Monday, 08 April 2019 16:39

5G an opportunity for NBN: NetComm

NetComm director of marketing and communication Els Baert NetComm director of marketing and communication Els Baert NetComm

The deployment of 5G technology could present a significant opportunity for NBN Co, according to NetComm director of marketing and communications, Els Baert.

"We should not ask how much of a threat is 5G to the NBN, we should ask how much of an opportunity does 5G represent?," said Baert.

"First of all, there will always be a need for a ubiquitous broadband network, something which has shown itself to be difficult to achieve.

"Secondly, looking at the current NBN fixed wireless network it is clear that 5G will be able to deliver an uplift in performance – although just how much of an uplift will depend on a range of variable factors."

Baert pointed out that NBN Co had already deployed a huge amount of fibre around the country, along wth tens of thousands of powered nodes. These put NBN Co in a good position to adopt 5G, she said.

5G fixed wireless technology will allow those assets to be used to serve premises that are too distant for affordable fixed line technologies, Baert suggested.

"We acknowledge that doing this may still be some way off but we have to be realistic in our outlook about what can be delivered in the field with the resources that NBN Co has available.

"That means looking for fresh solutions and it could well be the case that 5G fixed wireless benefits NBN Co rather than destroying it as some have claimed," he concluded.

NetComm is a supplier of fixed wireless and FttC hardware used in the NBN.

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