Understanding NBN’s FTTP Connection

  • What Is NBN FTTP?
  • How Does NBN FTTP Differ From Other NBN Types?
  • What If I Only Want NBN FTTP And Not Another Connection Type?

When the Australian government launched the massive infrastructure project that is the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2009, it paved the way for a high-speed internet connection service that can be accessed by all residents in the country.

The network uses a mix of fibre optic cables and other types of technologies to create two main types of broadband connection customers can choose from: Fixed Line and Fixed Wireless.

A Fixed Line connection transmits data through fibre optic cables that are buried underground, while a Fixed Wireless connection uses radio signals that travel aboveground from the signal tower to the premises.

At the moment, NBN offers five different types of connections with Fixed Line broadband. These are:

  • FTTP (Fibre to the Premises)
  • FTTN (Fibre to the Node)
  • FTTB (Fibre to the Building/Basement)
  • FTTC (Fibre to the Curb)
  • HFC (Hybrid Fibre Coaxial)

In this article, we will discuss the basics of FTTP and how you can get your home or office set up with this type of NBN service.

NBN FTTP in a Nutshell

FTTP uses a fibre optic line connected to the nearest fibre node from your location and runs all the way inside your premises. It’s different from the other fixed-line types in the sense that the line actually ends within your property, whereas other types are only until a specific spot and will be connected to your home or office using an existing copper cable.

This setup makes it easier for you to have access to the highest internet speeds possible even during peak hours. However, it requires the installation of a set of hardware within the premises so you can connect multiple devices seamlessly.

One important note: all of the hardware necessary in an FTTP connection also requires electricityThis means you won’t have access to the internet in case there’s a power outage.

If you are currently subscribed to an ADSL plan and considering upgrading your connection to an NBN FTTP, you might want to compare different NBN plans and bundles offered by the leading service providers to find what works best for you.

Of course, you have to make sure NBN is readily available in your area first. Take a look at this NBN rollout map to check if your address is already being serviced by NBN.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need special equipment for an FTTP connection?

When requesting for an FTTP connection, you may be required to have in-home cabling as well as multiple devices that will have to be installed inside and outside the premises. From NBN’s end, the list of equipment includes an NBN Utility Box to be installed outside, an NBN Connection Box to be installed either inside or outside, and a Power Supply Unit to be installed inside.

Can I conduct the installation on my own?

For FTTP connections, the installation should be done by a professional technician. As it requires several types of equipment to be set up, it’s not advisable for customers to conduct self-installation. You need to make an appointment with a technician and make sure someone is at home so he can be given access inside the property.

Can I connect to the network as soon as the utility box is installed?

Not yet. The utility box installation is only part of the process. You still have to contact a phone and internet service provider of your choice so they can complete the setup for you. The service provider will be in charge of procuring the NBN equipment that you will need for the FTTP connection regardless if it’s your first time applying for a connection or simply upgrading from one plan to another.