The NBN Rollout: The Basics
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The NBN (National Broadband Network) has begun its epic roll out across Australia beginning to replace our existing telecommunications network. As of December 2012, more than 190,000 people have had the NBN network installed in their home, business and we are also beginning to see the benefits in our education system. However, there are still some of us who simply want to know what the NBN is, how it will affect them and at what cost?
In short the NBN network is an upgrade to our current broadband networks, a partnership between companies such as iiNet, Telstra, to create the ultimate in high speed, high quality broadband. It will be a step up from our current broadband infrastructure, that tends to be slower than average and in some remote areas, is almost nonexistent. Whilst many countries across the globe are turning to simply upgrading cables, the NBN network has been created using the fastest fibre optics available alongside satellite and wireless technology. The goal is to bring the internet into your home with speeds of up to 100 MBS. The breakdown of which type of broadband you will receive is currently set out as, 93% of us will receive fibre optic broadband, 7% will have fixed wireless networks and the remainder will receive their internet through satellites.
The main benefits from signing up to an NBN internet plan will be;
Faster Connection Speeds Than Ever Before
We live in a world that needs to stay connected as much as possible; for many of us our livelihoods rely upon it. This is where the NBN roll out will directly affect you. If you sign up to a plan, you will be able to stream your favourite shows, watch live TV and use Skype with ease. It is perfect for those of us who work from home or just for when we want to upload new photos to Facebook. However and whatever you use the internet for, you will notice a dramatic difference in speed.
This doesn’t just stop at home though; with more and more businesses signing up to the network, you may find that a lot of local and national amenities become easier to access. One of the current NBN success stories is the Willunga Farmers Market, a farmers market association that helps connect customers with fresh and organic produce. They have had the network rolled out to their area and have noticed an increase in both customers, but also their national reach. The extra connectivity the network will bring is one of the most interesting factors to consider when deciding if the plan is good for you.
The General Costs
As with any phone, internet or TV package, the prices do vary depending upon your needs. If you are taking a course for the Open University, as an example, you will need a good quality internet speed with a higher download rate. However, if you are just planning to use the internet for everyday needs such as social networking, then opt for a smaller package. Data plans, which won’t include your telephone, start on average from $10 for 5 GB all the way up to $80 for the full 100GB. Then if you want your phone to also be incorporated, you will be adding some money on top of this. The main thing to do is your homework. Look at what you currently use the internet for, how you use it and why. If you love to download music from iTunes, follow Twitter and Skype with your family, then you will need to take each of these into consideration.
Where the Roll Out is Currently Up To
The plan for the completion of the full roll out is 2015, by which point the coverage will be available for 100% of the country. The NBN have a map available on their site where you can get up to date information as to when your area will be covered. But with nearly 200,000 of us using the network, it won’t be long until it is available to you also.