What is the timing for the construction of the NBN?

NBN Co is on its way to give Aussies superfast internet and more reliable home phone services over the next few years. The NBN rollout schedule is a staged progression of replacing much of the country's existing copper wiring with new fibre optic technology to increase the speed and reliability of our telecommunications services.

The construction works began in 2010 in select metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales. Within a year, thousands of lucky residents got to trial the new broadband network. Since then, many more homes have been connected and people are now experiencing the perks of superfast internet and more reliable home phone services.

How does NBN Co connect each suburb?

Well, that's a tricky question, because the National Broadband Network's fibre cabling isn't built and connected by suburb. The new network, made up of Fibre Serving Area Modules (FSAM), is a complex mix of underground and overhead cabling systems designed to host multiple FSAMs across one suburb.

That's why it's a good idea to check your address to find out when your home or business will be connected to the National Broadband Network. While your neighbours across the street might have been successfully connected, you might have to wait a little while before you too can connect. Optus can definitely keep you in the loop about when NBN will be rolled out to you. Check out our handy address checker now and pop in your details to get updates from us about your NBN connection.

Will the type of NBN I get affect when the rollout comes to me?

Lots of Aussie homes and businesses have already been connected to a mix of technologies including NBN fibre, satellite and fixed wireless technologies. NBN Co has also announced that it will begin using new technologies such as NBN fibre to the node, fibre to the basement and NBN cable from 2015. Capacity has been reached on NBN satellite services and it's not currently possible to order a new service. NBN Co is planning to launch new satellites in 2015 to increase the reach of its satellite service. That means the NBN rollout schedule is connecting almost all Aussies regardless of where they live!

We can help you connect to the NBN

We're happy to help you discover whether the NBN is being rolled out to you, and what steps you need to take to connect your new service. Get ahead of the game: start by checking your address for NBN availability and signing up to stay up-to-date on the latest NBN news.

Ready to go fast with NBN? Check out the range of NBN plans offered by Optus to work out which one suits your household or business. If you have a need for more speed, you can add an NBN speed pack offered by Optus to your plan.

Ready to go fast? Find out when you can connect to the NBN now.