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The National Broadband Network (nbn) is currently being rolled out throughout Australia. Depending on where you live you may already have access to the nbn.
Nbn utilises many different technologies depending on the infrastructure available to your home or business. This includes fibre to the premises (FTTP), Fibre to the Curb (FTTC), Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (hfc), Fibre to the Building (FTTB), Fibre to the Node (FTTN), Fixed Wireless and even satellite technologies for remote and rural locations.
nbn also have many different plan tiers so that it can be confusing to choose a plan that suits you.
This is where we can help. We can help you determine which nbn technologies you have available to you and also help you compare nbn broadband plans that suits your usage need.
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'On Demand' is a Foxtel service that enables you to access a library of over 1,200 movies and television shows. It does require you to have selected channel packs to view some or all of the content, as well as an internet connection so that the iQ3 can download the selected titles to your set-top box for viewing.
Not ever show or film that goes to air ends up 'On Demand', however most titles will get added within seven days of the programme originally going to air on one of the Foxtel channels.
The Foxtel app, formerly known as Foxtel Go, is a free app that allows you to stream your Foxtel channels subscription to your mobile phone or tablet. While the app itself is free, you will still need either an active iQ3-box with channels, or a Foxtel Now subscription in order to view the channels through the Foxtel app.
On the iQ3, Foxtel has a variety of different channel packs that need to be purchased for you to have access to certain channels, and these prices can vary, depending on 'special deals' and 'offers' that may be advertised. These packs are treated as a subscription-based model, with month-to-month flat-rate payments, and this will be the only ongoing cost beyond the initial installation period.
For new customers, the standard installation fee is $100, while the iQ3 set-top box required to air the Foxtel channels is an additional $125. Note, these are one-time purchases that are needed in order to get a Foxtel connection into your home or business. Each additional iQ3 box for another room will only be $25 per month.
Foxtel has a variety of different channel packs that need to be purchased for you to have access to certain channels, and these prices can vary, depending on 'special deals' and 'offers' that may be advertised. These packs are treated as a subscription-based model, with month-to-month flat-rate payments, and this will be the only ongoing cost beyond the initial installation period.
Foxtel is a subscription-based pay television provider, that was established in 1995 as a partnership by News Corporation and Telstra, where the name is derived from both companies, 'Fox' representing News Corp. and 20th Century Fox specifically, and 'Tel' representing Telstra.
In addition to providing a multitude of cable television channels via the iQ3 set-top box, Foxtel also has the Foxtel app (formerly known as Foxtel Go), as well as Foxtel Now (a streaming alternative that requires an internet connection).
In order to connect to the NBN, you must first search for your home or business address on the NBN website, in order to verify whether the connection has gone live in your area. If the NBN has not been set up in your area, then you won't be able to connect to it until it has been installed and switched on. You will receive a letter in the mail closer to the switch-on date.
Otherwise, if the NBN has been turned on in your area, then you will have to sign up to a broadband plan through one of the many different Retail Service Providers (RSP's) such as Telstra, Optus or iiNet. Check out our broadband plans from those three, as well as a range of other providers to find the best plan for you.
RSP stands for a Retail Service Provider. These RSP's are basically the gatekeeper's between you and the internet, and as such, you will not be able to access the internet until you have signed up to a broadband plan through one of the many RSP's. Telstra, Optus, iiNet and Internode are just a handful to select from. Check out our high-speed broadband plans on offer from a selection of different RSP's, and get connected today.
Because the Australian Government has installed NBNCo as the primary wholesaler of the country's broadband line, then all forms of the NBN are compulsory to all households and business premises. Using the Multi Technology Mix, all premises will have either one of these connections: Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP), Fibre-to-the-Node (FttN), Fibre-to-the-Curb (FttC), Fibre-to-the-Building (FttB), Hybrid Fire Coaxial (HFC) or Satellite. You will not be able to choose the connection type for your household, as that will be decided by NBNCo.
Wi-Fi is a tool used to transmit data wirelessly between various devices on a shared network. While Wi-Fi is popularly used for transmitting connections to the internet, it is not exclusively used for the internet. For example, multiple computers can still use a wireless printer without the internet, provided that the computers and the printer are on the same local network. Wi-Fi just provides the means for the computers and devices to speak to each other on a radio frequency.
Broadband is a means of being connected to the internet, and it can reach faster download speeds compared to the Dial-Up connection that broadband had replaced.
Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) / Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL)
These are wired connections that transmit data using the copper telephone lines, which are already installed into most homes and business premises. ADSL is the connection type frequently used by households in most premises as they provide fast downloads, and they do not interfere with your telephone line, whereas SDSL is more suited for businesses who require larger bandwidth for downloads and uploads. Typical ADSL speeds are between 256k and 8Mbps, while ADSL2+ did manage to improve the capabilities up to 24Mbps.
Another form of a wired connection, that transmits faster download speeds through the same co-axial cables that allows your television to pick up digital channels, such as Foxtel or Fetch. Because the network was built for these digital channels, it does have a larger bandwidth which makes cable broadband typically faster than ADSL, or at least it has the potential to reach a higher peak. Cable begins at 1.5Mbps and it can reach up to 50Mbps.
Fibre optics is the next evolution of broadband internet, as it allows for even greater download speeds than cable, with a peak of 100Mbps. The fibre technology is the basis of what the NBN network is being built upon. Because fibre is made of glass, it is more resistant to power outages, which gives fibre a major advantage over cable.
Wireless broadband transmits the internet connection through radio waves. Wi-Fi is the technology built with the purpose of wireless connectivity through enabled devices, and it can allow multiple devices to be connected on the same network without having to run fixed-cables through the premise. These connections are preferable in multi-story premises, or in businesses. Wireless internet can run off a broadband connection or, as we're beginning to see, run off mobile data.
While not as fast as fibre or even cable broadband, satellite technology allows for the internet to be transmitted to premises in regional and remote areas of the country, where it is otherwise too difficult or too far out to install fibre or other form of cables. The NBN has implemented this technology using their Sky Muster satellite's to disperse the internet connections to the remote premises.
Broadband refers to the wired connection that enables households and premises to be able to connect to the internet. Acting very much like the fixed-home phone lines, a broadband connection then requires an 'outlet' in order to allow users to actually use the internet.
Wi-Fi refers to a form of an 'outlet' that is used to disperse or distribute the internet to the various devices, such as computers or mobile phones. The Wi-Fi technology uses radio waves to transmit the connection-points, so that mobile phones or computers can then connect to the internet without having to use a wired or fixed cable.
While the misconception is choosing between Broadband or Wi-Fi, the actuality of it is that they are both required in order to connect to the internet. Broadband is the cable that allows access to the internet, but the Wi-Fi, in the form of modems or routers, allows your mobile phones or computers to connect to the internet.