3 Easy Steps to help you connect to the NBN
What you need to know when the NBN comes to your area!
Whether your area has been connected to the nbn or not, the simple fact is, it’s coming for everyone. The National Broadband Network is being rolled out across Australia and when it does arrive in your street, you have 18 months to pick an nbn plan and transfer to it before your old copper wires will be cut.
But if all the talk of nbn speeds, the different plans and the whole process of signing up has you confused, don’t despair.
Whether you have nbn in your area, or it’s coming soon or you don’t even know quite when it will arrive, 9Saver has compiled a simple guide to help you understand how to connect when you do need to.
Step One: Check if the nbn is available in your area
This one is more straightforward than many people may realise. You don’t have to wait for a letter informing you that the nbn is now available in your area, you can simply jump online and head to nbnco.com.au. You can type in your address and see straight away if the nbn is connected in your area yet. If it isn’t available, you may want to sign up to receive an email alert from nbnco letting you know when it is.
Step Two: Consider what you need for your home
Everyone’s circumstances are different, so don’t forget that if you have specific equipment in your home, such as medical alarms, monitored fire alarms and even fax machines (for those who still use them) , you’ll need to check with your the provider of your device as to whether connecting to the nbn will affect them. When you connect to the nbn. Plus, if your property has any additional outbuildings — such as a granny flat, it’s worth investigating whether you’ll need to extend your connection from your primary property to these buildings.
Also, whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, if you’re planning to move soon it’s worth checking whether your new property will be connected to nbn. If you’re going to be a renter – you may need to contact your landlord before you go ahead and connect to a plan.
Step Three: Choose your provider and pick a plan
This is where you can really benefit from shopping around. There are now dozens of providers on the market offering very similar nbn plans, for dramatically different prices. Recent analysis from Mozo has shown that the pricing difference between nbn plans offering extremely similar speeds and services can vary hugely. So much so that the analysis indicated that by being on the best nbn plan for you, you could save as much as $736 a year.
Rather than sticking with your current provider, see if you can get a better deal by switching to a new provider when you take up the nbn.