HOMES and businesses in Armidale, Kiama, Willunga, some areas of Melbourne, and some areas of Tasmania made the switch from copper to the National Broadband Network (NBN) a couple of days ago. 

Thousands of premises in these areas had until 23 May 2014 before the NBN’s new digital infrastructure will replace the existing PSTN landline phone, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services. NBN Co advised home and business owners in these areas that if they currently have a back to base alarm installed and are switching to the NBN, they should speak to their alarm service provider about the issues to consider.

Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency (TUSMA) has entered into agreements with telecommunication providers to ensure consumers are provided with safety-net communications regarding the impending disconnection of the copper network, as well as arrangements to cover the costs of any in-premises cabling required to run a voice-telephony service over the national broadband network (NBN).