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.
- Coburg North
- "Pockets" of Collingwood
- Caroline Springs
- Denham Court
- 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]