With the National Broadband Network or nbn™ rolling out across Australia, a lot of people are still wondering how fast their Internet connection will be, especially the nbn™ wireless speeds. For most people, they will experience much faster speeds compared to their current ADSL connections.
nbn™ fixed wireless has been designed for consumers who are outside the coverage of the fibre network. That means customers within rural and regional premises are able to access the wireless network. At present, there are around 40,000 businesses and homes that are connected to the network.
In order to access the wireless network, the user must be hooked up to an antenna that will allow one to connect to a wireless base station. There is a limit to the number of premises that can connect to the nbn™ fixed wireless network. That way user will get good service due to the higher throughput.
The nbn™ fixed wireless network transmits data through radio signals instead of cables. nbn™ wireless speeds can reach up to a maximum of 25 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. Base stations or transmission towers communicate wirelessly with the specific nbn™ equipment that can be found outside and inside the house. And because the data is transmitted through radio signals, line of sight from the tower to the equipment is important.
People are still sceptical whether nbn™ fixed wireless is better than their mobile wireless network. As mentioned before, fixed wireless services are limited to a number of premises within the coverage area. On the contrary, a mobile wireless network is used by unknown number of users. And during peak hours, the network can be congested. This is not the case with fixed wireless because the number of users is more consistent.
Aside from fast nbn™ wireless speeds, fixed wireless areas can also get Net Phone service. Users are able to use the nbn™ to make calls. It should also be noted that customers who are connected through nbn™ fixed wireless will not have their copper network disconnected from their property.
There is a pilot program that will deliver wholesale nbn™ wireless speeds between 25 and 50 Mbps, which is twice the current top speed for the wireless network. Upload speeds are also increased to five to 20 Mbps. The pilot is expected to run for the next couple of months, and will be launched to the public during the fourth quarter of the year.
nbn™ wireless speeds are faster compared to the current ADSL and LTE speeds. 4G LTE can go as fast as 5 to 12 MBPS download and 2 to 5 MBPS upload. Even at the current 25/5 Mbps speeds, nbn™ fixed wireless is faster. This will become much faster after the completion of the pilot program.