NBN Plans: 4 Things to Know
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the country’s biggest infrastructure project and an essential part of a connected 21st-century economy. It will help Australia move from an era of mass industrial production to one of high-tech, high-value services. More than 260,000 premises and businesses have already taken advantage of the first stage of the NBN and can today order a Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) or Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) service.
What is the National Broadband Network?
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia’s largest infrastructure project ever. It will deliver fast, reliable, and affordable broadband to all Australians by 2021. There are currently two stages of the rollout. Stage 1 covers around 5% of the population and is available to homes and businesses that want to order a Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) service. Stage 2 will cover 93% of the population and is available to order a Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) service. The NBN is a critical part of Australia’s digital economy and society. It will help businesses and individuals compete and grow. It will connect rural and remote communities, deliver new health technologies and help keep people connected with family and friends. It will also make it easier for local communities to engage with their government and each other.
What are NBN Plans?
NBN Plans are broadband services supplied by NBN Co. and are available on the NBN. A broadband plan is an agreement between a customer and their internet service provider (ISP) about how much they will pay each month for broadband access. It can also include unlimited calls and texts on your plan. To make sure you get the best value, it’s a good idea to compare broadband plans and shop around. For example, you can compare different providers’ offers using the internet service’s website or through your phone company. NBN Plans start at $29.99 per month for the highest speed plan, which may be available only in selected areas. In addition, you can choose from a range of data limits and extra allowances — which might come in handy if you have a family or have a lot of streaming or gaming online.
Know Before You Decide
Before you pick a plan, there are a few things you should keep in mind. How much data do you use? Some NBN Plans have data limits or extra allowance options that give you more or unlimited data to use. It’s also a good idea to check if there are any data limits on your current plan.
Unlimited ADSL2+ broadband plan
This is the most commonly picked NBN Plan by new customers. It is a plan that delivers unlimited data at up to 12Mbps. If your current plan has a data cap of more than 1TB, a new plan with unlimited data might be a good fit. However, this plan is only available in selected areas.
Fibre to the premises (FTTP) plan
With this plan, NBN Co will supply a fiber-based connection between your home and the nearest node. It will connect you to the wider internet and allow you to access online services and download large files, such as video and music. You may need to have a valid pit or duct installation on your premises to access this type of NBN plan. If you live in a large house or an apartment with a complex layout, you may be able to get a fiber-based NBN plan. However, this plan is not available in every area.
Fiber to the Basement (FTTB) plan
With this plan, NBN Co will run fiber optic cable directly to your basement or inner-city building. It will give you greater speed and reliability than the FTTB plan and is also available in some areas. You will need to have a valid pit or duct installation to access such a plan.
Fiber to the building (FTTB) plan
With this plan, NBN Co will construct a fiber-based network in your neighborhood that will deliver high-speed broadband to your house or building. You will have access to a range of online services, such as video streaming and online gaming. In some areas, you will be able to order an all-fiber-based service. This type of NBN plan is available in certain areas.
Other types of NBN plans
The majority of NBN Plans are of the FTTN or FTTB variety, but there are a few other types of NBN plan being rolled out by NBN Co. Hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) will make a limited number of households in urban areas with limited cable access to the NBN. Further, there are satellite-based and mobile broadband NBN Plans in the works, which will be rolled out to those who don’t have access to the NBN network.
Pros and cons of NBN plans
Benefits of an NBN Plan – Faster Internet – The NBN is designed to deliver download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of 50 Mbps. This means you can enjoy higher-quality video and music streaming, as well as online gaming. Greater Reliability – The NBN is built to last. NBN Co is responsible for installing fiber-based connections that allow for greater reliability and fault tolerance. And, if there’s ever a fault with the line, your internet service provider can easily switch you to the satellite or mobile broadband connection for the quickest, most reliable connection possible.
Need more information?
If you’re still unsure whether the NBN is right for you, you can find out more by talking to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You can also visit the NBN website for more information on the rollout and current coverage availability. And, if you’re living in a part of the country that hasn’t been covered by the NBN yet, it’s worth checking with your internet provider to see when the rollout will be available in your area.