Right now, there are six million Australians, including residents of the Sunshine Coast, that either do not realise or fully understand that they must switch to NBN. Otherwise, they will see their current internet and phone service shut off. The NBN compulsory has been heavily advertised, but there are still millions of Australians who do not know or fully understand what is about to happen.
NBN is a new broadband data network whose cabling will carry the phone and internet needs of Australians, including those in the Sunshine Coast region. Recent surveys have revealed that about 18% of all residents do not understand what NBN was or that they had to make the switch. With over six million people either being unaware that the switch is coming and that it is compulsory, there will no doubt be some considerable confusion the day the other phone and internet services are shut down.
What is NBN on the Sunshine Coast Australia?
NBN is a new communications infrastructure designed to replace the old-fashioned copper cabling network that currently runs landline phones and much of the broadband data internet. The old copper system has limitations that the new NBN infrastructure corrects. It is expected that by the end of 2020, the nearly 12 million homes in Australia including Sunshine Coast will have NBN available.
One positive from the survey revealed that many Australians who are aware of the switch want to go to NBN as soon as possible. Usually within a month of NBN becoming available in their neighbourhoods, about 44% want to switch right away.
Switching to NBN
What is interesting is that the survey revealed that most Australians either want to switch quickly or not at all, there is seemingly no middle ground. Also, the younger the person, the more likely they want to switch quickly. One big reason may be that NBN promises faster internet speeds, something that some Australians are not currently experiencing with their internet providers.
Of course, NBN is not the panacea that some have promised with the company still using slower fibre to node technology in some places. This runs counter to the promise of faster speeds for everyone. With some locations getting faster fibre, hybrid fibre coaxial, and wireless, there has been considerable debate about the use of slower fibre technology when everyone is promised to have faster speeds.
Despite the controversy, NBN is expected to be everywhere by the end of 2020. This means that everyone will have to switch to NBN within a relatively short time after the network is complete. The United States went through a similar issue when the transfer from analogue to digital technology was made for its broadcasting stations. Delays occurred and it took longer than expected before the full switch was made.
NBN compulsory switching is mandatory for all Australia residents, including those living in the Sunshine State. By 2020, every household that wants to have phone and internet service will need to be on NBN. The more you know about what is going to happen, the better prepared you will be when the mandatory switch arrives. Contact Brad at Red Hot Telecommunications.