Ericsson wins nbn managed services extension

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 19 December, 2017

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Telecoms vendor Ericsson has secured an extension of its nbn fixed wireless and Sky Muster satellite broadband managed services contract through to 2020.

Under the deal, Ericsson will continue to be responsible for nbn fixed wireless network operations, ground system operations for Sky Muster and customer connections and assurance for both access technologies.

Ericsson was appointed to build and operate nbn’s TD-LTE based fixed wireless network in 2011, and secured the contract to manage the ground component of the satellite solution as well as end-user connections services in 2014.

The fixed wireless and Sky Muster services together cover more than 980,000 premises in regional and remote Australia, with around 290,000 of these currently connected to retail nbn services.

“As we extend our strategic partnership with nbn co, we look forward to continuing the delivery of fixed wireless and satellite services to regional and rural Australia,” Ericsson Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Emilio Romeo said.

“The availability of ubiquitous broadband to homes and businesses across Australia will help to bridge the digital divide and support economic and community growth.”

The Sky Muster satellite constellation consists of two geostationary satellites. The Sky Muster I launched in October 2015 and the Sky Muster II launched one year later. The two satellites are designed to provide nbn services for around 400,000 premises.

Image courtesy nbn co.

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