[LINK] Power to the People
pbrooks-link at bwp.net.au
Wed Sep 14 16:20:54 EST 2005
> "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'.
Generally I take the phrase 'infrastructure-based competition' to mean
'providing an alternative by not using the other guys stuff' - whether
that means installing 'new infrastructure', or using some 'existing
infrastructure' in a new way.
> 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
FWIW, I was the TransACT CTO at the time - I breathed the smoke, and
remember that week and the aftermath vividly. Fortunately insurance
covered most/all of the 're-invest', but the re-deploy still hasn't
recovered the customer-base - as sods law would have it, those areas that
burnt were precisely those with the highest penetration.
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