Roy Brown, Product Manager, Wireless Broadband, NBN Co Limited is speaking in the Mobile Broadband Track at the Broadband World Forum taking place on the 21st – 23rd October 2014 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Here he explains the importance of taking backhaul seriously, when planning network deployments.
What differentiates your mobile infrastructure from that of a traditional mobile network?
NBN Co’s LTE network has no mobile element. That means no roaming, no voice core capability. Additionally, as a wholesaler, we do not provide core network based usage monitoring or control. No DPI, no policy-control based network management.
How important are small cells to the NBN roll-out strategy?
Currently, NBN Co has no plans for small cells to be added as part of the network. Our focus is on rural and regional broadband coverage and small cells do not provide enough coverage to provide sufficient network coverage in these areas.
In your experience is the significance of upgrading backhaul links too often ignored by some operators and what impact can that have?
Backhaul links are often underestimated in capital constrained environments. The long lead times required for effective planning of backhaul capacity mean that return on investment calculations can be difficult to justify in short investment windows and the network growth modelling must be effective and highly visible to effectively justify backhaul expenditure.
What are the key backhaul technologies that operators should be considering?
Fibre and Metro Ethernet are the best combination for providing capacity and transmission that is expandable in time for network growth and expansion. Microwave capacity can be a good solution, on the proviso that growth modelling and budget processes enable an operator to respond quickly when microwave capacity is overtaken by usage demands.
What can we expect to hear you discussing at the Broadband World Forum and what are you most looking forward to at the show?
I am looking forward to the latest information and insights from the leading broadband providers in the world. It is a great advantage to be able to hear from industry leaders in one place and to be able to take insights back home to improve our performance.
I will be talking about the positioning of fixed broadband and mobile broadband in the Australian market and how leading Operators are already focusing on differentiating themselves through the value they provide their customers – both through network-based capability and value added services.