What is the nbn™ network?

The nbn™ network is an Australia-wide project funded by the Federal Government to provide all homes and businesses with a fast, reliable connection to the internet.

Australia’s new broadband network is designed to 'future-proof' Australian homes and businesses by replacing older, dated infrastructure with new, supercharged connections. With internet access becoming so integral to both our work and personal lives, it makes sense to build a sturdier, faster broadband network, especially in a geographically isolated country like Australia.

Of course, just because it's good, doesn't mean it isn't complicated. We know there's a lot of Australians with questions about making the move to the nbn™: so if you're unconvinced, worried about pricing, or just want to know more, we've covered your biggest concerns below.


 

Can I get the nbn™ services?

If you haven't received notice that the nbn™ is now available in your street, there's an easy way to find out. Simply enter your address in our nbn™ search tool, and we'll let you know which NBN services Ascensa can provide in your area.

Fibre to the node - FTTN

All types of nbn™ broadband access network connections that utilise a physical line running to the premises are considered Fixed Line connections. An nbn™ Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connection is utilised in circumstances where the existing copper phone and internet network from a nearby fibre node is used to make the final part of the connection to the nbn™ access network.

The fibre node is likely to take the form of a street cabinet. Each street cabinet will allow the nbn™ access network signal to travel over a fibre optic line from the exchange, to the cabinet, and connect with the existing copper network to reach your premises.


Fibre to the premises - FTTP

All types of nbn™ broadband access network connections that utilise a physical line running to the premises are considered Fixed Line connections. An nbn™ Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connection is used in circumstances where a fibre optic line will be run from the nearest available fibre node, directly to your premises.

FTTP connections require an nbn™ access network device to be installed inside your home. This device requires power to operate and can only be installed by an approved nbn™ installer or phone and internet provider.


Fixed Wireless

An nbn™ Fixed Wireless connection utilises data transmitted over radio signals to connect a premises to the nbn™ broadband access network. This connection is typically used in circumstances where the distance between premises can be many kilometres. Data travels from a transmission tower located as far as 14 kilometres, to an nbn™ outdoor antenna that has been fitted to the premises by an approved nbn™ installer.

Fixed Wireless connections also require an nbn™ connection box to be installed at the point where the cable from the nbn™ outdoor antenna enters your premises. This device requires power to operate, and can only be installed by an approved nbn™ installer or phone and internet provider.


Hybrid Fibre Coaxial - HFC

All types of nbn™ broadband access network connections that utilise a physical line running to the premises are considered Fixed Line connections. An nbn™ Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connection is used in circumstances where the existing ‘pay TV’ or cable network can be used to make the final part of the nbn™ access network connection. In this circumstance an HFC line will be run from the nearest available fibre node, to your premises.

HFC connections require an nbn™ access network device to be installed at the point where the line enters your home. This device requires power to operate, and can be installed by an approved nbn™ installer or service provider.