LTE optimized for fixed wireless is proven technology for delivery of broadband directly to homes and businesses as part of nbn’s Multi-Technology Mix (MTM) deployment strategy Delivery of affordable and high performance broadband services to rural and regional Australia can help to close the digital divide Ericsson and nbnTM continue to advance the fixed wireless service to deliver performance benefits, keeping pace with increasing user demands

Today Bill Morrow nbn CEO and Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji released the Ovum report, ‘Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Global Comparison’.

The report shows that Ericsson and nbn are delivering a world leading fixed wireless service. Australians connected to nbn’s fixed wireless broadband are getting better speeds, higher data allowances and better value than many users of other fixed wireless services across the world.

The speed and quality of service delivered on nbn fixed wireless network ensures that rural and regional Australia will no longer be disadvantaged by slow internet connectivity.

Bill Morrow, nbn CEO, said: “These research findings are already reflected in the very high customer satisfaction displayed by our fixed-wireless end-users who tell us they are receiving a consistently reliable performance from our network. nbn’s fixed-wireless end-users in regional Australia are receiving download speeds and data allowances that are opening up new opportunities in business, education and entertainment.

“The report also shows how useful LTE is in providing high quality broadband in areas where fixed line deployment is impractical – with Ericsson’s technology and network design helping us to achieve very strong network performance,” Morrow added.

Håkan Eriksson, Head of Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, says: “Ericsson and nbn continue to increase capabilities of the fixed wireless network as demand grows. In just three years we have delivered 12Mbps downlink /1Mbps uplink speeds, increased to 25 Mbps/5Mbps and we are now trialing 25-50Mbps /5-20Mbps. In March we trialed radio technology on 3.5GHz, which will allow nbn to fully utilize spectrum holdings and address traffic growth.”

“With the 50Mbps downlink / 20Mbps uplink speed tier soon to be commercially available and end users consuming nearly 70GB per month, the nbn Fixed Wireless service is a clear fixed broadband service option for Australians,” Eriksson added.

Ovum analyzed the data allowance, download and upload speeds and price per gigabyte for 21 fixed wireless networks across the globe, including US, Germany and Japan. The report shows the nbn service outperforms other comparable services in data allowance, upload speeds and price and only one operator matched nbn’s forthcoming 50Mbps downlink speed.

The report confirmed that improving speeds means that multiple applications can be used with high performance. It also highlighted that nbn’s affordability makes broadband services a realistic proposition for a wide range of household and business customers, helping to close the digital divide.

nbn, Australia’s national broadband wholesaler, selected Ericsson’s LTE network technology optimized to provide a fixed high speed broadband service directly to homes and businesses in the less densely populated areas of rural and regional Australia. The nbn fixed wireless footprint covers 270,000 homes and 47,000 premises have activated the service.

’Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Global Comparison

Ovum Report ’Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Global Comparison” can be viewed here

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