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How Australians are Using nbn™

With 4.26 million Australian premises actively using an nbn™ service, it’s the perfect time to investigate how the new fibre network is being used. For the full month of April 2018, NBN Co looked at the usage patterns of every active nbn™ user to see how bandwidth was being demanded. The analysis was the largest to date, using information from over 3.7 million users from all nbn™ access technologies.

NBN Co released a report identifying the behavioural and usage patterns of the average user. The report identified when the nbn™ is being used and how much data is being consumed. The results will be used to inform future decisions about the network, however the report alone delivered some interesting insights.

According to the report the average nbn™ user downloads 190GB per month. However, the median was almost half that amount at 108GB per month. This can be explained by a small number of nbn™ users on the higher end of the spectrum using considerably more than most users. In fact only 14% of users were responsible for 50% of all downloads in the month of April.

One particular nbn™ customer using Premium speed managed to download a whopping 23.59 TB in one month - the equivalent of 5,000 DVDs.

According to NBN Co the vast majority of traffic demand comes from live streaming, web browsing and tunnelling (usually through a VPN for security). With downloads continually increasing month by month, it's a good thing we've got the infrastructure in place to service our downloading needs well into the future.

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Which Access Technology Will You Receive?

There are a variety of different access technologies that can connect your premises to the nbn™ network. It's important to know which technology will be servicing your premises as each access technology requires a slightly different approach.

You can find a detailed explanation of what is required for each connection method by reading the nbn™ preparation guides. Below is a brief summary of the different connection methods:


Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

FTTP has Optic Fibre leading directly to your premises and is connected to the nbn™ box inside. 

FTTP diagram

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

HFC has Optic Fibre connecting to a node on your street, which leads to your premises via coaxial cable. 

HFC diagram


Fibre to the Node (FTTN)

FTTN has Optical Fibre leading to a nearby node and connects to the phone socket in your premises via existing copper lines. 

FTTN diagram


Fibre to the Building (FTTB)

FTTB has Optical Fibre leading to a node in your building’s communications room. The nbn™ will connect from the node to the phone socket in your premises via the building’s existing copper network. 

FTTB diagram


Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)

FTTC has Optical Fibre leading to a small node in the telecommunications pit or mounted to the pole outside your premises. From there, a copper telephone cable delivers the service to the wall socket inside your premises if you are in a single dwelling unit or to the customer side MDF if you are in a multiple dwelling unit.


Fibre to the Curb diagram


Fixed Wireless

Fixed Wireless is connected via an antenna on your roof, which receives data signals from an nbn™ tower in your area. The data is transmitted wirelessly to an nbn™ connection box in your premises.

Fixed Wireless diagram


Find out which access technology will service your premises

by searching your address on the nbn™ coverage map

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