[LINK] NextG Wireless Stays Up As NBN Fibre Broadband Crashes

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Fri Feb 4 10:57:48 AEDT 2011

It seems to me that the purpose of a trial deployment is to obtain 
information. In that sense, the Townsville experience will be a success: 
NBN Co will learn about the extent of damage a cyclone will cause to an 
overhead fibre.

The Smarthouse story, in my view, conflates TV broadcasting and NextG. I 
would imagine that the TV broadcasters were using the satellite dishes 
that you'll see on any and every outside broadcast van - not NextG.


On 4/02/11 10:04 AM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> At yesterday's NBNCo Customer forum, in Sydney, there was a
> quip that Aerial Fibre as is being deployed in Townsville is
> easier to install an subject to destruction but easier to
> restore. While underground is particularly difficult to
> install in rocky areas and when damaged more difficult to
> repair.
> Apparently the NBNCo is in Tender discussions to select a
> Wireless provider. There was lots of talk about openness and
> transparency - however, the RFT is not public. Some Info on
> Partners and Tenderers here:
> <http://www.nbnco.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/main/site-base/main-areas/partners-tenders/>
>> NextG Wireless Stays Up As NBN Fibre Broadband Crashes
>> Before it's even been rolled out in major Cities like Melbourne and Sydney the NBN roll out is in trouble in Queensland, with contractors who now set to have to relay fibre to homes, incurring significant additional costs. Ironically the Telstra NextG network stayed up during the Cyclone, with TV networks broadcasting live streaming from Townsville using Wireless technology not fibre.
> <http://smarthouse.com.au/Wireless_And_Networking/Industry/N9L3M2P4>
>> THE federal government said it would closely examine damage to its overhead-fibre NBN trial site in Townsville in the wake of tropical cyclone Yasi.
> <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/telecommunications/government-investigates-cyclone-yasi-damage-to-nbn/story-fn4iyzsr-1225999547706>
> Marghanita

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