NBN FTTC coming to 700,000 premises

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NBN FTTC coming to 700,000 premises

Find out if and when your home or business is getting faster fibre-to-the-curb technology.

Last month, we reported NBN Co's plans to use FTTdp (fibre to the distribution point) to deliver connectivity to around 450,000 premises in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. But as expected, the company has now revealed around 700,000 homes and businesses will be served by the technology.

NBN Co has started calling the technology FTTC (fibre to the curb) instead of FTTdp, presumably because it’s easier to understand. But either way it’s the company’s preferred technology in areas where the Optus HFC (hybrid fibre co-axial) network was previously under consideration and where the low density makes FTTN (fibre to the node) uneconomic.

Like FTTN, FTTC uses the existing copper lines as the lead-in to individual premises. The difference is that there's a shorter run of copper, as the distribution points (mini nodes, if you will) are close to each of the premises they serve. This allows the same 100/40Mbps speed currently supported by FTTP (fibre to the premises) and makes better provision for future upgrades than FTTN.

NBN Co also announced an updated FTTC rollout schedule and updated its address checker to show shows premises that will be connected via FTTC, along with those where other technologies will be used.

The first area to receive FTTC will be Coburg North in Melbourne, where a retail trial is scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Commercial FTTC services are expected to begin in the first half of 2018, by which time 100,000 homes and businesses should ready to connect.

Other suburbs scheduled for FTTC include:

Victoria: Burnside, Brooklyn, pockets of Collingwood, Cremorne, Richmond Carolyn Springs, Derrimut, Frankston and Williamstown.

NSW: Alexandria, Botany, Caringbah South, Cronulla, Denham Court, Erskineville, Gladesville, Horningsea Park, Hunters Hill, Lugano, Mona Vale, Peakhurst, Revesby, Tennyson Point, Woolooware and Woronora Heights.

The updated NBN address checker reveals rollout details for your premises.

"We are delighted to be leading the world in the deployment of FTTC technology. This demonstrates that NBN is on the cutting edge of technological advancement in the global telecoms market," said chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan.

"Our goal is to deliver broadband in the most cost and time efficient manner possible and FTTC will help us do this in many parts of the NBN network."

The NBN is already available to 4.2 million homes and businesses with 1.8 million already connected.

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