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Glossary of project terms

See descriptions of terms relating to the dashboard for Victorian Government telecommunications projects for Victoria.

These terms used below are solely for the purposes of providing detail about the telecommunications projects on the project dashboard.


Business Fibre Zones (BFZ)

Business Fibre Zones offer business-grade fibre – known as Enterprise Ethernet – on demand. For eligible businesses located within nbn® Business Fibre Zones, NBN Co will offer a no up-front build cost to internet providers when they order an Enterprise Ethernet product. Additionally, if the internet provider signs up for a three-year Enterprise Ethernet service, they will have no up-front connection cost.

Disclaimer: These wholesale service features are offered to service providers. The service options providers make available to their end customers depend on what they have productised and the retail solutions they offer.

Fixed wreless broadband

Fixed Wireless Broadband is a business-grade wireless networking technology that provides high-speed internet access to businesses and the community.

Public wi-fi

Public wi-fi is a wireless networking technology that provides free public accessible wireless high-speed internet services to wi-fi enabled devices.

Upgrade from fibre to the node to fibre to the premises (N2P)

Eligible premises can upgrade to full fibre connection via nbn® Fibre to the Premises when they order an eligible plan from their chosen nbn provider. Full fibre is a better, more reliable internet experience. This means you can expect more consistent speeds with minimal interruptions, even on multiple devices.

Disclaimer: NBN Co provides wholesale services to phone and internet providers. Conditions, eligibility criteria and costs will apply – please speak with your preferred provider. Eligibility criteria includes among other things, being designated by nbn as a simple premises and placing an order for an NBN-powered plan based on an eligible wholesale speed tier. Additional costs may apply to providers, who may choose to pass this charge onto their customers. Customer experience on nbn full fibre, including speed, depends on your internet provider, plan, equipment quality and if you use the internet at peak times

Upgrade from satellite to fixed wireless (FW)

The nbn Fixed Wireless is used to connect homes and businesses, mainly in expanding regional areas, to the nbn network. With a nbn Fixed Wireless connection, the broadband signal travels from the transmission tower to an antenna installed on your roof. Once projects are completed, homes and businesses that were previously only able to access nbn services via the nbn Sky Muster® satellite service, will be able to access the nbn Fixed Wireless network for the first time from their chosen nbn provider.

Upgrade from satellite to fibre to the premises (S2P)

Once projects are completed, eligible premises will be able to upgrade from Sky Muster® satellite technology to fibre to the premises through their chosen nbn provider.

Upgrade from fixed wireless to fibre to the premises (FW2P)

Once projects are completed, eligible premises will be able to upgrade from nbn Fixed Wireless technology to fibre to the premises through their chosen nbn provider.

OPTICOMM – fibre to the premises

Eligible premises can upgrade their broadband connection to Opticomm Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) to a total fibre connection that supports superfast speeds and a consistent connection#. If your address is eligible and you’ve registered your details with Opticomm, they will contact you to complete the required works to install fibre at your premises. Once complete, you can contact one of the many phone and internet providers offering plans over the FTTP network in your area and choose a plan that suits your needs. Find out about how to get Opticomm FTTP in your home or business.

Disclaimer: Actual speeds and performance will depend on factors including your service provider plan and design decisions.

SWOOP – fixed wireless

Fixed Wireless services offer faster speeds, more data inclusions and better value-for-money than Satellite services. Once upgrades are complete, check your premises eligibility for a Fixed Wireless connection on the SWOOP website. Simply enter your address and SWOOP will guide you through the next steps. Visit the SWOOP website.


Connecting Victoria Program 

Connecting Victoria is a Victorian Government initiative that is fast-tracking better mobile and broadband connectivity. This will transform how we study, work, and keep in touch with loved ones. Work is happening now through our partnerships with telecommunications providers. Together we are: Creating more business-grade broadband zones, giving more residents access to high-speed broadband, increasing mobile coverage, helping more places become 5G-ready, bringing free public wi-fi to regional centres and improving access to safety information during bushfires and other emergencies. Find out more about Connecting Victoria.

Mobile Black Spot Program (Rounds 1 to 5A)

The Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) is an Australian Government initiative that invests in telecommunications infrastructure to improve mobile coverage and competition across Australia. The program is supported by co-contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities. Learn more about MBSP.

Mobile Network Hardening Program (Round 1 Stage 1 )

The Mobile Network Hardening Program (MNHP) is a funding initiative for upgrades to improve the resilience of Australia’s mobile network telecommunications infrastructure in regional Australia to prevent outages during a natural disaster, strengthen the resilience of telecommunications facilities to allow them to operate for longer during natural disasters and support the rapid restoration of services following an outage. Find out more about MNHP.

Peri-Urban Mobile Program

The Peri-Urban Mobile Program (PUMP) is an Australian Government grants program that provides funding to improve mobile connectivity in bushfire priority areas along the edges of Australia's major cities. Read more about the Peri-Urban Mobile Program.

Provision of Satellite Connections to Emergency Services and Evacuation Centres

The Australian Government has funded the installation of NBN Sky Muster satellite connections to designated evacuation and relief and recovery centres to provide essential internet access to help keep families and friends in touch with news updates and each other during natural disasters and events. Read more about Satellite Connections.

Public wi-fi

Free public wi-fi is important for digital inclusion. It helps to bridge the gap for people who don't have easy or affordable access to the internet. As well as mobile and broadband projects, we've also brought free public wi-fi services, in partnership with industry and local councils to Ararat, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Latrobe Valley, Melbourne CBD and Shepparton. Learn more about Public Wi-Fi.

Regional Connectivity Program (Rounds 1 and 2)

The Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) is an Australian Government grants program funding the delivery of 'place-based' telecommunications infrastructure projects to improve digital connectivity across regional, rural and remote Australia. Read about the Regional Connectivity Program.

Regional Rail Connectivity Project

The Regional Rail Connectivity Project (RRCP) is a Victorian Government grants program that improves mobile coverage for passengers using Victoria’s regional fast rail services to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Traralgon and Seymour. Completed in 2019, the RRCP was supported by co-contributions from mobile network operators and included the installation of mobile transmission repeaters on all VLocity fleet vehicles operated by V/Line.

Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters

Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND) is an Australian Government grants program that increases the resilience of Australia’s telecommunication networks to help prevent, mitigate and manage outages during emergencies. STAND is an umbrella program for a number of initiatives. Learn more about STAND.