[LINK] NBN to be 1Gbps

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Aug 12 14:41:07 AEST 2010

Philip Argy wrote:
> What practical use is 1Gb/s for the majority of people right now?  
None. Mike Quigley's presentation is clear:

The NBN FTTP supports any retail service from 12 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. You 
don't have to buy 1 Gbps.

In other words, this is a bit of a political / tech press beat-up. The 
top speed changed because the equipment is available; Quigley's been 
saying things of this nature for some time; all that changed is that 
it's "official".

The buyer today for gig would be a business wanting offsite backup, etc

> Whilst I personally think we should be aiming for 100 Gb/s in the next 5 to 10 years to cultivate innovation in an ultra high speed bandwidth environment, it's a bit of a con job to entice people with 1 Gb/s to the home when most households, if they have anything, will have Cat 5 cabling and components which won't support gigabit Ethernet no matter what they do.
> Surely it's better to get wider coverage at a reliable base speed of 12Mb/s in the next couple of years than to give a few Tasmanian households a 1Gb/s fibre link to their front door?  And where's the commitment to an accelerated IPv6 implementation that is more critical than bandwidth.  Not much good having the fibre at the door but no spare IP addresses for what's in the building to connect!
> Very shallow debate I'm afraid.  Let's propose to give every man, woman, child and newborn baby a free top-of-the-range iPhone 4 @ $800 - 22 million of them would cost less than $18 billion so it puts into perspective the size of the $43 billion or possibly more for the NBN Co's fibre.
> Philip
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