[LINK] NBN Wireless Service Looks Good: So do we need fibre?

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Fri Aug 20 18:06:34 AEST 2010

On 20/08/2010, at 5:51 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> A wireless base station at every street corner would provide better coverage and services than aiming for optical capiliaries  to every computer. Where demand required it additrional base stations could be deployed quite rapidly. Though, from experience, terrain and building materials do pose problems for wireless.

I live in inner west Sydney, directly under the flight path to Runway 16R at Sydney Airport. When it is activated, the aviation comms equipment wipes out our Wi-Fi. Work via wireless networking becomes impossible, because it drops out for 20 seconds every 2 minutes.. 

I have also suffered from trying to work wirelessly using either Wi-Fi or 3G in various problematic locations -- none of which are more than 10km from the Sydney CBS in areas which are supposedly well covered.

Wireless is not the answer.

That said, "optical capillaries" are not to every computer, but to every premises. The final 5 metres is still up to the consumer.


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