With the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) expected to be complete in 2020, is it time you considered your service options?
As of June 2019, NBN has rolled out provisions for the network to over 10 million homes and businesses in Australia, yet over half of these have yet to connect to the new service. It seems many people are unaware they even have the ability to connect to the NBN. Nor do they realise that once the NBN rollout is complete the existing copper wire services will be gradually switched off. That means no more ADSL, no more cable services and no more traditional landlines.
Before you start panicking at the thought of losing your Netflix connection, it’s important to realise that there is a grace period. You will have up to 18 months to switch over to the NBN from the time the service is available at your business or home.
So what’s going to be shut down?
If you have a phone line that uses Telstra’s old copper wire services (regardless of your service provider) this will be disconnected, so too, all ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ services. Telstra and Optus cable internet and phone services will also get the chop. However, if your phone or internet is provided over cable by another network (such as TransAct or Opticomm) your service will remain. So too will fixed wireless connections via SkyMuster’s satellites.
What about other services?
A few specialised services such as ISDN lines and some EFTPOS services will remain active. However, the shutdown will also affect other services running on the copper network such as medical alarms, some POS services, monitored fire alarms and elevator emergency phones. If you use any of these services it’s important to check with your service provider to see what you might need to do in order to be ready for the shutdown. And remember NBN needs constant power to work. So if you have any devices that rely on connection to the internet you will need to make sure you have a modem with a backup battery in case of brownouts or blackouts.
The first thing you can do is check whether NBN is available in your area. You should be able to discover if services are already accessible, if the build is in progress or if it’s yet to be completed. If NBN is available it’s time to consider your options, weigh up the speed and plan that might work best for you and remember a technician will need to come out to complete the installation and you may need a new modem too. So give yourself plenty of time to make the switch.
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