The phone lines will be gone!

The NBN has been a buzz word for quite some time now and most of us are really just coasting along with it, not aware of what the outcomes will be in the next 10 to 15 years.

It has been rolling out for the past 3 to 5 years and is becoming more and more established in many areas around the country – you can have a look at that roll out, seeing how much has been done and how much is happening in the near future. NBN SO FAR.

One of the things we need to take in pretty seriously is that the existing copper phone network WILL be gone. Once the NBN is established in a particular area, the existing copper lines will be taken out. There will be no copper lines and we will have to set up our phones over the NBN at that point. It isn’t the case of choosing not to go with the NBN! No, we will be forced to take up the NBN if we want to maintain a phone line – business and home.

An article written by NBN Co, the company set up by the government to administer the implementation throughout Australia – Did you know that our copper network is being switched off?

It is a positive thing. It is the way we need to go to keep up with the world of telecommunications. If we are to keep up with the world then we need to allow this change and embrace it in my view. This new network will accomodate a quality phone service as well as dramatically enhance our internet speeds and efficiency.

One of the benefits I see is that the monopoly of phone companies in Australia will be greatly lessened. If we want a fixed line currently we really only have 2 solutions- Telstra and Optus. And really we only have one carrier that has the infrastructure, namely Telstra.

With the advent of the NBN, this increases dramatically – there will be a host of companies with wholesale relationships with NBN Co and therefore a host of choices for the consumer when it comes to setting up the phone lines (over the internet or NBN). Competition increases and thus pricing will reduce. It is a great story for the end consumer, both for the price of the service and the enhancement of the service itself.

So mark my word – you will not be able to stay on the fence! The phone lines as you know it WILL be gone and you will have to keep up with the trends. Once the NBN has been established in your neighbourhood, you will need to get on board the train and set up the NBN and the phone lines you require.

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