The first stage of building Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) access technology is underway through a trial in Coburg, a suburb 8km north of Melbourne’s central business district.
With the company behind the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn, targeting a mid-2018 launch, the move is the first step in plans to deliver new technology to more than one million homes and businesses by 2020.
As the first broadband wholesaler in the world to roll the FTTC technology out on a mass scale, nbn said the trial is designed to evaluate the construction and installation of its deployment ahead of the nationwide build that will commence in the coming months.
In addition, nbn is also working with retailer customers to develop a FTTC product, which is scheduled to be available to consumers and businesses by mid-2018.
"We will be focusing our efforts in the next few months on ensuring we understand how to scale the FTTC network rollout across the country and also working with our retail customers to trial the product in preparation for its launch next year," nbn chief network engineering officer Peter Ryan said.
Designed to bring faster speeds closer to doorsteps, Ryan said the technology will provide access to services over the nbn network by delivering fibre straight to the driveway of houses.
“By the time the rollout is complete in 2020, there will be more than one million homes and businesses across the country who will be able to enjoy the benefits of fast broadband by connecting to the nbn network using the FTTC technology through their retailer,” he added.
“Our decision to roll this technology out at scale means there is a small number of homes and businesses which will have a revised timeline on when they will be able to connect to the nbn network."
According to the nbn, key regions where construction will commence to build the FTTC network will be across NSW, Victoria, ACT, South Australia and Western Australia, between the months of June and December 2017.
“We encourage all Australians to check their address on our website to get the most up-to-date information, find out what technology we are using to build the network as well as how to get the best experience out of their internet connection," he added.
Currently available to almost one in two Australians, the nbn network is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-next year and complete by 2020.