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What is the nbn™ and how do I become a part of the Telecommunications workforce?

What is the nbn and how do I become a part of the Telecommunications workforce?

In my role as Business Manager for PERPETUAL LEARNIING INSTITUTE, I am often asked what the best way to enter the nbn workforce is. As part of an ongoing series of Telecommunications blogs, I will seek to address this question and provide you with a brief look at the future of Telecommunications.

Firstly, what is nbn™?

The nbn is Australia’s largest ongoing telecommunications development, build and construct project.

The purpose of the nbn network is to develop a faster and more reliable network to enable the continued increase in data usage across Australia.

How many jobs are available on the nbn?

Currently the nbn is facing a skills shortage across a range of key areas. It is expected that anywhere from 4300-5500 new workers are still required for the rollout of the project.This demand is compounded by the organic promotion and retirement of existing Telecommunications employees, leading to significant opportunities for new individuals to enter the industry and for existing workers to up-skill and/or cross-skill.

How do I enter in to nbn or the Telecommunications industry more broadly?

This is where we must start by first breaking down some key definitions and understanding how the different technologies work. I will attempt to keep this brief and to the point of this article.

Firstly, it is important to distinguish the different opportunities that are available to enter the Telecommunications industry. The easiest way to do this is to identify the technologies that make up existing and future Telecommunications networks. This also allows us to look at what technologies will provide the best future opportunities for those looking to skill themselves for a career.

Some important nbn acronym definitions to know:

  • FTTP/H: Fibre to the Premises/Home
  • FTTN: Fibre to the Node
  • FTTC/DP: Fibre to the Curb/Distribution point
  • HFC: Hybrid Fibre Coaxial

The key technologies for the most part consist of the following:

What does each of these technologies do?

  Technology Type: COPPER OPTICAL HFC
Technology Details: Copper has been around for over 100 years and has been used since the invention of the telephone. Copper lines are satisfactory for carrying a voice signal, however, it offers limited bandwidth as it can only use an analogue signal to deliver data. This technology is used to deliver ADSL, ADSL 2+ and general telephone services. Fibre-optic communication transmits information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fibre, allowing for significantly more bandwidth than either HFC or Copper technologies. Optical fibres have largely replaced Copper wire communications in core networks. They are creeping increasingly closer to end users, facilitating high data speeds. All major Telecommunications networks use Fibre to transmit data further, faster and with fewer breakdowns. HFC or Cable is a form of broadband internet originally rolled out to service Cable Television providers. It also enables broadband via Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCIS). HFC is a Hybrid of Fibre delivered to nodes and then transmitted through a thicker copper cable to premises, allowing for significantly more data to be pushed over the network. Most HFC networks are already constructed but will require more connections to the existing network but limited roll-out of new networks.
Part of nbn™ roll out? Yes, FTTN; FTTC (in a limited capacity) Yes, FTTP, FTTC, FTTN, HFC (to a limited extent) Yes
Current Employment Needs: Civil Construction Hauling Copper Linesworker

 

Copper Technician

 

Civil Construction Hauling Fibre Splicers

 

Fibre Testers

 

HFC technicians
Future Employment Needs: Stabilising throughout nbn™ rollout (uncertain after completion) Increasing throughout nbn™ rollout - Fibre Splicers - Fibre Testers
Wireless Network

 

Wideband Services

 

Stabilising throughout nbn™ rollout (uncertain after completion)


Best entry points:

  • 1.No industry experience:
  • Certificate III ICT30515 – Telecommunications Technology (Fibre Optics or Copper)
  • Pre-Employment program – pathway to paid traineeships in industry
  • Traineeship – for existing and new entrants looking to increase their skills
  • 2.Some telecommunications experience:
    nbn approved training courses
Fibre Optics Copper HFC
Fibre Optics Splicer Fibre Optics Testing Copper FTTC Copper Ad hoc basis


What you need to have:

  • Australian Citizen / Resident
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Medical Check
  • Clean Police Check if you intend on working on customer premises
  • Willingness to learn

At PERPETUAL LEARNING INSTITUTE, we offer additional high skilled courses in:

  • -Optical
  • -Copper
  • -HFC
  • -Transmission
  • -Ethernet / IP
  • -ACMA
  • -nbn
  • -Compliance & accreditation

PERPETUAL LEARNING INSTITUTE is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO – 40809) and an accredited nbn training provider. We provide you with the superior solution to all your Telecommunications training needs.

What does each of these technologies do?


Best entry points:

  • 1.No industry experience:
  • Certificate III ICT30515 – Telecommunications Technology (Fibre Optics or Copper)
  • Pre-Employment program – pathway to paid traineeships in industry
  • Traineeship – for existing and new entrants looking to increase their skills
  • 2.Some telecommunications experience:
    nbn approved training courses
Fibre Optics Copper HFC
Fibre Optics Splicer Fibre Optics Testing Copper FTTC Copper Ad hoc basis


What you need to have:

  • Australian Citizen / Resident
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Medical Check
  • Clean Police Check if you intend on working on customer premises
  • Willingness to learn

At PERPETUAL LEARNING INSTITUTE, we offer additional high skilled courses in:

  • -Optical
  • -Copper
  • -HFC
  • -Transmission
  • -Ethernet / IP
  • -ACMA
  • -nbn
  • -Compliance & accreditation

PERPETUAL LEARNING INSTITUTE is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO – 40809) and an accredited nbn training provider. We provide you with the superior solution to all your Telecommunications training needs.

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