NetComm wins wireless NBN deal with Ericsson

By on
NetComm wins wireless NBN deal with Ericsson

Broadband equipment supplier NetComm has been selected by Ericsson to supply TD LTE devices for the fixed wireless broadband network the Swedish vendor is building for NBN Co.

The $1.1 billion 4G, LTE wireless network would service four of the approximately seven percent of Australians living in rural and remote areas where NBN fibre cannot cheaply be made available, with the remainder (three percent) to be serviced by satellite.

"The leading 4G technology, LTE, has a global momentum and its innovative ecosystem is expanding rapidly,” said NetComm managing director David Stewart.

The Ericsson deal was the result of a 12-month courtship by NetComm. It would span three years starting from the middle of 2012 and was expected to have a “significant impact” on NetComm’s revenues between 2013 and 2015, Stewart said.

Although it was difficult to say how many devices NetComm was likely to ship as part of the deal, Stewart referred to a recent report by communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy which estimated NBN Co’s LTE network would cover some 500,000 Australian homes.

Stewart said the devices were designed and developed in Australia and adhered to the latest LTE standard, TD-LTE (time division LTE) which has advantages in terms of cost and performance.

Ericsson Australia boss Sam Saba said the deal with NetComm meant it was “able to facilitate the efficient delivery of LTE-based broadband services to homes and businesses that are usually disadvantaged because of their remote location."

Got a news tip for our journalists? Share it with us anonymously here.
Copyright © CRN Australia. All rights reserved.
Tags:

Most Read Articles

You must be a registered member of CRN to post a comment.
| Register

Poll

You have to spend $10k on new business hardware. What do you buy?
Collaboration hardware
Enormous monitors
New smartphones
New PCs
Minimum spec Mac Pro for $9,990.
We'd fake some paperwork and have a party instead
View poll archive

Log In

Username / Email:
Password:
  |  Forgot your password?