NBN approaches 1Gbps using mmWave 5G

NBN approaches 1Gbps using mmWave 5G over distances of 7 kilometres

Government-owned national broadband wholesaler testing 5G for its fixed wireless footprint.

The company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has laid claim to a world record for long-range millimetre wave transmission, saying it hit “close to 1Gbps” across a distance of 7.3 kilometres.

The trial was carried out at Mortlake, Victoria, alongside Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Casa Systems. NBN said it expects to hit longer distances in the future.

5G is being examined as an upgrade path for NBN’s fixed wireless network, which covers 620,000 premises across the country. NBN said more than 90% of those premises would fall within 7.3km of a tower.

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