NBN unveils FTTC tech in limited Sydney, Melbourne rollout

NBN Co has launched its fiber-to-the-curb access technology, saying the first homes and businesses in Australia can now order FTTC services from a range of internet providers.

NBN Co said it has delivered a limited release of FTTC offerings to some 1,000 homes and businesses in Coburg, North Melbourne and in Miranda, South Sydney.

It added that the technology – which supplies fast broadband by connecting fibre to a telecom pit near a driveway outside a home or business – would help it work with ISPs to optimise the customer experience of people who will receive fast broadband services over the FTTC network before establishing a larger footprint in the second half of 2018.

“The technology is being designed to deliver access to wholesale speeds of up to 100/40Mbps and has the potential to offer higher speeds through a new copper acceleration technology, G.fast, which NBN Co plans to launch in selected areas by the end of the year,” the firm said.

“Over the past few months, we have been working closely with service providers to test our systems and processes, the performance of the NBN FTTC access technology, as well as the new self-installation experience,” commented NBN chief customer officer residential Brad Whitcomb.

“As with the introduction of any new technology, we will continue to gain insights as we navigate the complexity of the build as well as potential issues which can arise when people connect to the network,” he said.

“Our decision to undertake a limited volume release means that a small number of homes and businesses will now have a new date for when they are able to connect to a service over the NBN access network – we will continue to update our website to provide people with the latest information,” said Whitcomb.

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