[LINK] Broadband billions left hanging as wireless bites back

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Wed Jan 13 16:13:00 AEDT 2010

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> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of 
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn
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> Broadband billions left hanging as wireless bites back
> Ari Sharp
> January 13, 2010
> SMH 
> http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/broadband-bil
> lions-left-hanging-as-wireless-bites-back-20100112-m4u7.html
> The Opposition communications spokesman, Tony Smith, used the 
> figures to attack the Government, saying it lacked sufficient 
> evidence for its spending on the network.
> ''This evidence from Senator Conroy's own agency highlights 
> the utter recklessness of the Rudd Government in committing 
> to the [network] without any semblance of cost-benefit analysis.''
> -- 
> Regards
> brd
> Canberra Australia
> brd at iimetro.com.au

I predicted in April last year that wireless mobile would grow
exponentially, however, mobile wireless will only grow if the charging
regime is conducive to it's ongoing usage by consumers.

Telstra have a habit of introducing product and then charging that
product at higher rates when it becomes popular.

The question the honourable opposition member should be asking, is not
"Is the NBN going to be financially viable" but, "To ensure the NBN
allows IP-v6 rollout to the home so that mobile consumers can smart
network with their home, what policies have the Federal Government put
in place to ensure that mobile carriers do not get together on
increasing pricing structures for mobile access once ubiquitous user
levels are reached?"

Fibre to the home is not just for internet access.

Fibre to the home will facilitate a growing bundle of additional
services that will benefit Australians:

Commercially, on-line interactive shopping
Educationally, distance learning
Telecommuting workplace choice
Telecommuting Disabled person's empowerment
Low cost video Teleconferencing with family


Who really wants to watch the latest blockbuster video on a 640 x 480
(75 mm screen).

3G and 4G wireless whilst a valuable ad-hoc (sometimes works where you
want it too) tool, is currently still many thousands the time the cost
of the proposed NBN network charges; thereby restricting it's usage to
the reasonably well off and the very young (who's well off parents pay
the bills).

The honourable member for the opposition is mis-informed and hasn't
really thought through the long term ramifications of the two networks
(wireless and fibre) being used hand in hand as complementary tools and
not as exclusive either or solutions. 


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