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Different types of nbn® connections

Learn more about the range of nbn connections and speed tiers.

Types of nbn connections

We offer six types of nbn connections around Australia. These connection types can affect the speeds that are available to you.

  • Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
  • Fibre to the Node (FTTN)
  • Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)
  • Fibre to the Building (FTTB)
  • Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC)
  • Fixed Wireless (FW)

Note: Our plans are not available for Sky Muster™ satellite services.

To check the connection type that's available in your area, go to our nbn internet plans page and enter your address.

Connection types explained

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP nbn)

FTTP nbn is where the optical fibre line will be run directly into the customers premises.

Fibre to the Node (FTTN nbn)

FTTN nbn is where the optical fibre to a street cabinet and then connected to the property using the existing copper network.

Fibre to the Curb (FTTC nbn)

FTTC nbn is where the optical fibre is extended close to the customers premises, (usually located inside a pit) and then connected to the property using the existing copper network.

Fibre to the Building (FTTB nbn)

FTTB nbn is where the optical fibre runs to an apartment (or similar building) communications room, then using existing technology to connect each apartment or unit.

Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial (HFC nbn)

HFC nbn is where the existing cable infrastructure, previously used for services like pay tv, to supply the connection.

Fixed Wireless (FW nbn)

Fixed Wireless nbn is where the connection is through a transmission tower to an outdoor antenna located on the customers premises.

Your nbn internet speed

Internet speeds can be affected by a variety of things including the type of connection you have, the modem you’re using and the number of devices connected at the same time. Learn more about the different nbn speed tiers available and how to choose the right nbn internet speed for your household.

*nbn®, nbn co and other nbn logos and brands are trade marks of nbn co limited and used under licence.

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