A fibre to the node connection to the nbnTM means that nbnTM will provide fibre optic connection to a node positioned somewhere on your street. The nbnTM connection will then be delivered via the existing copper cabling that runs to your home or business.
With a Fibre to the node connection to the nbnTM there will be no physical installation. The nbnTM service will be delivered using the existing copper cabling that runs into a home or business. A VDS modem will be required to connect to the network.
The VDSL modem will need to be certified by the nbnTM. Your service provide will be able to supply this for you.
After an area has been enabled for FTTN nbnTM there will be a period of co-existence where the old copper landline service will continue to work which access to the nbnTM is available. During this time it is expected that nbnTM data speeds will be limited to 12M/1M. Over time access to the old copper landline service will cease. nbnTM will then allow service providers to provide high speeds.
With the lack of an onsite installation the hope is that the roll out of the nbnTM will happen faster. The goal by nbnTM is to connect every Australian to the nbnTM by 2020. There is currently debate around what would happen if there was a change to government as Labor had previously been building a fibre to the premises (FTTP) network.
For a connection to the nbnTM check out Tangerine Telecom: http://www.tangerinetelecom.com.au/nbn/nbn-broadband