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 will be affected. In April 2015 NBN Co announced an upgrade of the infrastructure with new speeds of up to 50Mb/s download.
However, the uptake of these services has been significantly underestimated. In a 2014 review, the forecasted uptake of these services was increased from 230,000 to 620,000 premises. This had a significant impact on the rollout, increased its costs by $1.4 billion.
Under the previous government, NBN Co had purchased 2.3GHz spectrum from Austar and signed a $1 billion build-and-operate contract with Ericsson. Under that contract, Visionstream started construction in late 2011. NBN Co also commissioned the two ka-band satellites, costing some $2 billion. An interim satellite service has been made available.
The first fixed-wireless release sites are under construction and this network should be finalised by 2015. However, with the higher than expected uptake this will be extended into 2016. The satellite service launch has also been delayed to 2016
As the wireless roll out had bipartisan support, the rollout 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 mentioned 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