[LINK] Fibre and no copper?

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Wed Nov 3 05:30:05 AEDT 2010

On 03/11/2010, at 12:05 AM, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> But NBN Co claim that "Next Generation Wireless" should be available here.
> Then again, for a Telstra Next 3 *mobile* coverage, of the 3 speeds noted,
> Telstra claims their slowest, up to 3 Mbps, is available now here in town.
> (For eg, "1. Typical customer download speed 1.1 to 20 Mbps.  2. Typical 
> customer download speed 550 kbps to 8 Mbps. 3. Typical customer download 
> speed 550 kbps to 3 Mbps.") (And for our Vic country 'bread-basket" town)
> Haha maybe in their dreams. And, maybe IF we can get a mobile signal when 
> we are standing on the front lawn. Unfortunately, for us, I'm not kidding.
> So, who knows? No NBN fibre here, for sure. (Town population, around ~800)
> And, i guess at minimum a USB wireless dongle, which don't work near here.
> Certainly hope NBN use different measurement rubrics than Telstras Next G.

I don't know about different metrics but certainly NBN Co will be using different technology from Telstra Next G.

The NBN will be providing the 94th through 97th percentiles of the population with fixed wireless, not mobile. So no USB dongle for you, Stephen, but a box on the wall of your house and a suitable antenna pointing at the tower. You'd then plug your router into that box.

I don't think NBN Co has selected the specific customer premises equipment yet, but that could like the things in  this photo http://arseh.at/1ej or this one http://arseh.at/1ek [which includes a Wi-Fi repeater] or this one http://arseh.at/1el ... they're all WiMAX devices although WiMAX has, again AFAIK, not been selected as the technology.

While Senator Conroy has been quite clear about the copper CAN being removed once fibre is rolled out, I don't recall seeing any statement about the copper being decommissioned in the areas that get wireless. I will make suitable enquiries.


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