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Become an NBN expert

23rd January 2016

We know how overwhelming it can be trying to wade through the NBN matrix of acronyms and lingo.

We’ve pulled together a handy guide to get you geeked up in no time. For the full geek list, check out the NBN Co glossary of terms.

Bandwidth: Refers to how fast data flows through the path that it travels to your computer. It is usually measured in kilobits, megabits or gigabits per second.

Broadband: Is a term used to refer to 'always on' high-speed Internet. In the past, broadband services and technologies were defined in terms of a capability to transfer information at higher rates than traditional dial-up services. Today broadband is more commonly associated with the speeds equal to or greater than those provided by Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL), that is, a minimum download speed of 265 kbps and minimum upload speed of 64 kbps

DSL - Digital subscriber line: DSL is a group of technologies, the most common being asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL). DSL uses your existing telephone line to deliver high-speed Internet access. It allows voice communication and high-speed data transmission on the same line at the same time.

Fibre Access Node (FAN): A facility that houses the active equipment providing services to a Fibre Serving Area (FSA).

Fibre Distribution Area (FDA): The area served via a single Fibre Distribution Hub (FDH) which connects addresses to the serving FAN site(s) via Local Fibre.

Fibre Distribution Hub (FDH): A facility that houses the optical splitters.

Fibre Serving Area (FSA): The area served by a Fibre Access Node (FAN) site, which will be a cluster of Fibre Distribution Area (FDA). The FDAs will be connected via Distribution Fibre.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP): FTTP uses an extensive network of optical fibre cables reaching all the way to the premises, with Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) fibre sharing. It has the capacity to handle several phones and PCs and a high-definition TV or two simultaneously.

IP Addressing: Refers to the addressing scheme for the Internet Protocol.

Internet Service Provider (ISP): An organisation that offers access to the Internet to its customer.

Quality of Service (QoS): QoS refers to a wide range of networking technologies and techniques. The goal of QoS is to provide guarantees on the ability of a network to deliver predictable results. Network performance within the scope of QoS can include availability, bandwidth, latency and error rate.

Wireless: While the specific technology used to provide wireless broadband services varies, each service provider uses radio frequencies to transmit and receive data between their customers and a local transmission point. Normally, this requires a number of base stations, similar to mobile phone towers, which transmit to customers who have a small transmitter/receiver connected to their computers or other digital devices.

NBN Wait List: The NBN Wait List is an online register that will keep you in the loop with the latest NBN roll out plans. Sign up here and we'll let you know when you're able to make the change to NBN.

If you’re still feeling confused, contact us either over the phone on on chat and we’ll work out the best option based on where you live and your Internet needs.

*Visit the NBN Co website for full glossary of terms.

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