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Australian Fixed Wireless Network Outlines Rural Coverage Plans

04 августа 2011

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has released details of which comunities will be the first to be covered by its government promoted fixed wireless service.

The first to receive the service will be homes, businesses and institutions in the less densely populated rural and regional communities that surround Geraldton (WA), Toowoomba (Qld), Tamworth (NSW), Ballarat (Vic) and Darwin (NT).

Customers in these areas are expected to be able to sign up with retail service providers to use the network from the middle of next year.

The network is designed to deliver wholesale access speeds of up to 12Mbps, with higher speeds expected later.

The fixed wireless component of the NBN rollout is expected to be completed by 2015 and aims to pass approximately half a million homes and business, four percent of the nation's total addressable premises. To build the network will require the use of around 2300 masts. Planning for the rollout is now underway and consultations have begun with local authorities representing the selected communities.

Releasing the indicative maps of NBN Co's first five fixed wireless locations, the company's Chief Technology Officer, Gary McLaren said: "The job of the National Broadband Network is to ensure every Australian has access to improved broadband, no matter whether they live in the city or the bush."

"Those receiving our fixed-wireless service will benefit from the latest 4G fixed wireless technology. While wireless spectrum is shared between users, fixed wireless allows us to plan a network for a relatively predictable number of users in a given area. This permits greater consistency in the speed and quality of service the NBN Co network will provide to each home and business."

The announcement follows the awarding last month to Ericsson of a 10-year AU$1.1 billion contract to design, build and operate NBN Co's 4G fixed wireless network.


Источник: Cellular news

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