The National Broadband Network will connect approximately 7% of all premises in the country to wireless networks. They consist of an LTE-based component that will cover 5%, with a satellite-based network dealing with the remaining 2%. In all, just under one million premises will be affected.
nbn has launched its 50Mbps fixed wireless service. The uptake of these services has been significantly underestimated.
Under the original NBN plan the fixed wireless roll out was planned to be finalised in 2016, the current plan is that this will not happen before 2020. The roll has finally started to gather pace.
The wireless roll out had bipartisan support and is therefore not affected by the ideological political discussions that are taking place in relation to the fixed network.
After the successful launch of the first NBN satellite, services started to be rolled out in mid 2016.
For the foreseeable future a significant part of rural areas will have to rely on fixed wireless broadband. At the same time this is an area that has the largest percentage of underserved customers, so there is good reason to give such rollouts priority.
With the NBN company finally also looking at bringing fibre deeper into the network (FTTC) this will potentially also benefit the development of 5G, depending on mobile operators being able to use the NBN network for that purpose.
This report provides the background information to these network developments and follows the developments as they happen throughout the building phase.
NBN; Austar; Ericsson; Visionstream; Optus, iiNet, Internode, Rivertel, CSIRO, Space Systems/Loral, gilat Satellite Networks, Bordernet, Clear Networks, Harbour IT, SkyMesh, Active8me, Reachnet, ViaSat
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Last updated 25 Aug 2017
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