A number of Australian internet service providers (ISPs) have introduced commercial tariffs offering downlink speeds of 25Mbps over the fixed-wireless network element of the National Broadband Network (NBN). According to iTnews, with speeds on the fixed-wireless infrastructure previously having been limited to 12Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream, alongside boosting the downlink speed, higher uplink rates are also available on the new packages, having risen to 5Mbps. Alternative ISP Skymesh was named as one of the first to unveil its tariffs for the higher-level service, revealing that it would charge an additional AUD5 (USD4.73) per month for the increased speeds compared to its 12Mbps/1Mbps package. Meanwhile, Active8me was also said to have confirmed plans to follow a two-tier tariff strategy, again with the higher speeds to be offered for an extra AUD5 per month.
The commercial launch of the improved transmission rates comes amid claims that the rollout of the fixed-wireless element of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has stalled due to interference issues. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, however, both NBN Co, the public-private company overseeing the construction and management of the NBN, and communications minister Stephen Conroy have refuted such suggestions, despite shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull having claimed that the NBN’s fixed-wireless LTE-based infrastructure interferes with the existing network operated by local cellco Optus. Meanwhile, earlier reports had said that NBN Co was struggling to meet its fixed-wireless rollout targets, with rumours rife that the network is unlikely to reach even half of the 70,000 premises it was expected to cover by end-June.