29 May 2023

The different types of NBN [infographic]

As a trusted provider of high-speed NBN connections for businesses, we understand that having a reliable internet connection is essential for your operations. However, we also recognise that the technical terminologies can be confusing. So, let's break down the different types of connections and explain how they work for various businesses:

What is NBN?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a high-speed internet infrastructure project in Australia. It aims to provide fast and reliable internet access to homes, businesses, and other institutions across the country. The NBN uses different technologies like fibre optics, fixed wireless, and satellite to deliver internet services to different areas.

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Fibre to the Premises (FTTP):

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)


FTTP, brings the fibre optic cables directly to your premises. It's like having a dedicated superhighway for your internet, ensuring fast and stable speeds. This type of connection is ideal for businesses that require high-performance internet access for tasks like video conferencing, large file transfers, and online collaboration.





Fibre to the Node (FTTN):

Fibre to the Node (FTTN)


FTTN combines the power of fibre optics with existing copper wires. With FTTN, fibre optic cables are connected to a node in your area. A node is a distribution point where the fibre optic cables connect to the existing copper wires. From the node, the connection is completed using the existing copper wires. This connection is suitable for businesses located a bit further away from the main fibre optic lines. It provides reliable internet access for day-to-day tasks like browsing the web, sending emails, and using basic online applications.




Fibre to the Curb (FTTC):

Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)


FTTC offers a balance between performance and affordability. We bring fibre optic cables to the curb outside your premises and connect them to your existing copper or coaxial cables (Coaxial cables are commonly used for TV and cable internet connections). Connecting the fibre optic cables to your existing coaxial cables allows you to enjoy fast and stable connectivity at a reasonable cost. FTTC is a good option for businesses that need reliable internet for tasks like streaming videos, making online transactions, and using cloud-based applications.



Fibre to the Building (FTTB):

Fibre to the Building (FTTB)


FTTB is designed for businesses located in multi-dwelling units or apartment complexes. We connect fibre optics to a central building and then use the existing wiring to provide fast and reliable internet access to individual premises. It's a convenient solution for multiple businesses in one location. FTTB is suitable for businesses that need reliable internet for tasks like online collaboration, cloud computing, and using multiple devices at the same time.



Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC):

Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC)


HFC combines fibre optics with coaxial cables. Coaxial cables, as mentioned earlier, are commonly used for TV and cable internet connections. In an HFC connection, we leverage the existing HFC infrastructure to deliver high-speed and stable internet connections. This type of connection is ideal for businesses that already have coaxial cables installed. It provides reliable internet access for tasks like streaming videos, making VoIP calls, and playing online games.



Fixed Wireless (FW):

Fixed Wireless (FW)


FW is an excellent choice for areas where wired connections may not be feasible. Instead of cables, we use wireless signals to connect your business to the nearest base station. This setup ensures consistent internet speeds, even without physical wires. FW is suitable for businesses that need reliable internet access for tasks like browsing the web, sending emails, and using basic online applications.


NBN for Home vs. NBN for Business

NBN for home and NBN for business are part of the same network, but there are some differences between them:

  1. Service Level Agreement (SLA):

    Business NBN often comes with a Service Level Agreement, which guarantees a certain level of service, uptime, and customer support. This ensures that businesses have reliable and dedicated customer service to resolve any issues quickly.

  2. Speed and Performance:

    Business NBN plans usually offer higher speed options and priority access during busy times. This is important for businesses that need fast internet for activities like video calls, cloud computing, and large data transfers.

  3. Static IP Address:

    Business NBN plans often include a static IP address, which is needed for hosting servers, setting up remote access, and other business-specific applications.

  4. Enhanced Support:

    Business NBN plans provide enhanced support with dedicated business support teams to address technical issues and offer tailored solutions for business needs.

  5. Scalability and Flexibility:

    Business NBN plans are designed to grow with businesses. They offer options to easily upgrade plans or add extra services as business requirements change.

  6. Additional Features:

    Business NBN plans may include features like business-grade hardware, priority fault resolution, and advanced security options to protect data and ensure uninterrupted operations.

It's important to know that business NBN plans can cost more than residential plans because of the additional features and services they offer. The specific offerings and pricing can vary between service providers and packages. Whether you choose NBN for home or NBN for business, the main goal is to have reliable and fast internet access. Consider your specific needs, like the type of internet usage, number of users, and the importance of uninterrupted connectivity, to choose the right NBN plan for you.

Technical Terms Defined

  • Fibre Optic Cables:

    Fibre optic cables are thin, flexible strands that carry data using light. They provide very fast and reliable internet connections.

  • Copper Wires:

    Copper wires are the metal cables that have been used for telephone and internet connections. They are the older type of wires.

  • Node:
    NBN FTTN cabinet, manufactured by CommScope, located in Junee 2

    A node is a point where different cables connect. It helps extend the reach of the internet network to deliver faster speeds to more areas.

  • Coaxial Cables:

    Coaxial cables are the cables that are used for cable TV and some internet connections. They are a bit thicker and can transmit data quickly.

  • Service Level Agreement (SLA):

    A Service Level Agreement is a promise between the internet provider and the customer. It guarantees good service, reliable internet, and support.

  • Static IP Address:

    An IP address is like a special address for each device connected to the internet. A static IP address means it stays the same, while a dynamic IP address can change. Some businesses need a static IP address for specific tasks.

Contact Databox Solutions for Business NBN packages

At Databox Solutions, we offer a range of business NBN packages tailored to suit businesses of all sizes. Whether you're a small startup, a growing medium-sized enterprise, or a large corporation, we have the right NBN solution for you. Our business-grade NBN plans provide the speed, reliability, and scalability you need to drive your business forward.

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