Australia's digital backbone is evolving
With more connected devices, and more people working from home than ever before, we’re continuing to invest in Australia’s digital backbone to ensure people across the country enjoy a future with faster internet.1,2
Utilising fibre infrastructure that is already in place, we’re planning to provide access to more fibre and improved services to more homes and businesses. This is aimed at enabling higher speed services on-demand to millions of premises nationwide.
Fibre connections for over one million more premises
We’ve already begun working to extend fibre deeper into selected towns and suburbs across Australia.
As we look to ramp up this initiative, we’re adding to the two initial releases with a third release of a further 900,000 premises. This will result in 1.1 million homes and businesses becoming eligible to benefit from fibre being rolled out more widely in their communities – with a further 900,000 planned to be announced later in the year.
Enabling higher speeds
Once initial stage work is complete, eligible customers will be able to place an order on-demand with their preferred phone and internet provider for a higher speed plan.1
If Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology is needed to provide access to that wholesale speed tier to their premises, nbn will work with its delivery partners to install a fibre lead-in to complete the conversion from Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to FTTP.
If the desired speed can be achieved via our existing FTTN technology, then nothing will change. Fibre lead-ins will only be installed where they’re needed to achieve the desired speed.
The first eligible premises are expected to be able to order as part of a small-scale launch from November 2021, with more to follow in March 2022.
List of towns and suburbs announced so far.3
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1 Regardless of the retail service you purchase, the actual wholesale speeds will be less than 1000 Mbps due to equipment and network limitations.
2 nbn provides wholesale services to phone and internet providers. nbn™ wholesale speed tiers available to providers vary depending on the access technology in an end customer’s area. An end customer’s experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ broadband access network, depends on the nbn™ access network technology and configuration over which services are delivered to their premises, whether they are using the internet during the busy period, and some factors outside of nbn’s control (like their equipment quality, software, chosen broadband plan, signal reception, or how their provider designs its network).
3 NBN Co reserves the right to amend the list of targeted suburbs and towns for local fibre extensions at its discretion.
4 NBN Co’s build completion commitment was that all standard installation premises in Australia are able to connect to the nbn™ access network as at 30 June 2020. This excludes premises in future new developments which will be an ongoing activity for the Company beyond the build completion date. It also excludes a small proportion of premises defined as ‘complex connections’ – which includes properties that are difficult to access, culturally significant areas and heritage sites – where connection depends on factors outside NBN Co’s control such as permission from traditional owners, and where network construction to allow such premises to connect will be an ongoing activity of NBN Co beyond 30 June 2020.