[LINK] tRe: NBN white-elephant-to-be ...

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Aug 26 15:51:23 AEST 2010

Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Kim Holburn wrote:
> <snip>
>> Because those towers, nodes need to be connected to something to be  
>> useful and what we use to do this today is fibre.
> so, how will that change...though I think there are also
> microwave connections, which someone else implied in
> their comments,  somewhere in this thread.
There are; but this is becoming inadequate. It's bandwidth-limited and 
high latency. The 4G stuff works best with Ethernet to the base station; 
which takes us back to fibre.

If you notice people complaining about various carriers' 3G broadband 
performance, this is one of the issues they're running into.

>> Not sure where you're going with that.  You can use radio while  
>> driving but TV?  Dangerous!  TV as such has simply not ever been as  
>> flexible as radio.  Not until youtube and broadband.  Not until 4G and  
>> skype.
> It was to illustrate the difference between mobile and
> stationary wireless reception. Note, we can now receive
> radio signals on our tv...however, I am not sure these
> signals can be received reliably in a moving vehicle.
> Whether you want to watch tv, talk on your mobile phone or
> text in your moving vehicle is a different issue.
> Marghanita

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