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See what NBN rollout actually looks like

There a lot of talk about the National Broadband Network (NBN), but do you want to see what the rollout of this new-generation technology actually looks like?

A few members of the MyNetFone team visited one of the 'greenfield' new housing developments in Sydney's western suburbs this week, and saw first-hand what the NBN rollout to these new communities involves.

Here are a few photos from the visit - as you can see, NBN is really quite a simple network at the suburb level, yet delivers such huge possibilites for internet speed, reliability and applications such as VoIP to be channelled over it.

Greenfield site deployment like shown in the photos is different from the way NBN rolls out to existing streets and houses. With greenfields, the streets are cleared and paved, and the houses built at the same time as the NBN is installed, so the fibre cabling can be pre-arranged to go underground all the way up to the houses. Inside, the new houses have purpose-designed little cupboards to house the NBN premise devices.

In contrast, in existing suburbs the fibre most often needs to be delivered to the houses through above-ground overhead cabling - afterall, few people would agree to have their lawns dug up!

New house going up at Bunya development site, Doonside. "Mini-exchange" Temporary Fibre Access Node (T-FAN) housing the heart of the NBN access for the new development.
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NBN cabling in the ground.


NBN Premises Connection Device (PCD) on the outside of one of the houses.

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Checking out display homes from different builders - all already NBN enabled!


Close-up of the T-FAN on the development site.

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