If you select the “NBN™ Coverage Map” tab and enter your address, our NBN™ Coverage Map will reveal the type of NBN™ technology that will be rolled out in your area, what stage of construction it’s at, and the expected availability date. If you’re finding it difficult to decipher exactly what’s happening at your address, no worries! We’ve put together a guide to break it down for you and help you understand the results.
Which technology is which?
The NBN™ is rolling out a ‘multi-technology mix’, which includes a variety of fibre optic cable, copper wire and coaxial cable networks. That means that you and your friend may be getting different technology types when it comes to the NBN™.
So far, the full range of technologies includes:
State of the art fibre optic cables deliver broadband directly to your premises (geeky types call it FTTP or Fibre to the Premises).
Fibre optic cables connect to your building or a node in your street (or a street nearby) and existing copper cables deliver broadband to your premises.
Coaxial cables deliver broadband to an nbn™ HFC Connection Box in your premises.
An antenna is installed on your roof that delivers broadband from a dedicated NBN™ Wireless tower in your area.
A satellite dish is installed on your roof that delivers broadband from a dedicated NBN Satellite in the Sky.
Not to be confused with NBN™’s Interim Satellite Service (ISS), this new Satellite – dubbed Sky Muster™ – is part of NBN™’s Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS) and boasts the fastest speeds and largest capacity in Australia satellite broadband history.
It’s important to keep in mind that all NBN™ connections are different, not only in name but infrastructure, as well. This means that depending on the technology and location of your address, the speeds you’ll experience may vary.
What stage am I?
As the NBN™ is being rolled out, you can suss out the service stage of your address and the estimated completion dates. If your address is coming up as “not available” just yet on our NBN™ Coverage Checker, jump across to the NBN™ Coverage Map to see what stage your address is in. The three stages are summarised below:
NBN™ hasn’t quite reached you, however it’s being planned in your area.
Good news! The NBN™ isn’t far away and work has started on building the connections in your area.
Even better: the NBN™ is available at your address and you can choose your plan!
What if my stage has changed?
It’s very rare but not everything always goes to plan and sometimes there are nbn co construction delays. If you notice that your status has changed, it’s most likely due to factors such as severe weather, technician availability or further infrastructure requirements. It’s not unusual to be ready to pre-order and then have your address moved back into the planning stage. It’s okay, though; there’s no need to be alarmed. With such a big rollout in store, nbn co may need to change the rollout dates in certain areas – but you know what they say – good things come to those who wait!
If you’re eager to get movin’ and your address is expected to be NBN™- ready within the next 3 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.
If you have a question about the rollout stage at your address, let us know in the comments!