NBN Fibre on Demand

Most residents and business owners will receive the nbn™ via the combination of technologies deemed most suitable for their specific area. This decision is made by nbn™ and factors in considerations such as purpose, cost, existing infrastructure and future development.

In the rare event where a different type of connection is required to the type designated by the nbn™, you may be able to switch to a preferred type of technology. This is widely referred to as 'nbn™ Fibre on Demand' but is now encompassed in the Technology Choice Program.

NBN™ Technology Choice Program

The Technology Choice Program exists to facilitate requests from individuals and parties who wish to pay for a different kind of nbn™ network access technology. For example, a request may arise if:

  • A medical practice in regional Australia is scheduled to receive the nbn™ via Satellite but requires Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).
  • An apartment building in Melbourne receives Fibre to the Basement (FTTB) but each apartment owner would prefer Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).
  • A business park in Perth receiving the nbn™ via Fixed Wireless needs to switch to Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to cope with commercial demands.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AN NBN™ SWITCH

There are two application options in the Technology Choice Program. They are an Area Switch and an Individual Premises Switch.

Area Switch

An Area Switch is appropriate if an eligible group of premises owners wish to switch to an alternative nbn™ technology. Applications must be made by one individual on behalf of an area, which may consist of residences, businesses, body corporates, local government authorities or state government bodies.

The national broadband network suggests areas consist of 150-350 premises. All premises affected by an Area Switch application must agree to the switch. Applications for an Area Switch must be made directly to the national broadband network. Lodging an application does not guarantee delivery.

Individual Premises Switch

An Individual Premises Switch is appropriate if a single or small group of premises wish to switch to an alternative nbn™ technology. Applications must be made by one individual and may be on behalf of a business park, a school, farm, government building or just a single location.

The applicant must be the owner or authorised representative of the premises. Applications can only be processed once the originally scheduled technology is deployed.

Initially nbn™ is only accepting applications from premises scheduled to receive Satellite, Fixed Wireless or Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technologies that wish to switch to Fixed Line Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).

Applications for an Individual Premises Switch must be made directly to nbn™. Lodging an application does not guarantee delivery.

Cost Of A Technology Switch

Due to the variables involved in a technology switch the costs are decided on a case by case basis. nbn™ has indicated that an Individual Premises Switch may cost from a few thousand dollars up to tens of thousands of dollars, whilst an Area Switch may cost from tens of thousands of dollars up to a few million.

There are no upfront fees to submit an application however there are various fees in place throughout the application process. nbn™ says this is so applicants are informed of the likely costs of installing a technology switch, without requiring a large upfront commitment.

Fees may include: an application fee (if applicable), a Design and Quote fee, and Build Payments.

If nbn™ receives multiple Individual Switch applications in the same location applicants may encounter lower infrastructure costs per applicant as the costs for infrastructure may be shared. This may also occur as a price adjustment to prior builds.

After you submit an application, nbn™ will provide a quote that outlines any financial costs as well as the payment structure.