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Marghanita da Cruz
marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Sep 23 14:41:44 EST 2010
Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> Evan - many thanks!
> The upshot is that we don't "need" the NBN for schools and unis, because
> in one case fibre is being done, in the other it's already done.
According to the survey, not quite for schools, and I would
interpret Evan's reply not yet for TAFEs and is $100million
enough to finish the job - note the Satellite reliance:
> Similar to the 2008 survey, the 2009 responses show that the majority of schools in metropolitan and
> provincial regions are connected by fibre. The responses indicate that 50.3 per cent of schools in
> metropolitan regions (51.6 per cent in 2008) and 46.1 per cent of schools in provincial regions (46.5 per
> cent in 2008) are connected by fibre.
> Although DSL remains the second most used technology by schools in metropolitan and provincial regions,
> the percentage of schools connected by DSL has decreased compared to the 2008 survey. The 2009 survey
> indicates that 37.8 per cent of schools in metropolitan regions (42.5 per cent in 2008) and 41.5 per cent
> (42.2 per cent in 2008) of schools in provincial regions are connected by DSL.
> Of those schools in remote regions, 44.6 per cent reported using DSL (41.4 per cent in 2008), 20.1 per cent
> use satellite technology (20.4 per cent in 2008) and 19.4 per cent use fibre (20.4 per cent in 2008).
> 4. Bandwidth used by schools
> Although the use of fibre connections by schools in 2009 (46.5 per cent) is similar to the 2008 survey results
> (47.0 per cent), the download speeds used by schools has improved. 67.5 per cent use download speeds of
> 4 megabits per second or less compared to 80.5 per cent in the 2008 survey. The improvement in schools’
> download speeds are in the 5‐20 mbps range. In 2009, 29.7 per cent of schools reported this speed
> compared to 16.4 per cent in 2008. These improvements relate to schools across all sectors. See Diagram 6
> The 2009 survey results indicate there remains a variation in the bandwidth used by schools in
> metropolitan and those in provincial and remote regions. The proportion of schools in the 4 megabits per
> second or less range is lower in metropolitan schools in 2009 at 60 per cent (75.7 per cent in 2008) and
> higher in provincial and remote areas at 75.6 per cent (87.1 per cent in 2008) and 81.8 per cent (84.4 per
> cent in 2008) respectively. The low download speeds used by schools in provincial and remote regions
> appear to be due to affordability of the service or the specific contractual arrangements negotiated.
> On 23/09/10 10:14 AM, ARTHUR,Evan (Dr) wrote:
>> Richard wrote:<< School fibre programs exist under their own program. I don't know the status at this point.
>> You can find data on school connectivity, along with some background information on implementation of the Australian Government's fibre to schools initiative at: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/DigitalEducationRevolution/HighSpeedBroadband/Pages/ImplementationApproach.aspx#a survey of school connectivity across states and territories and school sectors (now that's what I call a URL).
>> University campuses are connected via the Australian Research and Education Network, managed by AARNet, normally at multi-gigabit speeds. Abundant details on the AARNet site.
>> TAFE colleges are normally connected by State and Territory networks. The Australian Government is developing the Vocational Education Broadband Network, a national backbone network with points of presence in all capital cities. Details at http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/VEN/Pages/Overview.aspx. Short version of where it is up to. A Request for Expressions of Interest process has been completed. The following short-list of respondents is being invited to respond to a select RFT: AAPT Limited, AARNet Pty Ltd, Nextgen Networks Pty Ltd, Optus Networks Pty Ltd, Telstra Corporation Limited
>> Evan Arthur
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>> National Schools and Youth Partnerships Group
>> Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
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