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Australia - Mobile Broadband - Major Operators


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Mobile broadband has taken off in recent years as subscribers respond to the operators expanding their 3G and 4G services. Dedicated fixed-wireless operators such as BigAir, Unwired and vividwireless continue to provide services to niche markets in major city areas.

Australia’s first 4G wireless broadband network was originally launched by the Seven Network’s wireless internet division – under the vividwireless name. In early 2012 vividwireless was acquired by Optus for $230 million, providing it with valuable spectrum in the 2.3GHz band.

This report reviews and analyses the fast-growing Australian wireless broadband market. It includes statistics on operators such as Unwired, vividwireless and BigAir.

Companies mentioned

Companies mentioned in this report include – BigAir, Allegro, Cisco, Navini, unwired, Telstra, Huawei, vividwireless, Clever Communications, AccessPlus, NTT, Fairfax Digital, Optus, Uecomm.

Technologies mentioned

Technologies mentioned in this report include –Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Multi-channel Multipoint Distribution System (MMDS), virtual private networks (VPNs). Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC), WiMAX, Long-term Evolution (LTE), TDD-LTE, 4G.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of operators
3. BigAir
3.1 Company information
3.2 BigAir acquires Allegro Networks
3.3 Financial overview and statistics
3.4 Alliances
3.5 BigAir’s boom includes acquisitions
3.6 The future is growth
4. Vividewireless
4.1 Company information
4.2 Company analyses
4.2.1 Optus acquires vividwireless – Analysis 2013
4.2.2 Launch of vividwireless – Analysis
4.2.3 Network duplication will see unwired cease – Analysis 2009
4.3 Deployments
4.3.1 Perth rollout
4.3.2 Vividwireless trials TDD-LTE
4.4 vividwireless supercedes Unwired
4.5 Unwired’s wireless network –historic overview
4.5.1 Network overview
4.5.2 U-connect – Free WiFi service
4.5.3 Spectrum arrangement with SP AusNet
5. Related reports
Table 1 – BigAir key financial indicators by sector– 2008 - 2012
Table 2 – BigAir key financial data – 2008 - 2012
Chart 1 – Overview of BigAir financial data – 2008 - 2012
Chart 2 – Overview of long term share trending BigAir – 2006 - 2012
Chart 3 – Overview of share price trending BigAir – 2011 - 2012
Chart 4 – Overview of Unwired subscribers and annual change – 2004 - 2011
Exhibit 1 – BigAir Group Limited at a glance – 2013
Exhibit 2 – An overview of Allegro Networks (historic)
Exhibit 3 – Vividwireless Pty Ltd at a glance – 2012
Exhibit 4 – Brief background history on Unwired company and ownership

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