Tuesday, December 25, 2012

NBN faces possible shortfall in capacity for satellite broadband services

The interim satellite broadband service of the national broadband network (NBN) in Australia has become so popular that its builder may encounter difficulties ensuring remote regions can access high-speed satellite services.

The interim satellite service is offering broadband services with download speeds that can reach six megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds up to one Mbps. These broadband services can reach Australians who live and work in the country's remote and rural areas.

Mike Quigley, the Chief of NBN Co., explained that demand for the interim satellite broadband service has exceeded the project's expections. He expressed concern that the current supply of satellite capacity will not be able to accomodate the growing demand before NBN launches the first of its two satellites in 2015.

The two NBN broadband satellites cost a total of $620 million. The plan is to launch them half a year apart.

In the meantime, NBN Co is considering launching the full interim service earlier than planned. Mr. Quigley noted that NBN has already acquired a significant percentage of the limited amount of satellite capacity that Australia can tap for satellite broadband services.

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