Prepare for NBN arrival
■ 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.
Workers installing the NBN.