Internet jargon 101

Sometimes when you’re scrolling through internet plans the ‘jargon’ can be a bit overwhelming. So, if you’re not quite up to speed with all the tech terms, don’t worry – we’ve got you. The following are the most common terms you’ll come across when browsing internet plans.

Connection types

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

FTTP is where fibre-optic cables are run directly onto your premises providing some of the fastest speeds in the country. 

Fibre to the Building (FTTB)

FTTB connection is generally used when we are connecting an apartment block or similar types of buildings. In these cases, the fibre-optic cables go to a point where the node connects all the apartments to the nbn™ network. The fibre node is typically a secure cabinet in your building’s communications room.

Fibre to the Node (FTTN)

An FTTN connection is used where the existing copper phone and internet network between your home and street’s fibre node is used to make the final part of the connection for your nbn™ access. The fibre node generally takes the form of a street cabinet.

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC)

Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) connection is used in circumstances where the existing ‘pay TV’ or cable network can be used to make the final part of the nbn™ network connection. In this circumstance, an HFC line will be run from the nearest available fibre node to your premises.

Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)

FTTC connection is used in circumstances where the optical fibre is extended to the curb on your street, connecting to a small Distribution Point Unit. From here, the existing copper network connected to your home will link the last part of your nbn™ connection.

Fixed Wireless (FW)

An nbn™ Fixed Wireless connection uses data transmitted over radio signals to connect your home to the nbn™ network. This type of connection is typically used where there is distance between premises such as in rural areas. Your data will travel from a transmission tower located as far as 14 kilometres, to an outdoor antenna that has been fitted to your home.

The nitty gritty


A download is data that has been copied from the internet. This can be in the form of videos, music, games etc. 


An upload is data that has been transferred from one computer to a larger system, such as a cloud server. Upload speed impacts your ability to conduct video calls and conferencing, so if you are working from home, having a quality upload speed will be important! 


This means Megabit per second which is the measurement for the speed of downloads and uploads. Keep in mind your broadband connection is dependent on where you live. The speed of your internet connection depends on the material of the wiring to your home. 

Ready to get connected?

At Origin, we know the internet makes up a big part of our lives. You can be confident choosing us as your internet provider, thanks to our award-winning network. For peace of mind there’s also our Origin next day promise and you can even bundle your energy and internet for added savings.

If you sign up to one of our nbn™ plans and you have your own compatible modem, we guarantee that we’ll connect your service the next business day, or you can claim up to $100 (inc GST) credit every day until you’re connected – to cover related expenses. It’s important to note you must sign up before 1pm for the next business day connection*.

*Not available all areas or for new properties. Read the full details, eligibility criteria and T&Cs here.

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