I'm in the build commencing Q3 2016 group, along with most of the country it seems, so I'm interested in people's experiences.
My brother works for a Visionstream subcontractor up here in NQ installing the nodes, so I've been told how the change over from ADSL to VDSL is supposed to work and it sounds pretty simple.
- NBN say the node is good to go
- You call your ISP and order a service
- You get the NBN approved VDSL modem and any VoiP phone stuff you ordered sent out
- NBN send someone out to jumper you off the old exchange onto the node
If you are keeping your analogue phone for some period of the 18mths they allow it, they jumper that over for you too, otherwise you go full digital now with a VoiP landline or none at all if you wish.
Is that how it actually works for those of you in the process at the moment?
Does anyone close to getting FTTN enabled have had dodgy line issues in the past? My brother said they were fixing joints up and down the streets before the nodes were labelled complete and they had reports that the ADSL2 performance picked right up. I've had to get someone out to fix my line ever 12-18mths for the past decade so I'm expecting this to be a huge fail. Also I'm not sure if he was pulling my leg or not, but he said if your line is too bad for VSDL and needs replacing it's cheaper for them to put you on fixed wireless. Fuck. That.
The other thing is, apart from Telstra and possibly Optus, do any of the other ISP/RSPs even have FTTN plans yet? I'm still with Internode and haven't seen a thing on their site about it.