The NBN 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.
For this purpose NBN Co purchased 2.3GHz spectrum from Austar and signed a $1 billion build-and-operate contract with Ericsson. Under that contract Visionstream commenced construction in late 2011.
They also commissioned the building of two ka-band satellites at the cost of $2 billion. An interim satellite service has been available as well.
The first fixed-wireless release sites are under construction and this network should be finalised by 2015.
This report provides the background information to these network developments and follows the developments as they happen throughout the building phase.