Fast and reliable Internet services using the FTTN network and radio links
FTTN stands for ‘fibre to the node’ – what this means is that if your Internet is running through fibre, which dramatically increases the speed, up until a central point, known as a ‘node’. From the point of that node until your house (called the last mile), the data travels through Telstra’s out-dated copper network. The further away you are located from the central node, and the more houses and businesses that are sharing that node, the slower your Internet connection will be.
While Fibre has the ability to transfer huge quantities of data at a time, copper does not. So the more people that are connected to the copper system the slower the Internet will be. While the houses that have been connected to the FTTN system are probably experiencing faster Internet speeds then they did when they were on ADSL1 or ADSL2, they are probably still having issues with speed during peak hours and when they are uploading files.
The ability to both upload and download files quickly is becoming more and more important as households and businesses have more and more devices that want to talk to each other. For example, if you want to do a backup of all of your data on cloud-based system, it could take hours if you do not have a decent upload speed.
Flash Fibre’s Internet connections also use the FTTN system, however instead of using the copper network for the last mile, we use a radio link that is capable of transferring 100mbps. The radio link works by adding a small device on your roof, usually on your TV aerial, which is then connected to a router. Because the transmitter runs on radio frequencies, you will experience perfect connectivity rain, hail or shine.