Learn about the National Broadband Network

A new era is coming. Our "need for speed" is growing and the National Broadband Network (NBN) is here to help.

The National Broadband Network is an upgrade to Australia's existing telecommunications infrastructure. Rolls and rolls of lovely fibre-optic cable are being installed all over the country.  The NBN's fibre-optic cables will better suit the Australian environment, as data speeds over this type of cable are not affected by rain and extreme heat the way existing copper lines are.

This is great news for Australians.

Who is NBN?

nbnTM is a Government-owned company established to build infrastructure and manage the rollout of the National Broadband Network across Australia. nbnTM puts the infrastructure in place; then Optus, and other internet service providers, establish a connection for customers.

What does the NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK mean to me?

Two words: high speed internet

The NBN will deliver faster broadband speeds and connect Australian families and businesses like never before. It will make sharing your holiday snaps with family overseas, and streaming your favourite TV shows, a breeze.

Benefits of NBN:

Reliable Internet Service
NBN internet speeds are less affected by extreme heat and rain
NBN Speed Flexibility
NBN speed tiers for faster downloads and uploads
Future Proof
A network purpose-built for the 21st century
Multiple Devices
A better experience for family or flatmates sharing multiple devices online at the same time
Understanding NBN speed

Understanding NBN speed

What's all this fuss about speed!?

There are a number of speed packs available. Each speed tier has a different upload and download speed, and you get to pick the speed tier that is best for you.

When you select a broadband plan you can also choose to upgrade your speed to match your usage and budget by selecting an Optus speed pack. Take a look at our NBN Speed Packs page.

Understanding NBN speed
Why Choose An Optus NBN Plan?

Why Choose An Optus NBN Plan?


  • Strong and reliable network
  • 24/7 support, dedicated team of NBN experts
  • Plans offering unlimited data
  • Great value bundles with home phone and Yes TV by Fetch
  • 300+ retail shops nationally
  • Discounts for Optus mobile phone customers
  • Optus Perks: $11 movies
Why Choose An Optus NBN Plan?


The National Broadband Network comes in different forms depending on where you live. The five types of NBN are Fibre, NBN Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Basement (FTTB), Fixed Wireless and Satellite. Optus offers Fibre, FTTN, FTTB and Fixed Wireless. Optus NBN Satellite is not currently available.




NBN Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) or "fibre to the home" is Internet that reaches you via fibre-optic cable laid either in the ground or coming to your home via overhead lines. Most NBN Fibre connections will have a new fibre-optic cable run right up to the premises.

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NBN Fibre to the Node (FTTN) or Basement (FTTB) uses a mix of fibre-optic cables and existing copper infrastructure to connect you to the Internet. FTTN involves running fibre-optic cables to your neighbourhood node and using existing copper wires to connect your home. FTTB runs fibre all the way to the basement of an apartment building and uses the existing in-building copper wires to connect your apartment.

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Sometimes NBN Fibre can’t be connected to a home and the final leg of the NBN journey is wireless. A fibre-optic cable is run to a local transmission tower and then a wireless signal is aimed at an antenna fitted to your roof. NBN Fixed Wireless delivers a more stable service than mobile broadband. NBN Fixed Wireless is built to service a predictable number of users, who are not changing location. With broadband over a mobile network, the number of users is unpredictable.

Learn more about how NBN Fixed Wireless is connected to your home.

NBN Speed



In places where NBN Fibre, FTTN, FTTB and NBN Fixed Wireless can’t be installed, NBN internet may be delivered by a satellite service to a dish on the roof. Watch this space for more information.

NBN rollout map

NBN rollout - When will I get NBN?

The whole of Australia is getting NBN internet. Every week the technicians reach a little bit further with their roll out. You'll get plenty of notice that NBN is coming to your area but, if you're keen to keep up, take a look at the rollout map for details.

View rollout map


Whether you're an Optus customer or not, you can also pre-register for NBN
and we will let you know when it arrives.


Call 1300 804 260
and talk to an Optus NBN specialist


Pop in to your local store and speak to our friendly staff


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Serviceability: Available in selected areas. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee installation until we successfully install your service.

Speed: Internet speeds indicated are maximum theoretical speeds only. This doesn't mean that you will experience the maximum speeds at all times, in fact you will typically experience slower speeds due to a number of factors including demand on the Network and local conditions such as internet traffic, your line condition, your hardware and software, the data source or destination and your location that prevent or interfere with reception and speed.