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National Broadband Network Rollout
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The National Broadband Network (NBN) is an Australia wide project to upgrade the existing fixed line phone and internet network infrastructure. It is essential for Australia’s transition to a digital future. Fast broadband has the potential to fuel growth and drive improvements to local economies, businesses and homes, bringing new opportunities to the whole country.

NBN Co is committed to providing access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband services throughout Australia. We currently plan to do this by utilising a mixture of the following technologies, using the best fit solution for each area.

Fixed Line
Fibre optic cable technology will replace some of the existing copper wire and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) networks which use electricity to transfer data to run telecommunications services in Australia. The NBN rollout currently uses Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology in which the fibre reaches all the way to the premises – your home or business. Fibre optic cable is made of glass and uses light to transmit data. Fibre has many advantages, which fit with the nature of our geography and the goal of assisting Australia’s transition to a digital economy, with higher productivity.

  • Fibre optic cables transmit data over long distances with significantly less loss of quality than copper.
  • Fibre is resistant to noise and ground currents that can interrupt signals.
  • Fibre is inherently capable of supporting high bandwidth, which can bring a wealth of benefits including; multiple users being online at the same time and at the same fast speeds, shorter download time, quicker upload time and a smoother online experience.

Fixed Wireless
Fixed Wireless technology can transmit data at broadband speeds using radio signals instead of cables. This technology uses fixed transmission towers or base stations to communicate ‘over the air’ with the NBN installed equipment within the home or business. Line of sight from the tower to the equipment at the home or business is essential. Australia is a vast country with complex geography and fixed wireless technology enables us to provide access to NBN services in locations that are difficult or not cost effective to reach with fixed line technology.

Satellite equipment is installed at the home or business in order to transmit and receive data via a Satellite orbiting the Earth. This technology makes sense for Australia as it enables us to connect homes and businesses in the hardest to reach, primarily rural and remote areas.

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Date updated
18/11/2014 22:56:24