At the end of 2016, Australia had grown to a population of 24.8 million people. And as fast as that number has grown over past years, the percentage of people who have access to the Internet at home has exploded at a far faster rate. The latest census data makes a well-educated estimate of 14.2 million broadband subscribers. Bear in mind, many of those are used by multiple people, such as broadband services used by families or share houses. As more people are going online, it’s important to understand the different types of connections available, as well the pros and cons of each one. We’re here to help.
Broadband is a truly massive growth area, even today. The second half of 2017 alone saw an extra 3.4% added to the total number of broadband customers. What was most remarkable, however, was the number of customers connected to fibre internet, nearly doubled in a year. The reason for this, of course, is the rollout of the NBN, which has been increasingly picking up speed recently – despite all the arguments about which technology it should use.
And yes, there’s been a lot of politics involved in how the NBN’s rolled out. As a result, multiple different types of broadband connections are available in Australia at the moment. Which ones are available to you depends entirely on where you live. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a choice between them. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll have been part of the initial full-fibre rollout that was abandoned with the change of government.
But what actually are all these different types of broadband connection? What do all those confusing initialisms – FTTP, FTTB, FTTC, HFC and so on – mean? Wonder no more. We’re going to give you all the info you need about each type and explain what it means for you.