National Broadband Network (NBN)
What is it?
The NBN is a national high-speed broadband network funded by the Federal Government that is currently being deployed across Australia.
How will it work?
The NBN is intended to connect up to 90 per cent of Australian households using fibre-optic connections at speeds of 100Mbits/second, with the remainder to be connected using wireless technologies at comparable speeds. Network rollout has commenced in Tasmania and the project is expected to take eight years to complete.
Why will the NBN be useful?
While the NBN is some way from being fully-deployed, and pricing for high-speed access has not been finalised, it will offer broadband connectivity at speeds many times faster than those currently available to most Australians. This will enable many new services, such as IPTV, videoconferencing and online virtual worlds to be offered to a larger number of Australians, and will also enable new services that rely on broadband technologies in health and education.
Want to know more?
Visit the NBN Co Limited and Federal Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy websites for more information.