NBN Co has updated its rollout chart to add more new NBN connections with Fibre to the Curb technology. While Bells Reach, Arbour and Baringa as new estates automatically get the NBN fibre connected directly to their home, older internet connected homes (all of Bellvista) are on ADSL type connections and expect to receive an upgrade to the NBN later this year as the national NBN rollout continues.
ADSL internet across Bellvista varies incredibly depending on which ‘box or Dslam” you are connected to. And there appears little rhyme nor reason as to how homes are connected. For example if you live in Montserrat Cres you are probably connected to the Dslam in Cougal Circuit. But houses backing on to those in Montserrat Crescent in Samson Circuit maybe connected to the upgraded Dslam near the O’Reilly Drive/Balmoral Boulevard roundabout. These residents can receive excellent ADSL2+ speeds (up to 20Mbps) while the former languish with barely ADSL 2 speeds (under 8Mbps).
BeCA suspects that some Bellvista residents cannot even get any type of ADSL connection.
Others have bitten the bullet and opted for Wireless Internet from Flash Fibres in Caloundra. They receive excellent from 25Mbps speeds up to 50mbps.
But this is all due to change later this year as the NBN rollout at last reaches Caloundra West.
However it seems some Bellvista residents will be connected via the “Fibre to the Node” (FTTN) technology and while others will be connected via “Fibre to the curb” (FTTC) technology. The difference in the two technologies is explained in the graphic below.Click on the graphic for a larger view.
Recently some residents received a letter from NBN Co announcing that there may be NBN Co workers entering their property to carry out preliminary inspection or connection work. Only recently a group of NBN Co workers were seen clearing and opening Telstra Pits (1 pit between every two homes) and confirming the pits were clear and accessible. These homes will receive the FTTC technology with fibre being connected all the way to the pit outside their home. While FTTN connected homes will have fibre connected to a ‘node’, possibly on a street corner, and then their internet connection will go via the already in place copper wire from the Node to individual houses.
At last it appears something is beginning to happen and reasonable internet speeds will be possible for all.
One would suspect the technology by which your home is connected to the NBN will be determined but the cheaper financial option for your address.
The ABC website is suggesting the type of connection you will get is like entering the “NBN Lottery”. Check out your future NBN lottery connection here and see if you are a winner!
With whatever happens, hopefully there is some relief in sight some long suffering internet users on the Bellvista estate.
Those of you lucky enough to be on the NBN already could share some of your experiences with which ISP to go with and who not go with as your NBN Internet Service Provider.