NBN Co, the company overseeing the construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced the selection of Ericsson Australia to deliver fixed wireless and satellite services to premises across regional and rural areas of the country. Under the terms of the four year contract Ericsson will maintain responsibility for the operation of the NBN fixed wireless service, while also managing the ground systems of the forthcoming Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS). Furthermore, the contract will reportedly see Ericsson migrate NBN Co’s 42,000 existing interim satellite users to the LTSS when it commences operations to provide them with an improved broadband service. According to NBN Co, Ericsson’s involvement with the LTSS will complement the telemetry, tracking and control (satellite flight operations) functions to be carried out by Optus.
Commenting on the development, NBN Co Chief Operating Officer Greg Adcock said: ‘Ericsson is already playing a central role in helping the NBN to enable the digital economy in regional and rural Australia and to narrow the digital divide between the city and the bush … It is a sensible use of taxpayers’ money to have a single entity managing customer appointments, installation visits, service calls, network performance reporting and network maintenance for all NBN users outside the fixed-line footprint.’