I am currently with optus and using cable internet .
Can anyone tell me if I switch to NBN with optus , does optus use the same cable for NBN or the twin copper wire ?
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To answer your question it depends on which technology the NBN is using to connect to your home. Seems likely it will be cable but it also might be FTTN or FTTC (both of which use the old copper lines and no cable). Check here to see which it is (Let us know).
Assuming its cable, then definitely the existing Optus cable will NOT be used. NBNCo bought both the Telstra and Optus cable networks but found the Optus network was too poor to support so many more users at high speed. As such it will be scrapped entirely in the next few years. If you don't have an existing Telstra cable to the home then NBNCo will come out and attach one to your wall. Its likely to be an aerial connection from the street.
Note that Optus is cancelling the contract of any cable users on their end once the NBN arrives (about 3 months after). This is so they can shut down their network and save $$. This means you are free to stay or leave without any contractual penalty.
Yes that uses the wire connection in from the street. Good news is there's usually no setup involved. You just request the NBN and you'll get sent out a modem to plug in and away you go.
It would be really fantastic if Optus didn't shut down your old cable account when the NBN goes live (so you can confirm its working properly) not sure if Optus don't do this or if sometimes they just shut it down anyway no matter what you request.
PS FTTC is the second best NBN technology (after FTTP). Easily does 100Mbps and can be upgraded even furtther down the track if desired.
Just a forewarning with FTTC, if your Optus services connected to a white box on the side of your house, it may not be as simple that @petergdownload described.
It may require a tech to reconnect it to the old Telstra copper cabling that they've used for FTTC. But that's not a hard job.