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What technology will connect my premises?

The network technology that feeds your premises will depend on a number of factors, but is mostly determined by your location. The easiest way to find out what NBN technology will connect your premises is by entering your address on Finder's website. This website is not affiliated or associated with NBN Co or the Australian Government in any way, however it uses NBN Co data and is a useful and informative site for identifying what NBN technology will connect your premises. Alternatively, you may ask your service provider.

What are the different technologies?

NBN Co is building a 'multi-technology mix' (MTM) network. NBN Co will choose the technology for each area based on factors such as existing infrastructure, population density and distance to the local telephone exchange. Some technologies will require more extensive work at your property for installation than others. The technologies used are:

FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises): Fibre runs all the way from the exchange to your premises. Most new estates and developments are likely to be connected by FTTP.

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FTTN (fibre-to-the-node): Many areas with existing ADSL will be upgraded and the copper at the premises connected to fibre at a nearby node. The first FTTN services were launched in September 2015.

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FTTB (fibre-to-the-basement): Launched in 2015, FTTB services are designed for office blocks and apartments, with one million homes and businesses scheduled to get FTTB services by 2020. 

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FTTC (fibre-to-the-curb): Deploys fibre into neighbourhoods and then makes use of the existing copper into the premises.

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HFC (hybrid fibre-coaxial cable): An HFC network is a broadband network that combines optical fiber and coaxial cable.

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Fixed wireless: Fixed wireless connections use cellular or mobile technology on a separate network to existing mobile networks. This is being built in areas that don't have a fixed line to connect to the internet, in semi-remote areas, or areas that are a significant distance from their nearest exchange. 

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Satellite: Premises are fitted with a satellite dish to receive their internet service.

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Proportion of premises covered by each technology

   Base case
Technology  End of initial build (FY20) (million) End of initial build (% of total)  End of initial build (FY20) (million)  End of initial build (% of total) 
FTTP  1.8–2.2  16–19  1.9  17 
FTTN/B/C  5.1–6.3  44–54  5.6 48 
HFC   2.6–3.2  22–28  3.1  2.7 
Fixed Wireless and Satellite  0.9–1.0  1.0 
Total Australia  11.6  100  11.6  100 

Note: The operational and financial metrics in Table 3 represent the current base case within the above range. This does not include premises adequately serviced by alternative fibre networks

Source: NBN Co Corporate Plan 2018–21, p.45, Table 5: Proportion of premises covered by each technology  

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Last updated: 13 September 2018