The joint trials are the first to demonstrate a range of superfast 1 Gbps broadband speed tiers that were successfully delivered on a Fixed Wireless network. The trial reached a maximum speed of 1 Gbps downstream – and in separate device trials achieved 400/55 Mbps, 250/50 Mbps and 100/40 Mbps speeds. These results displayed the next potential steps for nbn™ Fixed Wireless which will be delivered to the regional market as a fully managed nbn 100 Fixed Wireless commercial product in 2018 using Ericsson network technology and the latest generation of Wireless Network Termination Devices (WNTDs) engineered by NetComm Wireless.
The nbn™ Fixed Wireless network differs from a mobile network in that it establishes a direct connection between the WNTD at the premises and Ericsson infrastructure to enhance capacity and provide a consistent level of broadband speed and performance, even in peak data demand periods.
The network has the capacity to support the future digital demands of regional Australia using Ericsson infrastructure, WNTDs from NetComm Wireless and Snapdragon X16 LTE modems from Qualcomm to optimise transmission bandwidth and the quality of experience for end users as demand for higher speed services continues to grow.
"The nbn™ Fixed Wireless network developed from a starting position of 12 Mbps download all the way to 50 Mbps today. Potential speeds of 1Gbps for our rural and regional customers is beyond what would have been imagined five years ago. It is something that truly breaks down the digital divide between Australia's spread out regional areas and city areas, and it is pleasing to see what the hard work has yielded for Fixed Wireless," said Roy Brown, Head of Wireless, nbn.