This is yet another blow to the Federal Oppositions argument the $36 billion fibre broadband network should be canned in favour of a cheaper wireless approach.
Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is a proponent of a national wireless network and has often cited improved wireless capabilities and the popularity of a mobile lifestyle to push his case.
“We see LTE as just another wireless technology and essentially just another means of carrying traffic,” Telstra executive director of network and access technologies, Mike Wright, said. “If you talk about NBN and you talk about wireless, they’re absolutely complementary to each other.
In February, Telstra announced it was rolling out a 4G LTE network to be completed by year’s end .
Last week, Optus CEO, Paul O’Sullivan, echoed the same sentiments, claiming there is a place for both fixed-line and wireless broadband working together.
Drawing on the launch of numerous tablet devices at the Consumer Electronic Expo in Las Vegas this year, Wright said the new broadband landscape is all about providing a seamless connection with home and mobile devices.
“The bottom-line is we’re going to see a combination of wireless broadband traffic out and about,” he said. “You just can’t serve high data traffic volume to big screens [in the home] with wireless.
“You need some heavy lifting technology and you compliment it with mobile broadband technology.”
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