Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Apr 7 13:54:48 AEST 2009

grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
> On Tue, 7 Apr 2009, Eric Scheid wrote:
>> On 7/4/09 12:44 PM, "Tom Worthington" <Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au> wrote:
>>> However, developments with broadband technology,
>>> particularly wireless broadband, may make the
>>> system obsolete before it is built. This may save
>>> the government from embarrassment by allowing the
>>> new technology to meet many of the stated goals,
>>> without the planned system ever being built.
>> I'm seeing tweets to the effect that it being FTTH (vs FTTN) means the speed
>> can be increased very easily just by upgrading the end boxes. Laying fibre
>> is expensive, upgrading boxes is trivial, or so I hear.
>> Comments?
> Digging and securing trenches is difficult.    I reckon once 
> the trenches are dug, a surplus of Dark Fibre should be installed 
> which  can be aggregated upon regardless of future improvements in
> fibre tech.   And if the Dark Fibre is ultimately never used, the trenches 
> should be constructed in such a way as to allow the whole lot to be pulled 
> and recabled elegantly.

Last year I watched a building being pulled down in Canberra - first they pulle 
out all the cabling. I guess it's was "futureproofed". Wonder if the cabling was 
ever used and justified the initial expenditure. I recall lots of these types of 
discussions in the mid 80s.

Foxtel seems to have finally stopped writing to me about connecting to the cable 
in my street!

Marghanita da Cruz
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