As the first Cell Site Access Service (CSAS) customer on the National Broadband Network (NBN), Vodafone Australia will extend its coverage area to Molong in New South Wales by using tower sharing and fibre services supplied by nbn, the company overseeing the NBN project.
nbn’s CSAS product allows mobile operators to connect tower sites using the NBN infrastructure, and the agreement with Vodafone Australia is the first for the service, it was noted in a press release. With the Molong area having been identified as needing improved mobile coverage in phase one of the Federal Government’s mobile blackspot programme, meanwhile, it is the first such area to be addressed directly with the help of the NBN infrastructure and products. In this specific instance, Vodafone Australia has reportedly installed an extra set of antennas on the NBN’s fixed-wireless tower in Molong, while using the CSAS product to carry the mobile voice and data signals back to the NBN’s Point of Interconnection in Dubbo.
Commenting on the matter, nbn’s chief customer officer, John Simon said: ‘The nbn CSAS product also offers additional potential for operators including other wireless applications such as deployment of Wi-Fi or Small Cell coverage … By offering this new product and making the most of our network and existing infrastructure, nbn is delivering new value to the community.’