Australia - National Broadband Network - Fixed Wireless and Satellite Networks


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.

Companies mentioned in this report:

NBN; Austar; Ericsson; Visionstream; Optus, iiNet, Internode, Rivertel, CSIRO, Space Systems/Loral, gilat Satellite Networks, Bordernet, Clear Networks, Harbour IT, SkyMesh, Active8me, Reachnet, ViaSat

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Market Analysis
    • 3.1 The role of the NBN in the development of 5G
  • 4. Statistical overview
    • 4.1 2017
    • 4.2 2014-2018 Corporate plan
  • 5. NBN Co’s Fixed Wireless Network
    • 5.1 Services based on 2.3GHz spectrum
    • 5.2 Construction plan
    • 5.3 Visionstream to construct the network
    • 5.4 Hills to do the home installations
    • 5.5 Colocation and tower sharing
    • 5.6 NBN facilitates wireless competition - Analysis
    • 5.7 Fixed wireless rollouts
      • 5.7.1 Extra spectrum
      • 5.7.2 NBN Co’s 3.5GHz trial results
      • 5.7.3 NBN to launch 50Mbps wireless service
      • 5.7.4 Roll out update 2014
      • 5.7.5 Armidale first site that went live
      • 5.7.6 Ballarat, Darwin, Geraldton, Tamworth and Toowoomba
      • 5.7.7 NSW North Coast
      • 5.7.8 North Queensland
      • 5.7.9 South-west Queensland
      • 5.7.10 Central NSW
      • 5.7.11 Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria regions
      • 5.7.12 Northern Territory
      • 5.7.13 Hobart roll-out halfway milestone
      • 5.7.14 Regional South Australia
    • 5.8 Other developments
      • 5.8.1 Mobile Backhaul
      • 5.8.2 Faster wireless NBN services for businesses
      • 5.8.3 Wireless upgrades to 50Mp/s
      • 5.8.4 New broadband wireless technology
      • 5.8.5 NBN to deploy 5G
  • 6. The NBN Satellite Network
    • 6.1 Launch of the satellites
    • 6.2 Sky Muster
    • 6.3 Ka-band satellites
    • 6.4 Faster speeds with restrictions
    • 6.5 doubling of data allowances with 2nd satellite
    • 6.6 SkyMesh first with satellite retail pricing
    • 6.7 Education and community applications
    • 6.8 Interim satellite services (ISS)
      • 6.8.1 Introduction
      • 6.8.2 Running out of capacity
      • 6.8.3 Boost to capacity
      • 6.8.4 NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme (NSS)
      • 6.8.5 Added capacity for 9000 more satellite users
    • 6.9 Contracts
      • 6.9.1 Satellite launch contracts
      • 6.9.2 Via Sat to supply satellite ground equipment
      • 6.9.3 Ground station gateways
      • 6.9.4 10,000 VSAT terminal milestone for NBN
  • 7. Why Wireless Broadband will co-exist with fixed broadband - Analysis
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – NBN Cost per premises fixed wireless – FY 2014 - 2017
  • Table 2 – FTTH Wireless Rollouts FY 2014 - 2017
  • Table 3 – NBN Capital expenditure fixed wireless – FY 2013 - 2017
  • Table 4 – NBN ARPU Fixed wireless – FY 2014-2016
  • Table 5 - Premises Ready for Wireless Services 2014 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Wireless Premises Activated 2014 – 2018 (cumulative (‘000)
  • Table 7 - Weighted average cost per premise
  • Table 8 – Satellite Rollouts 2014 - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 - IP Channel Bonding

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