Earlier this week, there was some construction work along a side-road leading away from the office. At first, I did not know what it was until I took a closer look – they were contractors installing a couple of large enclosures for Unifi – our national optical fibre broadband service.
This means that the area around the office has been earmarked for the next stage of fibre deployment. Although I was not sure when the office would be covered, I was confident that it would arrive at some point since the area next to the office is already covered.
However, from my observations at other areas, it takes a while for them to go from infrastructure deployment through to network activation and selling the service. Therefore, I think that it will be near Christmas before I get fibre at the office.
From the size and distance of the installation, I assume that they are setting up a Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) system. Our office block was not built with the necessary internal ethernet wiring. Therefore, we will probably be using VDSL at the last mile.
That said, I am looking forward to upgrading our Internet connection to something much faster. The basic BIZ5 5Mbps package actually costs the same as my current package, but comes with more than twice the speed.
There are some interesting things that I plan to do, with the server room, once fibre makes its way here.