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What is the National Broadband Network?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a next-generation broadband network designed for Australia’s future needs. It will provide faster, more reliable broadband access to all Australian homes and businesses through a mix of three technologies: optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite.


  • 93% of premises will have access to the NBN through optic fibre to the premises , capable of providing broadband speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
  • 7% of premises will have access to the NBN through next-generation, high-speed fixed wireless and satellite technologies.  Fixed wireless currently provides peak speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, surpassing ADSL2+ speeds.    


The NBN will be Australia’s first national wholesale-only, open access, high-speed broadband network. This means NBN Co Limited – the company established by government to design, build and operate the NBN – will roll out the network and sell wholesale services to service providers, such as Activ8me. In turn, Activ8me offers retail services to you.


The government has established NBN Co Limited (NBN Co), to design, build and operate the NBN. NBN Co is a wholly Commonwealth-owned company.  NBN Co will remain in full government ownership until the network is built and fully operational, ensuring the government’s objectives are met. 


On 28 March 2011, the Parliament passed the NBN Companies Act 2011 and the Telecommunications Legislation Amendments (National Broadband Network Measures – Access Arrangements) Act 2011. These Acts set out a clear and robust process that must be followed before the Commonwealth can privatise NBN Co. 


The future privatisation of NBN Co will be subject to a rigorous process, including a review by the Productivity Commission, consideration by a Joint Parliamentary Committee and the decision of the Parliament of the day.


Activ8me is an approved National Broadband Network internet service provider and sells all National Broadband Network broadband services (Fibre, Fixed Wireless and Satellite Broadband technologies).