NBN Fixed Wireless Review Posted on June 24, 2014

The Fixed Wireless and Satellite Review follows NBN Co's Strategic Review of the rollout in the fixed-line footprint, published in December 2013. Among the key findings of the Review:

  • Up to 620,000 homes, farms and businesses outside the fixed-line footprint will be connected to the NBN by 2021, up from the 230,000 envisaged in NBN Co’s 2012-15 Corporate Plan
  • To accommodate the higher take-up, NBN Co must:
    o improve construction methods;
    o nearly double the number of fixed-wireless base stations from 1400 to 2700 to serve 85 per cent more premises; and
    o extend the reach of the Fibre-to-the-Node network to serve the needs of up to 25,000 homes, farms and businesses that had been slated for a fixed-wireless or satellite connection
  • The company must also secure additional radio spectrum to ensure 80,000 premises located in the urban fringes of cities and other major population centres, such as the Gold Coast hinterland, can receive the fixed-wireless NBN
  • The fixed-wireless and satellite programs will cost up to $5.2 billion by 2021 – around a third more than originally anticipated – but contribute just $1 billion in accumulated revenues over the period (versus c.$200 million), even with the greater take-up rate. This reflects the loss-making nature of serving premises outside the fixed-line network. These higher cost assumptions align with those made about the non-fixed line footprint in the December 2013 Strategic Review. No further changes are necessary to the peak funding requirements should NBN Co decide to implement the recommended approach
 
To download a copy of the report, visit the NBN Co website here.

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