nbn boosts fixed-wireless speeds with network upgrade

9 Dec 2015

Around half a million premises in Australia’s regional and rural areas are set to gain access to what nbn (formerly NBN Co) has called ‘world-leading’ broadband, on the back of an upgrade to the company’s LTE-based fixed-wireless service. In a press release confirming the development, nbn has revealed that as a result of the upgrade it will provide access to wholesale download/upload speeds of up to 50Mbps/20Mbps, with the operator claiming that the rates are currently 30% faster than its ‘next best fixed wireless global peer in Ireland’.

nbn’s fixed-wireless service is already available to 300,000 homes and businesses in regional and rural Australia, with around 600,000 premises able to be connected by 2020 when the rollout is complete. Among the locations currently within the network footprint are: Bendigo and Wangaratta in Victoria; Mackay, Bundaberg, Gympie and Toowoomba (Queensland); Katanning and Pinjarra (Western Australia); Riverland and Adelaide Hills (South Australia); Coffs Harbour, Nowra and Wagga Wagga (New South Wales); North West Coast and Tasman Peninsula (Tasmania); and Howard Springs and Berry Springs (Northern Territory).

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