NBN Explained

There are many different types of connections that the NBN utilises to connect your premises, but these can be broken down into 3 main subheadings – Fixed Line, Fixed Wireless and Satellite.

Please see oour helpful guide below, and check out the NBN coverage map to see where your property fits in.

nbn™ Fixed Line connections 

All types of nbn™ access network connections that utilise a physical line running to the premises (FTTP, FTTB, HFC, FTTC and FTTN) are considered Fixed Line connections.

The difference between each type of connection simply comes down to how we utilise existing network technology in connecting the nearest available fibre node to a specific premises.

FTTP – Fibre-to-the-premises – This is where NBN runs a fibre optic cable all the way into your property.

FTTB – Fibre-to-the-building – This is where NBN runs fibre optic cabling to the basement of your building and it is redistributed from there.

FTTN – Fibre-to-the-node – This is where NBN runs fibre optic cabling to a node (central point) in a street and then utilises the copper infrastructure from there to your premises.

FTTC – Fibre-to-the-curb – This is a new technology type where NBN run a fibre optic cable to your telecommunications ‘pit’ or power pole close to your property and then utilises the copper cable from there into your premises.

nbn™ Fixed Wireless

An nbn™ Fixed Wireless connection utilises data transmitted over radio signals to connect a premises to the nbn™ broadband access network.

This connection is typically used in circumstances where the distance between premises can be many kilometres. Data travels from a transmission tower located as far as 14 kilometres, to an nbn™ outdoor antenna that has been fitted to the premises by an approved nbn™ installer.

Fixed Wireless connections also require an nbn™ connection box to be installed at the point where the cable from the nbn™ outdoor antenna enters your premises. This device requires power to operate, and can only be installed by an approved nbn™ installer or phone and internet provider.

Sky Muster™ satellite service

The Sky Muster™ satellite service delivers the nbn™ broadband access network to homes and businesses in regional and remote Australia, via two state-of-the-art satellites. So, people across mainland Australia and Tasmania, and remote islands such as Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands can now enjoy nbn™ powered plans through Sky Muster™ satellite providers.

As well as the roof satellite dish installed on the home or business, Sky Muster™ satellite connections also require an nbn™ supplied modem to be installed at the point where the cable from the satellite dish enters the premises. This device requires power to operate, and can only be installed by an approved nbn™ installer or provider.

TrustTel is a provider of fixed line and fixed wireless NBN services only and does not support Sky Muster™.