Armidale, NSW is now the location of the fastest wireless NBN in Australia – four times faster than what the NBN is currently promising – according to broadband service provider, Fusion Broadband.
Fusion Broadband has bonded four wireless NBN connections from two different service providers for Armidale-based Uniplan Group, a company that designs and constructs transportable buildings for holiday parks in A/NZ.
Fusion Broadband managing director, Jason Maude, said that following tests over the past few weeks, the Fusion Broadband service at Uniplan is receiving 40 Mbps for downloads and 3.75 Mbps for uploads.
He claimed these speeds are the worst case scenario and are based on non-compressable data.
“On compressable data, we are achieving download speeds of over 50 Mbps and 25 Mbps upload speeds,” he said.
According to Maude, this is compared to the average 11 Mbps downlink and 0.95 Mbps uplink of NBN’s wireless connections even though they are promised to deliver downloads at 12 Mbps and 1 Mbps for uploads.
“If NBN Co upgrades its wireless network as pledged to 25 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload, our bonding technology will be able to deliver fibre-type speeds of greater than 100/25 Mbps — via wireless,” he said.
Maude pointed out that Uniplan also has an ADSL connection, which, when bonded to the wireless connection, adds another 2 MB more on downloads and 700 KB on uplink speeds.
“Businesses in regional Australia may not realise it, but they can get NBN-like speeds today. They don’t have to wait for the NBN to roll out in their town, suburb or street. By bonding from two to 20 broadband connections, businesses can increase their speeds throughout their entire organisation.”
He also highlighted the importance of the bonded wireless technology.
“The broadband speeds that Australian businesses can get now through bonded wireless are world class and most would not even use their connections to full capacity. High users can be confident in knowing that they can move up to potentially 100/25 Mbps after NBN’s 20/5 Mbps wireless speeds are introduced in 2015,” he added.
Armidale was the first site to officially launch the NBN on mainland Australia on May 18, 2011.