NetComm supplies bespoke gear for NBN 4G LTE rollout

NetComm supplies bespoke gear for NBN 4G LTE rollout

As part of the partnership with Ericsson, the communications vendor's revenue from the custom-made product will be determined by NBN take-up rates

Sydney-based communications vendor, NetComm, has been selected by Ericsson to build a custom-made fixed-wireless device for the National Broadband Network (NBN) 4G LTE network rollout.

Ericsson scored a $1.1 billion contract in June to help design and deploy a 4G LTE fixed-wireless network for NBN Co to cover rural and remote areas.

As part of the partnership, NetComm has designed a specific TD-LTE device which will work with the Ericsson network as specified by NBN Co.

“This particular device has been built from the ground up and has been through testing,” NetComm managing director, David Stewart, told ARN.

With Ericsson using a unique methodology for the NBN LTE network rollout tailor-made equipment was necessary, he said.

NetComm’s revenue from this partnership hinges on the number of units required by NBN Co.

“It all depends on how many people the take-up rates,” Stewart said.

The NBN 4G LTE network rollout is due to be completed by 2015.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that surrounding areas of Tamworth in NSW, Ballarat in VIC, Toowoomba in Queensland, Geraldton in WA and Darwin in NT will be the first to receive the fixed-wireless service. Town centres are excluded from the coverage.

Maximum download speeds for the network will be 12Mbps.

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