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1 in 2 Australians can now access the NBN as rollout passes halfway mark

The NBN rollout has now passed the halfway point with 1 in 2 Australians now able to connect to an NBN service as the network deployment ramps up in capital cities around the country.

There are now more than 5.7 million homes and businesses which can now access the NBN from their Internet retailer.

The rollout is progressing at the rate of 100,000 new properties each week.

“I’m proud to announce that one in two Australians are now able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the NBN through a retailer,” NBN CEO Bill Morrow said.

“We are seeing great demand for fast broadband across the country – there are currently around three in four homes and businesses who have signed-up to services over the NBN network following the 18-month window they are provided to make the switch.

The NBN says the network will be able to deliver wholesale speeds that are about eight times faster than the majority of existing Australian broadband services.

According to NBN Co, the rollout is on budget and actually ahead of schedule.

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You can check to see when the NBN is coming to your suburb by entering your address at the NBN website.

And if you already have access to the NBN and are trying to work out which ISP (Internet service provider) to go with you need to consider a few factors including:

  1. What speeds are being offered? Generally, an ISP will offer a 12Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps and 100 Mbps. Things like the number of people in your household, the quality of video you’d like to stream, whether you upload and download lots of large files and if you work from home will determine the best speeds to suit you.
  2. See which Internet service providers are available to you. If you are unsure of which is the most suitable, sign up for a month at a time with the prospective ISPs so you can trial their services before making a long-term commitment with a contract.
  3. How much data do you need? If you hardly use any data, there is no point signing up to an expensive unlimited data plan. Of course, if you use a lot of data – unlimited is the only way to go. Log into your current account to check your data usage over the previous few months to get a better idea.

Here are the different ways the NBN will be supplied to your street and suburb.

Fibre to the premises: fibre-optic cable is connected to your property.

Fibre to the node: fibre-optic cable is rolled out to a point in your area and connected to your home with existing copper wire.

Fibre to the curb: fibre-optic cable is rolled out in your street to the telecom pit outside your home and used existing copper line to connect your home.

Fibre to the building: fibre-optic cable connected to an apartment building.

HFC (hybrid fibre coaxial): in some areas, the existing HFC cable which has been used to deliver pay-TV services will be utilised by the NBN.

NBN fixed wireless: this is like mobile broadband with data sent from transmission towers and received by an antenna installed on your roof.

Sky Muster: in remote and rural areas, the NBN can be delivered via the Sky Muster satellite.

 

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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