Report Finds NBN Leading The Way When It Comes To Fixed Wireless
The research looked at operators’ data allowance, download speed, upload speed and price per GB of data, finding that few operators will be able to match NBN’s upcoming 50/20 Mbps maximum wholesale speed, currently in a nationwide pilot.
With one other operator matching NBN’s download speed, the report found NBN was superior to its peers for data allowance, price per GB of data and upload speed performance.
NBN’s data allowance for its existing 25/5 Mbps fixed wireless product (retailed by Telstra) was over seven times higher than its next best international peer, PLDT in the Philippines, and its price per GB for its 25/5 Mbps product (retailed by Telstra) was more than four times lower than its next best international peer, T-Mobile in the Czech Republic.
NBN’s upload speed performance, meanwhile, for its forthcoming up-to 50/20 Mbps fixed wireless product was 33 per cent higher than its next best peer, Meteor in Ireland.
“Our research demonstrates the combined technical performance with high levels of affordability of the NBN fixed wireless network make it a world-leading broadband service when compared to other overseas wireless operators,” Ovum research director David Kennedy commented.
“The arrival of the NBN network will position rural and regional Australians to gain new access to a host of applications at affordable prices, helping to close the gap between city and country as well as Australia and the rest of the world.”
By the end of the NBN’s rollout, more than 600,000 premises have been earmarked to receive broadband via the fixed wireless network, NBN advised, with more than a third of those homes and businesses completed and more than 48,000 premises already connected.