[LINK] Fibre and no copper?

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed Nov 3 07:56:26 AEDT 2010

Stilgherrian wrote:
> 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.

It is worth distinguishing between Satellite and the
terestrial options
Mobile Wireless (GSM/CDMA based)
Fixed or rather stationary Wireless  (means not guaranteed
while moving but can easily be relocated - IBurst and
Unwired were/are examples)
Directional point to point Wireless
and WiMax
> <The current WiMAX revision provides up to 40 Mbit/s[1][2] with the IEEE 802.16m update expected to offer up to 1 Gbit/s fixed speeds. The name "WiMAX" was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability of the standard. The forum describes WiMAX[3] as "a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL".[4]

Note also that TV/RADIO coverage is also an issue in the
bush (though broadcast tv/radio is easily dealt with via
satellite where latency isn't an issue)

And In case this story didn't make it to link...
> The Australian has been caught out misrepresenting the 
views of the richest man in Japan, Korean-Japanese IT
billionaire Masayoshi Son, as part of its campaign against
the National Broadband Network....

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: 0414-869202

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