What technology will connect my premises? | ACMA

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. You can find out what NBN technology will connect your premises by entering your address on NBN Co's website. Alternatively, ask your service provider.

What are the different technologies?

NBN Co is building a 'multi-technology mix' (MTM) network. NBN Co chooses 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): Fibre runs between the exchange and a nearby fibre node, usually contained in a street cabinet. From here, the existing copper network is used to connect your premises.

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FTTB (fibre-to-the-building): Deploys fibre from the exchange to a node in your building’s communications room and then uses existing copper to connect individual apartments.

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FTTC (fibre-to-the-curb): Deploys fibre from the exchange to a distribution point unit located in a pit on the street close to your premises and then uses the existing copper connection into the premises.

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HFC (hybrid fibre-coaxial cable): A broadband network that combines optical fibre and coaxial cable.

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Fixed wireless: Uses 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 the nearest exchange. 

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

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Last updated: 14 February 2019