The old telecoms network in some areas are set to be decommissioned and replaced by high-speed broadband with a May 11th cut-off date.

The areas in question include Cape Paterson, Wonthaggi; Drouin, Drouin East and Inverloch.

Making the switch to the NBN went live in these areas 18 months ago.

As the old telecoms network is decommissioned, many users on the NBN fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network can expect to experience a boost to their broadband speeds due to the removal of interference issues between old and new network technologies (depending on the internet plan purchased from their retail provider).]

While the majority of residents in these areas have already made the switch to the NBN, any residents who have not yet switched need to act if they want to keep an operational home phone and internet.

Switching to the NBN is not automatic. Anyone still using a service on the old telecoms network will have received at least five letters reminding them to switch to the NBN (the final notice via registered mail)– with the old network set to be decommissioned on May 11th, now’s the time to switch to the NBN.

NBN plans are available from retailers at a range of price points – from basic home phone plans priced the same as the old telecoms network, up to high-speed broadband plans with unlimited data.

Nationwide there are now more than 6.3 million homes and businesses able to connect to the NBN, and more than 3.5 million premises have connected.