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.

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The way things are playing out here in my part of Brisbane, the place where I still hold hope I’ll likely soon be moving to, I won’t even be able to get the Notional Fraudbland Notwork via HFC, to say nothing of getting an upgrade to it.
I’ll be stuck with having to use Telstra 4G mobile fraudbland as my fixed internet access for the foreseeable future.
The hardware shortage for HFC, means I cop a no new connections possible to be done message, when I plug the new address into the NFNco residential page.

Duncan Jaffrey

Strange I live in Brisbane and was able to get new premises connected first try. Perhaps try booking an actual instal through a RSP. I find the NBN website as fully featured and well rolled out as the NBN itself.


I can’t do much, save to check if the NFN is available where I’ll be moving to. I still do not have a definite moving date.

Duncan Jaffrey

I’m sure when you actually have a date it will work out! Which way are you headed?


Only just noticed your reply, Duncan 🙁 I’m staying in the same suburb, but the area I’ll be moving to copped the NFN MTM HFC. Where I am was supposed to be part of the initial roll out of the Real NBN FttP, but that got nuked in 2014 as part of the ‘reorganization’ which shredded the initial rollout of the Real NBN, and perverted the whole thing into the NFN. Back at the time the original Real NBN maps were available, I never properly looked at where the majority of neighbouring FSAM areas were, so I don’t know if… Read more »

Paul Smedley

Shouldn’t that be “extension of Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)”?