What about the NBN?
The rollout of the National Broadband Network has picked up speed in recent years, and the huge task of connecting everyone in Australia to it has gotten well under way. Exactly what type of connection you get will depend on where you are, with several options available. Fibre optic cable is the fastest, and anyone who got their NBN connection early on will have access to it. Most, though, will connect via “Fibre to the node” (which plugs your home phone line into a fibre-connected street box) or HFC (the pay TV cable that Foxtel still uses as well). Consumers in remote areas will probably connect via Fixed Wireless, which can potentially be very fast as well.
Coming up in the future is “fibre to the curb”, where the fibre optic cable will run right up to the front of your property, making the connection into your home nice and short – which means faster speeds.
With the NBN being a bit of a political football, what happens with the network in the future is still unknown. Eventually, not that many years down the track, everyone will be connecting directly to fibre – which enables speeds faster than anything you can imagine today, bringing with it a huge range of possibilities, including education and medicine. Broadband is not just for checking Facebook and binge-watching Netflix, after all!