NBN Hybrid Fibre Coaxial

Getting connected to NBN can be a challenging time for many different reasons. And if you do get stuck with NBN or your service provider, the last thing you want to deal with is talking to someone who is rattling off technical jargon that you don’t understand. But let us help make it a bit easier for you.

There are 7 different types of NBN and this article is to help alleviate some of the confusion relating to NBN HFC.

What is HFC NBN?

It stands for Hybrid Fibre Coaxial. As you can see according to its name, HFC uses a combination of both Fibre and Coaxial cable to deliver a connection. This type of NBN uses a lot of the existing cabling that has been used for Foxtel cable TV and Telstra cable broadband. It was formally Telstra’s coaxial infrastructure. If a coaxial cable is already installed from the street to your home or workplace, you should be NBN ready. But if it isn’t a technician will be required to install the cabling. The points used are called a ‘cable point’ or ‘F-type socket’. This is different to a phone point and is connected by screwing the cable onto it. HFC is comparatively faster than connections like Fibre to the Curb, or Fibre to the Node because it has a larger coper conductor inside the cable.

How fast is HFC NBN?

When you plan or sign up for an NBN HFC connection, you’ll have to choose from one of six different speed options: These are:

1.NBN 12 (Basic I) speed, 

2.NBN 25 (Basic II) speed, 

3.NBN 50 (Standard) speed, 

4.NBN 100 (Fast) speed,

5.NBN 250 (Superfast) speed or

6.NBN 1000 (Ultrafast) speed.

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