When it comes to the nbn™, the news hasn't always been good, so it's understandable that we might have lost interest in it at one point or other.
The nbn has consistently been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past decade. After being hyped up it was pushed back, and then rejigged as different governments played the blame game.
As the nbn gets starts arriving around the country, it’s no wonder that a whopping 58% of Aussies (that’s 10.5 million people!) don’t know that there are repercussions of being in an nbn ready area and not activating their connection. In fact, our friend Alex Kidman, a telco and tech editor from finder.com.au, says that 31% of us who haven’t connected to the nbn aren’t fussed about even having faster internet.
So with us all switching off as the nbn is getting switched on across Australia, it’s time to get our techie senses tingling as Australia’s biggest infrastructure project starts to land!
The nbn: starting at the beginning
Under the Labour government we were promised a fibre optic network that could deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. This would have more than covered the average family’s data needs for the next 100 years, even accounting for future innovation.
The plans then started to be scaled back with the Coalition government, with end-to-end fibre optic cabling canned for a mixture of methods instead delivering the internet into homes.
When the nbn became a political football game, many of us started to tune out with the realisation that Australia wasn’t going to be leading the word stage when it came to internet speeds.
So where are we now?
The nbn has been rolling out across the country, but the uptake from Aussies hasn’t been as expected.
According to finder.com.au, 13% of us haven’t even checked to see if our homes are nbn ready, 7% don’t know how to, and 10% of Aussies who do live in an nbn ready home haven’t activated their service!
And why should we care?
It’s simple – if you want an internet connection, landline, or both, you’ll have to connect to the nbn. And for some of us this’ll be sooner rather than later.
From the time your home is nbn ready you’ll have 18 months to sign up to an nbn plan or you’ll lose your internet connection entirely – pretty bad news for TV bingers, movie night lovers and any web surfer out there.
It’s time to take action!
The good news is it’s easy to check if your home is nbn ready, and, if you pick the right provider, it’ll be super simple to sign up to an nbn plan.
And there’s even better news – our very own amaysim nbn broadband plans have arrived!
All our nbn plans will come with unlimited data, no lock-in contracts and no activation fees. They're so simple that the only thing you’ll need to do is pick your speed.
Check them out, and if the nbn hasn't arrived in your neighbourhood yet you can drop your details here - we'll be sure to keep you up to date with all the nbn happenings.