Getting Ready for the NBN

Only one quarter of Australians are fully aware of the consequences of not switching across the NBN before the cut off period.

The NBN rollout has reached approximately 6 million homes around the country and only 44% of those 6 million premises have made the switch to the NBN. The rest are still using the old copper and cable lines for their phone and internet services.

However, once a home or business is connected to the NBN, they have 18 months to migrate to NBN services. After that, the traditional copper and cable based phone and internet services in that area will be cut off which include all home/landline services over Telstra’s copper phone lines and all ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ internet services from all providers.

How will I be Connected?

The NBN will be using fibre optic cables to link your home to the broadband network and there are a few different ways of getting connected depending on your property. They are:

  • Fibre to the Premises (FttP): Fibre optic cables will connect a property directly to the exchange.
  • Fibre to the Node (FttN) or Fibre to the Curb (FttC): Fibre optic cables will connect to a node near the property to the exchange. The existing copper network is then used to deliver broadband from the node to the property
  • Fibre to the Building/Basement: Fibre optic cables will connect to the basement of the building. The existing copper lines in the building is then used to deliver broadband from the basement to the rest of the building

Service Disruptions

Old phones or modems might need to be replaced in favour of NBN ready systems. Compatible phones can be plugged in the NBN phone socket but if you would like to use an existing socket at home that is still connected to the copper lines, you will need to ask your provider or contact a registered cabler for wiring changes at extra costs.

Other services that depend on the current phone system might need to be upgraded or replaced otherwise they may not work properly. These can include:

  • Emergency call buttons (or similar dialler devices)
  • Medical alarms
  • Security systems and alarms
  • Monitored fire alarms
  • EFTPOS / ATM terminals
  • Fax machines and Teletypewriters (TTY)

Make sure to contact your service providers if there are known complications between their service and the NBN service.

NBN Plans

Comparing plans between different providers will give you value for your money but your current internet service provider (ISP) will most likely offer an NBN package as well. ISPs will offer different types of broadband speeds but keep in mind that depending on how you’re connected to the exchange. The more copper wires between your property and the exchange, the lower your maximum broadband speed will be. Make sure to find out what the maximum broadband speed you can achieve with your connection before committing to a plan.

Only one quarter of Australians are fully aware of the consequences of not switching across the NBN before the cut off period. This is mostly due to the majority of the population not being connected to the NBN yet or are unaware that their home is already connected.

It is important to know when the NBN is coming to your area and the date in which copper and ADSL services will be disconnected. To find out if your area is NBN ready, you can visit the NBN website and enter your address. It will let you know the progress of the work done in your area. 

Fixtel can assist your transition to the NBN. Contact Us for more information or give us a call on 1300 349 835 to see how we can help you.

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