so what is FTTC?
Prior to becoming nbn-ready, every address in the country is mapped by the nbn™ to determine the type of network technology used to service your address, with each technology being installed in its own unique way.
FTTC connections are used in circumstances where fibre is extended close to your premises, connecting to a small Distribution Point Unit (DPU) which is generally located inside a pit on the street. From here, existing copper wiring is used to connect the fibre to form the final part of your connection
The first batch of FTTC connections (200,000 premises) we’re connected in March 2018, with more than one million premises set to be available for FFTC by 2020.
excuse us while we get technical for a second
Get ready because things are about to get a little complicated.
The nbn has Points on Interconnect (POIs) around the country that connect to the wider internet. These tend to be located in the old telephone exchange building in each suburb.
From these POIs a fibre optic cable connects to nbn nodes (purpose-built street cabinets) which are closer to your house. For FTTC, the fibre optic cable extends to a Distribution Point (DPU) which is placed near the kerb of your house.
From this distribution point, existing copper cabling will be used to run the nbn from the DPU to your premises.