NBN Co starts testing feasibility of mmWave for future fixed wireless – Telco/ISP

NBN Co has commenced feasibility trials for the supply of broadband providers in millimetre-wave spectrum, which it sees as a opportunity extensive-phrase update route for its existing mounted wi-fi footprint.

The business said in a greatly-redacted regulatory submitting [pdf] that it is “undertaking trials to validate the feasibility of making use of the 26GHz and 28GHz band spectrum more than incredibly extensive ranges (roughly 10km)” for the supply of mounted wi-fi broadband providers.

“Our reports, and people of our technology partners provide large amounts of self confidence that the extensive-range use would enable NBN Co to have significant versatility to maximise our deployment and update choices,” it said.

“This extensive-range technique is enabled by our one of a kind community topology with a hundred % external CPEs [shopper premises equipment], and mainly line of sight deployment in regional and rural areas.”

NBN Co first flagged millimetre-wave (mmWave) – a type of 5G – as an update route for mounted wi-fi again in mid-2018.

It started off laying the groundwork to be allocated plenty of mm-Wave spectrum at the close of 2018.

The general public-dealing with documentation does not expose how far into feasibility trials NBN Co is, even though a lot of the detail is redacted.

NBN Co argued that “any allocation” of mmWave spectrum to it would enhance providers for buyers and “facilitate levels of competition concerning all NBN Co’s mounted wi-fi retail provider suppliers in downstream markets”.

It said there are at the moment “more than 20” retail provider suppliers in the market competing for NBN mounted wi-fi customers.

“Competition will be enhanced and driven exactly where we provide a excellent mounted wi-fi community that successfully uses spectrum and is upgradable exactly where needed,” NBN Co said.

“We foresee that the outcome of our extensive-range trials will validate that NBN Co is in a position to utilise the obtained spectrum in an economically efficient fashion.”