NBN Co starts testing feasibility of mmWave for future fixed wireless – Telco/ISP

Nancy J. Delong

NBN Co has commenced feasibility trials for the supply of broadband services in millimetre-wave spectrum, which it sees as a potential long-expression update route for its present set wireless footprint.

The business reported in a seriously-redacted regulatory filing [pdf] that it is “undertaking trials to validate the feasibility of working with the 26GHz and 28GHz band spectrum above extremely long ranges (somewhere around 10km)” for the supply of set wireless broadband services.

“Our research, and those of our technological innovation partners supply superior degrees of self esteem that the long-array use would permit NBN Co to have important overall flexibility to maximise our deployment and update choices,” it reported.

“This long-array method is enabled by our exclusive community topology with 100 p.c exterior CPEs [purchaser premises gear], and mostly line of sight deployment in regional and rural areas.”

NBN Co to start with flagged millimetre-wave (mmWave) – a sort of 5G – as an update route for set wireless back in mid-2018.

It started off laying the groundwork to be allocated plenty of mm-Wave spectrum at the end of 2018.

The general public-struggling with documentation does not reveal how far into feasibility trials NBN Co is, although considerably of the detail is redacted.

NBN Co argued that “any allocation” of mmWave spectrum to it would increase services for consumers and “facilitate competition in between all NBN Co’s set wireless retail provider suppliers in downstream markets”.

It reported there are at present “more than 20” retail provider suppliers in the marketplace competing for NBN set wireless consumers.

“Competition will be increased and pushed exactly where we supply a quality set wireless community that proficiently uses spectrum and is upgradable exactly where necessary,” NBN Co reported.

“We foresee that the result of our long-array trials will validate that NBN Co is capable to utilise the obtained spectrum in an economically successful way.”

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