[LINK] How far the fibre?
Marghanita da Cruz
marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Jul 10 08:06:51 EST 2007
David Boxall wrote:
> How then, to explain fibre less than 300 metres from my rural home? If,
> as the linked information suggests, Telstra has for years been laying
> fibre whenever it's laid copper, then there must be thousands of
> kilometres of the stuff in the ground just waiting for some generous
> government to offer a subsidy.
> As Russell Ashdown says in the linked information: "the major cost when
> installing cable plant is not the cable itself, but the labour costs of
> the installation", so laying fibre while personnel and equipment are
> available makes sense. The extra cost of the fibre can be considered an
> investment. When the subsidies come, Telstra will cash in big time.
There could be a number of explanations for fibre to your "rural" home in the
A. You are in close proximity to Sydney and Newcastle (Newcastle is larger than
Canberra and Hobart, and possibly Darwin) So, based on urban projections, it
would be a sensible investment.
B. Fibre is possibly cheaper than copper to lay - particularly for long hauls.
It is the termination equipment and management(personnel) that is "expensive".
C. The Fibre can reticulated through wireless for the last 300 metres.
The discussion on Link has been the provision of an Internet connection, at the
fastest possible rate to as many people as possible in Australia. While Internet
Access does provide fantastic opportunities, it requires operational users &
workstations, support, content etc, as well as an Internet Connection.
PS you may even find that many building constructed in the early 80s were cabled
with Fibre too. Guess the value of that investment deteriorated when Wireless
> Craig Sanders wrote:
>> On Sun, Jul 08, 2007 at 05:16:48PM +1000, David Boxall wrote:
>>> Craig Sanders wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 10:03:17AM +0930, Glen Turner wrote:
>>>>> The extremely inhospitable bit is pushing it. A hot and dry climate
>>>>> is almost ideal for direct-bury fibre, which is something you can't
>>>>> do in more populated areas.
>>>> what about the sharks, though? IIRC, sharks are apparently attracted
>>>> to fibre-optic cables and bite through them. burying all that FO in
>>>> the desert will lead to extremely unfortunate evolutionary pressures.
>>>> people just dont think of the consequences.
>>> Sharks in the desert? Now that's evolution!
>> yeah, that was the point. i was trying to kill off the circular argument
>> ("is so! is not!") with a dumb joke. it mostly worked, and the thread
>> off in other directions.
>>> <http://users.hunterlink.net.au/~dddab/Phone1.html> is any guide, then
>>> fibre will go wherever copper went. In fact, in a lot of cases, it's
>>> probably already there.
>> fibre's certainly along at least the major roads....to the exchanges.
>> getting it to the node, or to the home or business, is another matter
>> some outer suburban estates don't even have dedicated copper pairs to
>> the home, they have crap pair-gain rubbish that seriously impedes modem
>> performance and makes it impossible to get ADSL (or at least delays it
>> until you can convince telstra to take you off pair-gain).
Marghanita da Cruz
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