A nationwide pilot by the NBN Co aims to significantly boost broadband speeds available to residents and businesses in rural and regional Australia.

Starting next month, fixed wireless consumers on the current highest speed tier, will be able to experience increased wholesale download speeds between 25-50Mbps – up to double the current top wholesale offering.

The pilot is also designed to enable faster wholesale upload speeds between 5-20Mbps.

Tony Cross, NBN Co’s Chief Architect said: “The fixed wireless network already offers people living and working in the bush access to broadband speeds that those in cities take for granted.

“However the speed pilot is designed to allow rural and regional families and businesses to access speeds up to twice as fast as ADSL2+ users can experience in capital cities.

“It opens up the exciting prospect of even greater participation in the digital economy by families and businesses in rural and regional Australia.”

By the end of the NBN rollout, more than 600,000 premises are earmarked to receive fast broadband via the fixed wireless network, with almost 200,000 homes and businesses already complete.

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