NBN Co Is Now Officially Offering Fibre-To-The-Building Services

NBN Co Is Now Officially Offering Fibre-To-The-Building Services
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After trials last year, NBN Co is officially offering fibre-to-the-building options for unit blocks and offices as of today. Just how fast will those services be?

Fibre-to-the-building (also sometimes described as fibre-to-the-basement) is essentially the option for premises which aren’t scheduled to be connected to fibre under fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP).

Within the building, connectivity will be via entirely existing wiring — potentially a nuisance in older unit blocks with rubbish internal copper. As with the existing FTTP schemes, negotiating with body corporates is also likely to be fiddly.

During trials, NBN Co said average speeds of 89MBps for downloads and 36Mbps for uploads were achieved — not a terrible outcome relative to the top speeds offered for fibre-to-the-premises. However, those results might not replicated on a broader scale. NBN Co says 6000 buildings are already being set up for FTTB, and ultimately it expects to service more than a million premises this way.

Update: Here’s a video demonstrating the trial from Telstra.



  • Some good news I guess.

    Looking forward to an incremental upgrade of my internet connection.

    Once labor are in government again, they may even finish the last leg with fiber cable if I’m lucky…..

  • I learned the other day that the reason my apartment block doesn’t have NBN access (despite all the other houses/apartments on the street having it) is because the building owner won’t let NBN contracts onsite to do the cabling. Apparently they did $100k damage to another one of his buildings and he won’t risk them doing it again. I have no idea if that’s true or not.

    I wonder if FTTB model would be more appealing to building owners? They only have to cable as far as the MDF (which is usually near the street anyway), and no need to run new lines to every apartment.

    • That’s because the sub-contractors hired aren’t very careful/yahoos/retards. Just look at the state of Sydney roads (bad enough already) with patching for the trenches they dug. So them damaging buildings is believable.

  • What does this mean, exactly? From what I can see you go to the NBN Co. website to register your property, and if it’s in an existing rollout area you will be contacted to discuss the build plan? What if you’re not in a rollout area?

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