THE delivery of fast broadband services to rural and regional Australia via the National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless network will help to close the digital divide and deliver new opportunities, according to new research released recently.
The ‘Fixed Wireless Broadband: A Global Comparison’ report found that the NBN fixed wireless service is world leading when compared to the performance of 21 overseas wireless broadband providers.
It found 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.
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 said, “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.”