Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has passed over 463,337 premises[1] since NetComm Wireless and Ericsson first announced a collaboration to address the Fixed Wireless component of the nationwide rollout; and NetComm Wireless has since launched NBN ready devices designed to connect Australian premises to ADSL2+ today, and to VDSL2 or Fibre the moment the service becomes available.

NetComm Wireless and FTTN

Under the Australian Government's NBN plan, most Australian homes and businesses will be connected to a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) rollout, sparking debate about the condition of Telstra's copper network, noise on copper lines and the potential of VDSL (Very-high-bit-rate DSL) and vectoring.

Described as the next generation of DSL, VDSL offers significantly faster speeds using existing copper wiring with recent trials showing that VDSL is a real option, particularly for delivering fast and reliable broadband to office blocks or dwellings within large apartment complexes.

NetComm Wireless identified the potential of vectoring, or VDSL, early on, and launched the VDSL/ADSL WiFi Gigabit Modem Router (NF4V) ahead of the NBN's proposed use of VDSL as part of its FTTN plan whereby the fibre optic cable ceases at the basement or telecom room of a multi-dwelling unit (MDU), and is linked to the existing copper local area network using a DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) exchange. Featuring an NBN compatible Broadcom chipset to support VDSL services, NetComm Wireless' NF4V interoperates with Alcatel-Lucent's DSLAMs to optimise bandwidth.

The Australian recently reported that a senior Alcatel-Lucent executive has dismissed concerns that Telstra’s copper network is not suitable for the Coalition’s National Broadband Network, saying global trials of vectored fibre-to-the-node technology consistently achieve download speeds of 100 megabits per second even in cases with poor copper lines[2].

VDSL technology can improve performance from 50% - 90%[3] by reducing noise interference over the copper line, and is set to be deployed across the globe as an increasing number of ISPs abandon plans to decommission copper infrastructure which comprises around 60 per cent of the worldwide market, according to ABI.

NetComm Wireless and Fixed Wireless

Because of the sheer size of our country, approximately 500,000 Australian homes and businesses located beyond the reach of the fibre rollout were offered access to the world's first commercial LTE TDD broadband network built, and operated, by Ericsson for the NBN.

The pace of the wireless component of the rollout is gaining momentum with 80,868 premises now covered by the fixed wireless network[4] and NetComm Wireless continues to fulfil incremental orders for Fixed Wireless Terminals that deliver connection speeds of up to 25.5Mbps download, and 1Mbps upload, to selected premises.

NetComm Wireless' NBN ready gateways and accessories

In addition to its VDSL gateways and Fixed Wireless Terminals, NetComm Wireless' also provides Internet Service Providers (ISPs) a range of Gigabit gateways and accessories such as its VDSL2 Central Splitter (C10100NP). Once installed within the premises, the device separates the ADSL and VDSL signals and voice frequency signal to eliminate the need for inline filters.

NetComm Wireless' devices allow users to connect to high speed broadband Internet using a choice of VDSL2, ADSL2+ or Gigabit Ethernet WAN for FTTP, and effectively deals with capacity and latency issues to deliver fibre-like service speeds without the need to rewire existing premises.


[1] National Broadband Network – Rollout Information. 27 April. 2014
[2] Alcatel touts NBN innovation. Mitchell Bingemann. The Australian. March 18, 2014
[3] ABI Research, 2013
[4] National Broadband Network – Rollout Information. 27 April. 2014