nbn is launching a new product for regional fixed wireless end users.
The nbn 100 product for regional fixed wireless end users follows the upgrade paths and new technologies nbn is pursuing in the fixed-line space.
The new 100/40Mbps wholesale speed tier* plans are scheduled for release to retailers in early 2018 on the company’s Fixed Wireless technology.
The nbn fixed wireless network currently delivers retailers access to wholesale speeds of up to 50/20Mbps* to nearly 500,000 premises across regional Australia. Currently, close to 170,000 regional premises are already connected to these services.
The company said it would utilise new carrier aggregation technology to increase the bandwidth and overall capacity of the nbn fixed wireless network to deliver the new nbn 100 product.
End-users who order a plan based on the new nbn 100 product would be provided a new Wireless Network Termination Device that nbn has developed with its Fixed Wireless technology partner, Ericsson, along with NetComm Wireless and Qualcomm.
nbn said this new Fixed Wireless nbn 100 speed tier is in response to demand in regional Australia where Fixed Wireless services are available or planned.
This wholesale speed tier will allow nbn Retail Service Providers to offer plans to regional homes and businesses.
Consultation for this product is planned to commence in April 2017 during which time details such as pricing and installation procedures will be developed.
nbn Chief Executive Officer Bill Morrow said the Fixed Wireless network would be a game changing product for Fixed Wireless customers across rural and regional Australia.
Services over the nbn network Fixed Wireless technology are currently available to 482,246 premises, with 168,184 premises already connected to services.