NBN Fibre to the Node upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
It was good news to hear that business clients suffering with a poor Fibre to the Node connection will soon be able to upgrade to Fibre to the Premises with the NBNco FttP upgrade program. This will mean that many businesses can potentially be enabled to FttP NBN plans offering NBN 1000Mbps download speeds for their business Internet.
While this is a TC4 residential grade NBN service and not a full business grade Internet service like NBN Enterprise Ethernet, It does offer some relief for business in locations that under perform on the NBN FttN network and where NBN Enterprise Ethernet is not available or cost prohibitive.
How will the NBN FttP Upgrade program work?
Basically once the program is ready in each are, clients will need to order an upgrade to a faster NBN plan Consultation is still taking place with the carriers to understand how the program will roll out but the following extract discusses the key points made in the announcement.
NBN Co today revealed the latest list of suburbs and towns around Australia where an additional 900,000
homes and businesses are set to benefit from the extension of fibre deeper into communities, enabling
access to the wholesale download speed tier of close to 1 Gbps on demand by 2023 if they order plans based
on eligible wholesale speed tiers.
Today’s announcement provides details of the first suburbs and towns in Tasmania, the ACT and Northern
Territory that are currently served by Fibre to the Node (FTTN) where certain premises will progressively
become eligible for Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) upgrades.
The Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network upgrade program alone aims to enable
up to 2 million premises to access the wholesale download speed tier of close to 1 Gbps Home Ultrafast
(FTTP)1,2, on demand. NBN Co will make further announcements later this year on additional suburbs and
towns that will be incorporated into the FTTN to FTTP upgrade program.
NBN Co is currently engaged in consultation with internet retailers to define the process by which customers living in eligible premises currently served by FTTN or FTTC will be informed that their premises is eligible to receive higher speed services.
NBN TC4 is a residential grade service with no SLAs as such.
As mentioned earlier, while the NBN TC4 high bandwidth services are faster, they are not a warrantied Business Grade Internet service. It's important to note that ordering a higher bandwidth service like a 1000mbps download and 400Mbps upload (1000/400) service doesn't come with any guarantee on the bandwidth you will actually get. NBN co notes, Regardless of the retail service you purchase, the actual wholesale speeds delivered by nbn’s highest wholesale speed tiers of 500 to close to 1000 Mbps will be less than 1Gbps due to equipment and network limitations and the peak information rate may fall anywhere in this range. In addition, the HFC Home Ultrafast bandwidth profile downstream service provided to retail providers is a ranged profile with a maximum sustained information rate of 750Mbps. Reference to speeds are not end user speeds; they are wholesale layer 2 peak information rate bandwidth provided to retail providers. An end customer’s experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn network, depends on some factors outside our control (like equipment quality, software, and how your retail service provider designs its network) and the nbn technology used for your connection.
Order fast NBN services to qualify for the FttP upgrade
As part of its second consultation paper on the network upgrades, released to internet retailers on 4 May 2021, NBN
Co has proposed that customers living or working in premises currently served by FTTN, that cannot
currently receive access to the higher speed tiers, will need to order a plan based on wholesale speed tiers of
100/20 Mbps or higher4 to qualify for a full fibre upgrade. Once the program to extend fibre deeper into
select parts of individual communities is complete, eligible customers will be able to order a higher speed
service via their chosen internet retailer. Once approved, this will trigger the construction of a fibre lead-in
to eligible premises, completing their conversion from FTTN to FTTP.
Upgrade to NBN FttC also in the pipeline
Due to the faster current capabilities of FTTC, in its consultation paper to industry, NBN Co has proposed
that customers living or working in premises currently served by this technology will need to order a plan
based on wholesale speed tiers of 250/25 Mbps or higher to qualify for a full fibre upgrade.
Super Fast NBN connections available to 2.4 Million locations.
The company today confirmed that of the 2.5 million premises that are ready to connect to the nbn network
via Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), close to 97 per cent, or approximately 2.4 million premises can access the nbn
Home Superfast wholesale speed tier with up to 250 Mbps wholesale download speeds and around 58 per
cent or approximately 1.45 million premises can access the nbn Home Ultrafast wholesale speed tier with
wholesale download speeds of 500 Mbps to close to 1 Gbps on demand.
Suburbs where business will be able to upgrade to NBN Fibre to the Premises.
Businesses located in these suburbs will be able to upgrade their business to NBN Fibre to the Premises services Plan.
NSW suburbs & towns where business will be able to upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Alexandria, Albion Park, Austinmer, Balgownie, Bankstown, Barrack Heights, Barrack Point, Batemans Bay, Belmont, Bogangar, Byron Bay, Cabarita Beach, Camperdown, Charlestown, Claymore, Cordeaux Heights, Corlette, Davistown, Dubbo, East Albury, Erina, Erskinville, Ettalong Beach, Fairy Meadow, Fingal Bay, Forster, Gerringong, Glenfield Park, Glenmore Park, Gorokan, Horningsea, Hoxton Park, Hunters Hill, Huntleys Cove, Jerrabomberra, Kariong, Kellyville, Kincumber, Islington, Lake Illawarra, Maryville, Merrywether Heights, Milton, Mount Annan, Mount Pleasant, Narellan, Nelson Bay, North Richmond, North Wollongong, Oak Flats, Old Bar, Prestons, Raymond Terrace, Salamander Bay, Seven Hills, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, St Georges Basin, Terrigal, Thirroul, Tuncurry, Tweed Heads, Ulladulla, Umina Beach, Warilla, Warners Bay, West Hoxton, Woodbine, Woolwich, Woonona, Worrigee, Woy Woy, Yattalunga. Bathurst, Campbelltown, Elderslie, Maitland, Narellan, New Lambton, Orange, Singleton, Tarro. Belmont North, Carramar, Castle Hill, Charlestown, Holsworthy, Liverpool, Toronto, Wetherill Park.
Victorian suburbs & towns where business will be able upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Aireys Inlet, Albert Park, Alfredton, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Berwick, Caroline Springs, Cowes, Craigieburn, Deer Park (additional footprint), Delacombe, Derrimut, Echuca, Fairhaven, Geelong, Geelong West, Grovedale, Hampton Park, Hastings, Highton, Kalimna, Kangaroo Flat, Lakes Entrance, Leopold, Mernda, Mornington, Ocean Grove, Pakenham, Pearcedale, Rosebud, Sebastopol, Seymore, Somerville, Sunshine West, Tarneit, Torquay, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds, West Wodonga, Wodonga Berwick South, Cranbourne, Deer Park, additional areas of Narre Warren, Sydenham.
Queensland suburbs & towns where business will be able upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Alexandra Headland, Andergrove, Bargara, Bayview Heights, Beaconsfield, Bellara, Bentley Park, Blacks Beach, Brinsmead, Buderim, Bulimba, Burpengary, Burpengary East, Caboolture, Caboolture South, Cannonvale, Castaways Beach, Clifton Beach, Coolangatta, Coolum Beach, Cooroibah, Craiglie, Currimundi, Dolphin Heads, Earville, Edmonton, Eimeo, Forest Lake, Freshwater, Glenella, Griffin, Heathwood, Kawungan, Kewarra Beach, Lawnton, Meridan Plains, Monoora, Mooloolaba, Manunda, Marcoola, Marcus Beach, Maroochydore, Minyama, Mooroobool, Morayfield, Mount Coolum, Mount Pleasant, Mount Sheridan, Mountain Creek, Murrumba Downs, Newtown (4350), Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Ormeau, Pacific Paradise, Pacific Pines, Parrearra, Peregian Beach, Port Douglas, Proserpine, Redlynch, Rothwell, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Stratford,Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach, Tewantin, Trinity Beach, Twin Waters, Upper Coomera, Urraween, Victoria Point, Warana, White Rock, Woree.Albany Creek, Ashgrove, Bald Hills, Burleigh Heads, Ferny Hills, Robina, Townsville.Acacia Ridge, Browns Plains, Eight Mile Plains, Oxenford.
South Australian suburbs & towns where business will be able upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Andrews Farm, Ascot, Ascot Park, Balcatta, Edwardstown, Exeter, Glanville, Grange, Largs Bay, Munno Park West, New Port, Port Adelaide, Seaton, Semaphore, Tennyson, West Lakes, Woodville West.Elizabeth, Gepps Cross, Golden Grove, Salisbury.Osborne.
West Australian suburbs & towns where business will be able upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Balcatta, Balga, Bayswater, Beaconsfield, Beckenham, Belmont, Bentley, Bicton, Cannington, City Beach, Cloverdale, Coogee, East Cannington, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Gosnells, Hamilton Hill, Highgate, Hilton, Huntingdale, Karawara, Karrinyup, Kewdale, Maylands, Midland, Morley, Mount Lawley, Nollamara, North Fremantle, North Perth, Osborne Park, Palmyra, Redcliffe, Riverton, Rivervale, Rossmoyne, Samson, Scarborough, Shelley, South Fremantle, Southern River, Spearwood, St James, Stirling, Tuart Hill, Waikiki, Waterford, Wembley Downs, Westminster, Yokine,
Canning Vale, Girrawheen, Jandakot South, Kingsley, Wanneroo.Cannington, Double View
Tasmanian suburbs & towns where business will be able upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Camdale, Cooee, Devonport, Howrah, Legana, Ocean Vista, Park Grove, Paklands, Sandy Bay, Shorewell Park, Tranmere.
Northern Territory suburbs & towns where business will be able upgrade to Fibre to the Premises.
Alice Springs, Araluen, Braitling, Ciccone, Desert Springs, East Side, Gillen, Ilpara, Larapinta, Ross, Sadadeen, The Gap.