Do you know that National Broadband Network (NBN) enables and enhances your lifestyle? Be it your home, business, health, education, sustainability and wealth? Let us see the general benefits of this technology and the cost of delivery. Let’s find out what are the advantages, how can you get connected and NBN Plans.
What is the National Broadband Network
The NBN is an infrastructure which provides the vast majority of Australians with super-fast, ubiquitous, future-proof broadband coverage. It brings with it vast benefits to businesses, existing infrastructure and society in general. NBN replaces Australia’s copper network with fibre optic cable. There are a few reasons for doing this:
The current copper network is old and rotting.
The vast performance benefits of fibre cater for the massive increase in broadband traffic that will outstrip the performance limitations of copper and wireless within the next several years whilst also providing a future-proofed infrastructure which will last into the next century. It is also far more resilient and chemically stable than copper and costs a fraction to power and maintain. This has made it the obvious choice for copper replacement the world over.
Replacing copper with fibre brings with it wide-reaching social benefits and huge efficiencies to existing infrastructures (health, education, power distribution etc). Plus enormous potential for businesses of all sizes.
The current copper network is overwhelmingly owned by Telstra. Which is a competitor to the industry it supplies copper to) and this has created a monopoly.
NBN Co (the government-owned company that will roll out the fibre) will not compete with its customers: the carriers and ISPs that it will supply. This would resolve a long-standing problem with the structure of Australia’s telecommunications industry. All retailers should, in theory, have a level playing field.
There are three flavours of NBN. 93 per cent of Australian premises will be connected with fibre. While more rural and truly remote locations will be serviced by fixed wireless and satellite connections.
What it means for you
Entertainment experiences will be richer, video calling easier and connecting to a variety of devices much smoother. The NBN will also be used to deliver education services, health monitoring and smart metering.
Super-fast broadband will revolutionise healthcare for everyone, especially the elderly and those living in rural areas. In doing so it will save so much money from Australia’s annual $120bn (and rising) health spending that it will pay for the entire build on its own. Primary benefits involve Telehealth the ability to have HD video conversations with a doctor (or even world-leading specialist) just by talking to a computer or TV screen.
This provides instant triage, improves efficiency, saves time and money, has emptied waiting rooms in trials and ultimately provides quicker and more-efficient care to everybody. It also negates the need for many doctor visits and ambulance journeys (which can cost several thousand dollars per trip). It also allows many hospital bed-ridden patients to be monitored remotely. And automatically saves hospitals vast sums of money (around $1000 per patient per night). Furthermore, patients get better quicker and space in hospitals is made available more quickly for those who need it.
Seniors can avoid expensive care facilities for longer if their health, appearance, and mobility can be remotely monitored. It’s even possible to monitor degenerative conditions by automatically checking things.
Telepresence allows people to appear in meetings on screen, life-size, in Full High Definition and lag-free. It’s already being used by some government and business leaders but with everyone attached to fast internet, the savings become higher. Executives no longer need to travel abroad for regular meetings which save the company a fortune. It also means workers don’t have to be away from their families or stay out of the office for days at a time and it dramatically reduces travel weariness.
The potential for telepresence and telecommuting at all levels of society is huge. An increasing number of people won’t have to commute to work again. Many won’t have to live in cities and can live in their favourite parts of the country – parts where the local economy, for instance, is tourism-based like the Sunshine Coast. The knock-on effects on regional development and metropolitan traffic and also the environment are significant.
Power distribution and the Smart Grid
Cities with fibre networks have found that the ability to micromanage power distribution has led to massive savings through efficiency and peak-power reduction. The potential for power saving at distributor and customer levels is very high – worth thinking about for both power bills and environmental levels.
There are also potential benefits for power routing during disaster periods and a reduction in outages.
Education is revolutionised across the board but especially for rural dwellers. The potential is vast – particularly the thought of the School of The being replaced by interactive online classes plus the ability to take degrees from the likes of MIT and Harvard in the US while out on the farm.
A recent report also highlighted the huge benefits of broadband to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In terms of money, efficiency boosts and centralisation of services are likely to save millions of dollars each year.
Getting access to the world’s TV channels will not be a big thing to many people, however, to rural dwellers who struggle just to access our Free To Air channels, having access to HD TV and world-leading Video on Demand services from all over the planet will be transformative. The potential for TV subscription (and video on demand) business is very high.
Paying for line rental and landline phone calls will be a thing of the past – all of this can be catered for by one’s broadband subscription. This will save varying amounts of money depending on landline usage but, generally speaking, wave goodbye to your phone bill.
What does getting connected involve?
The NBN Co will attach an NBN Utility box ‘outside’ your home (or in common areas for apartment blocks) and an ‘NBN Connection box’ inside your home.
The technician will then install any Telstra equipment you need and set up your services so you get the most from your new connection.
In NBN Fixed Wireless areas, an outdoor antenna will be fitted to homes that are within range of the NBN signal.
The NBN Plans
The NBN plans start at just $80 per month. So you’ll work or play faster and save precious time. You can enjoy the entertainment you’ve chosen on the device you want, whether it’s a tablet, your HDTV or a T-Box. You will have better ways to share and talk with the NBN with excellent home phone calling rates.
How to Connect
The first thing that will be done is to check the NBN in your area. When the NBN rollout reaches your area, the NBN Company will let you know.
NBN Company will install the NBN Utility Box and NBN Connection Box. Having the NBN boxes installed in the right place is critical to make sure your phone and broadband are in the best spot in your home.
You have the choice of either installing your NBN services yourself or getting one of NBN’s highly skilled technicians to do it for you. Then you can begin to unlock all the great experiences and services NBN bundle plans offer.
Overall it is seen that NBN will generate money by boosting business and save money in existing infrastructures through efficiency gains. The NBN will thus be one of the most important things in your world in the coming future.
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