The mixed delivery system of the NBN is something resembling a hot mess, but the extension of Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is slowly resolving this. In a fresh announcement, NBN Co is set to expand this further into certain areas within New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
This newly announced expansion to the fibre NBN delivery will bring higher speeds to a further 300,000 premises. This is part of the continued effort to ensure that the higher speed tiers of NBN connections are available to 75% of homes and businesses within Australia by the end of 2023.
In a piece of great news for Fibre to the Curb customers, there are also plans for Ultrafast connections to be made available:
Most premises served by FTTC can already achieve line speeds that are sufficient to support the NBN Home Fast wholesale speed tier. From next year, the company expects to be ready to progressively invite customers living and working in premises currently served by FTTC to order a higher speed NBN Home Superfast or NBN Home Ultrafast service.
According to the NBN release, the decision on where upgrades will occur is based on anticipated strong demand for higher speeds. Coincidentally, these anticipated high demands seem to align with marginal or turning political electorates.
For those wanting to know where the upgrades will become available here goes:
- NSW:Albion Park Rail, Alstonville, Ambarvale, Avalon Beach, Banora Point, Beaumont Hills, Berkeley, Brighton-Le-Sands, Broulee, Bundeena, Callala Bay, Callala Beach, Campbelltown, Currans Hill, Dalmeny, Farmborough Heights, Figtree, Glen Alpine, Glenmore Park, Glenwood, Goonellabah, Goulburn, Harrington Park, Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, Keiraville, Lake Heights, Lennox Heads, Mollymook Beach, Mount Warrigal, North Nowra, Palm Beach, Pottsville, Rouse Hill, Ruse, Stanhope Gardens, Sussex Inlet, Sutherland, The Ponds, Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads South, Unanderra, Warrawong, Windang, Yamba.
- Victoria:Beaconsfield, Berwick, Craigieburn, Echuca, Kialla, Mornington, Narre Warren South, Lakes Entrance, Myrtleford, Newport, Pakenham, Port Fairy, Sunbury, Tarneit, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warrnambool, Williamstown, Williamstown North, Woori Yallock.
- Queensland:Battery Hill, Bellbowrie, Bli Bli, Brassall, Brinsmead, Coomera, Darling Heights, Edmonton, Condon, Harristown, Maroochydore, Moggill, Newtown, Oakey, Palm Cove, Redland Bay, Sippy Downs, Smithfield, Springfield Lakes, Toowoomba City, Upper Coomera, Yorkeys Knob.
- South Australia:Clovelly Park, Craigmore, Findon, Mitchell Park, Morphett Vale, Rosewater, Woodville South.
- Western Australia:Armadale, Atwell, Bassendean, Bayswater, Beaconsfield, Cannington, Claremont, Forrestfield, Fremantle, Innaloo, Morley, Myaree, Piarra Waters, Port Kennedy, Rockingham, Safety Bay, Seville Grove, Shoalwater, Stirling, Waikiki, Wattle Grove, White Gum Valley, Willagee, Wilson.
So all tolled the increased availability of higher speed plans will span a lot of new premises not previously covered.
The release also reveals that NBN Co is ahead of schedule on the Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) enhancements. Now with more than 90%of HFC clients are able to access Ultrafast plans on demand. It’s not the originally designed plan of fibre to every home and business within Australia and it has been messy for many users for a long time. Now higher speeds are being recognised as a necessity, not a luxury, the NBN is finally becoming a more level playing field for all users.