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

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Fri Feb 4 11:30:14 AEDT 2011

On 4/02/11 11:16 AM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> 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.
> I agree.
>> 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.
> The ABC seemed to be trialing something as they labelled
> their crosses to Townsville (in the Queensland news bulletin
> on ABC 24 and the 7.30 report), in the lead up to the
> arrival of the cyclone, as "via broadband". It is worth
> noting, that there were digital artefacts.
> I was mystified by the labelling but the comments at the
> Forum yesterday provided a context of what the ABC were
> doing....however, it may also clarify that the it isn't
> congestion in the last 10 metres that is the problem.
I wouldn't make the same conclusion: we don't know the user traffic on 
the cell.

> It seems there is also some tweeking to be done or premium
> services to be configured/provided for Video. Though I am
> not sure of the additonal value of the picture to the still
> picture with voice - there was a window with tape on it and
> trees blowing in the background  - though it reminded me of
> that CNN scandal where the reporter only gave the impression
> of being wherever they were reporting on.
> Something I wondered about was whether there were any
> Webcams in the area and how they fared.
> Ofcourse in these disaster scenarios - Wireless appears to be the most 
> robust and quickest to restore.
> Marghanita
>> RC
>> 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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