Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 16-12-2014 Contents There's a lot of hype about the
National Broadband Network (NBN)
right now as it progressively rolls out.
An increasing number of homes and
businesses in Crace are making the
speeds the network delivers.
We chatted to Bronwyn Young,
store manager at the Optus store in
nearby Gungahlin, to get the low-
down on everything you need to know
about the NBN.
"Firstly, if you're confused
about the NBN, you're not alone.
In the Gungahlin store we've been
answering lots of questions about the
network -- particularly, what it means
for families and businesses. People
want to know about connecting to the
NBN, disconnecting old services and
choosing new plans," Ms Young said.
The NBN is the national upgrade of
broadband networks across Australia.
Once installed, the NBN will power
broadband internet access and landline
phones. Built for speed and reliability,
it will deliver much faster upload and
download speeds, which makes for a
speeds with 4G
better browsing experience.
In terms of choosing the right
NBN plan, Ms Young encourages
Crace residents to think about the
types of activities they use the internet
for -- some people may only use it for
the occasional email or some online
banking, while for more 'data hungry'
users it's a different movie every night
of the week.
"We know our customers use
broadband internet for a wide range
art exhibitions or downloading their
favourite radio podcasts. A competitive
NBN plan will satisfy the growing
'need for speed' that these sorts of
activities demand," said Ms Young.
"With the rollout of the NBN, this
is the perfect time to assess your home
broadband internet needs."
"Eventually all the homes in
Crace will be disconnected from the
old copper networks, much like the
switchover from analogue to digital
TV. That means you'll need to be on a
plan with an internet service provider
like Optus to continue to make phone
calls or connect to the internet. We
encourage those who haven't yet made
the switch to start planning now," said
"The good news is that getting
NBN is easy. We can let you know
when your home becomes serviceable,
talk to you about how to connect to the
NBN and guide you through the whole
If your home or business hasn't
been connected to the NBN yet, you
it's coming to your street. You can also
register with Optus at https://www.
register and they will let you know
as soon as the NBN has reached your
house. Stay tuned for news on when
the copper wires will be disconnected
in your area.
YES OPTUS GUNGAHLIN
Shop 8 Gungahlin Village
46 - 50 Hibberson St
Gungahlin, ACT 2912
02 6262 2666
Coinciding with the roll-
out of the NBN, Optus has also
boosted superfast 4G coverage
across Canberra. This gives Optus
customers with compatible devices
direct access to the faster speeds
and more reliable connection
of 4G -- and, importantly, gives
customers more choice when it
comes to 4G service providers.
Just like the leap from 2G to
3G allowed mobile users to access
the internet on mobile devices,
the leap from 3G to 4G enables
much greater volumes of data to
be downloaded or uploaded, and
at much faster speeds.
The boost in the Optus
4G service comes from an
agreement with the Australian
Communications and Media
Authority that allows Optus to
start using the 700MHz spectrum
for 4G, in addition to the existing
"Now that Optus is using the
4G 700MHz spectrum, we are
bringing greater competition and
choice to the marketplace, which
is a great thing for customers. You
can now really start to compare
that's right for your needs," said
"The upgrade to the 700MHz
spectrum on the 4G network will
improve indoor 4G coverage. If
you have a compatible device,
you'll get a faster and more
reliable mobile internet experience
-- inside or outside -- and you can
download, update and stream
music, pictures and videos at
superfast speeds," she said.
Optus is continually expanding
its Optus 4G network, and expects
to cover 90% of the Australian
population by April 2015. "When
people come in to the Gungahlin
store looking for a new mobile
handset, we are showing them our
range of 4G compatible devices
so they can enjoy 4G coverage
wherever the Optus 4G network
expands," said Ms Young.
Devices compatible with the
4G 700MHz network include
the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,
Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony
Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8), to
name a few.
Staff at Optus' Gungahlin store are on hand with advice on how to connect to the NBN through Optus
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