[LINK] Broadband plan tipped to bring higher prices

Frank O'Connor foconnor at ozemail.com.au
Tue Apr 7 15:29:28 AEST 2009

That's what the ABC gets for quoting stockbroking analysts.

Honestly ... the imagination of plants, an inability to think beyond 
this financial year and all the technical acumen of a block of soap 

These are not people I would have been approaching for a comment.

My 2 cents worth ...

1. The CURRENT average speed is probably a lot higher than 1Mbs.

2. My speed oscillates between 9 and 15Mbs.

3. 100Mbs will probably be a conservative requirement when the NBN 
has finally been built - 5 to 7 years down the track.

That said the fact that it contains elements of FTH rather than FTN 
... which augers well for future expandability, and seems a tad more 
forward thinking that the NBN that was originally tendered.


At 3:16 PM +1000 7/4/09, David Boxall wrote:
>>  Updated April 7, 2009 14:22:00
>>  Market analysts say broadband prices are likely to rise, after the 
>>Government unveiled an amibitious new $43 billion plan to build a 
>>national fibre-to-the-home broadband network.
>>  But analysts are astonished at the upfront cost and say they have 
>>concerns about the network's commercial viability.
>>  "I've got no idea what's driving the Government to do this," Ivor 
>>Ries, an analyst with EL and C Baillieu Stockbroking, says.
>>  "They're saying a network that will deliver 100 megabits per 
>>second, that would exceed current household consumption by a factor 
>>of 100 times
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