NBN extends its partnership with Ericsson till 2020
19 December 2017 | Natalie Bannerman
NBN (National Broadband Network) has extended its fixed wireless and Sky Muster managed services partnership with Ericsson through to the year 2020.
Under the extended agreement Ericsson will continue to be responsible for NBN’s fixed wireless operations and ground systems operations for Sky Muster, NBN’s satellite service. In addition to customer connections and assurance for both technologies.
Commenting on the news Emilio Romeo, managing director of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand, said: “As we extend our strategic partnership with NBN Co, we look forward to continuing the delivery of fixed wireless and satellite services to regional and rural Australia. The availability of ubiquitous broadband to homes and businesses across Australia will help to bridge the digital divide and support economic and community growth.”
Ericsson was appointed to build and operate a fixed-wireless broadband network based on TD-LTE (Time division Long-Term Evolution) technology in 2011 and has been NBN’s managed service provider ever since. In 2014 the partnership was extended to the operation of the ground component of NBN long-term satellite solution and end user connections and assurance services.
NBN’s fixed wireless and Sky Muster services cover more than 980,000 homes in Australia with more than 290,000 homes connected to broadband services via NBN’s retail service providers.
Last month, NBN launched its 1Gbps enterprise Ethernet product as well as a number of accelerated product and service updates to its wholesale offering. The decision was made to help its internet and phone providers meet the demands of medium, enterprise and government businesses migrate to NBN’s broadband access network.
Ericsson recently released a Mobility Report. Overall which details the predictions made by the Swedish vendor over the coming years. According to the report, there is set to be more than one billion 5G subscriptions in use by the year 2023. In addition, mobile data is set to increase to by more than eight times to hit around 110 Exabytes per month by 2023 – the equivalent of 5.5 million years of HD video streaming.