8 April 2018
The rollout of the National Broadband Network has hit another milestone with the world-leading launch of FIBRE TO THE CURB (FTTC) technology.
Minister for Communications Senator Mitch Fifield officially launched FTTC in Miranda, New South Wales, one of the first suburbs in Australia to have access to the new high-speed broadband service.
“The Turnbull Government is keeping broadband bills down and taxes lower by rolling out the NBN sooner and more affordably,” Minister Fifield said.
“FIBRE TO THE CURB is the latest technology to be used in the NBN rollout, and over the next few years one million premises around the country will be connected to high-speed broadband with FTTC,” he said.
“FTTC can deliver the same 100Mbps speeds as Labor’s Fibre To The Premise (FTTP) technology but does it at lower cost, in much less time with far less disruption to people’s property,” the Minister said.
“Under Labor’s fantasy FTTP network some premises cost up to $90,000 to connect to the nbn because of their refusal to face the reality that you can’t get fibre into every home,” he said.
FTTC delivers fibre-optic cable all the way to a pit outside a home or business. Existing copper connects from the curb to the premise – avoiding the need to trench through driveways, dig up gardens or drill through home walls.
FTTC delivers the same high-speed broadband as fibre to the premise (FTTP) at a fraction of the cost (approximately $2,900 per premise vs $4,400 per premise).
The new technology can deliver broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps (depending on the broadband speed plan chosen by a user and the network capacity of their chosen retail service provider). NBN is already investigating upgrades with new technologies such a G.fast, which will allow for even higher speeds in future.
Today, the NBN is available to 6.5 million Australian homes and businesses, and more than 3.7 million have already connected to the network.
The NBN rollout is on track for completion in 2020.