The delivery of fast broadband services to rural and regional Australia via the nbn fixed wireless network will help to close the digital divide and deliver new opportunities, according to a new report.
The Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Global Comparison report found that the nbn service is world leading when compared to the performance of 21 overseas wireless broadband providers.
It claims Australians connected to the nbn fixed wireless network are getting fast speeds and access to substantially higher data allowances from our Retail Service Providers (RSPs) than anyone else in the world.
The research also shows few operators will be able to match the upcoming 50/20Mbps maximum wholesale speed – currently in a nationwide pilot.
The Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Global Comparison report was commissioned by Ericsson and conducted by Ovum Research and published in July 2015.
As nbn is a wholesale provider, Ovum selected two of nbn’s retail operators to provide a basis for product and pricing comparison where necessary in the report.
Ovum research director, David Kennedy, said, “Our research demonstrates the combined technical performance with high levels of affordability of the nbn fixed wireless network make it a world leading broadband service when compared to other overseas wireless operators.
“The arrival of the nbn network will position rural and regional Australians to gain new access to a host of applications at affordable prices, helping to close the gap between city and country as well as Australia and the rest of the world.”
nbn CEO Bill Morrow, CEO was equally effusive, in a statment: “These research findings are reflected in the very high customer satisfaction displayed by our fixed wireless end-users who tell us they are receiving a reliable performance from our network.
“Thanks to competitive plans offered by our RSPs, nbn’s fixed wireless end-users in regional Australia are receiving value, speeds and data allowances that are opening up new opportunities in education and entertainment and business.
“We are already seeing examples of nbn network connected businesses increasing export opportunities, innovating ways of working or even able to remain in a regional location in an increasingly digital world.“
The report lists several ways the nbn service can be considered a leader:
- Data allowances over the nbn fixed wireless network for its existing 25/5Mbps wholesale speed tier product (retailed by a nbn service provider) offered at least three times more data than the next best international peer, PLDT in the Philippines.
- Price per GB for nbn’s existing 25/5Mbps wholesale speed tier product (retailed by a nbn service provider) was 75 per cent cheaper than even the next best value competitor, T-Mobile in the Czech Republic.
- It is expected that nbn’s wholesale upload speed performance for its upcoming 25-50/5-20Mbps wholesale speed tier product – currently in pilot – will be around 33 per cent higher than its next best peer, Meteor in Ireland.
By the end of the nbn network rollout, more than 600,000 premises are earmarked to receive fast broadband via the fixed wireless network, with more than a third of those homes and businesses already complete and more than 48,000 premises already connected.