Trying to find out when the National Broadband Network (NBN) will reach your area or what form it will take is little more than guesswork these days. But since the currently favoured model involves fibre-to-the-node and the use of VDSL to boost speeds on the "last mile" to your home or office, the chances are good one of these cabinets will be involved.
This Alcatel VDSL2 vectoring cabinet can support up to 384 lines. The model used in Australia measures 850 by 1150 by 500mm -- the smallest design Alcatel sells anywhere in the world. At distances of 400 metres, speeds of 100Mbps for downloads and 40Mbps for uploads are said to be possible. Pity I live a lot more than 400 metres from the nearest exchange.