NBN Co have started work on the island to connect us to the NBN (National Broadband Network). This timeline has been brought forward as the costs were prohibitive to use the new Ausgrid conduit. NBN Co are installing a submarine cable that is trenched under the seafloor from Church Point to the communications pit at Harold Reserve, Carols Wharf. From there, the fibre optic cables will be sent around the island using the existing poles where possible. Significantly, NBN Co has changed out NBN technology and we will now be receiving Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). This is a significant improvement to the previously proposed Fibre to the Curb as each residence will now have the fibre optic cable go the entire way to the premises and not rely on existing copper from your driveway. Fibre optic cable will be installed to your house regardless of if the current copper cable goes underground from a private pole on your land. They will try to use the existing path of your phone line now (aerial or buried conduit) but some properties may require a different path to be taken if needs be.
Work is underway now with the submarine cable and cabling on the island to continue for some months. We expect the island to be connected an on the NBN by the end of the financial year.
NBN Co have supplied the following information to help guide residents through the process. They are also keen to visit the island and hold a community information session as the time comes closer to connection.
For now, residents do not need to do anything. Be aware that you will be required to change your current phone and internet options to an NBN plan in a few months and will be required to allocate time for an install of the NBN related equipment in your home.
Please click here for an explanation of the the FTTP technology we will be receiving.
Please click here for information on how to prepare for the connection to the NBN.
Be aware that as we are soon to be connected, scammers may try and use this opportunity to cold-call you and scare you into a product. Please click here for information on how to be aware of and protect your self from scammers.
SIRA will keep you up to date with further information as it comes to hand and inform you about the information session.