[LINK] Wireless Internet Popular in Australia

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Tue Sep 21 17:04:57 EST 2010


On 21/09/2010, at 4:52 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> On 2010/Sep/21, at 4:33 PM, Stilgherrian wrote:
> 
>> On 21/09/2010, at 4:20 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>> Strangely, I have read that the way mobile broadband is done means
>>> that it is not nearly so easy to associate an IP with a person or
>>> account.  I can't see how that would conform to European data
>>> retention directives though.
>>> 
>>> Perhaps a linker with more knowledge of mobile internet might be able
>>> to clear that up.
>> 
>> I'm not in that category, quite, but surely it depends how the  
>> network is set up and how it's logged?
>> 
>> My own own experience with Telstra's Next G network is that is  
>> sustained IP addressed issued via DHCP even if you change cells.  
>> I've been in a car travelling Cowra to Bathurst, then Bathurst to  
>> Sydney. On each of those two legs the IP address was maintained even  
>> when switching between cells, even after drop-outs of six minutes  
>> caused by driving between hills. The Radius server assigning IP  
>> addresses would also log usernames, since that's how the whole thing  
>> is billed.
> 
> That doesn't necessarily mean that users outside of the mobile network  
> see the same IP.

Agreed, but under the European Directive it's the ISP that does the logging, not an external party like "the guv'mint", so they know the internal IP addresses.

Stil


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