NBN Co, the Australian company rolling out the National Broadband Network, has commercially launched Fibre to the Building (FTTB) technology. NBN Co’s FTTB service allows families and businesses in multi-dwelling units (such as apartment complexes and office blocks) to receive broadband services by connecting fibre-optic cable to existing building wiring. NBN Co is currently deploying FTTB technology to 6,000 homes and businesses in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Over one million homes and businesses across Australia will receive the National Broadband Network over FTTB.
Under the fibre-to-the-basement pilot, the NBN Co has achieved average speeds of 89 Mbps download and 36 Mbps upload. Under NBN Co’s 2014-17 Corporate Plan, around 1.4 million premises across Australia will be connected to the NBN via FTTB and fibre-to-the-distribution-point. To date, NBN Co has passed 18 buildings with its fibre-to-the-basement architecture, and around 2,000 premises are now ready for service. NBN Co is targeting around 90,000 homes and businesses to be ready for service by end-2015.