How does the nbn™ work?

How Does the NBN work

Published: January 2017

The National Broadband Network (nbn™) is Australia’s new landline phone and internet network, designed to provide you with access to faster and more reliable internet services.

nbn™ offers the fastest speeds to the Australian householder compared with any other available service, including ADSL. While ADSL has a maximum potential speed of approximately 20Mbps, most users have much slower connections. This is because ADSL connections rely on close proximity to a DSLAM or interchange, transferring over to the traditional twisted-pair copper used in telephone networks.

The nbn™ however utilises three technologies to deliver you faster internet speed: hybrid fiber co-axial, fibre to the premises, and fibre to the node.


Hybrid Fibre


  • Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC) is broadband network that combines optical fiber and coaxial cable. HFC technology is expected to serve around four million premises connected to the nbn™ network.


Fibre to the Premises/ Building



Fibre to the Node


  • Fibre to the Node (FTTN) is how many Australians will receive the nbn™ superfast broadband. FTTN is designed to deliver speedy data through a node. An nbn™ FTTN connection is used when the existing copper network makes the final part of the nbn™ connection from node to premises.

The government announcing that the NBN has rolled out to over 3 million homes and businesses created excitement for a better, faster internet connection. Former Labor leader Kevin Rudd promised a national network before the 2007 election, explaining that it would be a public-private partnership and the Commonwealth would kick in $4.7 billion.

To read more about the “Rolling out of Australia’s National Broadband Network (nbn™) click here.


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