NBN Co Launching Gigabit Broadband In December

Right now, the maximum speed for a consumer connected to the fibre portion of National Broadband Network (NBN) is 100Mbps for downloads and 40Mbps for upload. NBN Co today announced that it will begin offering a series of products that run up to 10 times that speed later this year. Anyone for gigabit?

NBN Co has announced that it will begin offering three new products to wholesalers in December: 250 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload for $70 per month; 500Mbps download/200Mbps upload for $100; and 1000Mbps/400Mbps for $150. As designed, the NBN has always been capable of handling those speeds (gigabit speeds were mentioned back in 2010), but the staged rollout (which is running behind schedule) meant they weren't offered in the initial phases.

Note those are the prices paid by the wholesaler to NBN Co; anyone who purchases services based on those speeds will pay rather more, since companies selling NBN plans also need to pay for data transfers (and build in a profit margin). We're not likely to know those prices until much later in the year.

NBN Co's announcement underlines the fact that there does seem to be a strong demand for higher speeds — a relevant consideration when the Coalition alternative proposal for the NBN maxes out at 25Mbps for downloads and an as-yet unspecified figure for uploads. According to NBN Co, one-third of current fibre users have signed up for the highest speeds.

What will happen if there's a change of government? If the Coalition version of the NBN goes ahead, anyone who isn't already connected to the NBN won't have the option of accessing that speed without upfront expenditure of their own. Those speeds simply can't be sustained over copper. The Coalition plan proposes that people who want fibre connections directly to their homes or businesses will be able to pay to have that extended to the nearest NBN street cabinet. We don't know how much that will cost, but conservative estimates so far suggest at least $2000.


Comments

    December, doesn't give Tony Abbott much time to dig it all up, but I'm sure he will give it a red-hot go.

    According to NBN Co, one-third of current fibre users have signed up for the highest speeds.

    Or, put another way, as of December 2012, fully 5.7% of premises able to get an NBN connection chose the highest speed available. 11.4% chose lower NBN speeds. 82.9% chose to maintain their (presumably) even slower non-NBN line speeds.

      82.9% are probably still in contract with their previous ISP and can't switch yet.

        Fair point. The average take-up rate after 12 months increases to around 34.4%.

        http://www.nbnco.com.au/assets/media-releases/2013/australians-demonstrate-growing-appetite-for-superfast-broadband.pdf

    The next/current battleground isn't speed - it's data. I'd love to go from my top-of-the-range-where-I-live 5Mbps to 1000Mbps, sure, but I'd wipe out my data allowance in five minutes.

      The wholesale prices don't include data limits, so I would hope the retail prices would reflect that too with unlimited plans

    Translation: 25mbps max? We can top that.

    So what this article is saying is, of those rare enough to be in the odd locations where NBN is available, they'll now be given the option to pay more to utilise the potential of the NBN to download their torrents faster.

    It'll be 2020 and the NBN will still be telling me construction will begin within a year

    The coalition plan doesn't max out at 25mbps, that is the minimum speed they are proposing. There is so much incorrect information being peddled. I get that is is cool to rubbish the opposition plan at any stage, but spreading false information isn't the way to do it.

      The minimum 25mbps is the maximum speed that many people will see due to the distance from the cabinet.
      ie your neighbor at the other end of your street (close to the cabinet) could be getting 50mbps while you get only 25mbps
      You can't choose to pay more to get a faster connection unless you pay to get fibre rolled to your house, which will likely cost you more than the neighbor on 50mbps cause there's more labour to roll out fibre for that extra 500m.
      Yet another reason why the coalition NBN is a stinking turd or an idea... we all contribute the same to get different levels of service.

        People at the end of the line will still not get 25mbps.

    Imagine the phat router thats you'll need to deploy in the users house to support that kind of throughput 1800 series Cisco routers at least.

      Or any router with a gigabit Wan port.

    Japan is already pushing their Fibre upto 2Gbps and the technology is looking to get upto 10Gbps+ down the track.

    I'm in the UK with an 80/20 FTTC connection at present, and a couple of questions on NBN...

    What do you end up paying for a phone+internet connection at 100/40, with a relatively reasonable ISP?

    And is the fibre part of a PON? How much is it shared?

    To Angus Kidman
    I just want to say that I live in NT and we now have NBN Fixed Wireless available and I have so far phoned 2 companies - Optus and Activ8 and both say "Sorry it is not available" What the heck is going on - I looked up this site and all the plans and Optus was one of the plans available.

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