NBN and the Modern Australian Home

The NBN is the only broadband format for the fully automated and wireless Australian home. And with the current progress being made with the roll out and advances in NBN technology, these are projected to be common features for modern homes across the country. With the NBN also covering more and more rural, regional, and distant areas outside major cities, it will soon also become common features for homes that are situated in these areas, making it a nationwide necessity.


At present, most families have at least 9 devices on average connected in common Australian homes. It is projected to rise to at least 29 individually connected (online) devices by 2020, which would instantly put bigger demand for NBN to address the need for fast, high bandwidth, reliable broadband services.

At present, these may include computers, gaming consoles, security systems, monitors, notification devices, smart appliances, VoIP, and voice activated devices, among others. This is running in parallel to advances in appliances and devices that are either remote controlled through smartphones and tablets, as well as online connected devices and computers.

Home Entertainment

Home entertainment is already in the zone when it comes to exclusive use of the NBN. This is already one of the biggest industries to rely solely on the NBN. The main devices that are already involved with NBN services include Internet TV, set top box units, streaming media devices, Netflix accounts, and all manners of use with smartphones, phablets and tablets. This also includes computers with regular usage of streaming multimedia and music. In addition, gaming consoles and computer based gaming and networks are the second largest group to rely on the NBN’s speed, bandwidth, and reliability.

Most retailer ISP’s now offer attractive bundle packages that includes Internet TV’s and devices along with an NBN service, which perfectly pairs up the broadband connection with a ready device. There are also gaming console packages with exclusive content and bonuses being offered alongside an NBN service as bundles and plans.

Phones and Telecommunications

VoIP phones are on the upward trend as well. While most of the demand may seem to come from businesses and mass usage or corporate use, many homes now use VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol phones. Although many phones are traditional and are still using the traditional PSTN or Public Switch Telephone Network copper, the continuing roll out will soon dominate most connections as part of the Copper Network switch-off. This is within 18 months after the NBN is delivered to an area that is part of the roll out procedure. This would see most existing copper and / or HFC or Hybrid Fibre Coaxial facilities used for Multi Technology Mix NBN.

Another emerging trend in telecommunications is internet based phone and video chat and messaging. Just as business and corporate video conferencing and internet calls have become the norm, many homes now also use this method of communications without using traditional phones. Calls are either smartphone based, or app based, relying solely on the NBN and coursed through an app on the device or computer.

Wireless and Automated

More and more, the Australian home is becoming more fully automated. A lot of the appliances and major facilities at home have become wireless, with hands free operations using smartphones as main controllers. Some are also voice activated, and may use Google or Siri as the main conduit for such functions. There are now more smart appliances that make use of both automated and wireless functions, with smartphone compatibility for remote control and monitoring.

Supplies, notifications, scheduled tasks, start and stop functions, and sending of information are done efficiently. We can only predict what else is coming by 2020 and beyond with more appliances that are set for this type of convenience technology with the NBN behind it. Most Siri and / or voice command devices have a search or quick access function behind them that delivers the required information almost instantly. Messages can be checked; calls can be made, check schedules, retrieve information, and all other activities that are hands free, wireless, and online.

NBN’s inherent features are needed in order to keep important home devices such as monitors, sensors, alarms, and notification instruments on the ready, and with a reliable, always on connection whenever needed. This includes health monitor and notification devices that can send alarms and notices to doctors, health workers, and hospital-connected facilities at any time needed, at the fastest speed possible. This will also include smart watches as tandem devices in the burgeoning telehealth and personal service apps industry.

Security cameras that are crucial to businesses are also part of the home technology structure today. From infant and child monitors to home security cameras in and around, these devices ensure round the clock connectivity and monitoring, including remote monitoring, when needed. There are now devices and partner apps that can instantly transmit to smart phones in order to perform monitoring at any distant area. These services involve the NBN as the only go-to broadband service that can provide the fastest, most reliable connection in order to safely monitor homes and properties anytime, anywhere.