What The Heck Is The NBN And Why You Need It

Here's all you need to know about Australia's lightning new broadband network

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If you’ve seen the ads on the telly about this new-fangled NBN technology, but are still confused about what all the fuss is about, you’re not alone.

A recent finder.com.au online survey found 58 per cent of Australians had no idea of the repercussions of being in an NBN-ready area.

Let’s break it all down for you.

First of all NBN stands for National Broadband Network which is a federal government-funded revamp of the technology we use to communicate. It’s been a long and expensive road to get it to the stage we have it, fraught with all manner of political wrangles, but now it’s being pushed out, there’s no turning back.

The NBN is rolling out fibre-optic, fixed wireless and satellite infrastructure as we speak to replace the existing out-dated ‘Third World’ set-up.

Click here to see if your address is available now, or if you want to delve into the more of the technicalities, but rest assured that by the project deadline of 2020 we’ll all have access to faster and more dependable internet.

A third of Australians now have an NBN service available to them and by the middle of 2017 the NBN rollout is predicted to reach the halfway mark.

Whether you want to or not, if you have a fixed phone line or internet connection, you’ll eventually have to come on board with your preferred provider. The NBN itself is just the wholesaler of the service.

The package you choose is dependent on how much data you need, your preferred contract length, and what download speeds you are willing to pay for – the faster the speed the deeper your pockets will need to be.

NBN provider TPG, for example, has monthly phone and unlimited internet bundle packages starting from $69.99 per month for the entry-level 12 Megabits speed, up to $99.99 for its ‘superfast’ 100 Megabits per second plan. A $99.95 set-up fee applies if you opt for the no lock-in monthly contract, but that’s waived if you commit to an 18-month term.

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