What Are The Types of NBN Connections?

Did you know that there are multiple ways to connect to the NBN? And not everyone will have the same type of connection?

This is a guide on the types of NBN connections

That’s right, NBN Co, the wholesale company responsible for building the NBN, is constructing a multi-technology mix (MTM) network. There are many different factors that will determine the type of NBN
connection you will have, but essentially, it comes down to:

  • Your location
  • Availability and condition of
    existing infrastructure
  • Population density
  • Distance to the local telephone

It can be a little confusing so just to make it easy, we’ve broken it down as simply as possible.  It can be helpful to know which type of connection is available in your area but there’s no need to stress – our Expert
consultants will guide you through the entire process so you can plan ahead, saving you time, money and hassle.

What Type of NBN Connection Do You Have?

Fibre To The Premises

Fibre To The Premises

Fibre to The Premises utilises fibre-optic cable to carry the broadband signal from your provider to a connection box inside your premises.

On the way, it passes through a network equipment box in your local area called a node. The node is usually a midway connection point between your office and the local telephone exchange.

Fibre To The Premises (FTTP)

Fibre To The Node (FTTN)

Fibre to the Node technology carries the broadband connection to the closest node to your premises. From the node, the broadband connection is delivered on the existing copper wiring rather than fibre optic cables. You
will connect to the NBN using a router over the existing copper cables going into your premises.

Fibre To The Node (FTTN)

Fibre To The Building

Fibre to the Building is for multi-storey premises like apartments and high rise towers and works in a similar fashion to Fibre to the Node. But instead of the fibre optic cables stopping at a public node, they stop at a
communications room in the basement of the building. The broadband connection is then carried to individual apartments or offices via the existing copper wires inside the building. FTTB uses a router that is plugged into your existing phone line socket.

Fibre To The Building (FTTB)

Fibre To The Curb (FTTC)

FTTC connections are used where fibre is extended to a pit on the street. From here, the existing copper network is connected to the fibre to form the final NBN connection.

Fibre To The Curb (FTTC)

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connection is used in circumstances where the existing ‘pay TV’ or cable network can be used to make the final part of the NBN access network connection. In this circumstance an HFC line will be run from the nearest available fibre node, to your premises. HFC connections require an NBN access network device to be installed at the point where the line enters your home. This device requires power to operate, and can be installed by an approved NBN installer or service provider.

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

Fixed Wireless

Fixed wireless uses mobile technology on a separate network to existing mobile networks. This network is being built in areas that don’t have a fixed line to connect to the internet. For example, in semi-remote areas, or areas that are a significant distance from the nearest exchange. 

Fixed Wireless


Your premises are fitted with a satellite dish to connect your internet service.

NBN Satellite

Still not sure what is the best solution for your business? Give the team at Expert Telecommunications a call. We’ll visit your premises to get a better understanding of how your business works and provide an obligation free consultation to suit the NBN needs of your business.

Submit the form below and we’ll get in touch or give us a call on 03 9474 0044.