Telecommunications USO was Re: [LINK] Telstra's FttN a NoGoNetwork

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at
Tue Oct 10 13:15:14 AEST 2006

At 10:44 AM 10/10/2006, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>>The whole "mobile equals broadband" is smoke ... 14M bps everyone's 
>>in love with is a "peak downlink"speed ...

Yes. But Telstra and other phone companies charge much more for 
mobile data, than wired. If you could get mobile broadband at 14 Mbps 
it might cost $1,000 a minute at current prices.

My thoughts on NextG: 

>... regulation and government funding of services in areas where 
>competition fails?

As I recall the previous USO data rate was based on the speed of a 
fax machine (which was limited by the speed of a phone line).

While NextG is not much use as a high speed broadband network, it 
might make a reasonable replacement for an ordinary fixed phone and 
dial-up Internet service. This could save a maintaining copper cable 
in non-metropolitan areas. This is done in India with a CDMA "fixed 
wireless" services 

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