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Aussie Broadband to take-up NBN’s new fibre upgrade scheme

Media Release | Tuesday, 29 Mar 2022 | 1 min read

Two men dressed in orange reflective gear installing NBN fibre

Aussie Broadband has announced that it will participate in NBN’s new Fibre Connect program, which offers upgrades from fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) or fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technologies to full fibre for eligible customers.

The initial tranche, which kicked off on Tuesday, will focus on FTTN customers, with FTTC premises being introduced into the program in May.

Managing Director Phillip Britt said this is good news for customers, RSPs and the industry.

“We’ve been taking part in trials over the past few months, and we’re keen to participate in NBN’s new fibre upgrade scheme.

“From today, eligible customers who are currently on FTTN will be able to order fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP). To qualify, customers need to be on, or move to, a 100Mbps plan or above.

“It’s great to see that NBN has made this rollout available where eligible, because now even more customers can benefit from better speeds and greater reliability that comes with an FTTP connection.

“This is also good news for RSPs as it means higher speed tier options become available for more customers, which could lead to better margins,” Phil said.

Aussie Broadband has approximately 9,000 eligible customers on FTTC or FTTN technologies.

FTTC available in May

“Eligible FTTC customers will be able to apply for the Fibre Connect program from the end of May. To qualify, customers need to be on, or move to, the 250Mbps plan or higher,” Phil said.

“Customers must stay on the higher-speed plan for a minimum of 12 months, unless they’re facing financial hardship, or NBN may charge a downgrade fee of $200. This applies to both FTTN and FTTC upgrades.”

For more information, customers can call Aussie Broadband on 1300 880 905. Alternatively, existing residential customers can check eligibility and order online here or via the MyAussie® app in the coming weeks. To find out if your business is eligible for a fibre upgrade, please click on the link here.

All information contained in this media release, including references to costs, speed, and capability of the Aussie Broadband network, was correct at time of publication, and may have since changed.

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About Aussie Broadband Limited

Aussie Broadband is an Australian operated telecommunications company that was formed in 2008 and is based in Morwell Victoria, Australia.

The company's main focus is nbn® (NBN) subscription plans and bundles to residential homes, small businesses, not-for-profits, corporate/enterprise and managed service providers.

As a licensed carrier, the company provides these services through a wholesale agreement with NBN Co, a mix of leased backhaul infrastructure from third parties and its own network equipment.

The company also offers a range of other telecommunications services including VoIP, mobile plans and handsets, entertainment bundles through its partnership with Fetch TV and connections through its own fibre, the OptiComm network and its white label platform.

With its acquisition of Over the Wire, the company is also a Tier 1 voice provider, and offers a range of tailored cloud, connect and collaborate solutions to business, government and enterprise customers.

Along with being a proud member of the Pledge 1% Movement, Small Change Big Change and more, Aussie Broadband is a certified B Corporation and the largest telco in Australia to hold accreditation.

Aussie Broadband has remained Australia's Most Trusted Brand in Telecommunications since December 2020 and was more recently named Australia's Most Trusted Telco for the second year in a row at the Roy Morgan Trusted Brand Awards for 2023.