What is a POI?

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The NBN is fraught with confusing terms and technology, with different connection types and speed tiers not making it any easier on the typical Australian household. Beyond the tech found in your home, getting you onto the World Wide Web is a complicated process involving several hand-offs between the NBN and your broadband provider.

A big part of this is the “POI”, or Point of Interconnect – a major factor in getting you online and linking Australia’s NBN network to the internet. So what is the POI, and how does it work? Read more below.

What is an NBN POI?

A Point of Interconnect (POI) connects you and others in your local area to the NBN network, and from that, connects you to your internet service provider and the World Wide Web. There are 121 POIs across Australia, typically located in telephone exchange buildings.

NBN plans for internet enthusiasts

If you’re looking into POIs, there’s a good chance you’re after a high-quality NBN plan. Plans can be found in the table below from a range of providers. If you’re looking for a fast, high-performance NBN plan, you can compare NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans in a table further down the page.

Unlimited Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100) Plans

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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25) Plans

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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Unlimited Basic Evening Speed (NBN 12) Plans

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 above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

How do POIs work?

POIs are nodes that connect your home to the internet. Connecting your home is a multi-step process, and involves not only your internet provider, but also the NBN network and several key connection points along the way.

  • In your home, you’ll have your devices connected to your modem-router, wired or over WiFi, with your modem-router connected through your home’s wiring to your local NBN access network.
  • This NBN network is then linked to the nearest NBN Point of Interconnect, which is then connected through to your RSP Network (where traffic is controlled by your Retail Service Providers).
  • Once on your telco’s domestic network, you’ll be patched through to an international network, then on to the World Wide Web. From here, you can access websites and browse the web as much as you like.

Where is my NBN POI?

Your local POI isn’t something you should expect to know off by heart, as it’s part of the larger NBN network. There’s 121 across Australia’s states, servicing every household on the NBN network.

Below you’ll find the full list of NBN POIs across the country, split up by state. If you’re still confused by where your POI might be, some internet providers offer tools to find which one your traffic goes through.

New South Wales POIs

  • Albury
  • Blacktown
  • Berkeley Vale
  • Campsie
  • Castle Hill
  • Campbelltown
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Chatswood
  • Carramar
  • City South
  • Dalley
  • Dubbo
  • Edgecliff
  • Frenchs Forest
  • Glebe
  • Gosford
  • Grafton
  • Hamilton
  • Kensington
  • Lakemba
  • Lidcombe
  • Liverpool
  • Maitland
  • Miranda
  • Mosman
  • Mayfield
  • Newtown
  • Nowra-Bomaderry
  • Parramatta
  • Peakhurst
  • Pendle Hill
  • Penrith
  • Rockdale
  • Ryde
  • St Leonards
  • Asquith Depot
  • Eastern Creek Depot
  • Tamworth
  • Sydney Interim POI
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Windsor
  • Wollongong

Queensland POIs

  • Aspley
  • Acacia Ridge Depot
  • Aspley Depot
  • Bundaberg
  • Bundamba
  • Brisbane Interim POI
  • Caboolture
  • Cairns
  • Camp Hill
  • Eight Mile
  • Goodna
  • Ipswich
  • Petrie
  • Mackay
  • Merrimac
  • Nambour
  • Nerang
  • Rockhampton
  • Slacks Creek
  • Southport
  • Townsville
  • Toowoomba
  • Woolloongabba

Victoria POIs

  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Caulfield
  • Cheltenham
  • Cranbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Exhibition
  • Footscray
  • Geelong
  • Hawthorn
  • Horsham
  • Karingal
  • Kew
  • Keysborough
  • Kings Park
  • Lilydale
  • Nunawading Depot
  • Mount Eliza
  • North Balwyn
  • Port Melbourne Depot
  • Reservoir
  • Ringwood
  • Shepparton
  • South Morange
  • St Kilda
  • Traralgon
  • Tullamarine
  • Thornbury
  • Werribee
  • Wheelers Hill
  • Melbourne Interim POI

Western Australia POIs

  • Applecross
  • Bassendean
  • Cannington
  • South Coogee
  • Doubleview
  • Geraldton
  • Hilton
  • Katanning
  • Kelmscott
  • Mullaloo
  • Wangara Depot
  • Bentley Depot
  • Perth Interim POI
  • Pinjarra
  • Subiaco

South Australia POIs

  • Lonsdale Depot
  • Greenfields Depot
  • Adelaide Interim POI
  • St Marys
  • Edwardstown
  • Elizabeth
  • Modbury
  • Prospect
  • Port Augusta
  • Stirling

ACT POIs

  • Civic
  • Queanbeyan

Tasmania POIs

  • Hobart
  • Launceston

Northern Territory POIs

  • Darwin

What is an interim POI?

An interim POI is utilised when a permanent POI has not been developed yet, and is typically used in new development areas. Once a permanent POI has been established, household internet traffic will go through the newly created POI.

Want to know more about the NBN?

POIs are just another piece of Australia’s broadband puzzle. We’ve put together a few other pages that can help you with any internet queries you might have, and you can find several below.

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