NBN Co Just Dumped On FTTN Customers (Again)

NBN Co Just Dumped On FTTN Customers (Again)
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NBN Co has announced plans to increase speeds for some customers by 2023. However, if you’re currently saddled with a fibre-to-the-node (FttN) connection – like most residential NBN users – there are no plans to upgrade the bandwidth for the next four years. Guaranteed speeds won’t exceed 25 Mbps, even in 2023.

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NBN Co’s Corporate Plan 2020–2023 was released on 30 August and outlines what the NBN has in store over the next four years. It plans to deliver full completion of the network by the end of 2020. Right now, 5.7 million premises in Australia (approximately 86 per cent) have access to the NBN.

The report promises to increase bandwidth for customers using FttC (fibre to the curb) and HFC (hybrid fibre coax) while there are no plans to upgrade it for FttN customers.

“We expect 90 per cent of FttN customers will reach speeds of 50 Mbps, and we guarantee 25 Mbps to all of them,” NBN chief executive Stephen Rue said during the plan’s announcement.

“Our priority now is to complete the rollout, which we are on target to do by June 2020. The best way to ensure we can invest in future the network will be to generate a strong cash flow.”

The problem is, around 1.1 per cent of NBN customers are connected to FttC while 2 per cent use HFC. Conversely, 3.3 million of the projected 8.6 million NBN’s customers by 2023 will be using FttN, which will not have any upgrades until at least 2023.

Australia ranks second in the world for mobile broadband speed test, according to Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index in July 2019. When it comes to fixed broadband speeds, however, Australia drops out of the top 50 to 60th position.

If the bandwidth for FttN remains the same over the next few years, it’s unlikely Australia’s position on the global internet stage will improve any time soon. For the Australians actually using the service, however, a stagnation of internet speeds in a world requiring more sturdy connections could turn them to other options like the burgeoning 5G network.

Optus released its first 5G home broadband plan to customers in August 2019, promising customers minimum speeds of 50Mbps for around the same monthly price as fixed-line NBN broadband. If customers can prove they aren’t achieving those minimum speeds, they’ll be able to cancel without fees. That’s more than the NBN is promising Australia right now.

With all that said, the NBN rollout technology is only part of the puzzle. Whichever version you’re connected to, your chosen plan is going to have a drastic affect on speed. With that in mind, here are the best Premium Evening Speed NBN 100 plans you can get right now. (Click on our interactive table to learn more about each option.)

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[Via ITWire]


  • The problem with them “guarantee 25mbps to all of them” claim is that its still hobbled by the stupid CVC pricing, which means they will never reach the 25mbps because the RSPs scrimp on bandwidth

    • Not all of them do. Aussie Broadband have claimed they do not throttle bandwidth and when a section of bandwidth reaches 85% they move someone’s service to a new section of bandwidth. I’ve been with them for ages and I maybe believe them but I have no tools to tell whether they are telling the truth or whether the degradation in my service has been purely from the ageing copper lines and Gods-awful Telstra pits filling with water occasionally.

  • I think we should just create a botnet that constantly pushes 100,000 of NBN connected computers to maximum DL/UL when idle.

    Then we can show just how stupid the current system is and sue all the providers for false advertising when the network crumbles.

    That or just drive into all of the nodes so they can replace the dying copper or just deliver the real service in suburban areas. Rural can deal with it IMO.

  • Finally got connected to the NBN a week ago. Since then I’ve found out that although I’m living >5 km from the centre of Australia’s only global city, my FTTN connection which “should” be able to get 49 Mbps is actually only able to get 24 Mbps which TPG has rounded up to claim is actually 29 Mbps and therefore not subject to the guarantee – although they’ll generously let me out of my 50 Mbps contract if I really want to.

  • Meanwhile, in New Zealand, I using fibre to my router and am getting 900mbps down and 700mbps up, unlimited data and a toll-free landline for $99.

  • Weill this is great news!! My 28mbps connection has already dropped to 23mbps in 2 years so by the time it’s finished I’ll be back to my ADSL2 speeds of 4.5mbps or less. Hurray for the NBN and their ineffible wisdom and planning. (Spot the sarcasm.)

    Don’t they still have a warehouse FULL of brand new copper cable? So what are planning on doing with all that I wonder?

  • FTTC appears to be the only winner here. DOCSIS 3.1 was implemented by nbn to dilute the available spectrum across more customers than previously possible, not to increase speeds for the individual customer. By the time nbn are ready to offer gigabit speeds on HFC they will have to rip up the network again to do so.

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