[LINK] The market for wireless [WAS: Work on Next Generation Wireless in Canberra]

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Mon Nov 29 09:33:26 AEDT 2010

At 09:10 AM 29/11/2010, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>In the home, I can see good reason to retain the "boundary" demarcation
>at the NTU. I can do what I please in-home, as long as I can use
>Ethernet to connect to the NTU.
>Why should the NBN dictate what kind of network I use in-home?

I thought Stil's comment about connecting whatever to the 'tap' is a 
good one. What one does for mobility in the house is different from 
what one does to connect to the WAN.

One reason mobile is a problem is hills. You still need to get the 
signal and some places just can't. I did a bit of research for a 
friend here and some providers just can't guarantee a signal to her. 
She was able to get signal from another one, though.

>As for the mobile networks: we now have intense competition between
>three carriers, all of which are responsible for their own decisions
>about coverage. Where's the benefit in subsuming this into the NBN?

I agree. Let the private providers continue, as they will. The market 
will sort that out through pricing deals, etc. I don't think the govt 
should get into micromanaging that aspect. I think we're in a good 
position to have lots of choice as the technologies continue to 
advance. Glass is just going to replace the current copper to provide 
more capacity and speed at lower price per both. It is evolutionary.

Has anyone seen the life of network data for the NBN business plan? 
Has it been released yet for those details? I know they've said the 
network end equipment will handle the upgrade requirements, but I'm 
wondering what time frame they're thinking for the whole thing? 20 
yrs? 50? How long has the copper network been installed? I know it 
was starting to degrade in some places.


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