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How much data does an average Australian use on the nbn?
Australian households are using more data than ever before. According to NBN Co, over 12 months between June 2018 and June 2019, consumption of data on the nbn™ has increased by almost 25%. In June 2019 alone, Australia used a staggering 1.35 billion GB of data, dominated by video streaming services.READ MORE
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the nbn
While getting connected to the internet seems like it should be a relatively straight-forward topic, the nbnTM can be surprisingly vast and complicated, resulting in lots of questions. Below are a number of frequently asked questions about the nbn along with answers to them. Some also include links to more in-depth articles or resources on that particular topic.READ MORE
How to improve your nbn speed
Due to a wide variety of factors, sometimes your nbnTM speed might not be as fast as you were expecting. The nbn relies on cutting-edge fibre technology and there are a number of ways you can make sure you’re getting the most out of the nbn connection you have at your home or business. Sometimes factors that are temporarily reducing your speed might be out of your control, such as a network outage, internet congestion during peak times and the number of people currently accessing that same site or online service.READ MORE
ACCC rates Optus #1 for average nbn download speeds
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released their November 2019 Measuring Broadband Australia report which placed Optus in the top position for average nbn™ download speeds during the peak hours of the day (7-11pm). At Optus, we’re thrilled with these results.READ MORE
Do you need a phone line to get the nbn?
With the prevalence of mobile phones and increasing data allowances on mobile plans, a landline is becoming less essential for many Australians. If you’re making the switch to the nbnTM, you might be wondering if you need a home phone line like you do for ADSL. The good news is that, unlike ADSL, the nbn does not require a phone line to deliver the internet to your premises.READ MORE
Do I Need to Switch to the nbn?
The nbnTM rollout is continuing on schedule, which means more and more Australians can connect to the network at their home or business. As Australia’s new broadband network, the nbn brings many benefits, but a common question is whether switching from your old internet or phone service is necessary.READ MORE
What are the best nbn plans?
If you live in an area where the nbnTM is available, chances are you’ll look at making the switch soon if you haven’t already. Moving your home internet connection to the nbn might seem like a daunting process, but knowing what nbn plans are the best for you can make getting started much easier. If you’re not sure if the nbn is available in your area yet you can check our nbn rollout map for details.READ MORE
Why is my nbn Connection Slow?
There are numerous reasons why your internet speed can run slower than expected, from hardware placement in your home to technical issues on the network.
If you’re trying to get to the bottom of an nbnTM connection issue, there are a few common problems that may turn out to be the source of your slow speed. Fortunately, many of them can be resolved simply. If you are experiencing nbn speed issues, you might benefit from some of the suggestions below.READ MORE
nbn News: Field Test Achieves 1 Gbps Speeds on nbn HFC
The nbnTM rollout might be close to reaching its initial goal, but NBN Co have further plans to maintain and improve the network. As part of that improvement process, NBN Co have been testing DOCSIS 3.1 technology with nbn HFC and successfully reached a trial download speed of 994 Mbps, or 1 Gbps, showing the theoretical potential of the nbn.READ MORE
nbn News: 10 Million Premises Can Now Connect to the nbn
NBN Co have hit a major milestone in the nbn rollout as of July 2019. Over 10 million premises in Australia are now nbn ready and are able to get connected to the nbn access network. This includes homes as well as businesses who can now take advantage of the speed offered by the nbn.READ MORE
NBN Co Launches nbn Business Solution Finder
Businesses come in all different shapes and sizes: small and medium, global and enterprise, local and international. As a result, the nbnTM and internet needs of different businesses are likely to vary immensely. To help tackle this challenge, NBN Co have launched an nbn Solution Finder to help businesses better identify their internet needs.READ MORE
Can I Connect to the nbn When Building a New Home?
Building your own home or buying a brand new one is an exciting and busy time. There’s a lot of things to consider and remember, especially if you’re building a new property. One of those important considerations will be your internet connection. For most new builds, the nbnTM will likely be the best and most practical option. Fortunately, getting connected to the nbn with a new building should be a straight forward process. Let’s take a look at the steps you will most likely need to go through to get your new home nbn ready.READ MORE
nbn News: NBN Co Consults Industry on nbn Pricing
The internet has quickly become an essential service for most Australian households, probably not far behind utilities like electricity and water. Through the nbnTM rollout, NBN Co continues to play an important part in connecting Australia to a powerful and reliable internet service. As more and more businesses and government agencies move procedures online, it’s important that everyone can easily access these services.READ MORE
Can I Connect to the nbn in a Granny Flat?
Granny flats and outbuildings are an increasingly common living situation for many Australians. Of course, getting connected to fast and reliable internet is important no matter what your home looks like. Living in a granny flat and looking to connect to the nbnTM? As a fixed internet service, the nbn typically requires cable access to the property in order for you to get connected. This can present some unique challenges if you’re sharing a block of land with another residence. Fortunately, there are still several options available to get you connected to the nbn.READ MORE
Will 5G Replace the nbn?
5G is coming. The latest in fixed wireless and mobile technology, 5G promises unrivalled speeds, easy plug and play installation and no need for a fixed line to set up the connection. 5G is the start of an exciting time for in Australia, and at Optus we’re thrilled to be bringing it to our customers. The question on everyone’s lips though is will 5G make the nbn redundant? After years of work and billions of dollars, will the nbn be replaced right at the last second just as it’s finally getting off the ground?READ MORE
Can I Connect to the nbn if I’m Renting?
According to the 2019 census, more and more Australians are renting rather than owning their own property. Australians are renting for all sorts of reasons: convenience, affordability, location, and so on. As the nbnTM rollout heads towards its conclusion, if you’re part of the 30.9% of Australians who are renting, you might be wondering whether you can connect to the nbn at all. The good news, depending on where you’re living, is that the answer is most likely yes.READ MORE
nbn Cable (HFC) Explained
There are a number of different ways an nbnTM connection can be installed. When a physical line is run from a premise, like with Fibre to the Basement, it’s called a fixed line connection. nbn Cable (also known as HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial) is how many Australians will connect to the National Broadband Network.READ MORE
nbn Fibre to the Basement (FTTB) Explained
There are a number of different ways an nbnTM connection can be installed. When a physical line is run from a premise, like with Fibre to the Basement, it’s called a fixed line connection. FTTB stands for Fibre to the Basement (or Fibre to the Building) and is used to connect apartment blocks and other large buildings, known as a Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU), to the nbn.READ MORE
nbn Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) Explained
You may have heard various connection types (Hybrid-Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable, ADSL etc.), will be phased out and replaced with a new connection type called Fibre to the Curb (FTTC). FTTC allows you to connect to the nbnTM by using fibre that’s linked to a Distribution Point Unit (DPU), which sits inside a telecom pit in your street. The last part of the connection uses your existing copper phone line up to make up the nbn connection to your home or business. An nbn technician will need to install a small device outside – this not only allows you to connect but powers your connection.READ MORE
nbn Fibre to the Node (FTTN) Explained
There are various ways an nbnTM connection can be installed. When a physical line is installed from a premises, it’s called a fixed line connection. FTTN stands for Fibre to the Node and it's how many Australians will connect to the National Broadband Network. Fibre to the Node enables data services and broadband connections to run via a central network box, which is referred to as a node.READ MORE
When Will I Be Connected to the nbn?
The nbnTM rollout is a complex process, though it’s finally reaching its conclusion. While the multi technology mix approach taken by NBN Co means some existing infrastructure is used, there’s still work to be done to get Australia connected to the nbn. The real question, of course, is when will you be connected to the nbn? Fortunately, it’s an easy process to find out.READ MORE
nbn News: NBN Co Warns of Increasing Scams
As we all know, scams can be an unfortunate part of life. Surely, at one time or another, we’ve all answered a phone call where someone claims to be from a particular organisation and ask for personal details, when of course they do not work for that group at all. In the same way, some malicious groups are taking advantage of the nbnTM rollout in order to scam unsuspecting Australians.READ MORE
nbn News: Aboriginal Artefacts Uncovered in the nbn Rollout
As part of the nbnTM rollout, NBN Co dig up a lot of rock and dirt to lay the new fibre cables. Occasionally, as they work, they uncover artefacts of important cultural and historic significance, becoming accidental archaeologists in the process. Just this year, 40 Aboriginal Australian artefacts discovered during the nbn rollout were reburied as part of a traditional smoking ceremony in Victoria, according to the wishes of the First People representatives.READ MORE
nbn News: nbn on track for 2020
According to NBN Co’s Corporate Plan for 2019-2022, the company is on track to complete its initial nbnTM rollout target by 2020 as scheduled. The goal for the initial build is to connect 8 million premises in Australia to the nbn. As of February 2019, 4.9 million homes and businesses are already connected, among a total of 8.6 million premises that can connect when they’re ready.READ MORE
How to Choose the Right nbn Speed
Getting started with the nbnTM is easy, but it’s not always easy to know what nbn speed you need. Depending on your location and your nbn connection type, you may have a range of different speed tiers – or speed packs – to choose from. All nbn plans include a particular speed tier, but it’s often possible to upgrade to a higher tier for an additional cost.READ MORE
Why the nbn is Great for Australia
You’ve probably read a lot about the nbn™ in the news. You might have a friend who has shared their experiences using the nbn or maybe you’re even connected to the network yourself. In any of those cases you’ve likely heard some great stories about the nbn along with some not so great ones. But let’s not forget what a huge step forward the nbn is for Australia.READ MORE
nbn News: New CEO Takes the Reins of the nbn
Back in April 2018, Bill Morrow announced his intention to step down as CEO of NBN Co. According to NBN Co, given the complex nature of the nbn™, and since the 2020 target of the initial rollout is approaching, the company board felt the best replacement for Morrow would be from within. As a result, they decided to appoint former Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Rue.READ MORE
6 Ways to Help Grow Your Small Business with the nbn
Making the most of the internet can be make or break for a small business – or a business of any size. The internet is a powerful tool you can leverage to advertise, grow your customer base, and offer your goods or services in whole new ways to all new customers. As the nbn™ rollout continues, chances are if your business isn’t connected yet, then it will be soon.READ MORE
nbn News: Do Gamers Make the nbn Slow?
In June 2018, an uproar on social media and in the news started over comments people believed NBN Co’s CEO Bill Morrow made over nbn speed and gamers. For customers who have had difficulties with their Fixed Wireless nbn connection, online gamers look like an easy target to blame for slow nbn.READ MORE
3 Ways the nbn Can Boost Your Online Gaming
If you’re into gaming, then chances are you’ve kept an eye on how the nbn™ rollout is progressing. Maybe you’re wondering if the nbn is worth it? Unsure whether it’ll be good or not so good for your online gaming experience? You’ve probably heard about nbn speed and the high-capacity bandwidth, but do you know how those features might benefit your online gaming sessions?READ MORE
The nbn is Driving the e-Change Movement
Imagine getting out of the traffic every day and enjoying a slower pace of life. Imagine living in a location where a house is actually affordable. Imagine more time for your hobbies and less time breathing in the city smoke. Sound appealing?READ MORE
nbn News: 58% of Connected Premises are in Rural and Regional Areas
As of July 2018, nbn™ infrastructure is available to 5.7 million homes and businesses, and 4 million of those premises are connected to the nbn broadband access network. Of those 4 million premises, 58% are in regional or rural areas of Australia. One of NBN Co’s goals is to shrink the digital divide between rural and urban Australia, and it’s clear they’re well on the way to success.READ MORE
nbn News: NBN Co Launches ICT Channel to Help Businesses Migrate
In the first half of 2018, NBN Co launched their new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) channel to provide technology-focused organisations with support when connecting to the nbn™.READ MORE
7 Ways to Optimise Your WiFi Connection on the nbn
Does your Wifi ever seem slow, even on the nbn™? Ever wondered how you can optimise your WiFi connection around the house? There are numerous things around your house that can interfere with your network signal and deliver a subpar experience.READ MORE
nbn Availability: How to Check Your Address
Ready to check the nbn™ rollout map and see if you can get connected to the nbn? The nbn is currently rolling out across Australia, and NBN Co plan to connect 8 million homes and businesses by 2020. This includes big cities as well as rural and regional areas, some of which have never even had an internet connection before.READ MORE
5 Factors That Can Affect Your nbn Speed
Dealing with a slow internet speed? If you’re connected to the nbn, you obviously want to get the fastest speed out of it you can. As a reliable, high-capacity broadband network, the nbn is there to help you get what matters to you online, whether that’s streaming your favourite shows, browsing the internet or playing online games.READ MORE
nbn News: nbn Jobs Providing New Skills and Confidence
The rollout of the nbn™ is a massive job. Millions of homes right across Australia need to be connected, which takes years of planning, consultation and, of course, construction. We’re so used to having the ‘invisible’ internet on demand that it’s easy to forget the hardworking men and women out there who are digging pits and laying cables, often under challenging conditions.READ MORE
How Australia Uses the nbn
In April 2018, NBN Co undertook a research operation to determine how Australians were using the nbn™ and how much data they needed. NBN Co constantly measure and analyse traffic to look for opportunities to evolve and meet the needs of consumers.READ MORE
If you’re reading up on the nbn™ (that’s National Broadband Network) or connecting your home to FTTP (which stands for Fibre to the Premises), you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the techy terms and acronyms. If so, you’ve come to the right place.READ MORE
How the nbn is Boosting the Digital Economy
The nbn™ is driving significant growth in Australia’s digital economy. With a reliable broadband network like the nbn, there’s a huge opportunity to increase connectivity, grow online businesses, interact in new ways, and approach day-to-day tasks with new flexibility.READ MORE
nbn News: The nbn is Generating Thousands of New Jobs
There’s already a lot to like about the nbn™: it’s reliable, it’s high capacity, and it’s available to more homes and businesses in Australia every month. But great internet isn’t the only benefit that the nbn brings.READ MORE
nbn news: Faster nbn Speeds Leading to Happier Customers
More Australians are signing up for faster nbn™ plans in 2018 than they were a year ago. According to data from NBN Co, 70% of new orders on the nbn access network are now based on speed tiers of 50 Mbps (download) or higher. According to figures from NBN Co, since December 2017 orders for speed tiers of 50 Mbps or higher have almost tripled, jumping up from 16% to 44%.READ MORE
What Do I Need to Get the nbn?
Want to get connected with the nbn™ but not sure where to start? Good news! We’re here to give you a helping hand. The National Broadband Network (nbn) is Australia’s high-capacity broadband internet network, and it’s set to be available to over 8 million homes and businesses by 2020. You might have heard all the different acronyms and jargon to do with getting connected, but fortunately it’s easier than it might first seem.READ MORE
nbn Explained: Everything you need to know about the nbn
nbn is an acronym for the National Broadband Network, which is being rolled out by the Australian Government to provide high speed broadband access to Australian households.READ MORE
nbn News: Australia On Track to Reach Top 10 for Internet Equality
Australia has long lagged behind many other developed countries in regard to internet speed equality. Due to numerous factors in the past, regional and rural areas of Australia haven’t received the same quality and speed of internet as metropolitan suburbs. With the nbn™ this is changing for the better.READ MORE
How Much Data Does Online Gaming Use?
Ever wondered how much data a video game uses when you’re playing online? Online games are constantly downloading as you play and, depending on your internet plan and the game, can be quite a drain on your data usage. Even if you primarily play single-player games, there’s also the patches and updates to download, plus any DLC you might have bought.READ MORE
nbn Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) Explained
There are a number of different ways an nbnTM connection can be installed. When a physical line is run from a premise, like with Fibre to the Premises, it’s called a fixed line connection. FTTP, which stands for Fibre to the Premises, is how many Australians will connect to the nbn. Like other nbn technology, FTTP is a term for the type of infrastructure used to connect your home or business to the internet.READ MORE