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nbn boosts broadband satellite capacity

nbn boosts broadband satellite capacity

Moves 40,000 premises to fixed line or wireless footprint, freeing up more satellite capacity for rural Australians

Sky Muster on its launch pad in French Guiana

Sky Muster on its launch pad in French Guiana

Builders of the national broadband network, nbn, improved its satellite broadband capacity for rural and regional Australia.

In October, nbn flung its Sky Muster satellite into orbit with services becoming available in the second quarter of next year.

nbn will be moving 40,000 premises to fixed line and fixed wireless footprint, resulting in more capacity on the satellite network than originally planned.

Sky Muster was designed to deliver wholesale speeds of up to 25/5Mbps and the optimisation plan now allows wholesale data allowances of up to 150GB per month, with plans underway for additional allowances for distance education students.

nbn will offer these plans at a wholesale level to Retail Service Providers (RSPs) who will launch retail plans at different price points, ranging from low-cost offers for a basic connection, through to plans for heavy data users.

RSPs can offer entry-level wholesale plans featuring up to 75GB per month during peak periods.

Higher value wholesale options could allow RSPs to construct peak usage plans up to 150GB per month.

nbn will also implement a ‘fair use’ policy to help protect the quality of service for all users.

“We have worked hard to deliver vastly improved speeds and data allowances compared to services over the interim service, while ensuring we maintain a good quality experience for all satellite users. The satellite capacity is shared between users and there are limits in place so available capacity is managed carefully and fairly,” nbn executive general manager of fixed wireless and satellite products, Gavin Williams, said.

nbn is also in the process of working with departments of education and key stakeholders on plans to provide a separate 50GB monthly data allowance plan specifically for distance education students.

Trials and developments are planned for dedicated education video services in the coming year.

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