NBN Making Measures to Lessen Wireless Congestion

August 9, 2018
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Reports said the National Broadband Network (NBN) is now making an effort in lessening traffic for users with a wireless connection. But, will this become effective with all the projects the networking giant is juggling?

According to a report by ZDNet, the government-owned internet provider has made changes to its rule pertaining to network traffic. The NBN has now amended the Network Design Rules and has provided a copy for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). ZDNet reported the changes were an increase of maximum bandwidth, which is from 900Mbps to 4Gbps, and a capping on maximum connected premises, which was changed to 56. The NBN will also allocate up to 24 wireless serving area modules connected to a FAN for large wireless serving areas.

“The planned maximum number of connected premises in a sector has typically been 110 premises but is now moving towards 56 premises in each sector, driving the need for additional sectors to support capacity demand (this may vary depending on the exact positions and radio conditions of the served premises),” according to the document.

“The maximum bandwidth planned for the microwave hub site back to a FAN [fibre access node] site has been 900Mbps, but is now moving to 4Gbps to support capacity growth, allowing for the aggregation of up to eight eNodeBs [base stations], with a maximum of 2,640 end users.”

However, criticisms seem to be never-ending for the NBN network CEO Bill Morrow. Last month, he was criticised when he presented the idea of implementing a Fair Use Policy, which will target “extreme” or “super” users. This new policy will put a cap on download allowances of these users.

“Our average consumption across the NBN network is just under 200 gigabytes per month, and when you look at the fixed-wireless network it’s substantially less than that, so these aren’t as heavy of users; however, in the fixed-wireless there’s a large portion that are using terabytes of data,” the CEO explained as quoted on ZDNet.

“One of the things that we’re evaluating … [is] a form of Fair Use policy to say we would groom these extreme users … the grooming could be that during the busy period of the day, when these heavy users are impacting the majority, that they actually get throttled back to where they are taking down whatever everybody else is taking down, and during the non-congested or busy periods, they’re free to go for as much data as they want to pull down.”