With the nbn™ rollout scheduled for completion in 2020, it’s likely you either already have nbn™ or may need to install it soon. This ongoing upgrade of Australia’s existing phone and internet infrastructure requires a range of different technologies, which nbn refers to as their Multi Technology Mix (MTM). Currently, Vodafone nbn™ supports a number of Fixed Line connections, meaning network connections with a physical line to the premises. The type of nbn™ technology that your connection uses will depend on where you live, so here’s a look into the different kinds of nbn™ connections that Vodafone support.

nbn™ Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

A Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connection comprises of a fibre optic line running to your house from the closest available fibre node. To get an FTTP connection at your house, you may need in-home cabling and be required to install multiple devices both inside and outside your home, such as an nbn™ utility box, nbn™ connection box or Power Supply unit.

nbn™ Fibre to the Building (FTTB)

Apartment blocks and similar buildings will typically use a Fibre to the Building (FTTB) connection, which involves a fibre optic line to the fibre node in a building’s communications room, usually housed within a secure cabinet. With FTTB connections, apartments are connected to nbn™ via existing technology within the building.

nbn™ Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

With a Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connection, the final part of the nbn™ access network connection is made with an existing cable or ‘pay TV’ network. Your premises will be connected to the nearest available fibre node via a HFC line. An approved nbn™ installer or service provider will need to install an nbn™ access network device where this line enters into your home.

nbn™ Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)

A Fibre to the Curb (FTTC) connection occurs when fibre is extended close to your home via a small Distribution Point Unit (DPU). A DPU is usually located within a pit on the street, from which fibre is then connected to the existing copper network. An FTTC connection requires a connection box inside your premises to ensure your service is powered with electricity and that you have a connection to the nbn™ broadband access network. You may be able to install your own connection box in some cases.

nbn™ Fibre to the Node (FTTN)

A connection between a nearby fibre node and existing copper phone and internet network is referred to as a Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connection. The existing network will form the final part of the connection to the nbn™. With this type of connection, the fibre node is usually a street cabinet. The nbn™ access network signal will travel between the exchange to the cabinet and then through the existing copper network to your residence.

We offer unlimited data across our range of Vodafone nbn™ plans. To see if Vodafone nbn™ is available at your address, head to our nbn™ address checker. nbnTM, nbn co and other nbnTM logos and brands are trademark of nbn co limited and used under license.  

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Tara Fernandez

Digital Copywriter and Content Producer

Tara Fernandez,
Digital Copywriter and Content Producer

With a background in creative content writing, Tara is a skilled copywriter on the Vodafone Digital Content Team. She is experienced in editing and social media, and has a passion for travelling and playing pool terribly.