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NBN reveals distribution of Fixed Wireless speeds

I'm shocked that NBN has revealed further speed information on the Fixed Wireless network as it sure ain't pretty.

While the generally accepted definition of peak hour is 19:00 to 23:00 for Fixed-Line services it can be anything for Fixed Wireless. You'll often find that the busy times are from 15:00 weekday afternoons through to late in the night. Public (and school) holidays and weekends are generally busy all the time.

In a position paper Bill Morrow lists the issues that NBN have faced with the cheaper/faster build. He had the following comments for the wireless portion of the service:

As with any wireless broadband solution, capacity is not infinite and needs to be carefully monitored and managed in order to deliver a network that can provide the best customer experience. Internet usage and take-up of these technologies will need to be monitored in order to ensure they continue to keep up with end-user demand.

I wonder if NBN has ever asked the customer for their views on the best experience as no customer would consider speed drops this severe to be the "best experience". Users connected to severely congested towers often have no experience at all as the connection isn't usable for modern Internet usage.

Hopefully, 2018 will see the ACCC speed monitoring applied to all NBN services and not just the wired component.