[LINK] Australia's ISPs can't see the future because they are too busy attacking Telstra

David Goldstein wavey_one at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 16 00:19:37 AEDT 2008

Paul Broad, AAPT's CEO has written an article for Australian IT asking "How much broadband speed do Australians really want and at what price?" See http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24650661-5013038,00.html.

My question is following these comments here and earlier ones by Broad, and others by Michael Malone from iinet (probably among others), is why are Australia's broadband providers so incompetent or inept? They should be doing their research and looking at what's happening abroad.

France, Korea and Japan, probably among others, are all moving to 100mbps speeds for broadband. The OECD has published reports on the future of broadband, and the descriptions of what the NBN is meant to achieve are inadequate. For example:
"France Télécom estimates that very dense populated areas (covering around 40% of inhabitants in France) will over the next five years be subject to competition in FTTH with four companies competing for customers."

The OECD has also said:
"For the period 2010-2020 speeds of 50 Mbit/s downstream and 10 Mbit/s upstream may be required to enable the parallel consumption of services (HDTV, radio, videoconferencing, security etc.) over the network."  And then in the conclusion: "Average demand of a household for bandwidth is expected to be around 50 Mbit/s downstream and 10-50 Mbit/s upstream for the period 2010-2020."

And we have Broad saying:
"Today we have ADSL2+ in all metro areas across the country. Plenty of
it. No indication that we're going to be stretched to meet demand any
time soon." Really?

It seems to be a case of "she'll be right mate, no worries". Why aren't Broad and Malone, if they are serious about the future of broadband and attacking Telstra, demand that at least in high density areas that the NBN aim for this as a minimum instead of a minimum of "download speeds of
at least 12 megabits per second to 98 per cent of Australian homes and

By the time they even start building the NBN it will be inadequate.


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