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In 2016, looked very promising.
Thousands worked at developing and deploying.
It wasn't enough. 
Most carriers are investing
in fiber or 5G instead.


Dark Blue: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Mid Blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Blue: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

Wombat by JJ Harrison from wikipedia 400Officially, it's not but they aren't stupid. When they run "fibre to your driveway," they will be within 100 meters of most people. That allows 500-800 megabits of today and over a gigabit as amendments 2 & 3 are delivered next year. Presumably, the final announcement is waiting for a government plan to deal with the over $10B in cost overruns.

The good news from Australia is that finally construction is catching up, "The nbn network is currently available to almost one in two Australians, is scheduled to be three-quarters built by mid-next year and complete by 2020." (Press release, below.)

nbn is the most politically driven network in the world. Julia Gillard's election as Prime Minister in 2010 was decided by a single voter in Parliament, who attributed his decision to her support of a full fiber nbn. The Conservative government that succeeded Gillard switched much of the network to DSL, hoping to save money. The savings have proven modest; the real cost problem was not the technology choice. 

I can't imagine it will make sense to use anything slower, especially as most of the construction will be 2018 and later. Privately, the people at NBN agree. Much of the FTTC is an outright replacement for a cable network, originally set to upgrade. The network was in such poor shape nbn decided to replace most of it rather than upgrade.

"By the time the rollout is complete in 2020, there will be more than one million homes and businesses."

 Pictured: Australia is the only nation that has to worry about wombats chewing the phone lines. From Wikipedia; A group of wombats is known as a wisdom, a mob, or a colony.

Wombats typically live up to 15 years in the wild, but can live past 20 and even 30 years in captivity. The longest-lived captive wombat lived to 34 years of age. The oldest known living wombat, Patrick from Ballarat Wildlife Park, turned 31 years old in 2016.

nbn rolls out new world-leading broadband technology

Work to build Australia’s first FTTC network begins

nbn has commenced the first stages of building its world-leading Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) access technology, which is set to benefit more than one million homes and businesses across the nation by 2020. 

Designed to bring faster speeds closer to your doorstep, the technology will provide access to services over nbn™ network by delivering fibre straight to the driveway of your home.

The company is the first broadband wholesaler in the world to roll the FTTC technology out on a mass scale and today marked the beginning of a trial in Coburg outside of Melbourne. The trial is designed to evaluate the construction and installation of its deployment ahead of the nationwide build that will commence in the coming months.

nbn is also working with retailer customers to develop a FTTC product, which is scheduled to be available to consumers and businesses by mid-2018. 

nbns Chief Network Engineering Officer, Peter Ryan said:

“Today’s announcement demonstrates that nbn is a world-leader in adopting new and innovative technologies to deliver fast broadband to Australians.

“We will be focusing our efforts in the next few months on ensuring we understand how to scale the FTTC network rollout across the country and also working with our retail customers to trial the product in preparation for its launch next year.

“By the time the rollout is complete in 2020, there will be more than one million homes and businesses across the country who will be able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the nbn™ network using the FTTC technology through their retailer.

“Our decision to roll this technology out at scale means there is a small number of homes and businesses which will have a revised timeline on when they will be able to connect to the nbn™ network. We encourage all Australians to check their address on our website to get the most up-to-date information, find out what technology we are using to build the network as well as how to get the best experience out of their internet connection.”

The nbn™ network is currently available to almost one in two Australians, is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-next year and complete by 2020.

Visit our nbn™ blog series to learn more about the FTTC technology and how the nbn™ network is using world-leading technologies to deliver fast broadband to Australians.

Key regions where nbn expects to commence construction to build the FTTC network between June-December 2017:




Number of homes and businesses


Sydney / Greater Sydney

Burwood, Silverwater, Edensor Park, Hornsby, Miranda, Kensington, Haymarket, Liverpool, Frenchs Forest, Mona Vale, Rockdale, Ryde, Springwood, South Sydney, Orchard Hills Kurrajong



Finley, Howlong, Coolamon, Tocumwal


Central Tablelands / Central West

Portland, Nyngan



Nords Wharf


Mid-North Coast

Bellingen, Crescent Head, Dorrigo, Lake Cathie, South West Rocks Woolgoolga


Northern Rivers / Northern Tablelands / North West Slopes

Casino, Manilla, Narrabri, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walgett, Walcha, Warialda, Wee Waa, Ballina


South Tablelands/ South Coast

Braidwood, Bega, Currarong, Moruya, Greenwell Point, Merimbula, Narooma, Tuross Head



Melbourne/ Greater Melbourne

Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Jacana, Meadow Heights, Greenvale, Coolaroo, Junction Ridge, Cranbourne East, Botanic Ridge, Coburg, Coburg North, Pascoe Vale, Deer Park, Burnside, Caroline Springs, Melbourne CBD, Narre Warren North, Ferntree Gully, Dandenong South, Dandenong, Hallam, Mulgrave, Rowville, Epping, Footscray, Lilydale, Laverton, Altona Meadows, Seabrook, Laverton North, Sydenham, Taylors Lake, Hillside, Keilor Lodge, Wyndham Vale, Geelong


North West / West VIC

Eaglehawk, Epsom, Beaufort, Nhill, St Arnaud, Stawell, Warracknabeal


North East / South East VIC

Benalla, Corryong, Euroa, Mansfield, Myrtleford, Nagambie, Paynesville, Tatura, Tallangatta, Yea, Yarrawonga


South West VIC

Ararat, Edenhope, Koroit, Sebastopol



Brisbane/ Greater Brisbane  

  Albion, Aspley, Bundamba, Brassall, Charlotte, Ipswich, Rothwell, Salisbury


Wide Bay/ Northern QLD

Agnes Water, Maryborough, Calliope, Gladstone, Moura


Sunshine Coast / South Burnett

Beerwah, Landsborough, Woodford


Darling Downs/ Central Queensland

St George, Boyne Island, Winton


Southern/ South East QLD

Ashmore, Inglewood, Kooralbyn, Mount Tamborine



Greater Canberra




Adelaide/ Greater Adelaide

Glenunga, Croydon, Elizabeth



Perth/ Greater Perth

Bayswater, Bedford, Embleton, Inglewood, Banksia Grove, Pearsall


Notes to editors: 

  • The exact number of premises and the regions covered by the FTTC technology may vary once nbn has finalised its construction planning.
  • The anticipated technology to be deployed in communities may change depending on a number of factors once the construction planning stage has been finalised. Some areas may be serviced by multiple technologies.

About nbn:

  • nbn is building a new and upgraded, fast wholesale broadband network to enable communities across Australia to access fast broadband from their Retail Service Provider. Our goal is to connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020.
  • The rollout of the nbn™ access network sets the scene for the biggest transformation to Australia’s telecommunications industry involving Retail Service Provider network upgrades and the establishment of a network of networks to bring fast broadband to all Australians.
  • Connecting to the nbn™ network is not automatic and is a process which may take some time and preparation. nbn is working with the service providers and industry to help them better understand who is responsible for which portions of their internet experience and what steps they can take in order to receive the best possible service.
  • The speeds experienced on services over the nbn™ network are determined by a range of factors such as the technology used to deliver the network as well as some factors outside our control like equipment quality, software, broadband plans, signal reception and how your service provider designs their network.
  • Fast broadband like that delivered via the nbn™ network can provide a range of benefits for Australians such as opportunities to work from home, access to online education tools and options for on-demand entertainment.