Pre­pare for NBN ar­rival

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

■ Cus­tomers will be re­quired to trans­fer their ex­ist­ing phone and in­ter­net ser­vices over to the NBN net­work within 18 months af­ter the su­per-fast broad­band be­comes avail­able in their re­spec­tive ar­eas, leav­ing the old ana­logue sys­tem ob­so­lete.

It means sub­scribers with EFTPOS ter­mi­nals, fax or alarm sys­tems will need to call the provider of that spe­cific ser­vice, such as a bank, to in­quire what in­ter­net or land­line phone ser­vices over the NBN net­work will sup­port the de­vice.

Res­i­dents with a med­i­cal alarm or alert are be­ing en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter their de­tails with the NBN Med­i­cal Alarm Reg­is­ter at www.nbn.com.au/med­i­cal­regis ter.

The NBN in­stal­la­tion is free but res­i­dents should check with their cho­sen phone or in­ter­net provider as to what fur­ther equip­ment they will re­quire and the cost in­volved.

NBN cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Philippa Perry said while the switch-on in the Pil­bara was still some time away, it was im­por­tant peo­ple un­der­stood how the process worked.

“Res­i­dents will start to no­tice NBN work­ers in …towns to­wards the end of next year,” she said.

“We will no­tify res­i­dents by di­rect mail when they are able to con­nect to the NBN.”

Tech­nol­ogy known as fi­bre to the node (FTTN) will be in­stalled in Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, New­man, Ex­mouth, Parabur­doo, Roe­bourne, Tom Price, Point Sam­son, Wick­ham and Dampier and will de­liver ac­cess to fast broad­band by run­ning fi­bre-op­tic cable to a neigh­bour­hood node/ cabi­net and from there us­ing the ex­ist­ing cop­per net­work to cus­tomers.

FTTN con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start in the Pil­bara in the fourth quar­ter of 2016, with some com­mu­ni­ties not fol­low­ing on un­til the sec­ond half of 2017.

Con­nect­ing to the NBN net­work once FTTN is ready for ser­vice in a par­tic­u­lar area is not au­to­matic and peo­ple should con­tact their phone or in­ter­net provider to make the switch once no­ti­fied they are able to con­nect.

Sharon Smith Pic­ture:

Work­ers in­stalling the NBN.

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