Aussie Broadband has said the federal government should provide “retrofit funding” to move entire National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed-wireless serviced regions over to fibre to the curb (FttC) or fibre to the node (FttN), citing heavy congestion. The NBN retailer said it used its submission to the regional telecommunications review to call for the funding, arguing that around 18 percent of the fixed-wireless network is experiencing “severe congestion”, while 12 percent is “experiencing what NBN defines as unacceptable congestion”. Aussie Broadband specifically named Toongabbie and Glengarry, Victoria; Port Wakefield, Adelaide; Blayney, New South Wales; and Kalbar, Queensland, as towns that could be shifted over to FttC or FttN to free up capacity for those needing to be on fixed-line technology. “Many denser rural township areas or parts of township areas allocated to fixed-wireless in the early part of the NBN rollout could now be serviced by lower cost FttN or FttC technology,” Aussie Broadband MD Phillip Britt said. “It would not be hard to go back into these towns and retrofit those areas to fixed-line services. It’s a natural progression for the NBN, and probably one they already have planned; we would just like to see it funded earlier.” The retail service provider (RSP) had last year similarly called on NBN to pause its fixed-wireless rollout in the same way it halted sales on its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network, saying it needs to repair issues with congestion. Aussie Broadband, which began publishing its NBN connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) capacity graphs… [Read full story]
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