NBN Co to boost fixed wireless network capacity

NBN Co to boost fixed wireless network capacity

NBN Co will upgrade “a number” of its wireless towers to fit them with greater data capacity

National Broadband Network (NBN) resellers offering services in areas covered by the network’s fixed wireless footprint may soon be able to offer end customers greater capacity, with NBN Co flagging upgrades for its wireless tower.

In a blog post published on 19 February, NBN Co’s executive general manager for access products, Gavin Williams, said that the company behind the NBN rollout is making the upgrades due to an increase in demand.

“On the fixed wireless network, we have seen a significant spike in the amount of data being used in recent months, particularly in peak times,” Williams said. “In addition to more data being used over a longer period of time, we are seeing a notable increase of concurrent users.

“Due to this increase in demand, we will further invest in an upgrade program to expand the capacity of our wireless towers” he said.

As such, over the coming months, Williams said NBN Co will upgrade “a number” of its wireless towers to fit them with greater data capacity.

“Naturally, we will be prioritising areas where users are experiencing congestion,” he said, warning that there may be some disruption to telephone and internet services throughout the day affecting local residents who are connected to the network while a tower is being upgraded.

“We will take steps to ensure that any interruptions to service are kept to a minimum while ensuring the safety of workers at the wireless towers,” Williams said.

According to sister publication, Computerworld, the fixed wireless network upgrade announcement comes after NBN Co revealed that, as of 30 November, it classified wireless cells in nine locations as congested.

Woolgoolga and Marian North, Bees Creek, Humpty Doo, Clunes North, Howard Springs, Millthorpe, Smythesdale and Worrolong were among the regions NBN Co said it planned to upgrade towers.

As noted by media outlet, iTnews, on 16 February, NBN Co previously said that it classified a cell that delivered speeds less than 3Mbps in the busiest hour of the day as unacceptably congested, and that it triggers upgrades to fixed wireless sites in a bid to prevent them from falling below 6Mbps per user during peak times. 

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