"Bonded" wireless connections deliver Australia's fastest wireless NBN

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"Bonded" wireless connections deliver Australia's fastest wireless NBN

Two years after the NBN’s first mainland launch at Armidale, NSW, Fusion Broadband has announced it is delivering 40 Mbps wireless NBN speeds in Armidale.

Businesses beyond the reach of the NBN fibre rollout are set to gain access to faster wireless NBN speeds, with Fusion Broadband linking four wireless NBN connections to deliver 40 Mbps downloads.

Under the current NBN rollout plan, 93% of Australian premises are scheduled to gain access to the optic fibre network which is capable of delivering 100 Mbps download speeds. Australia's remaining premises will rely on a mix of fixed wireless and satellite connections to access the NBN.

The NBN’s "fixed" wireless connections rely on a directional antenna on the roof, delivering download speeds of 12 Mbps from a single NBN tower. This differs from Australia's new 4G LTE networks - from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - which are designed for mobile devices which roam between towers.

While LTE delivers faster speeds, its performance fluctuates significantly depending on how many other devices are using the same mobile tower. The NBN's fixed "point-to-point" wireless connectors are more reliable because they offer dedicated bandwidth to each user, meaning speeds are more stable.

Two years after the NBN’s first mainland launch at Armidale, NSW, Fusion Broadband is delivering 40 Mbps wireless NBN speeds in Armidale by "bonding" four wireless NBN connections from two different service providers.

Bonding involves treating two or more broadband links as a single connection, spreading the load between them to achieve faster download and upload speeds while increasing reliability through less dependency on a single connection.

Fusion Broadband offers bonded DSL services but has now delivered its first bonded NBN wireless service to Uniplan Group, a company that designs and constructs transportable buildings for holiday parks in Australia and New Zealand.

Fusion Broadband is not an Internet Service Provider, it simply bonds the broadband links provided by Australia's telcos. On top of what the telco charges for each broadband link, Fusion Broadband charges $85 per link per month for bonding.

NBN Co has pledged to eventually deliver 25 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads via fixed wireless, which will allow Fusion Broadband to offer 100/25 Mbps speeds to rival the fibre network, says Fusion Broadband managing director Jason Maude. 

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