NBN - Your questions answered.
When is the NBN coming to Ballan?
The NBN is scheduled for Ballan on the 20th May 2016.
When can I sign up for NBN service?
You can sign up for and NBN service from the 20th May. You may register your interest with your supplier before that time. In some cases, you may not be able to order the NBN until your specific premises can be live. Contact your service provider to get a better indication of when the NBN will be available to you.
What it Fibre to the Node? (FTTN)
Fibre to the Node is a way of delivering access to fast broadband by running fibre-optic cable to a neighbourhood node (Australia Post Office in Ballan) and from there using the existing copper network to the end-user premise.
How Do I get the NBN?
Contact your phone service provider to see what they can offer. This might also be a good time to shop around and negotiate better deals for your home phone and Internet.
Is the NBN going to make that much difference?
Yes. Even on the slowest entry level plan, the NBN will be faster than your current ADSL connection.
Do I have to switch to the NBN?
If you wish to keep your landline or Internet service, you will need to switch to the NBN before the copper based services in Ballan are disabled. (Normally 18 months after the NBN is turned on)
Are the speeds provided by the NBN guaranteed?
Actual throughput speeds may be slower and could vary due many factors including type/source of content being downloaded, hardware and software configuration, the number of users simultaneously using the network. Devices connected by Wi-Fi may experience slower speeds then those connected by Ethernet cable.
What Speeds are available on the NBN?
NBN plans start with the 12/1 speed connection. 12mbps download and 1mbps upload. Other plans available include 25/5, 50/20 & 100/40. Most homes & small business connected to the NBN will choose either the 12/1 or 25/5 speed connections.
Why is NBN deploying FTTN?
FTTN more cost effective to deploy than many other access technologies, such as Fibre to the Premise ( FTTP ). This is because you don’t have to replace the entire connection from the exchange to the home or business. Putting network equipment in the street reduces the distance data needs to travel over copper, allowing higher speeds to be achieved.
See NBN Your Questions Answered, Part 2