When the NBN was launched in 2010, the broadband internet climate in Australia was different; the speeds and connective reliability we enjoy today wasn’t even possible yet. Today, its progress and growth from the roll out and growing national presence has helped achieved major milestones. These achievements have helped shape many economic and technological advances across the country.
Beyond the Metro coverage expansion
The large coverage area beyond the major cities has improved many elements: telecommunications, connectivity, online communities, and also online entrepreneurship. Establishing a solid foundation for Fixed Wireless and Satellite NBN were the key developments. Today both are recognised globally as leading broadband services.
The major cities in Australia are no longer the just main centers for online activity and telecommunications. This has helped connect everyone else outside these areas. Many economic and lifestyle changes have also taken place as a result. These “outsider” areas are no longer left behind and are at equal par with major cities when it comes to all activities and technologies online.
Another major change: It has also opened more revenue and local business and trade within Australia, with new markets to and from these areas outside major cities. The decentralisation of business and revenue that used to be mainly in the metro areas is now balanced out.
Economic (online) growth
Speaking of increased national online revenue: the effects of a faster and more reliable broadband service in the NBN is evident in many online businesses and employment, and on a higher level. This has resulted in a number of major economic movements and growth across Australia.
Different regions, age groups, demographics, and fields are participating in generating online revenue and employment, backed up by the speed and reliability of the NBN. One of these is the emergence of the Silver Economy, with senior citizens getting involved with online backed business, as well as part time and full time employment.
NBN Co. has also reported of newer “lifestylepreneurs” and the startup culture through NBN. The accelerated speed and connectivity of all online facilities and services has helped with all online businesses from corporate to DIY and individual levels. And as previously mentioned rural, regional, and remote area business growth has added to the overall balance of Australian online markets.
The FTTC Plan
Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) is the NBN Co.’s solution to bring the fibre connection as close as possible to the premises. Introduced November 2016 of last year, it aims to shortcut the fibre connection direct to the existing copper facility at the premises. It is now on the way for its roll out in a few months’ time into 2018.
There are some main advantages here: It uses the short distance copper technology of XG.Fast in order to level the speed and reliability as that of pure fibre FTTP (Fibre to the Premises). The use of the copper at the premises also avoids extra work and efforts in creating an internal connection. Aside from this, the use of a direct DPU eliminates the need for a power source.
Satellite NBN: “world-leading”
Not only does Australia have a notch for top shelf Fixed Wireless fibre, but its Sky Muster satellite is also catching up. UK research firm Ovum has stated the global class status of our Satellite NBN. The main factors stated in their report points to data allowance and the wholesale download speed and upload speeds.
This is the result of having two fully operational Sky Muster satellites and improved systems, ground networks and facilities. All online activity, community connectivity, online businesses, telecommunications, distance education, and entertainment have improved considerably.
The NBN Co.’s work with respective retailers have also made this possible, upholding global quality standards especially for rural, regional, and remote areas, where the main coverage areas are present. This in turn has resulted in many improvements in these regions outside regular fixed line based fibre broadband.
The 6 Million peak
The $49 Billion budget behind Australia’s largest infrastructure project ever has made it possible to reach the current 6 Million mark NBN ready for service connections made. This technological feat is impressive, if not exhaustive.
Thanks to the NBN Co.’s drive to proceed with the roll out and carry different formats across Australia, presence it has grown considerably across 8 main areas: Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, and Tasmania. If we want to see evidence of a wider and larger NBN network with millions connected, one can just check the sheer number of retailer activity, improved telecommunications, online and TV entertainment, improved online services at the home, small businesses, and corporate levels.