What is the NBN?

The nbnTM is a government funded telecommunications network that is being rolled out across Australia. It has the potential to allow your home or business to access faster and more reliable phone and internet services.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports six in seven households had internet at home in 2015 - up from two-thirds in 2007/08. The rollout plan aims to connect 93% of all Australian households with speedy internet, incorporating just about every household by 2030.

Are there different ways to connect to the NBN?

Most Aussies will connect to the NBN via fibre to the premise (FTTP), fibre to the basement (FTTB) or fibre to the node (FTTN). However some rural areas may connect to the NBN using a combination of fibre optic cables and wireless technology. This is called NBN fixed wireless.

Will I get the NBN fixed wireless?

The NBN Co will decide which technology is most appropriate for your area. If you're living in metropolitan or suburban areas then you'll probably connect via one of the NBN fibre optic options listed above.

How does NBN fixed wireless work?

A fibre-optic cable is run to a local transmission tower called a base station. A signal is then aimed from the tower to an antenna fitted to your roof. NBN fixed wireless is usually set up with a direct line of sight between your antenna and the Fixed Wireless base station.

Will the NBN be more expensive?

There may be additional costs involved if you want fastest speeds than with a plan.

You have the option of adding an Optus NBN speed packs. You can select one when you purchase your plan or you can upgrade your existing plan later.

What do you need to do to connect to the NBN?

Technicians are busy replacing phone and internet services and connecting them to the network. You may have already noticed fibre optic cables being laid under your street and around your neighbourhood.

Use our address checker to check when the NBN is available in your area.

All that's left to do is if you want to make the switch from your existing broadband connection to the nbn, is select a suitable plan. We'll then organise all the technical stuff and once you are up and running, you'll be able to enjoy your Optus NBN broadband connection.

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