The first five release sites for the National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless service have been revealed.
It was announced by Senator Stephen Conroy at an AIIA event in Sydney. He also took the opportunity to rip into Shadow Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull's address to the National Press Club.
NBN Co has planned to use4G LTE technology provided by communications vendor, Ericsson. NBN’s fibre footprint encompasses 93 per cent of Australian premises with the rest to be covered by fixed wireless or satellite.
Surrounding areas of Tamworth in NSW, Ballarat in VIC, Toowoomba in QLD, Geraldton in WA and Darwin in NT will be the first to receive the NBN fixed wireless service. Town centres will not be receiving the service.
Maximum download speeds for the wireless network will be 12Mbps.
“Looking forward, NBN Co is already making plans to upgrade the network to deliver higher speeds as technology advances,” Senator Conroy said in a statement.
Today, NBN Co also announced the NBN’s second release sites construction dates for NSW, QLD and the ACT.
Senator Conroy will be heading down to launch NBN services in Brunswick, VIC, tomorrow.