after 8 years of rolling out the NBN that my business, located in a quite new (10 year old) business park on the Gold Coast- a growing area with a population larger than the whole of Tasmania- THAT I STILL HAVE NO NBN available. It irks me even more when your report tells me that connections are now available to 98% of the population but our business park, 50 metres from the M1 motorway connection Brisbane to the Gold Coast is regarded as a digital backwater that almost no-one within NBN corp. seems to have even the slightest interest in hooking us up !!!!! ggrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  11. Hi, is there a possibility to request (at extra cost) a FTTC upgrade from an existing FTTN connection?



  12. BETHEL SCHMIDT says:

    How do you join the NBN when you live on a property (farm)

  13. Mx Dan says:

    NBN connection will cost us $10 per month more than the current ADSL2 connection for roughly the same service. NBN will, also, come bundled with an obsolete telephone service which we do not need nor want.
    We shall be hanging on to the ADSL2 service until it is forcibly disconnected.
    Poor show Australia, very poor show.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hey Mx Dan,

      We certainly understand your sentiments here. We’d encourage you to compare the speeds of the connection that you currently have now, then compare it to the NBN connection that you may be able to obtain. Also, consider that if you have an ADSL service, that you are paying a line rental on top of the broadband cost, whereas the Netphone service that you can opt to use and switch your landline to, is included (barring call costs), so there is a potential for a cost saving.

      – Leo

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