Australia - National Broadband Network - Fixed Wireless and Satellite Networks

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Australia - National Broadband Network - Fixed Wireless and Satellite Networks

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. In 2013 NBN Co announced an upgrade of the infrastructure with new speeds of 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload.

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.

As the wireless roll out had bipartisan support, the roll out will more or less continue as planned under the new government.

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 Services based on 2.3GHz spectrum
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 that went live
3.5.2 Ballarat, Darwin, 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
3.5.8 Northern Territory
3.5.9 More rural connections
3.6 Other developments
3.6.1 NBN Co investigates backhaul for mobile
3.6.2 Faster wireless NBN services for businesses
3.6.3 Wireless upgrade to 25/5 Mps
3.6.4 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
4.5 Running out of capacity
4.6 Boost to capacity
4.7 Added capacity for 9000 more satellite users
4.8 Third satellite in the planning
4.9 10,000 VSAT terminal milestone for NBN
4.10 Via Sat to supply satellite ground equipment
4.11 Ground station gateways
4.12 Satellite launch contracts
5. Why wireless broadband is no alternative to FttH - Analysis
5.1 Problems in metro fringe areas
6. Related reports
Exhibit 1 - IP Channel Bonding

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