NBN Co says sign-up for fibre early

Shift to the fibre optic network begins on November 23 - then you've got 18 months to move

NBN Co wants early adopters in the 15 locations across Australia that will switch to fibre optic broadband over the next 18 months.

People in areas covering about 25,000 homes and businesses are set to make the switch to the fibre network over the timeframe, which begins on November 23.

NBN Co will provide public information during the switchover period outlining the actions people can take to move over to NBN fibre and the benefits it will deliver.

At the end of the 18-month period, during which people will have the opportunity to move to a new service, existing fixed phone lines, Internet services that run on the existing copper network (e.g. ADSL) and cable Internet services in these areas will be switched off.

NBN Co head of Product Management and Industry Relations, Jim Hassell, said residents were being encouraged to make an early switch in order to get the most out of the network.

“To make the switch, residents simply call their preferred telephone or Internet service provider to choose from a great range of competitively-priced packages on the NBN,” Hassell said.

“The feedback from people already connected is that they can enjoy making high-quality video calls with fewer drop outs, downloading movies in minutes, streaming TV, and having all the family online at once.”

Around 45 telephone and internet service providers have signed to offer services over the NBN.

In some areas there is the choice of more than 30 providers all offering different telephone and broadband plans at a range of prices and monthly usage allowances.

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