What is nbn connection?
Once nbn internet is available in your area, you can choose one of our unlimited nbn plans with no lock in contracts, fast download speeds and the best deals from your local nbn provider. You can even bundle our broadband plans with a home phone and choose to keep an existing phone number, so there are a wide variety of deals and packages on offer for everyone.
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As an nbn internet service provider, MATE will assist your transition to the nbn network regardless of what type of nbn internet technology is available at your home. We will arrange your nbn connection appointment if this is required and with our range of unlimited data bundles, you can also add keep your home phone when you switch to nbn for the best bundles packages, or even add one of our SIM only mobile plans.
nbn internet, otherwise known as the national broadband network in Australia, offers faster download speeds to all homes and businesses across the country. Currently rolling out in major capital cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, along with all suburbs in between, nbn internet plans will provide fast speeds, unlimited data and better service overall once connected at your home.
Connecting to nbn internet
When nbn becomes available in your area, we can help you get ready and choose nbn plans and packages that suit you best. However, before you consider the best rates for broadband plans and find out what nbn offers are available, you’ll need to plan your nbn internet connection at the home or office.
When nbn internet arrives in your area, it is highly likely that an nbn technician will need to visit your home to install nbn equipment. If you choose MATE as your provider, we’ll help organise the nbn connection for you as we’ll book in a date and time that suits you and we’ll take care of the scheduled installation by an nbn technician. The good news is, as part of nbn internet plans being rolled out by the Australian Government, any installation of nbn equipment is performed free of charge to you, so there are no extra costs involved unless your property is a brand new development.
To check and see when nbn connects your home and when fast speeds nbn plans with no lock in contracts and unlimited data will be ready, you can check your address over on our nbn address checker and also see the offers and rates of our nbn plans.
Nbn internet types and what it means for my home
Depending on the location of your home, nbn internet will be connected to your address using different types of technologies, some using fibre, others copper and some even making use of wireless solutions. When the nbn network rollout is available at your home, nbn will let you know which technology will serve your address and what nbn internet plans will be available.
For a large majority of Australians, nbn internet will replace the existing copper telephone network and this means everyone will need to move their home phone and internet services to the nbn network. If you want to keep using broadband plans at home and ensure your devices connected remain online, you’ll need to make the switch to nbn sooner or later.
The type of nbn technology used to connect your home will determine what your typical evening speed can be. You can see a brief overview of some different type of nbn connections below:
- Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) - Fibre is run from the nearest available fibre node directly to your house. Requires an nbn Network Termination Device (NTD) to be installed inside your home. This device requires power to operate and can only be installed by an approved nbn installer which your provider will book on your behalf;
- Fibre to the Node (FTTN) - The existing copper phone network from a nearby fibre node is used to make the final part of the nbn connection. nbn internet plans may not be able to achieve the maximum download speeds on FTTN. Requires a VDSL-capable modem, but no other equipment is installed in the home;
- Fibre to the Building (FTTB) - Same as FTTN, but used in unit or apartment blocks. The existing copper phone network from a nearby fibre node is used up to the Main Distribution Frame (MDF) of the building. nbn internet plans may not be able to achieve the maximum download speeds on FTTB. Requires a VDSL-capable modem, but no other equipment is installed in the home;
- Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) - Fibre is extended close to the home and from here, the existing copper network is used to make the final part of the nbn connection. Requires an nbn FTTC connection box in the home;
- Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) - The existing ‘pay TV’ or cable network is used to make the final part of the nbn connection. Requires an nbn HFC network device to be installed in the home;
- Fixed Wireless - Uses data transmitted over radio signals from a transmission tower. Requires installation of an outdoor antenna on the roof, along with an nbn connection device inside and can only be installed by an approved nbn installer which your provider will book on your behalf. nbn internet plans may not be able to achieve the maximum download speeds on fixed wireless. Also, the only nbn plan available with MATE on Fixed Wireless is the No Dramas Wireless+ plan.
If you have any questions about anything to do with nbn technologies, nbn plans, the national broadband network rollout or availability, or you need even more information, don’t hesitate to drop us a line and get in touch!