Report: NBN Co Replaces A Chunk Of FTTN Areas With FTTC And Fixed Wireless

Report: NBN Co Replaces A Chunk Of FTTN Areas With FTTC And Fixed Wireless

It appears that a number of suburbs that were destined to received fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) National Broadband Network (NBN) connections will be getting fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) and fixed wireless services instead, according to a report by iTNews.

Note: FTTC is also known as fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp).

After NBN Co said it would no longer be releasing updates to its three-year plan for the NBN, iTNews manually went through the company’s Check Your Address online tool to ascertain changes to the planned network rollout.

We already know that NBN Co will be switching on FTTC, a technology considered to be superior to NBN’s predominant technology FTTN, in selected suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne. NBN Co also announced last year it has plans to deploy FTTC to at least 700,000 premises.

According to iTNews, NBN Co has now got at least 470 cities, suburbs and towns across six states and territories on the FTTC rollout schedule. Most of these are located in NSW and Victoria, mainly in metropolitan areas. What’s interesting is that a large portion of those areas were tipped to get FTTN.

A significant number of areas that were set to get FTTN have also been converted to fixed wireless or satellite areas, according to the data iTNews collected from the Check My Address tool.

These changes seem to indicate that NBN Co is gradually backing away from its commitment to a predominantly FTTN NBN. It’s too early to tell but who knows? Perhaps the company is planning to move even more areas onto FTTC and fixed wireless in the near future.

You can take a look at the reconstructed NBN three-year plan in detail over at iTNews.

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  • Jesus Christ, it really is time to get the NBN out of the Government’s hands and privatise it. When it first rolled out it was going great guns and I was lucky enough to get it hooked up just before the Libs got in and started turning the thing into a political football. Look at it now, a hodgepodge of different connection types and slowed to a political crawl. PRIVATISE the bloody thing already!

    • Because privatising stuff is so much better, right? Just like how such a move made our power cheaper, with better service & fewer fees… Yeah, can’t say i’m a fan of the idea of selling off our telecommunications network (again) & generating Telstra 2.0, making it extremely expensive to connect to the available infrastructure, which will no doubt be ignored for maintenance even in dire circumstances.

      • Privatisation makes for more efficient and more cost-effective management. The fact is, Telstra was given charge of the entire network when it started and they got away with murder because the ACCC has no friggin teeth. Privatisation isn’t the issue mate, the bloody Government has shown no interest in keeping them in check and the various institutions under its charge have been given no more power than simple lip service.

        • HAHAHA, you’re joking right? I’ll give you an example why I think privatising things is stupid & only costs us the end beneficiary more. I live on the border of QLD & NSW. When the QLD gov’t put in the Tugun bypass, it cost 550 million dollars for 8km of road, with one tunnel & 2 bridges (one into a private residence, the other an access road). A project that took 4 years to complete via private sector.

          Meanwhile in NSW, the NSW gov’t did the Chinderah to Yelgun bypass 27km of road with 11 overbridges, 39 bridges, two animal overpasses & three animal underpasses, for $382 million dollars, complete in 2 years. The difference? This wasn’t by a private company.

          So yeah, tell me again how things being privatised is good for us? The NBN is just a fucking joke, what it has become. It started out something that would really help this country, now it’s something that’s bandaged together with multiple versions & decades of technology that it will never be good in its current state, and to me it seems because the current government thought they couldn’t be seen agreeing with the opposition on something that was the right thing for the country & the only realistic choice for a stable long term investment.

          • Dude, wind it back a notch! I just got through saying that there is little to no oversight and the ACCC has no teeth. It’s not the privatisation that’s the problem, it’s a lack of oversight. So yes, you are right that the private sector is a cash swamp, but if the Government, from one flavour to the next had any balls, they’d fix it. Having said that, the fact is that money and the greed that it fosters, is the wrong model for a world to be governed by. Time for a change.

        • Yeah, I agree, it should have been privatised. The government is inefficient and has no motivation to save money or make a profit, and just want to stay in power. Private companies are the opposite and are therefore a better option in many instances, including the NBN.

      • Perhaps you should research the history of the NBN. The original plan was to privatise but the only real player was Telstra and, unsurprisingly, they basically wanted the taxpayer to foot the entire bill for the build but then they would get ownership of it effectively maintaining their monopoly at our expense. I would like to see one example of a shared infrastructure project successfully operated by a private company.

  • We should be connected by this December at 5033 via HFC-Cable.
    A question..for those with HFC..I had Telstra Cable previously but gave them the arse because of overcharging and billing issues. Went to back Optus ADSL2 and have been there ever since.
    The Telstra cable is still connected to the house, the external junction box is there and the internal cable and modem plug is still in place…. does anyone know what happens to this when the nbn arrives…

  • It’s not entire suburbs that are getting it, part of my street and surrounding streets have been updated to FTTC while 80-85% of us are still getting FTTN.

    At first it made sense with the industrial area been so close but a large portion of my suburb has been switched while a decent number of us are left behind with no explanation as to why.

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