David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Tue Apr 7 21:04:10 AEST 2009

On Tue, 7 Apr 2009 at 17:43:07 +1000 Frank O'Connor wrote:
> ...
> Any way you look at it, ADSL over copper has serious distance from 
> exchange issues.
In the NBN environment, wouldn't that be distance from the nearest fibre?
>  ... FTTH looks like your best option, and with the new NBN 
> that looks like happening.
According to one linesman I spoke to, Telstra made a habit of laying 
fibre whenever they needed to replace or install copper. In 2003, they 
apparently lay fibre to within 200 metres of my door. It's still dark. I 
wonder how much of Australia is in a similar position. Only Telstra 
would know the extent of that dark network.
> ...
> The other alternative would be satellite, but that currently peaks at 
> about 400 KBs from memory ...
2 Mb/s: <http://www.bluemaxx.com.au/satellite/commercial.html>
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