Workforce services provider NBN says it is ready to upgrade its network to a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) service, following a meeting with the Federal Government.
The company said on Monday it had completed the necessary testing of the existing copper network in the south-east.
The upgrade will allow NBN Co to build out the network, which was built with copper wires, on an FTTN basis, which is a more efficient way to deploy the network.
The Government has also promised to extend the copper network until 2026.
The rollout of FTTNs is a technology that has been available for a few years, but has not been widely deployed.
The NBN Co said the upgrade will provide a faster connection than the current copper network, providing speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.
The upgrades will also mean faster download speeds, it said.
“It is a fantastic technology,” NBN Co Chief Technology Officer Chris Barlow said.
He said the company has “a great understanding of the technology that will be required”.
The upgrade was expected to cost between $600 million and $800 million.
“The rollout is very simple, it is very straightforward and we will be able to start rolling out this upgrade today,” Mr Barlow told reporters in Canberra.
“We have a very good understanding of what the copper will look like, we will have a detailed view of what is needed to get the FTN to work.”
The NBN has previously been criticised for slow rollout of its FTN rollout.