We’re stoked to see the nbn™ rolling out across Australia. To help you on your nbn way, we’ve created this handy cheat sheet to make your life with the National Broadband Network amazingly simple.

With all new things, technologies included, comes a bunch of new words, ideas and terminology and abbreviations to get our brains around. We’re really excited to see Aussies getting connected to the nbn one address at a time, but many of you might not share the same ‘leap out of bed in anticipation’ feeling.

To help you when you make the plunge, we’ve pulled together all the essential information you need to know. Sayonara homework and say hello to more free time for the fun stuff, like planning how you’re going to make the most of the superfast internet you’re about to get your hands on!

National Broadband Network (nbn)

It’s as obvious as the name is – nbn is the new nation-wide broadband network, bringing Aussies faster, better quality internet one household at a time.

The nbn is replacing other types of broadband we’ve been using up until now, such as ADSL and cable. Similar to when TV switched over from analog to digital, our net coverage is slowly switching over to nbn.

Want some more info? Check out our amazingly simple introduction to the nbn – in fact, we can get you up to speed in just 90 seconds!

bits, bytes and bandwidth

Bit vs. Byte, what's the difference?

Think of this like when you’re asking to share food with a mate. Ask for a little bit, you’ll get a little. Ask for a bite, and you’re likely to snap up more!

In internet terms, there are 8 bits of data in a byte. So a byte is bigger.

Wondering why it’s always megabit or megabyte? That’s because the data we transfer online is typically in the hundreds and thousands.


Bandwidth refers to moving and transferring data on the web, and the speed in which it moves. The more bandwidth you have, the fast your data travels from one internet-connected device to another.

understanding fibre and nbn connections

Scratching your head wondering ‘what is fibre to the node’ or ‘what is FTTP’? We can clue you in.

There are a couple of different connection types and terms you’ll come across, and they all refer to the different connections methods being used to hook up homes Australia to the nbn. Here are the main ones.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

Fibre to the premises is a type of connection you can use to get access to nbn at your place. The fibre cable (which transfers data across the internet) will run from your street to a specific nbn connection box installed in your home.

Fibre to the Node (FTTN)

FTTN is the net connection type where existing copper networks are used for you to get access to nbn. The new fibre line will run to a specially built cabinet (called a “node”) on your street – from there, existing copper wires will connect your home to the node. Simple!

Fibre to the Building (FTTB)

If you live in an apartment, particularly in high rise buildings, this is the connection you’re likely to have. It uses the existing infrastructure in the building to connect to the nbn’s fibre optic cables.

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

With HFC, existing pay TV or cable networks are used to connect your home to the nbn.

connectivity virtual circuit - CVC

CVC, or the Connectivity Virtual Circuit charge, refers to one of the pricing and discount models for nbn service providers, relating to network capacity in particular. The whole CVC thing has created a bit of a stir, but its goal is to give the end user of the service (that’s you guys) the best value and outcome.

making sense of the nbn speeds

71% of Aussie’s don’t understand what the different nbn speeds mean, so if phrases like ‘100/40 Mbps’ leave you scratching your head in confusion, you’re not alone.

To explain briefly, the number up front (in this case 100) refers to the download speed which is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). The second number (here it’s 40) is the upload speed. Download speed tends to be quite a lot faster because internet users download way more than they upload. nbn is designed in a way to ensure we can download everything we need, when we need it, hence the speed ratio favouring our preferred use of data.

When you switch to the nbn, you’ll get to choose how fast you want your internet to be. There are a few things to take into account when picking your speed, including what you plan on using your internet for and how many devices you’ll have connected at once.

To help you out, we’ve pulled together all the information you’ll ever need when it comes go your internet speed. Take a look for the full rundown.

picking your nbn plan and provider

Now that you’re across the basics, you’re in a pretty good place to get set up with your nbn provider and plan of choice.

Considering amayim for the gig? You can always count on us for no lock-in contracts, no standard activation fees and unlimited data – you’ll only ever have to pick your speed.

Need more convincing? Find out why amaysim nbn is so awesome.


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