The faster FTTdp technology is expected to connect around 450,000 premises in 42 areas, according to NBN Co.
As previously reported, NBN Co announced last year that it would stop connecting premises using the Optus hybrid fibre co-axial (HFC) network and instead use FTTdp (fibre to the distribution point, also known as fibre to the kerb).
Like FTTN (fibre to the node), FTTdp uses the existing copper cables to connect buildings to the network. The main difference is that FTTdp brings fibre much closer to every premises – and shorter lengths of copper mean higher speeds.
Now BIT's sister publication iTnews reports that NBN Co expects to use FTTdp in the following areas:
- NSW: Botany, Burwood, Como, Cronulla, Dural, Edensor Park, Frenchs Forest, Guildford, Homebush, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Kogarah, Miranda, Mona Vale, Orchard Hill, Peakhurst, Ramsgate, Revesby, Rockdale, Silverwater, and Springwood.
- Victoria: Altona, Coburg, Chelsea, Dandenong, Epping, Fawkner, Frankston, Footscray, Heidelberg, Lilydale, Laverton, Mount Eliza, Montrose, North Essendon, Newport, Richmond, Seaford, and Thomastown.
- Queensland: Bundamba, Brassall, and Ipswich.
Around 450,000 premises are in these areas.
NBN Co suggested last year that as many as 700,000 premises will be connected using FTTdp.