[LINK] How far the fibre?
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed Jul 11 20:50:27 EST 2007
Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> <snip>I don't know whether what passes you is fibre serving exchanges,
> or fibre serving long-haul trunk routes. If it's the long-haul between
> Sydney and Brisbane, then it stops at exchanges in major centres for
> add-drop, not at every possible place along the way. All the
> long-hauls pass through towns, but not all the towns get drop-off
> points (and this is not just a Telstra quirk, take a look at any
> national-scale fibre map).
The fibre runs to a nearby pit and stops. Fibre was laid alongside
copper, but only the copper is in use - the fibre's dark and not
connected to anything, as far as I can tell. My place is on the way to
Those who were in a position to see told me that the machines ploughed
in both cables at once. In some places the cables were laid
side-by-side in open trenches. I was working and in no position to
observe much of what went on. All I saw was machines with twin reels of
cable - one of black and one of blue. I saw reels of spare cable - both
black and blue - by the roadside. The blue, I'm told, was most likely
fibre: the other, copper. Yet the best service Telstra offers me is ISDN.
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