What is the difference between the copper and NBN fibre networks?

nbn fibre is a fixed-line internet that is capable of supporting high bandwidth for multiple users. It's made from glass and uses light to transmit data over long distances. Pretty cool stuff!

nbn fibre reaches you via fibre-optic cable laid either in the ground or coming to your home via overhead lines. This is known as Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) or "fibre to the home". Other types of nbn fibre your home might be connected to are Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fibre to the Basement (FTTB) or Fibre to the Curb (FTTC). If your home is connected via FTTN, copper wires from your home will connect up to the new fibre cable network in your street.

Why are we upgrading the copper network?

Remember when we moved from analogue to digital TV? Well think of nbn as an upgrade to the old phone and broadband networks (some of those have been around for over 50 years, so it's about time for an upgrade). The new fibre-optic cables are better suited to the Australian environment, as data speeds aren't affected by rain and extreme heat the way some other networks are.

How NBN fibre will connect to your home or business

nbn comes in different forms depending on where you live - it's called the 'multi-technology mix'. It includes FTTP, FTTN, FTTB and FTTC. Some homes and businesses are already connected to the nbn using FTTP technology that reaches you via fibre-optic cable laid either in the ground or coming to your home via overhead lines.

Many Australians will be connected to the nbn using FTTN technology. In this instance, the main network will be composed of new fibre optic cables, and will connect to a premises' existing copper wiring from a node. A node is a box that usually sits at the end of the street and contains network equipment.

What can NBN fibre do for me?

There are lots of reasons why you'll love an nbn fibre connection. With Optus NBN you can select additional Speed Packs that tailor your internet to match your needs. If you're a gamer, or a TV addict who streams the latest shows, you'll probably want Speed Pack 3 or 4. If you only want basic web browsing and to check emails, using Speed Pack 1 or 2 will probably suit you just fine. Pick what's right for you by checking out our range of Optus nbn speed packs to add to your nbn plan.

When can I connect to NBN fibre?

First things first: check what's available at your address right now. If the nbn rollout has not yet started in your area, you can pre-register with Optus to receive notification when the rollout will begin for you.

Once the rollout has started in your area, you'll need to switch to the new network before your old copper connection is switched off. NBN Co technicians will be working hard to connect everyone in your area so get in quick to avoid connection wait times, or risk being without home phone and internet while you're waiting to be connected.

Want to talk NBN?

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