NBN FTTN pilot records download speeds of 96Mbps

NBN Co is set to build and test another 300 nodes across NSW and Queensland

NBN Co has ramped up it's fibre-to-node trial and is set to build and test another 300 nodes across NSW and Queensland.

However, one of the first users under the pilot, Martin McInnes, of Umina, Central Coast, has only reached download speeds of up to 96 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 30Mbps with the service.

The technology marries fibre optic cables with Telstra’s copper lines in a streetside node cabinet to deliver fast broadband to homes and businesses.

Another FTTN trial to test the planning, design and construction of 1000 nodes across Queensland and New South Wales is also underway in conjunction with Telstra.

NBN Co today announced plans to independently build more than 300 additional nodes within Woy Woy, New South Wales and Warner, Queensland.

NBN Co chief executive, Bill Morrow, said the initiatives were key components in progressing NBN Co’s move to a mix of broadband technologies which would help scale-up the NBN rollout across the country.

“The early results and real customer experiences such as Mr McInnes’s demonstrate that existing technologies such as the copper network are capable of playing a vital role in delivering the NBN quicker, more efficiently and cheaper for all Australians," he said.

“Our plans to build more than 300 additional nodes on top of our construction trial with Telstra will see us benchmark industry best practices as we gear up for wide-scale deployment of the FTTN technology.”

McInnes said the NBN had given him the opportunity to take on new clients in areas outside of the Central Coast with bandwidth to support High Definition (HD) video conferencing applications.

Ovum analyst Kamalini Ganguly said FTTN was a cost-effective method delivering fast broadband.

"This technology can deliver enough bandwidth to enable consumer applications such as teleworking, telehealth and multi-media online gaming.

“AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and Belgacom are among some of the operators that have successfully deployed FTTN broadband rollouts around the world,” he said.

There are now 238,000 homes and businesses connected to the network.

NBN Co also announced this week that build preparation works and construction are underway to bring the NBN to a further 59,000 premises across the country.