Internode has begun to sell national broadband network (NBN) fixed wireless services to the residents of Armidale in northern NSW.
The LTE-based NBN fixed wireless service — the rollout of which is expected to be completed by 2015 — will provide broadband coverage to 4 per cent of the population, or about 500,000 premises, in regional and rural areas that will not receive the fibre-based NBN services.
Premises will require a directional external antenna installed to receive the service.
“This is about providing high-speed Internet access to areas that are largely broadband blackspots,” Internode product manager, Jim Kellett, said in a statement.
The ISP’s NBN wireless broadband plans offer the same speeds as its NBN Bronze fibre service, running at 12 megabits per second (download) and 1Mbps (upload) with data quotas ranging from 30GB to 1TB.
The plans start at $49.95 for 30GB of data per month, $69.95 for 300GB, $89.95 for 600GB, and $139.95 for 1TB.
Customers who sign up to a 24-month contract will receive free setup, as well as discounts on routers and a NodePhone VoIP telephone service.
According to an NBN Co spokesperson, five retail service providers have participated in a fixed wireless test for the past several weeks and are currently being moved into the trial phase.
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