There are several nbn® connections that Vodafone supports. The type of nbn® technology that your connection uses will depend on where you live, so here’s our guide to the different kinds of nbn® connections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.