National Broadband Services Sunshine Coast
You have probably heard about NBN by now, but what does it mean for those living along the Sunshine Coast? The new cabling to install national broadband services is designed to upgrade the current system that carries internet services. So what are the ramifications of the NBN program and how does it affect you?
What is NBN services on the Sunshine Coast?
This is the National Broadband Network (NBN) that is designed to improve internet speed on the Sunshine Cost, while also boosting phone services. NBN is designed to replace the old, outdates systems that are now in place around Australia. This means replacing the old copper-based wiring system with new fibre-optic cables that provide a considerable upgrade in internet speed.
However, it should be noted that older homes will not be upgraded as part of the NBN project, only newer ones that can be directly connected to fibre-optic cables. Older homes will still receive its internet service through existing cabling and satellite connection.
Currently, nearly 8 million homes and businesses in Australia are connected to NBN. While most homes use older cabling that has been repurposed, wireless connection, or satellite, there are about 1.5 million homes that are connected directly with the fibre-optic cables.
However, even if you have an older connection, NBN will provide a minimum of 25bps which is vast improvement over the older systems that are in place which typically run at 8bps.
Installation of National Broadband Services Available Across Australia?
The installation of the fibre-optic cables and connections are almost complete and NBN is ready to go online. If you have a NBN connection in your area, once it is activated, you will have 18 months to switch from your old system to the new one.
Even if you enjoy your current system of internet services, you will need to swap over in the 18-month timeframe. Otherwise, you will see the old system shut off at the end of the 18 months. If you want to avoid a cutoff of your internet service, then you should make plans to switch over to an NBN provider once the system goes online. You will receive an announcement to that effect once NBN is ready in your area.
What Type of Connection Will I Get?
That will depend on the age and condition of your residence. But you can start the process by visiting the NBN address check site to see if the service is available in your area.
If so, then you can find out the connection type for your home. It falls into one of three major types.
- Fibre to the Node (FTTN)
- Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)
- Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
There are subcategories as well, which includes Fibre to the Building (FTTB) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC). You can also choose wireless or satellite depending on the availability. Of the three main choices, FTTP offers the best service since the fibre-optic connection is direct to your home. However, the connection you receive will be based on what your home has in terms of a connection.
As with the older internet system, there are NBN providers that offer you packages that you can select for your internet needs.