[LINK] NBN Wireless Service Looks Good: So do we need fibre?
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Aug 20 16:36:33 EST 2010
NBN Co have released white papers on their proposed fibre, wireless and
satellite products. The "Product Overview Wireless Access Services"
(August 2010) I found to be of most interest. This describes a fourth
generation wireless data service seamlessly integrated into NBN's
The 25 page PDF document is 905 kbytes. Most of the 905 kbytes is due to
a photo on the cover: I guess if you a building a broadband network, you
can afford to waste bandwidth. ;-)
The wireless overview is written from an unusual perspective, being a
description of the features provided by a non-existent service. The idea
seems to be that NBN is looking for suppliers (most likely of WiMax) for
the service they have envisaged.
What NBN has described looks feasible and a desirable product, if it can
be provided at a reasonable price and at a level of reliability similar
to that of the existing wired telephone service.
Those companies who invested in spectrum for wireless broadband, such as
Seven Network's Wireless Broadband Australia (WBA), might now see some
return on their investment, by selling the spectrum to NBN:
This would allow the Seven Network to concentrate on selling spare parts
for tractors out of a shipping container:
However, if NBN can provide an affordable and reliable wireless service,
it might make their fibre offering unattractive for the average
consumer. It is likely that the average home owner will be using a
wireless link for the last 10m from the NBN's termination point in their
home to IT equipment. So the home-owner is unlikely to see much
difference in the service between a fibre option connection and a
Tom Worthington FACS CP HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science, The
Australian National University http://cs.anu.edu.au/courses/COMP7310/
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