The nbn™ network for Australian homes: The key benefits

From better communication to more entertainment options, access to fast broadband over the nbn™ network  will transform your home life.

The nbn™ network is an upgrade of the existing internet infrastructure – or put simply –  the pipes and wires that enable the internet to get to your house.

The simplest way to explain the nbn™ network is this: it is Australia's new landline phone and internet network and is designed to provide you with access to all the benefits of fast and reliable phone and internet services, no matter where you live.

Communicate with the world

The nbn™ network will enable communication from within the home, to the rest of the world. The ability to reach out to people regardless of where they are will be easier than ever!

With the emergence of social media, mobile apps, video conferencing and Skype and other digital communication tools, people all over the world can share experiences and connect like never before.

The rollout of the nbn™ network will allow Australians to expand their digital lives in unprecedented ways. They'll be able to access more information online, communicate effectively (video conference without constant dropouts, for instance) and have more entertainment options.

People who would otherwise not be able, will now find it possible to work from home, and still be in contact with work colleagues, suppliers or even customers.

More entertainment on more devices 

One of the most obvious advantages of fast and reliable broadband for Australian homes is access to more entertainment options.

With the entertainment world becoming ever more digital, our internet infrastructure will play a large role in how families work and play.

Almost all types of home entertainment now have a digital component: Pay TV and free-to-air TV services offer online catch up services, streaming services like Netflix and Stan are hugely popular and websites like YouTube and Vimeo offer a plethora of video content.

With all these services, there are more devices streaming entertainment than ever before.

Perhaps the less thought about benefit of having higher capacity data is that it enables households to use multiple devices at once without constant dropouts.

The Edridge family in Brisbane live in a super-connected home, and are able to connect to the internet on several devices concurrently.

The home of the future will require many devices to have access to the internet. Consider some of the devices that many houses already contain:

  • Smart TVs
  • Gaming consoles
  • Mobile devices
  • Computers 

It’s easy to see how a fast internet, capable of transmitting more data at once is essential to our future entertainment.

Learning anything, anywhere

One of the major benefits of access to fast broadband is in the area of education – whether it's having access to a university course no matter where you are, or being able to learn a new skill or hobby via YouTube.

The ability for people to study, learn and complete qualifications online will be greatly increased as more people have access to fast internet.

Students in remote locations, who would usually have to travel for long periods of time to go to school, can use video conferencing to study from their own homes. 

For people less far afield comes the convenience of being able to learn how to do something new – a language, a DIY skill – whenever you want, wherever you live.   

Some additional benefits 

There are also many hidden benefits that will help Australia move toward a digital future. Access to fast internet service should help with the emergence of Telehealth.

Telehealth refers to health or health related services that are delivered via telecommunications services.

Access to a fast broadband service will help enable doctors or physicians to use video conferencing to perform consultations or if certain devices are added to the video conferencing equipment, even enable the doctor to perform a virtual examination. 

Another benefit of access to fast broadband is the emergence of online shopping.

Online shopping has allowed people who have a lack of access to transport or have limited variety of shops in their area the ability to purchase anything they can imagine online.

A fast internet for the future of Australia

A fast internet connection for all Australians, regardless of location, will open up these and many other opportunities for people to live, connect and entertain themselves in the home.

* Services provided over the nbn™ network will be replacing phone and internet services provided over most of the existing landline networks, including copper and the majority of HFC networks within the fixed line footprint. Services provided over existing fibre networks (including in-building, health and education networks) and some special and business services may not be affected. To find out if your services will be affected, please contact your current phone or internet provider. For more information, visit www.nbn.com.au/switchoff or call 1800 687 626.

** Your experience including the speeds actually achieved over the nbn™ network depends on the technology over which services are delivered to your premises and some factors outside our control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network.

*** Access to your work network will depend on factors outside our control like your organisation’s IT policy and infrastructure. 

To know more about the nbn™ network, check out the blogs below or visit our handy nbn™ 101 guide here.

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