Revealed: The First Suburbs Getting 100Mbps Fibre-To-The-Curb NBN In Australia

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NBN Co has revealed the first suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne on its fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) rollout map. Find out if you're among the first 700,000 homes and businesses to receive the technology right here.

Last year, NBN Co signed a number of deals for the implementation of fibre to hundreds of thousands of premises in Sydney and Melbourne. Now, the first suburbs to receive the technology have been revealed.

The named suburbs are as follows.

Melbourne:

  • Burnside
  • Brooklyn
  • Coburg North
  • "Pockets" of Collingwood
  • Cremorne
  • Richmond
  • Caroline Springs
  • Derrimut
  • Williamstown

Sydney:

  • Alexandria
  • Botany
  • Denham Court
  • Erskineville
  • Horningsea Park
  • Hunters Hill
  • Mona Vale
  • Woronora Heights

FTTC is significantly faster and more reliable than fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), with NBN Co promising download/upload speeds of up to 100Mbps and 40Mbps, respectively. This has made it a coveted offering among businesses and technology fans disillusioned by other "mixed technology" solutions.

Unlike FTTN, FTTC delivers fibre all the way to the telecom pit, or footpath, outside a home. The fibre then connects with a small distribution point unit (DPU) that uses the existing copper line to deliver fast broadband to the premises over a shorter distance compared to FTTN.

"This means nbn does not need to conduct civil works on the personal property of the home/business owner to run a new fibre-optic line as would be required for a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) connection," NBN Co explains on its website.

"Using VDSL2 technology the company can deliver the same 100/40Mbps services provided over FTTP while also providing simple options to upgrade when future demand arises."

NBN Co expects to begin rolling out trials of the service this year, with Coburg North retailers getting first dibs. Commercial services for FTTC will follow in the first half of 2018.

[Via NBN Co]


Comments

    MOTHERF.......they're putting in bloody FTTN right now right across the road... :\ Just can't win here at Forest Lake in Queensland.

    Shouldn't it be "Fibre-to-the-kerb". In Australia, curb means to "control or limit". Come to think of it maybe "Curb" is perfect...

      I've had this exact conversation with Gizmodo's editor. For whatever reason, NBN Co calls it fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) so that's what we have to call it too. :-(

        If all editors decided to call it by the correct name FTTDP and not FTTC, which is actually Fibre to the Cabinet, then the NBN would be forced to use the correct terminology.

        Why are you giving them a free goal to make up their own terms Chris?

        Suggests most of the power players at NBN are yanks...

    NBN Co does a pretty good job at confusing everyone with their broadband system.

    I thought they originally said that FTTC technology would be used only in rural regional areas where using FTTN technology would not be possible.The rest of the country would use FTTN.

    Now they say they will bringing FTTC to Sydney & Melbourne.I think they should have stuck to FTTP,do it once & do it right the first time around with nothing to upgrade in the future.

      That's what the Labor party was saying all along, future proof it but then the Liberals came out with this press conference saying if we do FTTP the cost will blow out something crazy and will take years longer then FTTN also they were saying what's the point of having such fast speeds when we really only need 50-100 Mbps. So blame the Libs

    Wait, is FTTC the same as Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTP) that was being spoken about the other month?

      FTTdP is what you're thinking of, nbn simply came up with their own name (FTTC) to confuse the shit out of us.

      I just think of it like this, FTT... whatever!

      Last edited 01/03/17 9:48 am

        Yeah I missed the D, I was tired in my defence :P

    I've had 100mbps cable for years now. NBN still isn't even outperforming very dated technology...

    is there a particular reason the concrete covers all have that design on them or is it just A E S T H E T I C S?

    meanwhile my town still hasnt had the nbn get switched on (was ment to be ready on the 13th of Jan, then it got moved back to the 10 feb and now god knows when it will be ready here) because NBN co was unaware of how big the demand was for the NBN in my town

    NBN should be moving to all future rollouts to be FTTdp, stop this crap called FTTN. Technically NBN has plans for the original FTTP rollouts that where then stopped and we had to wait for the FTTN plans had to be developed. FTTP should have continued until all plans had been exhausted, then the FTTN rollouts should have started. NBN should now switch to rolling out FTTdp and just complete all the current set of FTTN and move to FTTdp.

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