NBN Co has launched a pilot which aims to boost broadband download speeds by between 25-50Mbps in rural areas.
From next month, fixed wireless consumers on the current highest speed tier, will be able to experience increased wholesale download speeds between 25-50Mbps – up to double the current top wholesale offering.
NBN co has noted that it is designing the NBN to provide these speeds to wholesale customers, telephone and internet service providers.
"End user experience including the speeds actually achieved over the NBN depends on the technology over which services are delivered to the premises and some factors outside our control like the end user’s equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how the end user’s service provider designs its network," according to an NBN Co statement.
The pilot is also designed to enable faster wholesale upload speeds between 5-20Mbps.
NBN Co chief architect, Tony Cross, said the fixed wireless network already offered people living and working in the bush access to broadband speeds that those in cities took for granted.
“However the speed pilot is designed to allow rural and regional families and businesses to access speeds up to twice as fast as ADSL2+ users can experience in capital cities," he said.
“It opens up the exciting prospect of even greater participation in the digital economy by families and businesses in rural and regional Australia.”
By the end of the NBN rollout, more than 600,000 premises are earmarked to receive fast broadband via the fixed wireless network, with almost 200,000 homes and businesses already complete.
The pilot is expected to conclude 20 business days after the commercial launch of the 25-50Mbps /5-20Mbps wholesale speed tier product, unless otherwise determined by NBN Co.
The commercial launch of the speed tier product is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015 according to the NBN Co’s latest Integrated Product Roadmap.
However, participation in the pilot is not automatic and is at the discretion of individual service providers.
The exact number of premises as well as the exact areas covered by the pilot may vary once NBN Co has finalised its planning.
The speeds referred to are wholesale peak speeds to the NBN Co network boundary point and therefore the ranged speed is not a maximum / minimum limit.