NBN reveals real costs of broadband connection, and fears about profits

The National Broadband Network (NBN) boss is worried that the network may struggle to make a profit, due to the rising popularity of newer, faster mobile networks.

NBN Co has released the shocking figures that it costs for fibre-to-the-premises connections, with it being revealed that the most expensive broadband connection in Australia cost $91,196 for one single house.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow has however revealed that the company is now trialing a cheaper and less intrusive technology, known as fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC), which will be detailed in an exclusive report on the ABC’s Four Corners program tonight.


It’s understood to be a lot cheaper and easier to install – hopefully speeding up household connection waiting times.

The company says they have started to trial the first FTTC connection in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg.

“In connecting a trial premises to FTTC the company has achieved speeds of 109Mbps downstream and 44Mbps upstream using VDSL technology over a 70 metre copper line that serves the premises,” NBN said in a statement to Newscorp.

“FTTC works by delivering new fibre all the way to the property boundary where it connects to a Distribution Point Unit in a telecom pit that then connects to the existing copper lines serving the premises.”

It comes after the company revealed it was struggling to compete with ultrafast mobile broadband.