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NBN types Explained simply!

Confused about NBN?

… You’re not alone.

The first thing to grasp is that there are 5 main types on NBN for most Australians:

  • FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)
  • FTTN (Fibre to the Node)
  • HFC (Hybrid Fibre Co-Axial)
  • Fixed Wireless
  • Satellite

FTTP – Fibre to the Premesis

Meaning – Fast Fibre optic cable all the way to the house

Pros:

  • Capable of very fast speeds (up to 100Mbps)
  • Multiple Phone and Internet sockets allowing for multiple phone / internet lines
  • Sometimes you can re-use an existing ADSL2 modem you may already have

Cons:

  • Holes in the wall: The Installer will be putting a box on the outside, and one on the inside for the modem to connect to

FTTN – Fiber to the node

Meaning – Fibre optic cable through to the node box, then re-using the old copper phone line already to your house

Pros:

  • No holes in the wall. You may never see the installer on your property at all

Cons:

  • Not guaranteed to give higher tiers of NBN speeds.
  • Your existing modem will very likely need to be replaced

HFC – Hybrid Fibre Co-Axial

Meaning – Fibre optic cable part way, then re-using Foxtel / similar coaxial cable that may already be in your suburb

Pros:

  • Capable of very fast speeds

Cons:

  • Holes in the wall: The Installer will be putting a box on the outside, and one on the inside for the modem to connect to
  • Your existing modem will very likely need to be replaced

Fixed Wireless

Meaning – A wireless antenna is places on your roof connecting to a nearby tower

Pros:

  • This could be all you might be able to get if you live in a rural area

Cons:

  • Holes in the wall: The Installer will be putting an antenna, and a box on the inside for the modem to connect to
  • Not guaranteed to give higher tiers of NBN speeds.
  • Your existing modem will very likely need to be replaced
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