From what I understand, after 18months of NBN existing in the area, other methods of connection are de-activated. So you're forced to move after 1.5years regardless of speeds.
This Telstra support thread seems to say the same:
I couldn't find anything on reconnecting to ADSL once you've disconnected.
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My godfather's house was running at great speeds (compared to previous connection) for the first six months (also on HFC from memory). But once the majority moved across it slowed down significantly.
At times he only achieves about 10Mbps (sometimes even 5), even though he's paying for much more.
Also once you disconnect from the copper network there is no going back is there?
My NBN speed tests were much faster than the ADSL2 but the user experience was no different apart from a faster response time on the trading platform. I'm happy enough with the NBN - haven't copped any dropouts yet. ADSL had persistent reliability issues especially with the modems.
DOCSIS 3.1 is supposed to offer 100/40 speeds over the old coax lines Foxtel/Telstra and Optus installed. I can't say I have heard a good news story so far with HFC, which pretty much sums up the confidence interval many have for Heath Robinson network.
I was getting 30megs on on Foxtel line years ago, so what's changed?
What costs money is digging things up, reinstating paved or concrete surfaces, labour to get the cables into either new or existing conduits, labour to connect it up and so on. Cost of the cable itself is just one of the many costs of getting it in and working.
Choosing to re-use an existing copper network is arguable on the basis of cost versus technical aspects given that it already exists. Installing something brand new that isn't what's really needed is just pure madness however since minimal value will be recovered when the inevitable upgrade is required whenever.
So yes, it's politics. Simple as that unfortunately. One side wanted to do it one way, they're not in government, so we have to do it a different way instead.
My ADSL is 10 clicks away and I'm getting 19megs at the moment. You will be having slow service because you are being multiplexed on a party RIM rather than your own DSlam. Telstra are basically using the same method for HFC which is why it will slow as more users start sharing the community termination system at the aggregation node.
I'm paying $55 pm with Telstra but the data limit is only 8Gb, with $10 per Gb after that and the data limit is the real hassle. I get very envious when I see adsl advertised as no limit for $60 pm or whatever but that is not available to me as my phone lines are what is called "pair gain" and so won't take the traffic and NBN certainly won't be laying any fibre in my area.
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