US telco AT&T has reportedly enlisted Australian vendor NetComm Wireless to supply equipment for a fixed-wireless test network serving rural areas. Citing unnamed sources, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported that NetComm signed a master purchase agreement with AT&T in a deal that calls for the Australian vendor to work with Ericsson to deploy AT&T’s wireless in the local loop (WiLL) equipment in regional parts of the United States. For its part, NetComm has confirmed that it has inked a purchase agreement with ‘a large USA-based telecommunications carrier’ for a ‘fixed-wireless rural broadband network which will be built by that carrier’, without naming the telco in question. Meanwhile, citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Fierce Wireless notes that AT&T has recently divulged plans to test WiLL in selected parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Netcomm Wireless participated in a 3.5GHz Time Division (TD)-LTE trial with Ericsson in late 2014, on behalf of nbn (formerly NBN Co), the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.