The National Broadband Network (NBN) is coming to make your life more enjoyable. Blazing fast speeds will drastically reduce loading times, pump up professional productivity and enhance communication among friends and families.
But you won’t just wake up one day and be ready to use the NBN. Before taking advantage of the network’s great benefits, you might need to prepare some of your existing services and devices for the transition from old copper wires to new NBN cabling.
Once the NBN hits your part of town, your existing network providing you with internet and phone services will eventually be shut off if it operates over copper wires (this excludes areas who’ll receive an NBN Satellite or Fixed Wireless service, you’ll keep your copper based phone service). That means that many devices and services connected to the existing network will stop working if you don’t plan accordingly.
If you wish to continue to access the internet, you’ll need to switch your internet service over to the NBN when your premise becomes NBN ready.
ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ subscriptions will need to be switched over to the NBN if you want to avoid interrupted web surfing.
The good news is that if you sign up to a 24 month NBN contract with iiNet you will receive an awesome NBN-ready Netcomm WiFi modem worth $109.
Landline phones are another common utility that will be affected by the new NBN network. If an NBN fibre connection is being installed in your area, your copper wiring connection will be disconnected 18 months after the new technology’s arrival.
But don’t worry; if you make the right preparations, you’ll still be able to use your landline phone to chat with your friends and family.
Other devices in your home or business
Monitored home security systems, fax machines and other items that currently run on copper phone wires might need to be upgraded to continue operating over the NBN. This is especially true for businesses that depend on services such as EFTPOS every day.
If you are wondering about the NBN compatibility of specific devices in your home or business the right move is to call the manufacturer of those specific services and see if any changes need to be made to ensure they are NBN ready.
You can also check to make sure you have the correct cabling installed to maintain the functionality you need. Any additional internal premise cabling or wiring is the responsibility.of the home owner. If you require cabling between the rooms of your home, please contact a registered cabler for a quote. A list of registered cablers can be found on our website.
What to do now?
The NBN represents the next step in the evolution of telecommunications. To make sure you don’t experience any unwanted interruptions, or to learn about other aspects of the NBN’s arrival, check out our NBN FAQ page. If you’d like to be kept up to date with the latest news around the NBN and when it will be coming to your area, join the NBN Wait List.
Unprecedented connectivity is around the corner. Be sure to take the simple, yet necessary, steps to put yourself in the best situation to take advantage of it.