The actual ‘hardware’ that delivers this new platform is made up of microscopic strands of glass, about the diameter of a strand of human hair, and is used to carry information using light pulses over long distances, differing from the system being used in Australia – digital information is sent together through copper, then voice and data information is divided once it reaches the modem.
Fibre Optic National Broadband Network
These pure glass cables are protected by plastic covers which are flexible and can even turn corners. Since information is sent through pulses of light, you can be guaranteed that your information will be sent at 100 Mbps.
The new broadband platform will be nearly instantaneous in 90 per cent of Australia. Besides faster internet speed across Australia, including in the rural areas of the country, it will be the first time Australia has a broadband network that has open access.
Consumer’s Choice with NBN
As a consumer, how will the national broadband network affect you? Initially, since the government has spent $43 billion on providing this network, the internet costs will be high. In case studies, it shows that people weigh up cost as the deciding factor, rather than speed.
Therefore, the government has come to the realisation that the prices will have to be comparative to the market. Now you will be able to get faster and clearer internet for a slightly higher cost (or for the same as you are currently paying) on the NBN. These initial rates may decrease if the national broadband network reaches its goals and turns a profit.
Australians Not Covered with NBN
The remaining 10 percent will still have access to broadband services through next generation wireless and satellite networks and will still be at an advantage, since most of the rural parts of Australia do not even have broadband capabilities or at best are unreliable.
With the next generation wireless and satellite networks, those in rural areas will now have access to 12 mbps internet connections which is much more reliable and faster than the average internet currently received.
Information will now be able to reach everyone in Australia at a faster rate which will maximise the learning experience in a shorter amount of time and improve the overall education and organisation of the digital economy. You can expect great changes with Australia’s national broadband network.