Invitations to NBN Co’s free fiber upgrade are finally rolling out

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In 2021, NBN Co promised that more than a million Aussie homes would get their ailing Fiber to the Node (FTTN) internet connections upgraded to full fiber technology for free.

This will provide eligible residents and businesses with a Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) connection, which should not only increase reliability and potential download speeds, but also broaden their choice of NBN plans, allowing them to sign up for the significantly faster NBN 250 and NBN 1000 speed layers.

However, since that initial announcement, NBN Co has been relatively quiet on this front and has only released a list of suburbs in Australia that will be getting the upgrade. Now there is finally some more news.

Invitations are being sent

For those who have registered their interest, NBN Co has finally started sending out invitations, with more than 50,000 sent as of today, according to ITNews. If you’d like to apply but haven’t registered yet, you can do so here.

If you have registered and live in one of the designated areas (a full list can be found at the bottom of this story), you may soon receive an email from NBN Co with instructions on how to take advantage of the free FTTP upgrade offer .

You can also wait for your ISP to contact you about the offer, although there is no timeline for this option. NBN Co today also unveiled a list of participating reseller partners so you can check if your current provider offers the upgrade option.

The list is quite small, with Telstra, Aussie Broadband, Exetel and Superloop being the only major players among the 11 RSPs in total. Notably absent are industry pillars Optus and TPG, as well as some popular smaller providers such as Tangerine and Spintel.

NBN Co told ITNews that this absence is “just a matter of phasing and timing,” so it’s likely we’ll see these other providers join in later.

When and where?

According to NBN Co’s timeline, up to 2 million properties will be upgraded from FTTN to FTTP by the end of 2023, meaning that “approximately 75% of all customers served by NBN’s fixed-line network will reach speeds approaching a gigabit.” per second”.

Speaking to ITNews, the company claimed it already has 18 months of pre-registered buildings, so we expect the rollout to take some time and to take place in multiple phases over the next year and a half.

NBN Co has updated the list of suburbs eligible for this first phase, which you can find below. If your neighborhood isn’t on this list, check here to see if it’s on the map for an upgrade in the future.

NSW: Aberglasslyn, Bella Vista, Cameron Park, Canley Vale, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook, Chipping Norton, Croydon, Croydon Park, Darlinghurst, Edgeworth, Erina, Glenhaven, Green Valley, Hunterview, Kingswood, Kurnell, Melrose Park, Norwest, Pleasure Point Rutherford, Singleton Heights, St Albans, St Clair, Terrigal, Thornton, Villawood, Voyager Point, Wattle Grove, West Pennant Hills, Woodlands

Victoria: Bayswater, Bayswater North, Braybrook, Cranbourne North, Hampton Park, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Narre Warren, Rowville, Sunshine, Sunshine North

Queensland: Burleigh Waters, Gilston, Highland Park, Mudgeeraba, Robina, Varsity Lakes, Worongary

South Australia: Ascot Park, Athol Park, Bowden, Burton, Clovelly Park, Dudley Park, Edwardstown, Ethelton, Greenwith, Mawson Lakes, Mitchell Park, Parafield Gardens, Paralowie, Renown Park, Semaphore, Semaphore Park, Semaphore South, South Plympton , West Lakes, West Lakes Shore, Woodville North

Western Australia: Alexander Heights, Beckenham, Doubleview, Gwelup, Innaloo, Karrinyup, Langford, Marangaroo, Thornlie

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