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What does it all have to do with the National Broadband network and what do I need to know?

If you have been looking at nbn™ plans, then you will definitely have come across the terms ‘FTTN’, ‘FTTP’, and ‘FTTC.’ So what do they mean and what is the difference between them? In short they are all types of nbn™ connections, but there are some key differences that you should be aware of in regards to installation, rollout costs, and timeframes.

Defining FTTP, FTTN, and FTTC

-FTTP or ‘Fibre to the Premises’ means fibre is connected all the way to your place of business or house.

-FTTN or ‘Fibre to the Node’ has a fibre running to a mini-exchange (the node) near your premises, which is then connected from that point to your premises through traditional copper line.

-FTTC or ‘Fibre to the Curb’ uses a fibre connection almost all the way to your premises, taking advantage of the existing copper wiring to complete the connection between your home and the curb. This is the latest recapitulation of this type of connection, and promises to give a faster speed to the user in comparison to FTTN, as well as providing a cheaper option for NBNCo compared to FTTP.

All three of these connection types are based on fibre-optic cable, although fibre, copper, and other technologies may also be used. Fibre-optic cable is used because it allows fast uploads and downloads. However, connection speeds for FTTN can diminish the further your premises are located from the node.

So which is better? While all provide faster internet connectivity when compared to ADSL, it might be helpful to think of FTTN as one generation up from ADSL, FTTC as one step ahead of FTTN, and FTTP is the highest quality connection of these available technologies.

Pros and cons of FTTP vs FTTN vs FTTC

Though FTTC and FTTP are significantly faster than FTTN, costs to the consumer for FTTP and FTTN are relatively similar. When it comes to the rollout costs, FTTC will be cheaper due to the ease of upgrading the connection, and the reduced amount of copper infrastructure required.

Unfortunately, accessibility to each of these connection types will depend on what has been provided for your area, so you won’t necessarily be able to choose the type of connection you want.

Faster internet for everyone

Regardless of which option is rolled out in your area, connecting to the nbn™ gives you access to faster, more reliable internet than is currently available on ADSL. Nextel is a leading ISP, providing a high quality internet service to government and businesses customers. Call us today on 139 139

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