How To Get Your Development NBN Ready


Designed by Rothelowman and developed by Cedar Woods, the forthcoming Botanica Apartments project at Footscray’s Banbury Village is an example of an NBN-ready development. 
Setting up your new development with National Broadband Network (NBN) may seem like a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. But as

the NBN experts, we’re here to help guide you in the right direction.

nbn™ is the wholly-owned Commonwealth company and Government Business Enterprise responsible for the construction and rollout of the National Broadband Network. The nbn™ website has extensive information available to help you to understand the requirements for getting fibre installed in your development.

ALSO SEE: NBN Provides Technological Edge In Competitive Property Market

New developments with nbn™ fall into three different categories:• Small developments (lead-in-conduit only)
• Medium developments (<100 premises) and
• Large development (>100 premises) and are both green and brownfield land subdivisions (SDU) and unit and apartment buildings (MDU).

The cost of the fibre infrastructure and backhaul to the exchange is covered by nbn™. All other costs, including pathway design and construction in an MDU or pit and pipe design and construction in an SDU, are met by the Developer.

We have broken down the steps involved in applying to nbn™ for fibre in your new development below.

Step 1: Register your development project

You’ve made the decision to have your development NBN ready – great choice for you and your future owners!

Jump onto the nbn™ website and start your registration here.

nbn™ will assess your development requirements based on information provided and from there they will direct you to the appropriate process and requirements. Registration should occur at least three months prior to commencement of construction.

Step 2: Get Fibre-Ready

You will first need to submit a pit and pipe design or pathway design to nbn™ for assessment. Before nbn™ can install the NBN infrastructure required, you will be required to install the pathways in an MDU or pit and pipe infrastructure in an SDU.

You will work closely with nbn™ to ensure the design and construction meets their standards.

More information about developer obligations regarding pathway or pit and pipe infrastructure installation can be viewed on the nbn™ website. You may choose your own contractor for the pathway or pit and pipe design and construction, as long as it is installed to the correct specifications.

Step 3: Installing Infrastructure

After installing the infrastructure, you will transfer ownership of pit and pipe to nbn™ after it is deemed ‘fit for purpose’.

The installation of required infrastructure will be coordinated by nbn™ with an aim to meet your Estimated First Service Connection Date (EFSCD).

Once the NBN infrastructure has been installed and your development is brought In Service by nbn™ your purchasers will be ready for their new house or apartment to get online.

This is the part where Retail Service Providers (RSP) like iiNet come in to the picture. As nbn™ is a wholesale network provider, it relies on RSPs to connect end users to the network.

Head to the iiNet website to find out more about our NBN plans and services.

It’s also a good idea to let prospective investors know about the benefits of owning an NBN ready property. In a competitive property market, the NBN can provide you with a technological edge.

We also have a series of NBN FAQ videos that help explain to end users the benefits of connecting to the NBN.

This article was written by Rachael McIntyre, NBN Product Manager at iiNet, The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a national network of communications infrastructure currently being built by NBN Co on behalf of the Federal Government. It’s set to change the way Australians access the internet, with lightning-fast fibre-optic, fixed wireless and satellite technology being made available over the next 10 years.

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