NBN Check – How to discover when your area will be NBN ready.
Are you sick of waiting for things to load on your ‘interwebs’ browser and just dying to be one of the lucky NBN ready occupants? The National Broadband Network is currently on, full speed ahead; however, the enormity of this project is staggering. Think of it in terms of size – Australia is a huge continent and sparsely spread out, meaning this project is more like a marathon, rather than a quick dash!
With millions of business and homes all across the country waiting to be connected, people in non-NBN connected areas can often feel like a child waiting for Christmas. Although you can’t push your town into the front running position, you can keep yourself informed by regularly using the NBN address checker here: http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html. Just enter your location and receive the most accurate and up-to-date data about whether commencement has begun, whether it is yet to begin, or that it’s now available!
While the NBN coverage is constantly growing, the process is not easy. As an example, when thinking of the locations around the country, you picture them as cities, towns and suburbs, correct? However, for the complexity of the NBN, that’s not how it works! Every suburb is made up of several networks, all with their own overhead and underground fibre cables and all of which need to be upgraded and connected separately. In other words, particular address and streets are not done at the same time, but at least you know it is coming.
When it comes to the actual connection of your NBN, you are more than likely going to be connected via the NBN fibre network. However, the way that the fibre cables are connected from the exchange to your home may well differ.
There are a range of connection that can be used:
- Hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) in the future.
- Fibre to the Basement (FttB).
- Fibre to the Node (FttN).
- Fibre to the Premises (FttP – also known as Fibre to the Home).
There are also a few Australians that will be connected via satellite or wireless services.
Once you’ve received notice of the NBN becoming available in your area, it’s time to enjoy superfast internet. Also, don’t delay, as – just like the rollout of the Digital TV service – the old services will be switched off after a period of time!