Are you having trouble understanding the NBN?

Not to worry, your are one of many trying to figure out what connection you need and why it needs to happen. The deeper you dive into the technology, that harder and more confused you can get.

The NBN has been rolled out nation wide offering higher speed internet and more stable connections.

Fibre to the premises (FTTP)

FTTP is the strongest NBN connection type as it runs directly into the building. The direct connection allows it to consistently deliver high speed internet.

The connection does have an extra box inside your property, but besides this, we do not charge more for supplying this connection.

Fibre to the node (FTTN)

FTTN uses the copper out on the street to run the NBN connection into your building. It is the alternative to FTTP and will not offer the same performance.

The connection runs into the building the same as the outdated ADSL services.

Fibre to the building (FTTB)

Similar to FTTN, FTTB is for apartment blocks and larger building of similar structure.

The Fibre is run into the building, more commonly the basement. From there it is run to each room via the existing cabling that is already in place.

Fibre to the curb (FTTC)

FTTC is similar to FTTN. It connects a distribution unit out in the street, commonly found within the pit outside the premises, to the copper running into the building.

Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC cable)

Using the existing cable TV connections such as Foxtel, HFC is less common within business’. A residential solution also offers an extra device to convert the coaxial cable into a modem compatible feed.

HFC is only offered in a small area but is still a stable NBN connection that is offered.

Fixed wireless

With an antenna fitted to your house, data is able to transfer from an NBN transmission tower.

This needs to be fitted by an approved NBN installer.

The image on the left offers a good understanding of how it is connected. Common in rural area’s.

Please note: phone VOIP / SIP lines still work on this connection.


The satellite connection is for hard to reach destinations. Used for areas where fixed wireless is not available. A satellite dish is installed on the property which then translates the connection into the building.

Please note: Satellite does not work well with VOIP / SIP phone lines as there is too much latency in the connection and you will experience a delay in voice on the calls.