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Sequans Communications has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with NetComm Limited to supply TD-LTE chips in the LTE network being built by NetComm for Australia’s National Broadband Network.

The agreement comes as a growing number of TD-SCDMA and WiMAX networks evolve towards TD-LTE, offering consumers and businesses significantly increased peak data rates and throughput; low latency; extended coverage and improved cell edge data rates.

NetComm designed and built LTE devices are based on Sequans’ SQN3000 series 3GPP R8 compliant LTE technology that supports up to 100 megabits per second of throughput. NetComm’s LTE routers were developed ahead of global LTE network commitments to ensure the rapid delivery of innovative technologies to market.

Ericsson’ will build and operate the 1.1 billion dollar fixed-wireless broadband network for NetComm Limited to provide advanced fixed-wireless devices needed to connect rural and regional Australian households and businesses in the 2.3GHz fixed-wireless LTE broadband network. David Stewart, NetComm’s Managing Director, says “NetComm will provide fixed-wireless LTE devices to connect premises to the NBN Co’s LTE broadband network with a three year window to complete, commencing from mid 2012.”

Australia’s National Broadband Network has an objective to make high-speed broadband available to any Australian regardless of where they live, with the final 7 per cent of premises in areas of low population density to be reached by wireless or satellite. NBN signed a definitive agreement with Telstra on 23 June 2011 to move customers from its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks to fiber, where it has been installed. NBN leased Telstra’s dark fibre, exchange space and ducts for 35 to 40 years, with the option of two ten-year extensions.

NBN says it paid just over $1.3 million for spectrum in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, outback Queensland and far west NSW at an auction run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, to give NBN Co all the geographic coverage it needed for its wireless network.

NBN will deploy a 4G LTE fixed wireless in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz radio spectrums to provide Long Term Evolution fixed wireless ccovering approximately 4 per cent of the population outside the fibre footprint (spectrum marketing plan). NBN is also planning to launch two Ka band satellites by 2015, each offering 80 gigabits per second of bandwidth of which is a jump from the four to six gigabits per second capacity available from current satellites above Australia.

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