[LINK] Battery back-up mandatory for NBN?
kim at holburn.net
Mon Oct 25 13:17:49 EST 2010
On 2010/Oct/25, at 12:15 PM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 11:38 AM 25/10/2010, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> The answer is, "both". Everyone's forgetting that Tasmania is a pilot.
>> The documentation for the pilot sites should be read in that context: we
>> do not know if all of the procedures for NBN Tasmania will be adopted
>> nationally. That's the reason for a pilot - the outcomes of the pilot
>> provide input to the rest of the rollout.
> I think there may be a bit of 'blind man and the elephant' going on
> here. There are a few issues that need to be unpacked: system
> batteries and local premises. I don't know the engineering design to
> get a picture of either.
> What we do know is current copper services provide power the end
> equipment on the analog system so if your street power goes off, you
> still have a phone.
Not exactly. If you have an old line-powered phone, you would still have a phone. How many people have that these days? What proportion of households have naked ADSL now? If you have naked ADSL and lose power, you only have mobiles, until the batteries run out.
> But new end user equipment would not??
> If a mobile phone battery goes dead, it needs a replacement, but if
> the tower to which it is connecting dies, there is still no service.
But the point is that there is some company who guarantees a commercial service, even if no-one has ever pressed them on their side of the contract.
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