It has been almost impossible not to have heard about the NBN in the past few years, however many people may not know what exactly it is. The NBN stands for the National Broadband Network, and with the Government’s backing, it will be managed as a wholesaler by NBN Co. This means simply that cable retailers, such as Telstra and Optus will have to pay NBN Co. for use of their broadband network, in order to sell to their customers.
Switching home internet connections over to the NBN is compulsory, meaning you won’t get a say in the matter. The network is replacing Telstra’s old copper phone lines, which will affect all ADSL and ADSL2 connections, as well as existing cable plans. Once the NBN is officially live across the nation, then all these current methods of having internet access will be switched off for good.
Though switching to the NBN is compulsory, you or the household owner does have to be proactive in arranging with the internet provider to switch over the connection. This is because switching over to the NBN requires having to pick the best plan from an internet provider of your choosing. Also note, that if you have house alarms or other services that use the landline, then check with your provider whether they will be compatible with the NBN.
The Multi Technology Mix uses a combination of technologies in order to provide households with fast and reliable internet. While it is not mandatory to know what all the different connection methods are, it is useful to find out which connection your house will have, as it may impact on which internet plan you can have.
You can find out which connection your household will have, by searching for your address, as well as the estimated delivery date of when the NBN service will be live in your area.
Once you have found out which broadband connection your household will have, then it is time to compare broadband plans. Check out our NBN Broadband Plans for a list of all the available offers from our large range of broadband providers.
If you don’t know which connection your household will have, then simply call Youcompare at 1300 321 160 and one of our broadband experts will be able to help you.
To learn more about the NBN or other broadband connection types, then visit our Broadband Guides.