What is the difference between FTTN and FTTP in the NBN Rollout?

  • Fibre to the node (FTTN)
  • Fibre to the premises (FTTP)
  • The terms FTTN and FTTP are the main two types of connections involved with the NBN rollout.

The NBN Rollout can be quite confusing for the everyday person. Most people simply want a solid and reliable broadband connection at an affordable price. The terms FTTN and FTTP are the main two types of connections involved with the NBN rollout. Many will be aware of the changes to this infrastructure which happened during the recent political discourse and changing of governments back in 2013. This dramatically changed the emphasis of the rollout from FTTP to FTTN.

Fibre to the node (FTTN) is the next step up from ADSL2+ broadband, which currently is the most commonly used broadband connection in Australia. An FTTN NBN connection is when fibre optic cabling will be connected from the carrier to the node (telecommunication mini exchanges). From the node, homes will then still be connected via the old copper wiring that was initially installed to run our home phone systems. Many consider this technology to be out of date and analysts have reported that in years to come, this will also need to be replaced, adding a further cost to Australia’s NBN rollout.

Fibre to the premises (FTTP) is the next step up from FTTN, which was the original plan for the NBN rollout. Where FTTP differentiates itself from FTTN, is that the fibre optic cable will run directly from the carrier to the premises. Totally cutting out the reliance on the inefficient and unreliable copper wire technology which was never intended to be used for data. FTTP is considered to be a much more advanced and efficient technology infrastructure, not just for now but especially when considering the future consumer and business needs. As our society continues to grow with its integration with the digital technology we have continued reliance on digital data transfer to grow with it.

If you have been contacted by NBN Co about the availability of the NBN in your area, you’ve come to the right place. At Compare Broadband, we have a great range of providers to compare the available NBN plans or call us on 1300 106 571.