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NetComm Wireless aims for US, Europe expansion on the back of NBN partnership

NetComm Wireless has set out its strategy to step up its foray into the US and European markets building on the firm’s’ track record as a key supplier to the NBN.

Telecom Times spoke with NetComm Wireless CEO Ken Sheridan just when NBN announced the limited deployment of its fibre-to-the-curb access technology in selected Sydney and Melbourne suburbs.

“At yesterday’s launch of NBN’s FTTC, Senator Mitch Fifield said that a mandate was introduced to use the tech to make sense in an area, to see the NBN rolled out faster and at less cost,” Sheridan told Telecom Times. “The beauty of our new distribution point unit is that the DPUs can be installed in telecom pits now and it does not matter whether households have signed up to the NBN or not.”

This was, Sheridan said, because the DPUs work with both legacy systems and the NBN. “We’ve innovated a pass-through mode feature. This allows the NBN to roll out ready for service DPUs to all target areas, and when customers sign up to the NBN, the infrastructure is already in place for them to connect to.

“This streamlines the whole process as the only thing new NBN customers need to do is self-install the NBN network connection device units into their homes,” Sheridan added.

He said governments and regulators worldwide were mandating minimum broadband speed and performance on a national scale. “This presents significant opportunities for our growth business.”

“NBN’s multi-tech mix model has caught the attention of large operators in key markets such as North America and Western Europe, and we are in discussions with a number of these operators,” said Sheridan, adding that, going forward, NetComm Wireless will remain focused on growth in global markets – capitalising on its track record with Ericsson and NBN in Australia and AT&T in the US.

“Openreach successfully demonstrated Gigabit speeds in a world-first fibre-to-the-distribution point trial of our reverse powered Gfast DPU, and this represents the next step in the evolution of FTTdp in Australia and around the world,” he said. “We’ll continue to engineer the bespoke technology needed to win additional contracts in global fixed wireless, DPU and machine to machine and industrial Internet of Things markets.”

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