nbn™ Fibre to the Curb explained (FTTC)
nbn™ FTTC made easy
Fibre to the Curb is a new access technology that will form part of the nbn™ broadband access network rollout to provide access to broadband services to Australian homes and businesses.
An nbn™ FTTC connection is used in circumstances where fibre is extended close to your premises, connecting to a small Distribution Point Unit (DPU), generally located inside a pit on the street. From here, the existing copper network is connected to the fibre to form the final nbn™ connection. To power your FTTC service with electricity and provide your connection to the nbn™ broadband access network, an FTTC nbn™ connection box will be required inside your home or business. In some cases, you may be eligible to perform self-installation of the nbn™ connection box.
Setting up your equipment
What does the nbn™ Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) equipment look like?
Before moving to an nbn™ FTTC connection, you should check the following:
- Do you have any existing medical, fire, or security alarms? Check with your alarm provider to ensure compatibility when moving to the nbn™ access network. You should also register your device with nbn.
- Do you have an existing phone service? Make sure that your phone is compatible with the nbn™ access network.
- Do you have other ADSL services, for example a phone, alarm or fax machine? You may need to re-route or disconnect these before moving to a plan over the nbn™ access network.
- Do you have power sockets near your telephone socket? You will need two power sockets for your FTTC connection.
- If you do need to re-route, disconnect or add a new power socket, it could be worth talking to a registered cabler to ensure your in-home cabling is up to scratch before you get connected.
To use your FTTC service, you will need an FTTC nbn™ connection device and your Wi-Fi gateway. The nbn™ connection device will be provided to you so you can connect to the nbn™ broadband access network, however this will remain the property of nbn and should not be removed from the premises.
A Wi-Fi gateway will need to be provided by yourself or your service provider. This will need to be compatible with the nbn™ broadband access network. If you are unsure about whether your existing device is compatible with the nbn™ broadband access network, please check with your provider.
In many situations, getting your FTTC service connected can be as simple as you plugging in the nbn™ connection device and your Wi-Fi gateway. If you are eligible for this self-installation option, nbn or your service provider will deliver you the equipment needed so you can complete the installation yourself. In other cases, nbn may need to make an appointment to undertake work inside your premises to make sure your FTTC connection is complete.
Once FTTC is available in your area, you can check with your internet provider what installation option you are eligible for.
Some of your existing devices may not be compatible with the nbn™ access network. This may mean it will stop working once you switch to FTTC. It’s important to talk to your device provider for advice and to find out if your device or service will work on the nbn™ access network, and what alternatives may be available.
Make sure you register your medical, fire and/or security alarm device with nbn. Registering helps nbn identify premises where support may be needed to help minimise a break in service.
You can register via 1800 227 300 or by visiting www.nbn.com.au/compatibility