Ericsson welcomes findings of NBN Co. Fixed Wireless and Satellite review

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  • Review finds increased demand for high-speed broadband services in rural and regional Australia.
  • Review recommends an increased use of fixed wireless networks, where it is the quickest and most cost effective technology to meet demand.
  • 80% of new fixed wireless end users are selecting a 25/5Mbps access service which is better than the best ADSL2+ offered anywhere in Australia.

Recommendations in the NBN Co. Fixed Wireless and Satellite Review released today, reveal that Australians in regional and rural Australia will be receiving a better broadband service sooner.

Ericsson welcomes the findings, which confirm an increased demand for broadband servcies and NBN Co’s new set of rules supporting multi-technology mix planning, along with the purchase of new spectrum, to meet demand.

”This will result in an increased use of fixed wireless and greater service coverage in rural and regional Australia,” Håkan Eriksson, CEO Ericsson Australia and New Zealand said today.

”Ericsson has the proven capacity to deliver new sites and increase connections in existing fixed wireless areas,” Hakan added.

The review finds that not only is demand for the fixed wireless service much higher than originally forecast, but also that more Australians are asking to be connected to the network earlier than was initially estimated.

”Once connected, 80% of new fixed wireless end users are selecting a 25/5Mbps access service which is better than the best ADSL2+ offered anywhere in Australia,” said Håkan Eriksson.

”Australians will be pleased to know the NBN Co. fixed wireless network uses Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology which can be easily upgraded to deliver increased speeds in the future as demand and funding allows.

“Ericsson strongly supports the Australian Government’s policy to deliver better broadband sooner to regional Australia. We are proud to be NBN Co's fixed wireless strategic partner and to play a key role in the realization of the NBN policy.

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers’ networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers.

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For further information, please contact

Selina O’Connor

Communications Manager, Australia and New Zealand

Phone: +61 2 911 4836

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E-mail: selina.o.connor@ericsson.com

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