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Australia - National Broadband Network - Fixed Wireless and Satellite Networks


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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.

Companies covered in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction
3. NBN Co’s Fixed Wireless Network
3.1 NBN Co buys spectrum from Austar
3.2 Construction plan
3.3 Visionstream to construct the network
3.4 NBN facilitates wireless competition - Analysis
3.5 Fixed wireless rollouts
3.5.1 Armidale first site to go live
3.5.2 Ballarat, Carwin, Geraldton, Tamworth and Toowoomba
3.5.3 NSW North Coast
3.5.4 North Queensland
3.5.5 South-west Queensland
3.5.6 Central NSW
3.5.7 Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria regions
3.6 Other developments
3.6.1 New broadband wireless technology
4. The NBN Satellite Network
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Ka-band satelittes
4.3 Satellite speeds
4.4 Interim regional and remote satellite services
4.4.1 SkyMesh
4.5 10,000 VSAT terminal milestone for NBN
4.6 Via Sat to supply satellite ground equipment
4.7 Ground station gateways
5. Why wireless broadband is no alternative to FttH - Analysis
6. Related reports

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