What to Expect with Optus NBN - Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

Congratulations, you're now on your way to enjoying NBN internet from Optus!

You're probably wondering, what happens next? Well, we've put together this handy quick reference with the steps that we’ll take to keep you in the loop.

Getting to know - NBN Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

NBN Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is Internet that reaches you via fibre-optic cable laid either in the ground or coming to your home via overhead lines. Most NBN Fibre connections will have a new fibre-optic cable run right up to the premises.

Diagram showing how NBN FTTP works

If the nbnTM has been connected at your address before

Installation is as easy as plugging in your Optus WiFi modem to the existing NBN connection box on your advised connection date, simple! 

If you’re not sure if your address is already connected to nbnTM, no worries - we’ll let you know what’s involved in the email or letter that we send.

If this is a brand-new nbnTM connection

Most FTTP connections require you to be home for the whole appointment, but we’ll let you know via SMS if you need to be there. This is so that the nbnTM Technician can connect the utility box and cable outside of your premises - please be patient though as this may require digging a trench, drilling a small hole in the wall and/or clearing vegetation.

The Technician will then install a connection box inside your premises for your modem to plug into so you'll need to consider beforehand where you'd like your modem to be located. Once you've let the Technician know where to install the connection box, the appointment can take up to 4 hours to complete and please note that if you’re renting, you’ll need your landlord’s permission to proceed with the connection.


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How will I be notified of what's happening?

The best way to track your order is with the My Optus app, available for compatible iOS and Android devices. Simply download the app and enter the order number you received in your order confirmation SMS / email.

Tip: If you’re already an Optus mobile customer, open My Optus app and then select the Menu icon > Track My Order

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Order Confirmation

When you order Optus NBN, we’ll send you an order confirmation email and/or SMS with your order number, and a link to track your order, to keep you updated on what will happen next.

Appointment Confirmation and Reminder

If an nbnTM Technician is required to install the internet and/or phone service for you, we’ll send you an SMS within three (3) days of ordering your new service to confirm when the nbnTM Technician will attend. The date of the installation and whether it has been completed will also be visible in My Optus app. If you need to reschedule your appointment, you can do this through Live Chat in My Optus app or chat to us here, however we strongly recommend you keep your appointment. Less than 48 hours’ notice may incur a cancellation fee.

If you have also booked a Professional Installation the details of your Optus appointment are included at the bottom of the SMS and within My Optus app.

We’ll then send you a handy reminder within two (2) days of the nbnTM installation, just in case it may have slipped your mind!

If we need to reschedule an appointment for any reason, we’ll let you know via SMS and you can see further details in My Optus app.

Set-up Information

You’ll receive an email or letter from us within (7) working days before your nbnTM installation which will contain account information such as your new username and temporary password. Please keep this email/letter in a safe place as you may need this to complete your installation.

Optus WiFi modem Self-Installation Kit

We’ll send out your Self-Installation Kit (SIK) up to seven (7) days before the installation date. You'll receive an SMS notifying you that we've dispatched it, and you can track its progress in the My Optus app. This SIK contains an Ethernet cable and if you don't already have one, a shiny new nbnTM compatible Optus WiFi modem too.

Need help setting up your modem? Check out the NBN Fibre to the Premises Quick Start Guide.

nbnTM Appointment Finished

Finally, you’ll receive a confirmation SMS once the nbnTM service has been connected at your premises. If you’re transferring your phone number across to Optus from another provider, you can track its progress in My Optus app. You will also receive an SMS once your number transfer has been completed and your phone service is up and running.

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