Migrating to the NBN | ACMA

Migrating to the NBN

It’s important to know that migrating to the NBN is not automatic—there are certain steps you need to take.

Once NBN Co has announced that your area is NBN-ready, you may have up to 18 months to move your phone and internet services to the NBN.

You must contact your preferred service provider to move to the NBN. If you do not contact your preferred service provider, your existing landline and internet services will be disconnected, so make sure you’re in the know to stay connected.

Choosing a service provider and plan for the NBN

NBN Co does not provide services directly to the public, but acts as a wholesaler to other service providers. Contact your preferred service provider when you’re ready to move to the NBN. You may wish to remain with your current telecommunications provider or choose a new one.

When you choose an internet service on the NBN, you’ll be given choices about the speed of the broadband connection.

The price of your NBN service will depend on the download (and upload) speed of your NBN service and the amount of your monthly data allowance. Your monthly allowance is normally measured in gigabytes (GB).

Will everything work?

When you connect to the NBN, some existing devices such as back-to-base alarm monitoring systems and medical alarm systems may not work (or work reliably) over the NBN.*#

It is vital you speak with your service provider/s of alarms, internet or any other services attached to your phone line, to discuss what will or will not work. You will also need to register any monitored medical alarms on the NBN Co medical alarm register.

You may need to upgrade your devices to ensure compatibility with the NBN or seek new solutions, such as using the mobile phone network.

You may also need to have new cabling installed in your premises for existing phone sockets to continue to work. See Cabling requirements for further information.    

*There are some types of services (typically special business services) that are exempt from the managed disconnection process. For more information on see Telstra’s special services and exemptions pages.

#The Telstra telephone network in fixed wireless and satellite areas will not be switched off until at least 2032.

Existing network switchoff

Retail service providers are connecting approximately 40,000 services per week to the NBN. With the aim to roll out the NBN to eight million premises by 2020, there’s a good chance the switchoff may affect you soon.

Rollout of HFC network

NBN Co announced a delay to the existing schedule for rollout of new Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network areas in November 2017. This pause was in place while NBN Co completed work to improve the HFC access network.

The rollout of the HFC network resumed in April 2018. Further information about the HFC relaunch is available on NBN Co’s website.

Know the date so you can contact your provider to avoid being disconnected

Your disconnection date depends on several factors, including when the NBN becomes available in your area and when the existing network will be switched off in your area. This period may be up to 18 months. If you don’t migrate to the NBN during this time, you will no longer have access to landline phones or internet services.

Check the status and sign up for notifications

To check when your home or business will need to migrate to the NBN, check your address here.

My place is listed as ‘Service available’—what does that mean?

When you check your address, if your address is listed as 'Service available', you're in luck and can migrate your services to the NBN. You may have up to 18 months from when it was ready for service until the existing network is switched off. If you don’t migrate to the NBN during this time, you will no longer have access to landline phones or internet services.*#

You’ll need to contact your preferred landline phone or internet provider to arrange for your home and business services to move to the NBN in order to stay connected.

Migration to the NBN is not automatic. If you do not ask a service provider to connect you to the NBN, your landline phone and internet service is likely to be disconnected.

We recommend you move your services well before the switchoff date to ensure you beat the last-minute rush and stay connected.

My place is listed as ‘Not currently available’—what does this mean?

If your area is listed as ‘Not currently available’, then there’s no way to tell when your premises will be on the rollout plan, so we recommend you contact NBN Co to find out when the new network is coming to your area.

Do you have a contract?

If you're on an existing contract, you may pay a penalty to end that contract and take an NBN service with another ISP. If you stay with the same ISP, you are unlikely to be penalised but you should check with your provider.

The installation process

What needs to be installed will depend on the technology that connects your premises to the NBN. It may be as simple as a new modem supplied by your telephone or internet service provider, or could require a technician to come to your place to complete the installation. In some cases, installation could take as long as four or five hours.

You may require new cabling in your premises (this is not provided by NBN Co—see Cabling requirements), so you may need to buy new devices such as modems, routers or mobile-network enabled medical and security alarms to ensure existing telecommunications services continue to work.

Most services provided over the NBN are power-dependent. That means most services, including landline telephone, medical and security alarms, are unlikely to operate in a power outage. 

See also:

Power dependent phone and internet services

Last updated: 26 May 2016