so what is FTTP?
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.
There is currently a mixture of seven core technolgy types that are used to install the nbn™ and FTTP (short for Fibre to the Premise) is one of these.
When a home is connected using FTTP technology, a fibre optic cable runs from your street to an nbn™ utility box installed on the outside of your premises. A fibre optic cable from the utility box is then connected to an nbn™ connection box installed inside your home.
A standard installation includes a technician connecting the fibre optic cable from your street to an nbn™ utility box installed on the outside of your premises. A fibre optic cable from the utility box is then connected to an nbn™ connection box installed inside your home.
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. Then, for FTTP, a newly-installed fibre optic cable connects the node directly to your house.
If work on the nbn commenced in your area before the changes in government in 2013, or you live in an area where new cabling already exists (newer housing estates) then you are likely to be receiving FTTP.