Debunking the Myths: Installing the nbn™ Broadband Access Network in Small Projects


Australians are among the top broadband consumers in the world, using fast and efficient internet services to stream, search and stay connected – so when they’re looking to invest in a small project, connectivity is no longer a desired luxury but an expected addition to their new home.

However, as the technology grows in popularity (with nbn’s 2018 Annual Report showing four million activations in the 2018 financial year – a 65 per cent increase in national growth), and as more developers seek to create future-proofed and market-ready projects, there are a number of myths and misconceptions that can convolute the process of bringing an nbn™ ready project to fruition.

As the nbn™ broadband access network rolls out nationwide, nbn reveal some myths that surround the performance and challenges of creating nbn™ ready projects.

Myth 1: The nbn™ broadband access network can and will be installed quickly

A common misconception about the nbn™ broadband access network rollout is that developers believe that the installation of the network in a new or existing development will be instantaneous.

Unfortunately, such complex networks cannot be delivered overnight and requires action from developers. While streamlined timelines and deadlines are key for small or localised developments, the nbn™ access network requires a number of steps before its installation is complete.

One step developers can take to streamline the process is making an early application directly to nbn, at least six months before your required service date.

Early applications are key to helping ensure a smooth and timely installation – all relevant information and communication for each step of the process is accessible here.

Myth 2: Applications for nbn™ access network installation are all the same

Applications (and works) for nbn™ access network installation will vary from project-to-project based on a number of different factors, including the size of the development, and whether the project involves Multi-Dwelling Units (MDU) or Single-Dwelling Units (SDU).

Developers (or their representative) are responsible for building the infrastructure required to support the nbn™ access network in their development. There are certain nbn™ guidelines that should be adhered to in order to ensure your new development is prepared correctly for the installation of the nbn™ access network and to receive the Certificate of Practical Completion.

nbn can assist developers in understanding the requirements, costs and timelines to ensure telecommunications are installed when needed.

To help simplify the application process, developers can now choose an nbn™ trained supplier for upcoming projects.

The nbn™ New Developments training program trains suppliers with the various design and installation requirements of the nbn™ Multi Technology Mix (MTM).

The training helps to ensure new development designs and installations are built right the first time and to the correct standards, fast-tracking the certification process and getting works under way sooner.

Myth 3: Anyone can install the nbn™ access network

This is not correct. Only nbn or its suppliers can install the nbn™ access network.

As the wholesaler, nbn will deliver the access network to your development and install all the relevant equipment before a retail phone and internet provider completes the process. Contacting nbn should be one of the first actions a developer takes in the project planning stages.

Once you have worked with nbn to deliver the required infrastructure to your development, new home buyers can then select from more than 100 providers to order an nbn™ powered plan and connect to the nbn™ network.

Myth 4: Having high-speed internet is not an important consideration for new home buyers

As lifestyles continue becoming more reliant on connectivity, high-speed internet is a very important factor that is considered by new home buyers.

According to the nbnReady Home Report (2016), 80 per cent of home buyers said the availability of a good broadband service is a key consideration when looking to purchase a property.

Smart homes and smart cities that access and capitalise on the modern luxuries of digital life are the future of development. As Australians move toward a more connected lifestyle, their wants and needs for their living and working spaces will continue to evolve.

Being nbn™ ready means that a property developer has arranged to have the nbn™ access network infrastructure delivered to new homes or premises. Building nbn™ ready developments help developers ensure that their projects are future-proofed, market-ready and highly sought after by purchasers.

To find out more about the nbn™ access network and your development, visit the nbnwebsite.

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