​Ericsson signs Decmil for NBN fixed wireless panel contract

Decmil Group will be responsible for the design, supply installation, commissioning, and integration of hardware and software in relation to the NBN's fixed wireless network capacity expansion.

Decmil Group has secured a two-year national panel contract with Ericsson, through subsidiary SC Services.

The contract is for the design, supply installation, commissioning, and integration of hardware and software in relation to the National Broadband Network (NBN) company's fixed wireless network capacity expansion.

SC Services has also added a permanent Melbourne office to its existing offices in Perth and Sydney, assisting its ability to service clients on a national basis.

In early February, Ericsson announced plans to use new software to upgrade commercial 4G long-term evolution (LTE) networks worldwide to enable peak speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

At the end of last year, the NBN company announced upgrades to its fixed-wireless service, which will allow broadband delivery speeds to reach up to 50Mbps down and 20Mbps up to remote parts of Australia.

Weeks after, the company rolling out the NBN said it was going to increase data allowances for customers on its long-term solution, now offering up to 150GB per month plus 50GB extra for distance education students, having freed up satellite capacity by moving 40,000 premises to its fixed-wireless or fixed-line networks.

The 150GB plan is available as a basic wholesale package, divided into 75GB off peak -- to be used between 1am and 7am -- and 75GB on peak. The company was also debating allowing retail service providers (RSPs) to offer packages with 150GB per month peak usage.

Communications Minister cum Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull first flagged NBN's intentions to trial faster fixed-wireless services last April.

This followed NBN and Ericsson announcing that a trial of the fixed-wireless network using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band had attained 50Mbps download speeds.

The so-called multi-technology mix (MTM) NBN, due to be completed in 2020 and expected to cost up to AU$56 billion in peak funding, will bring fixed-wireless to more than 540,000 premises.

With AAP


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