Australia's digital backbone is evolving

Last updated on 3 June 2022
We’re continuing to evolve the nbn® network to meet the ever-changing needs of Australians.

With more connected devices, and more people working from home than ever, we’re continuing to invest in Australia’s digital backbone to ensure people across the country enjoy a future with faster internet.2

By extending our fibre infrastructure deeper into our network, we’re working to provide access to more fibre and improved services to more homes and businesses. This is aimed at enabling higher speed services on-demand to millions of premises nationwide.

We’re also continuing to co-invest with state governments and local councils to further enhance the benefits of fast and reliable broadband, and are providing support to business customers by helping to extend the competitive benefits of the nbn network to more regions nationwide.

Get the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Getting more premises a faster internet connection

We’ve already begun working to extend fibre deeper into selected towns and suburbs, and as we ramp up this initiative first announced in March 2021 to upgrade eligible Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology, we’ve been adding more areas from across Australia. And from 3 June, eligible customers on Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) technology in parts of Australia are invited to upgrade to FTTP.5

This is another step toward extending higher speeds to more Australians across our fixed-line technologies.

Enabling higher speeds

Once initial stage work is complete, eligible customers will be able to place an order on-demand with a participating phone and internet provider for a higher speed plan.2,5

If Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology is needed to provide access to that wholesale speed tier to their premises, nbn will work with delivery partners to install a fibre lead-in to complete the conversion from FTTN or FTTC to FTTP.4

In March 2022, the first premises became eligible to order their upgrade from FTTN to FTTP. Eligible customers on FTTC in parts of Australia are also invited to upgrade to FTTP.

To find out if your premises may be eligible to upgrade, register for updates at nbn.com.au/fttpupgrade The website includes links to participating retailers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these locations first?

These spots have been selected for reasons including:

Demand – we anticipate strong demand in these metropolitan and regional locations for higher nbn wholesale speed plans.

Workforce – our established construction and delivery partners, and their respective workforces, are ready to work here having recently completed our network’s initial build.4

Cost-effectiveness – we can deploy here with speed and agility, in a way that our investment is most likely to spread and multiply economic activity across the nation.

How does it work?

This is an on-demand model for eligible customers.

The fibre extension initiative is expected to be available to customers on existing nbn Fibre to the Node (FTTN) or nbn Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) technologies in selected areas.5

  • For locations on nbn FTTN

    Customers with an existing nbn FTTN connection who would like to order a plan based on an nbn Home Fast or higher may be eligible to upgrade to nbn FTTP.
  • For locations on nbn FTTC

    Customers with an existing nbn FTTC connection who would like to order a plan based on an nbn Home Superfast or higher may be eligible to upgrade to nbn FTTP.

I live in one of the suburbs or towns listed today. When can I get this?

The first premises will become eligible as part of a trial phase from November 2021 to early 2022. After the trial, the first eligible FTTN premises are expected to be able to order a Home Fast or higher speed service from March 2022, with more premises to follow throughout 2022 and 2023.

It’s important to note that not every premises in the towns and suburbs listed will be eligible, so seeing your location listed above is not a guarantee that you will be able to upgrade to our higher speed tiers as part of these releases.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress to evolve the nbn network so check back regularly for the latest news or register for updates.

I don’t live here – but I still want higher speeds…

We totally understand! That’s why we already offer a range of wholesale speeds for residential and business customers.1,2

Our residential speed tiers range from Home Basic through to Home Ultrafast, and we also have options to suit Small and Medium Businesses and Enterprise and Government. Please note that the availability of these speed tiers depends on your nbn access technology.

We recommend chatting to your preferred phone and internet provider to find the right speed tier to suit your needs. You can also learn more about making the most of your internet experience.

What locations are next?

Our aim is to allow up to two million premises currently in the FTTN footprint and most of the 1.5 million FTTC premises to benefit from extended fibre in the nbn network by the end of 2023.

nbn is continuing to consult with phone and internet providers to determine how eligible customers will be able to express their interest in ordering a higher speed broadband service and acquiring a fibre lead-in to their premises, should it be required.

So, stay tuned for further announcements.

How do I know what technology is available at my premises?

To check which nbn technology is being used to connect your premises to the nbn network, you will need to check your address. You will then be provided with your relevant information, including which technology is being used to connect your premises.

1 Regardless of the retail service you purchase, the actual wholesale speeds will be less than 1000 Mbps due to equipment and network limitations.

2 nbn provides wholesale services to phone and internet providers. nbn wholesale speed tiers available to providers vary depending on the access technology in an end customer’s area. An end customer’s experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn broadband access network, depends on the nbn access network technology and configuration over which services are delivered to their premises, whether they are using the internet during the busy period, and some factors outside of nbn’s control (like their equipment quality, software, chosen broadband plan, signal reception, or how their provider designs its network).

3 NBN Co reserves the right to amend the list of targeted suburbs and towns for local fibre network build at its discretion if circumstances change and if absolutely necessary.

4 NBN Co’s build completion commitment was that all standard installation premises in Australia are able to connect to the nbn access network as at 30 June 2020. This excludes premises in future new developments which will be an ongoing activity for the Company beyond the build completion date. It also excludes a small proportion of premises defined as ‘complex connections’ – which includes properties that are difficult to access, culturally significant areas and heritage sites – where connection depends on factors outside NBN Co’s control such as permission from traditional owners, and where network construction to allow such premises to connect will be an ongoing activity of NBN Co beyond 30 June 2020.  

5 Conditions, eligibility criteria and costs will apply – please speak with your preferred provider. Eligibility criteria includes among other things, being designated by nbn as a simple premises and placing an order for an nbn powered plan based on an eligible wholesale speed tier. Additional costs may apply to providers, who may choose to pass this charge onto their customers.

6 Regardless of the retail service you purchase, the actual wholesale speeds delivered by nbn’s highest wholesale speed tiers of 500 to close to 1000 Mbps will be less than 1Gbps due to equipment and network limitations and the peak information rate may fall anywhere in this range. In addition, the HFC Home Ultrafast bandwidth profile downstream service provided to retail providers is a ranged profile with a maximum sustained information rate of 750Mbps. Reference to speeds are not end user speeds; they are wholesale layer 2 peak information rate bandwidth provided to retail providers. An end customer’s experience, including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn network, depends on some factors outside our control (like equipment quality, software, and how your retail service provider designs its network) and the nbn technology used for your connection.


Last updated on 3 June 2022