What is FTTP NBN?

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The National Broadband Network (NBN) isn’t far off completion, and when completed, fixed-line connections will cover 93% of households, with the remaining 7% to be put on a fixed wireless or satellite connection. The FTTP connection is what the NBN was designed to be – fast, reliable and easily expandable. So, what is FTTP internet and where does it sit among the wider NBN landscape?

What is Fibre to the Premises?

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FTTP stands for Fibre to the Premises and provides fibre optic cable all the way up to your home, from the node and from the node to the point of interconnect (POI). These fibre optic cables are capable of gigabit speeds, which are now achievable with NBN 1000 speeds.

  • There are over 120 POIs across the country, commonly located where old ADSL exchanges are located. More information locations can be found here.

FTTP was the original intention for the wider rollout, but cost analysis and a new government reduced the scope of the project to have FTTN (fibre to the node) be the most common connection type. This has resulted in FTTP connections being somewhat of a unicorn in the NBN landscape – existing only in a few areas in Australia, usually reserved for greenfield sites (i.e. unused land for planned estates). So if you’re one of the lucky few due to be connected, or if you’ve already got an FTTP connection, read on to find out what you can expect.

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How Much do Fibre to the Premises Plans Cost?

Unlimited data can be found for as little as around $44.90 per month. Data-capped plans may be a little cheaper, but you’ll blow through the data in no time if you’re a power user or do lots of streaming. For this price, you’ll be getting basic NBN speeds. For something a bit faster, Standard Plus NBN 50 plans may be better for larger Aussie households.

Most providers offer plans at no additional charge on fibre to the node connections. Many providers’ plans are also available across FTTP, FTTN and FTTB connection types at no price discrepancy. All four major speed tiers are available, along with NBN 250 and NBN 1000, which are exclusive to FTTP and HFC connections.

If you’d like to compare plans across the NBN 12 to NBN 100 marks, we’ve put together a table below.

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

What do I need for FTTP NBN?

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Fibre to the premises connections require an NBN access network device (pictured) that is to be installed in your home. If you aren’t yet connected, you may be required to pay $300 to set the connection up. This device requires professional installation and may come with battery backup, meaning you’ll still have access to internet in a blackout.

One of the most important things you’ll need to consider for a fibre to the node NBN connection is if your router is NBN-ready. While this is important for other connection types as well, if you want to be getting the most out of your FTTP connection, having a modern NBN router capable of dual-band frequencies and AC speeds can transform your experience.

  • Apart from your router, it should also be noted that in the date from when NBN arrives to your door, you have up to 18 months to switch over.
  • Finding out what the speed tiers mean can help you find the right plan.

This period gives you the time to think about your budget, the plan you want, and if you want to switch providers. Providers often provide a free transition from your old connection to your new one, but you can still switch providers freely if out of contract.

How fast is Fibre to the Premises NBN?

The fibre supporting FTTP connections is capable of gigabit speeds, (Up to 1000Mbps) which are achievable with an NBN 1000 plan. Unlimited data on this speed tier can be found for as little as around $149 per month (through Aussie Broadband).

  • As there is fibre all the way through the connection – from the POI to the node to the home – there isn’t as much reliance on proximity to the node as with other connections.
  • This means you may be able to more reliably attain the top speed of your plan than other connections.

With that said, retailers generally test your connection to see if it’s even capable of top speeds before putting you on a top speed plan. If your connection is not capable, the provider will likely offer you its next speed tier down.

  • Like with other connections, FTTP is subject to peak time slowdown, often seeing a reduction in top speeds by 20% or more between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.

This has given rise to providers advertising ‘typical evening speeds’. There are also a few other factors that determine your speed such as your router and its setup, installation quality, your actual provider, and more.

If you’d like to see NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans and how much they cost, see the table below.

NBN 250 Plans Compared

The following table shows selected published unlimited Aussie Broadband and MyRepublic NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited NBN Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $109 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $129 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Aussie Broadband Unlimited Superfast (NBN 250) and Ultrafast (NBN 1000) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Aussie Broadband NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $129 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power House

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $149 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $149Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

My Republic Unlimited Superfast (NBN 250)

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited MyRepublic NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $109 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – 12 Months

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Included rental WiFi hub+ modem: $1 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $1,319 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $119 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Superfast – 12 Months

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Included rental WiFi hub+ modem: $1 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $1,439 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

What are other types of NBN?

There are quite a few types of NBN connections getting around, which seems to aid in confusion. Aside from FTTP mentioned here – which covers only around 38,000 premises – there are six others:

  • FTTN – Fibre to the Node: The most common type of NBN connection. Fibre goes from a POI to the node, but traditional copper wiring is used from the node to the home.
  • FTTB – Fibre to the Building: Common in apartment blocks, fibre is delivered from the POI to the building’s communications hub and the existing wiring is used from there.
  • FTTC – Fibre to the Curb: The newest connection type, FTTC uses a small distribution point near a property boundary, with copper used from there.
  • HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial: One of the more controversial connection types due to installation delays, HFC uses old Telstra or Optus cabling to the home.
  • Fixed Wireless: Employs 4G mobile technology across 2,600 transmission towers that covers half a million residences. A roof antenna is used to connect to a base station, supplying 4G mobile data to the home. Speeds up to 50Mbps are available.
  • SkyMuster Satellite: This consists of two satellites providing internet to remote locations such as Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and Lord Howe Island. A satellite dish must be installed on the home by a technician and the top speed available is generally 25Mbps.

As you can see, a fibre to the premises connection is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to the overall NBN landscape. FTTP is arguably the most desirable connection type, delivering fibre throughout the whole process. However, it’s also one of the rarest, so don’t get your hopes up about finding a FTTP-driven household if you’re on the move.

Should I worry about my FTTP connection?

Friends and family may have a bit of internet envy if they find out you’re on a fibre to the premises connection, given its faster speeds. FTTP may be able to attain 100Mbps connections more reliably, and is one of the only two connection types in the country that can get NBN 250 and NBN 1000. In any sense, you’ll need to pay attention to several factors like any other connection:

  • Ensure your router is relatively modern, capable of dual band frequency and supportive of AC speeds. If it’s more than a few years old it could probably do with an upgrade
  • Pick the right speed plan for you; top-speed plans may be disproportionately more expensive than the next speed tier down
  • You have up to 18 months to transition from your old connection to your new one so you have time to think about your options

All in all, an FTTP connection may be worth giving a hoot about as it’s likely one of the ‘best’ NBN outcomes you could hope for. With that said, if you’re already connected and unhappy, you could also look at the NBN alternatives as just because you have an NBN connection doesn’t mean that you need to maintain an active NBN plan! Overall, it can be confusing deciphering all the acronyms, and FTTP is just part of the puzzle of NBN. Shop around for providers to see what’s right for you.

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