NBN to upgrade fixed wireless services

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NBN to upgrade fixed wireless services

The provider is increasing capacity to relieve congestion and the ‘Netflix effect’.

NBN Co has announced that it will soon start upgrading some of its fixed wireless towers to deliver additional capacity to customers.

According to NBN Co executive general manager for access products Gavin Williams, “On the fixed wireless network, we have seen a significant spike in the amount of data being used in recent months, particularly in peak times.

“In addition to more data being used over a longer period of time, we are seeing a notable increase of concurrent users. This is often referred to as the ‘Netflix effect’ where many households sit down after dinner to stream their favourite show.”

The announcement was short on detail, but Williams said a number of fixed wireless towers will be upgraded over the coming months, with priority given to areas where users are already experiencing congestion.

Customers connected to a given tower are likely to experience outages while the upgrades are being performed. This is to ensure the safety of the workers doing the job.

Outages will be kept to a minimum, but may last for hours at a time and may continue for a number of days.

It seems to be NBN Co's normal practice to tell RSPs of scheduled outages so they can give advance warning to their customers.

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