What is the nbn™?

A broadband network for Australia’s future

The National Broadband Network is a next-generation broadband network designed for Australia’s future needs. The network comprises of three technologies – optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite – and will provide more reliable, high-speed broadband access to all Australians.

How we’ll connect
Work has already begun on the nbn and, by the end of the 10 year rollout, nbn Co plans to connect all Australian premises to this new high-speed broadband network.

  • 93 per cent of Australian homes, schools and businesses will have access to the nbn through optic fibre to the premises,  capable of providing broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
  • 7 per cent of premises will have access to the NBN through next-generation fixed wireless and satellite technologies, providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.

The nbn will be Australia’s first national wholesale-only, open access, high-speed broadband network. This means nbn – the company established by the government to design, build and operate the nbn – will roll out the network and sell wholesale services to service providers, such as your internet or phone provider. In turn, service providers will offer retail services to consumers.

The nbn is the biggest telecommunications reform in Australia’s history because it delivers separation between wholesale and retail service providers. With uniform national wholesale pricing around Australia, the nbn will ensure that every community in Australia has access to high-speed broadband at competitive prices. It means fairer infrastructure access for retail services providers, greater retail competition and better services for families and businesses.

from: http://www.nbn.gov.au

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