what is the nbn™ network?
The National Broadband Network (or nbn™ network) is the long-awaited upgrade to Australia’s previous copper cable internet and telephone cable infrastructure, replacing this with high-speed fibre optic cabling. As Australia’s demand for faster and more reliable internet increased, it became apparent that the copper cable infrastructure could not support this demand. As a result, the Federal government would spend an estimated total of $51 billion in order to develop and distribute the nbn™ network.
Although this cost might seem high, the nbn™ network has begun to achieve its goal of providing the nation with a vastly improved internet, allowing people to download, search and stream at much faster speeds than Australia’s older internet infrastructure. By making our nation’s internet faster, the nbn™ network also has the capacity to improve the quality of education, economics and many other industries.
The nbn™ network is currently being managed by NBN Co, a government-run company that was established in 2009 in order to take on the responsibility of developing, rolling out and maintaining the nbn™ network. Despite the fact NBN Co was responsible for the development of the nbn™ network, they aren’t responsible for the sale of nbn™ network services to the public. In order to access the benefits that come with the nbn™ network, you’ll need to sign up to an nbn™ plan, which is available from a number of Australian internet service providers. MATE is one of these providers, and you can check out our great range of no-contract nbn™ plans here!
With the nbn™ network, Australia is able to better interact and exchange information in both national and international environments, which comes with a range of benefits such as being to communicate with family interstate and overseas, secure international business deals and get the latest news on what’s going on in the world. For those of you who want to know when the benefits of the nbn™ network are due to arrive, we’ve got you covered. Enter your address in our online checker, to see if the nbn™ network has been connected to your home and what technology is being utilised.
why do I need the nbn™ network?
The previously established copper cable infrastructure is not built to cater for the needs of modern Australian society, which includes quickly gathering information, streaming movies, conferencing, playing video games and running online business. This inability to cater for a growing economy and society is the reason for the implementation of the nbn™ network and means that any existing fixed phone line and internet services, like ADSL and cable broadband, will be cut off.
As a result, the nbn™ network is being gradually rolled out, and is expected to be completed by 2020. Therefore, you’ll eventually have to make it so your telephone and internet services are ready for the nbn™ network. But, how do you make sure that your devices are ready for the nbn™ network? You can make sure your devices are ready by calling up an nbn™ plan provider and switching your existing internet plan over to an nbn™ plan. If you’d like to learn more about the nbn™ network, or are considering signing up to an nbn™ plan, you can reach MATE’s all-Aussie support team on 13 14 13.
what are the benefits of having the nbn™ network?
The main benefit of the nbn™ network is a far quicker and far more consistent internet connection than what can be achieved than on the old copper and cable infrastructure. This provides a lot of immediate benefits, as faster downloads, gaming and streaming.
The presence of faster internet also brings a range of other benefits, such as improved quality of healthcare and education. The introduction of the nbn™ network also allows us to compete more in national and international business, allowing the nation to improve its economy.
do I need to pay anything to have the nbn™ network installed?
As the nbn™ network is a federal government initiative, you won’t have to pay a cent for the nbn™ network to be accessible from your home, unless your home is a new development, in which case you’ll need to pay a new development fee. You will have to pay for an nbn™ plan, if you want to be able to utilise the nbn™. You’ll be able to get an nbn™ plan from a range of internet providers, including your existing internet service provider.
At MATE, we have a range of nbn™ plans that are designed to be able to suit a number of lifestyles, from senior living to large families. If you’d like to learn more about which of our range of nbn™ plans is right for you, check out the nbn™ plans on our site, or give us a call on 13 14 13 to discuss your internet needs.
how is the nbn™ better than ADSL?
In order to answer this question, we need to explain what ADSL actually is. Asymmetric digital subscriber line (also known as ADSL) is a type of broadband service that utilises the old copper telephone infrastructure in order to deliver a theoretical maximum internet speed of 20 Mbps. The issue with ADSL is that the speed available is mainly affected by the distance to your local telephone exchange. This means that this average internet speed begins to peter out and slow down the further away you are from the telephone exchange, making ADSL unpredictable, and combined with a degrading, ageing copper telephone network, unreliable.
Unlike the copper telephone infrastructure, the optic fibre cable used for the nbn™ network is designed to be able to carry large amounts of data at once, and is designed primarily around internet usage, unlike the old copper telephone infrastructure. This means that you won’t have the issue of slower internet the further away from a hub you are. As well as this, the advancements that come with the nbn™ network also allow for much faster network speeds, such as 43 Mbps or even 86 Mbps.
Regardless of whether you prefer your ADSL connection, the copper cable infrastructure that provides the ADSL connection will be phased out, being replaced by the high-speed optic fibre network. As a result, you’ll need to make sure that your home is ready for the nbn™ network, which can be done by contacting an nbn™ plan provider and selecting a plan that’s right for you.
how do I connect to the nbn™ network?
All up, there are seven ways for you to be connected the nbn™ network. These types of connection are Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Basement/Building (FTTB), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), Fixed Wireless and Sky Muster satellite. All of these types of connection are designed to make the nbn™ network available to certain areas. For example, Fixed Wireless and Sky Muster satellite connections are designed to bring the speed of the nbn™ network to more rural areas of Australia.
If you live in a capital city, you’ll most likely be using one of four connection types – FTTN/FTTB, FTTP, FTTN and HFC. FTTB is primarily used for apartment living, so if you live in a house, you’ll either have FTTP or FTTN. FTTN, being based around a node, is delivered to your home through copper wire, which results in slightly slower internet speeds than what those with FTTP would have. As a result, it would make sense that everyone would want to be connected to the nbn™ through a FTTP connection. However, this is pre-determined by how the nbn™ network is set up in your area. Whether your connection to the nbn™ is established via a FTTP connection, HFC or a Fixed Wireless or Sky Muster satellite connection, you’ll need to make sure that your home is prepared for both the nbn™ network as well as any limitations that your connection type may present.
But before you deal with any of this, you’ll need to know if your home is even connected to the nbn™ network yet. Want to find out if your home is connected to the nbn™ network? At MATE, we have a handy feature on our site that can track if your home has been connected yet. Just find out more about our nbn™ plans to see if your home or business is ready.
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Other Frequently Asked Questions about the nbn™
how does the nbn™ installation into my home or business work?
The installation of the nbn™ network into your home or business is designed to be as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you’re having the nbn™ network installed directly into your home for the first time, you will more than likely need to have someone over the age of 18 to invite the installer into the home and sign off on the installation work that they do.
In most cases, you’ll need to work with the installer based on standard installation requirements in order to find the best spot for your device to be installed (if applicable) – an area that’s easy for you to access as well as an area where the technician can easily connect your device to the premises connection device outside. Depending on the connection type, if no physical device is required (such as for an FTTN/FTTB connection) the nbn™ network will be established via a standard telephone wall socket.
what nbn™ plan is right for me?
At MATE, we have a number of nbn™ plans that are designed to suit a range of different lifestyles. Are you retired, but still looking to keep in touch with friends and family? Try out our good mates nbn™ 12 plan, offering a typical busy period download speed of 10 Mbps and designed for basic internet browsing. Or are you looking for a high-speed plan with unlimited data? Then maybe our soul mates nbn™ 100 plan designed for 6 or more people, with a typical busy period download speed of 83 Mbps. No matter what you need the internet for, you can guarantee that MATE has the nbn™ plan to suit you.
One thing you’ll need to keep in mind is that not only is your internet speed affected by the type of plan that you have, it’ll also be affected by the type of connection that you have to the nbn™ network. For example, if you have a plan that provides you with a typical busy period download speed of 43 megabytes per second (Mbps) but you’re connected to the nbn™ network via FTTN technology, your average internet speed may be slightly slower.
As well as this, there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration when judging your internet speed. This can include location, distance from Fixed Wireless position (primarily applies to rural/inland internet users), quality of devices and many more factors. Please consider that these factors can have a significant impact on your overall impact speed, even if you’ve just purchased and have a high-speed nbn™ network connection to your home.
who will be getting access to the nbn™ network?
Quite simply, the nbn™ network aims to eventually give high-speed internet connections to every single home and business in Australia. By the end of 2020, nbn™ hopes to achieve this goal of providing quality internet across Australia, so you can utilise the entirety of the internet at high speed, no matter where you are in the country.
Even though everyone will be getting access to the nbn™ network, it is gradually being rolled out across the country. This means that there are some areas, such as capital cities, that will be receiving high-speed internet a lot sooner than those who live in rural areas. As well as this, you’ll need to take into consideration how you’ll be receiving the nbn™ network, as there are a number of ways that you’ll be connected.
If you want to know how you’re connected to the nbn™ network, there’s a very easy way to find out. On the MATE website, we have all the locations where the nbn™ network is available, and how it’s been made available. Before you select one of our many nbn™ plans, you’ll be asked to enter your address and see if your home or business is connected to the nbn™ network and how it’s been or will be connected to the nbn™ network. With this information, you’ll be able to determine what type of nbn™ plan will best suit your home or business.
what do I need to do to be prepared for the nbn™ network?
As the nbn™ network is rolled out, it will replace the existing copper telephone infrastructure, which means that services that once existed on this infrastructure will be terminated. As a result, you’ll need to make sure that all aspects of your home that used the ADSL infrastructure are ready to be connected to the new fibre optic infrastructure.
Thankfully, preparing your phones and internet using appliances for the nbn™ network is incredibly easy. Simply call an nbn™ provider like MATE and talk to them about what plan would best suit your lifestyle. At MATE, we’re all about getting your devices back up and running as soon as possible. If you want your devices on the nbn™ network as soon as possible, check out our range of high-quality, high-speed nbn™ plans on our website, or give us a call on 13 14 13 today.
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