Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:43

NBN Co to boost regional broadband download speeds to 100 Mbps Featured


NBN Co is boosting fixed wireless broadband speeds on the national broadband network to 100 Mbps.

The company building and operating the national network announced on Thursday that the new regional 100/40 Mbps wholesale speed tier plans would be released to retailers in early 2018.

The new speeds will mean a doubling from existing speeds of 50/20 Mbps..

The NBN fixed wireless network already delivers retailers access to peak wholesale speeds of up to 50/20Mbps to nearly 500,000 premises across regional Australia.

NBN Co says close to 170,000 regional premises are already connected to the services.

NBN Co made its announcement in Ballarat in regional Victoria and says it would utilise new Carrier Aggregation technology to increase the bandwidth and overall capacity of the fixed wireless network to deliver the new higher speeds.

End-users who order a plan based on the 100 Mbps product will be provided with a new Wireless Network Termination Device that NBN Co has developed with Ericsson, NetComm and Qualcomm.

According to NBN Co, the new, “ultra-fast” 100 Mbps speed tier has been developed in response to demand in regional areas of the country where fixed wireless services are available or planned.

Pricing and installation for the high speed services will be announced after NBN Co consults retailers, with consultation beginning in April.

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow said launch of the 100 Mbps services would be a “game changer” for rural and regional users of the network.

“This is just one more example of NBN’s flexibility to introduce technology advancements without slowing down the rollout. It fits neatly into the upgrade path for fixed wireless and ensures we meet our commitment to provide a network for the future regardless of technology.

“We’re building this network for today and will ensure that it delivers tomorrow and in the future.”

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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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