[LINK] NBN to be 1Gbps

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Thu Aug 12 17:53:49 AEST 2010

On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 1:10 AM, Philip Argy <pargy at argystar.com> wrote:
> What practical use is 1Gb/s for the majority of people right now?  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.

Notebooks are shipping with gigabit ethernet right now.

Besides, it could be argued that the idea is not to use the full
bandwidth by a SINGLE device, but rather that the big pipe will be
shared between all IP-enabled devices in the house.

> 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!

Well, I personally think the issue could still be worked on with
private addresses. Think 10.x.x.x with NAT. I for one think giving
each mobile phone its own public IP address is a bit silly, why not do
NAT every few subscribers?, like the 4 systems in my home lan share a
single public IP?.

> 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

Would the 3G / mobile infrastructure cope with that sudden increase in

Just my $0.02...

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