- On August 16, 2016
- In NBN, NBN Solutions
- By Felicity Sweeney
NBN Solutions: NBN is about more than the internet.
Let’s tackle the big question first. What is NBN? NBN stands for national broadband network and it’s on its way to you. For over two and half million Australians, it’s already here. It was designed to meet the growing needs of Australians when it comes to internet usage. The network is made up of a combination of optic fibre, fixed wireless, and satellite technologies. The network is designed to provide faster and more reliable internet Australia wide.
With the NBN network rolling out all over Australia it’s hard to know what to do, and how long you will have to do it, when NBN hits your area. Not to mention what it is actually going to effect. This blog will attempt to simplify some of the questions about NBN and let you know what the next steps are when you get a letter from the NBN team.
What you need to know about NBN.
While the goal for NBN is faster internet access for Australians, the installation of NBN means more than switching your internet over. Because NBN is a landline phone and internet network if you have devices in your home that are run, or monitored, through your existing phone line you may have to take steps to ensure that these continue to work as you need them to. These devices can include home alarm systems and medical alarms.
Because Australia is such a large and varied country, NBN uses different technology in different areas. It pays to contact a professional to make sure that your current devices are compatible with the NBN in your area.
For your information, here are few abbreviations you might come across:
- FTTH – Fibre to the home
- FTTN – Fibre to the node
- FTTP – Fibre to the premises
- FTTC – Fibre to the Curb
- FTTB – Fibre to the Building
If you want to know more about what to do with your phone line, or what NBN provider to go with then check out Top Things to Consider when Getting NBN.
Is NBN in your area?
The whole process of rolling out the NBN network across Australia is not going to be quick. While it is already well underway, it’s likely to take years to complete, with some estimates of around 10 years. If you haven’t been notified by NBN then you can relax. All that means is that they are still working on getting NBN to your area. Once NBN is ready for your area you will receive a letter letting you know.
If you have just moved and are unsure whether or not your new address is NBN or not, you can check your address on the NBN website.
What to do when NBN is in your area?
At this point there is still no need to panic. You are given 18 months’ notice to switch over to the NBN network. This means that you need to let your landline phone and internet provider know, so that they can switch you over to the NBN network. It’s important to remember that this is not an automatic process. You are responsible for ensuring that all your devices are switched over.
It is also important to think about the other devices you may have in your home or business that could be effected by NBN. If you have an alarm system, or a medical alert, that’s monitored through your current landline connection, these won’t automatically be switched over to the new network. In most cases it will be fine and you should be able to arrange to have these switched over as well.
In some cases, however, the devices that ran on the old network are not compatible with NBN. If this is the case, there are simple solutions to get things working properly again. Talk to an expert, like 1300 Alarms, to find out if there is a simple 3G device you could have installed to keep everything working.
Even if you’re unsure, they will be more than happy to let you know that your current system is fine, or to send out a technician to double check for you. 1300 Alarms has a nationwide network of trusted installers and can connect you to someone in your area who can help.
NBN for Businesses.
If you own a business, you also need to think about the effect of NBN there as well. Remember that if you have monitored alarms, monitored fire alarms, or even an emergency phone in the building’s lift, you need to make sure that they are all NBN compatible. Some of the solutions 1300 Alarms offer can be installed now to ensure that there is a smooth transition from the old network to the NBN.