History

Established in 1982 by a small team that developed Australia's first modem, NetComm Wireless has evolved to become a leading global innovator of data communications technologies.

NetComm Limited (ASX: NTC) was publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on the 21st December, 1993.

By late 1997, NetComm and Banksia Technologies, founded by David Stewart, dominated the Australian modem market, and the two companies merged.

NetComm expanded into the wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, a subset of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) market, following the 2008 acquisition of Call Direct Cellular Solutions, a specialist developer of industrial 3G wireless data and voice solutions for industrial and commercial applications including: security, surveillance, public infrastructure, agribusiness and mining.

In 2011, NetComm Wireless moved into the Fixed Wireless broadband market following Ericsson’s appointment by nbn™ to build and operate its 1.1 billion dollar Fixed Wireless broadband network. NetComm was selected by Ericsson to provide the advanced Fixed Wireless Network Terminating Devices needed to connect rural and regional households and businesses to the 2.3GHz Fixed Wireless LTE broadband network.

In November 2015, NetComm Wireless signed an agreement with a large USA based telecommunications carrier for the supply of Fixed Wireless devices required to connect households and businesses to a Fixed Wireless broadband network which will be built by that carrier.

In September 2016, a Master Equipment and Services Supply Agreement was signed with nbn for the supply of Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) Distribution Point Unit (DPU) equipment and related services for the nbn™ Fibre-to-the-Curb (nbn™ FTTC) network launched in 2018.

In December 2017 NetComm Wireless launched a world first Network Connection Device (NCD) - and secured a large order from its initial customer nbn.

Timeline

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST:

  • Dial-up modem (1983) 
  • ADSL modem (1999)
  • VoIP Analog Telephone Adaptor (2005)
  • Combined ADSL and VOIP integrated device (2005)
  • Commercial wireless hotspot and HomePlug Ethernet over power line 
  • 1st mobile broadband router to operate off the new Telstra Next G network (2006) 

WORLD FIRST:

  • 21Mbps router (2009)
  • 42Mbps routers (2010)
  • Outdoor router deployed by Telstra (Australia), Vodafone (Global) and Etisalat (UAE) (2012)
  • 2013 – Vodafone Machinelink

2011 – World leading 4G TD-LTE Fixed Wireless nbn™ Fixed Wireless Network Terminating Devices.

2015 - Fixed Wireless technologies enter US market.

2016 - First NBN approved VDSL2 devices

2017- Launched world first Network Connection Device (NCD) 

2018 - nbn FTTC network launched using NetComm Wireless' DPUs and NCDs

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