[LINK] Telstra's FttN a NoGoNetwork

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Tue Oct 10 10:07:05 AEST 2006

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 08:44 AM 10/10/2006, brd at iimetro.com.au wrote:
>> According to analysts, the Australian Competition and Consumer Affairs
>> Commission's (ACCC) inability to enforce its own anti-monopoly 
>> broadband laws
>> has allowed Telstra to stall ADSL2+ and Fibre to Node development 
>> until "forced
>> to do so by its competitors or through regulations, which could be as 
>> late as
>> 2009."
> Sounds like what happened with the delay in Tel$tra installing the 
> next generation network. As has been said on ABC this morning, 3 has 
> been around since 2003.  Their problem is coverage. Optus is 
> advertising their 3G product like crazy (love the ad with the giraffe 
> looking in the woman's bedroom). Tel$tra should fix the coverage 
> issue. But as most have also said on the call-in, people don't use the 
> features, but the cost of the plans were lower, sort of like ADSL2 
> plans versus ADSL.
The whole "mobile equals broadband" is smoke and bulldust anyhow, and it 
sets me rant-bound just to hear people talking as if this is going to 
save the world.  The 14M bps everyone's in love with is a "peak 
downlink"speed; the vendor documents talk about "average user 
throughput" of 500K to 1.1M, and even that ignores (a) concurrent 
traffic from other users on the same cell, and (b) distance from the 
cell (because throughput falls as the signal gets weaker).

People also forget that to get broadband you don't just need a downlink; 
you also need backhaul. Is there any evidence that the microwave links 
connecting base stations to the network will support, say, 100 
simultaneous users running data sessions as well as maintaining voice 
connectivity? Has this even been discussed? Nope.

> Jan
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