[LINK] future of Australian internet doomed with clueless reporting & ISPs

David Goldstein wavey_one at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 16 10:54:45 AEDT 2010

I was talking to someone today involved in broadband in the UK who said more or less the same thing on consolidation - that high speed broadband networks are likely to lead to consolidation, while he sighed in envy at the proposed national broadband network in Australia.


----- Original Message ----
> From: Stilgherrian <stil at stilgherrian.com>
> To: Link list <link at anu.edu.au>
> Sent: Sat, 16 January, 2010 10:35:16 AM
> Subject: Re: [LINK] future of Australian internet doomed with clueless reporting & ISPs
> On 16/01/2010, at 10:11 AM, David Goldstein wrote:
> > Then the head of Exetel, John Linton, rants about the national broadband 
> network and says things like "The NBN2 was dreamed up by a total wanker (Krudd) 
> who had and has less than zero knowledge about telecommunications based on 
> summary/key point 'briefing papers' done on the fly by pretty average civil 
> servants." See 
> http://johnl.blogs.exetel.com.au/index.php?/archives/3582-Wireless-Broadband-As-Unworrying-To-The-NBN2........html
> > 
> > Now, if this person heads an ISP how can we hold hope that the industry can 
> move forward or even understand what the future holds. Maybe Linton was ranting 
> 15 years ago that dial-up was all that was needed for the future and was 
> complaining this broadband was not needed.
> On this week's "Twisted Wire" podcast, Internode CEO Simon Hackett speculates 
> that the NBN will lead to further industry consolidation -- that the number of 
> ISPs in Australia is unlikely to increase, I think were his words. He sees the 
> very big ISPs staying, and perhaps very small ones that provide niche services 
> in some way, but that those in the 10,000 customer range will disappear.
> http://www.zdnet.com.au/blogs/twisted-wire/soa/3D-IPTV-Not-this-year/0,2001103929,339300420,00.htm
> A few moments of Googling Whirlpool with very little thought on my part suggests 
> that Exetel is probably around the 40,000 to 50,000 customer mark, which would 
> perhaps put it into the Hackett Zone™.
> Personally, I've never been very impressed with businesspeople who rave and rant 
> about the problems being everyone else's fault.
> On an OT note, my favourite is always the business owners who whinge that 
> payroll tax kills business -- when all businesses of their size and up are 
> paying exactly the same taxes and perhaps doing OK.
> Stil
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