As customers requirements change we continue to develop our network capacity to cater for this increased demand for reliability, speed and coverage.
We have almost finished a major upgrade to our Byron Bay network, part of this is to establish a new transmission site at St Helena, this site will replace an existing site of ours lower down the hill.
The tower we are using is owned by Axicom and provides 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
As this tower is owned by a commercial operator we have an incentive to concerve apparatus space, we have employed some cleaver technology to achieve this.
First we use dual band antennas, operating in both 3GHz & 5GHz bands.
Then a device we had specifically designed and engineered called a multiplexer, this allows multiple radio transmitters to be connected to one physical antenna without interference.
In short we have five transmitters on a single antenna, vastly increasing the capacity and in turn available bandwidth to customers.
Here is a photo of our engineers installing the radiosonde the tower.
It’s funny the batteries at our solar sites only seem to need replacing after periods of prolonged bad weather.
This unfortunately means the driving conditions are less than perfect.
This is the nineth straight say of rain and the track up to one of our sites was so wet it instantly turned to mud.
We have three Navaras which are a good all round vehicle, but what they gain in on-road comfort they loose in off road ability.
It wasn’t long before the mixed terrain tyres were covered in mud and completely lost traction, I had a set of MaxTrax, which worked half a dozen times but wasn’t good enough to get me all the way up the hill.
Fortunately the land owner is top bloke and came up with his tractor, he basically dragged the vehicle to the top of the mountain, batteries and all.
The need for bandwidth is always increasing we in the process of building a high capacity 24GHz backbone to compliment our lower frequency licensed backbone, this will give us a combined capacity of over 1Gbps into the Southern Gold Coast / Northern NSW region.
This capacity will enable us to deliver the next generation of broadband services.
We have recently built a new transmission site in OceanView which is approximately 40Km north of the Brisbane CBD, the site provides coverage for a majority of North Brisbane up to Caloundra in the Sunshine Coast.
The link is 340Mbps and was primarily built to service corporate clients, with the added bonus of extending Business & Residential coverage.