[LINK] Power to the People
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Sep 14 15:58:26 EST 2005
>> A telecommunications analyst, Paul Budde, said it was a world-first
>> commercial trial. "It is absolutely a threat to Telstra because it is
>> the first time that you can really see infrastructure-based
"Paul Brooks" <pbrooks-link at bwp.net.au>:
>first time? TransACT isn't infrastructure-based competition? Unwired and
>PBBA and a host of other radio/microwave access networks aren't?
>Paul should know better.
I assume that Paul (Budde) was trying to say 'based on *existing*
*network* infrastructure (especially in the awkward 'last mile' to
the consumer), rather than requiring investment in and deployment of
major new infrastructure'.
TransACT had to lay much cable, with lots of black boxes (not quite
enough though, because I'm in a dead corner). It then lost lots of
brand new cable and black boxes along Coolemon Ridge when the fires
went past Bernard Robertson-Dunn and myself - and straight through
many friends' houses; and hence TransACT had to re-invest and
Wireless services OTOH have to install central and
regional/cell-level kit, but not last-mile infrastructure. So I
agree with Paul (Brooks) that the barrier to entry isn't as high for
them as for a new starter using wired technology.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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