The NBN network already covers a large portion of Australia’s urban and suburban areas. When your business moves to NBN, you can expect faster connection speeds, as high as 100 Mbps. The network is still expanding, and construction is constantly bringing it to more areas. As a business executive, you want to know how to check when the NBN will be available at your location if it isn’t already. You also need to know how NBN will connect to the premises and what kind of speed you can expect. If you’re contemplating opening an office in a new location, knowing about its NBN availability is an important factor. Fortunately, this information is readily available. Here’s How to Check When the NBN will be Available for Your Business.
How to Check When the NBN will be Available for Your Business
Connecting to NBN
Customers don’t connect to NBN directly. You choose a provider that offers service in your area. Your existing provider will most likely change over seamlessly to NBN when connections become available. You may need to choose a new plan at this time.
Fibre to the premises (FTTP) will be available in some, but not all, locations. In other cases, the provider will use its own technology to connect to your location. The available data rates may depend on the connection to your premises and the plans your provider offers. Your provider will handle all service issues.
How to check when the NBN will be available
Until the end of 2016, NBN provided a three-year construction plan on its website, with only general information on planned availability. It has replaced that with a page where you can check current or planned availability for your address. If service is currently available, it will tell you “Service available” and indicate the type of connection you can get there.
If service isn’t yet available but will be in the future, it will show either “planned” or “build commenced” and give a date range in which availability is expected. It will also tell you the planned technology for the connection to the premises and let you sign up for email updates.
For a more general overview, you can view the current availability map to see what parts of Australia are covered. You can zoom in to street level for detailed information, Colour-coded areas show whether service is available, building has commenced, preparation is in progress, or nothing is currently happening. Even many remote areas are getting connected through the SkyMuster satellite service or a fixed wireless service, or they will be in the future.
New property developments need to apply to NBN to plan their connectivity. The service will be through an Internet provider, but NBN needs to know about all buildings in order to plan its infrastructure. Checking on the availability of service to neighbouring properties will give a preliminary idea of what will be available.
Planning for the change
In most cases, the transition should happen without disruption. The available data rate will increase in most cases. The actual data speed will depend on several factors, including network capacity and the current level of usage by other customers.
Some devices may need to be updated to work with NBN. It’s important to keep emergency phone services and alarms working, and checking NBN’s compatibility information is a good place to start. Registration with NBN is necessary to keep some devices operational. Talking to the provider of the equipment will also be helpful.
NBN currently boasts more than four million premises ready for service, and the number will grow significantly over the rest of the decade. The ability to check when the NBN network will be available in your current or planned location will help in your business planning. Stanfield IT can help with all aspects of your IT plans. Contact us to find out more about what we offer.