Fibre-To-The-Curb NBN Is Coming To Sydney And Melbourne

Fibre-To-The-Curb NBN Is Coming To Sydney And Melbourne
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The company overseeing the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout has signed a number of deals for the implementation of fibre to around 525,000 premises in Sydney and Melbourne. Most of them will be served by fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC). Here are the details.

NBN Co has signed three Design and Construction Master Agreements (DCMA) for the build of approximately 525,000 premises, most of which will use FTTC. Some of those premises will be connected with fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) or fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB).

Downer EDI, Service Stream, and Fulton Hogan picked up the new contracts.

nbn Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan said: “The new agreements will support our world-leading FTTC technology. Importantly, we have the flexibility to deploy other technologies easily over time. The design and construction framework is intended to enable a faster rollout, by providing end-to-end accountability for the footprint.”

FTTC, also known as fibre-to-the-driveway, is seen as a compromise between FTTP and FTTN in terms of speed and cost. You can read more about it here.

In September, NBN Co announced it would be rolling out FTTC to 700,000 premises after writing off the Optus HFC assets that it bought for $800 million.


  • Still doesn’t sound like they are going to stop the FTTN rollouts any time soon.

    They just need to move to one technology and get off this merry-go-round of technology changes.

  • Tried to sign up for email updates on the NBN website. Their website wasn’t functioning properly, so I reported it to them. The response was that they would contact me by MAIL when my area was likely to be upgraded.

    Speaks volumes about the IT competency of this organisation: can’t get a simple subscription email list running and rely on the postal service for communication.

  • And here I am stuck with shitty HFC. Been on cable for a few months and NBN HFC has just been activated in my area last week. My speed already drops from 30 down to 5 at peak times, whats it going to do once the rest of the street jumps on board

  • My dad is on Optus cable, not nbn, and he is getting consistently 28mbps down. If when the nbn gets around to his area, why would he move to nbn?

  • Signing the deals is one thing, delivering on them is another.

    The NBN overall has a terrible track record of delivery. It is consistently late and over-budget. It appears not to have any clear plans, and nobody can find out when it is to be available in their areas.

    Really, Spandas, this isn’t news unless there is a schedule of planned rollouts, so that those of us who actually live in Sydney & Melbourne, and who are close to giving up waiting for the NBN, might be given a faint glimmer of hope that it will happen in our lifetimes!

    While all of this is going on, or not as is the case most of the time, we are being left behind. When Australia does, eventually, have more or less full coverage with the NBN, not only will the technology be old, but the rest of the civilised world will be way ahead.

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