The National Broadband Network (NBN) is set to begin operation in 2019 and it will be rolled out across the country with all homes having the internet connectivity they need to keep themselves and their family online, regardless of whether they are on a pay TV plan or on the fixed line.
The National Fibre Network Co-ordination Agency (NFNAC) has said the rollout will begin in September 2019 and that the NBN Co will be operating in the field by 2020.
What you can expect?
NBN Co says the network will have a maximum capacity of 5.2 megabits per second (Mbps) and that it will support speeds up to up to 300Mbps.
The network will also include fibre to the premises (FTTP), which means that customers can connect to their home networks through their premises.
The NBN Co has said that it plans to introduce a hybrid fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) option, which means the network can connect up to 2.5km in length, which is significantly faster than the current 1km in fibre.
NBN Co is also aiming to expand the number of Fibre to the Premises (FTPP) nodes and the number to be deployed at the end of 2020.
NBN’s FTTN network is expected to be rolled into the NBN’s main network in the next few years.
The rollout of the NBN is expected start at the Telstra network in Telstra’s southern Sydney suburb of Parramatta, which was first completed in December 2016.
What are the costs of the network?
There are no fixed prices for the NBN in Australia, so NBN Co estimates the total cost of the project will be between AU$2 billion and AU$3 billion.
The cost of building the network is likely to increase as the network expands to more suburbs.
The Federal Government has also announced that the Government is funding the NBN project through a grant of up to AU$1 billion, with the rest of the money coming from private funding.
It is estimated that the final cost of installing the NBN will be AU$9 billion.
NBN says it is also considering an option of rolling out fibre-coaxial (FCoA) to the rural and regional areas where the current network is being rolled out, which would see a cost of AU$6 billion, although NBN Co expects that this would be phased out.
What is the network going to cost?
The NBN’s cost is likely in the range of AU $5 billion, while NBN Co currently expects to be able to cover about AU$4 billion of that cost through the purchase of a small number of fixed lines.
NBN is also seeking to extend the NBN to suburbs of around 2,000sq km, with plans to deploy up to 200km of fibre to that area.
NBN has not revealed the cost of deploying the fibre network in each of the existing locations.
In the long term, NBN Co also plans to install fibre-optic cables to replace existing copper lines, but this is not set to be completed until the end, in 2026.
The Australian Government is also planning to build fibre to a maximum of 100,000 homes and business premises.