[LINK] Congestion (was Re: NBN to cost 24 times South Korea's faster network, says research body)

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Fri Feb 11 17:33:30 AEDT 2011

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 2:47 AM, David Boxall
<david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au> wrote:
> As far as I know, for broadcast substitution, they're not suggesting IP.
> Bear in mind that DTV performs poorly in the regions. Where fibre is
> available, it will be far more cost-effective than the subsidised
> satellite we (taxpayers) will otherwise be paying for.

I´m still confused. "broadcast substitution" means doing the "last
mile" to the TV viewer over fibre, rather than air? (DTT, UHF)?. I
thought Australia had digital terrestrial TV working for several years
now, using the European DVB standard?


"One in four pay-TV subscribers in Australia are likely to switch off
or downgrade to a cheaper package due to the increased choices now
offered by free-to-air channels, according to research by Free TV
Australia, AdNews reports."

And this:
"Full digital TV service for regional and remote Australia
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,
Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced that the Government has
partnered with regional commercial broadcasters to ensure all
Australians can access the same number of TV channels as is available
in capital cities, no matter where they live.
The Government will provide $34 million over four years as part of its
digital switchover program to enable commercial television
broadcasters in terrestrial licence areas in regional South Australia,
remote and regional Western Australia, and remote and central
Australia to deliver all digital TV channels to their audiences ___via
terrestrial broadcast__
Previously, viewers in these areas could only access two commercial
television services.
With this new funding viewers across the country, regardless of their
location, will be able to access the same number of television
services on the DTT platform.
Funding for this initiative will be fully offset from monies held in
the Contingency Reserve to support Australia’s switch from analogue to
digital television, which will be completed nation-wide by the end of

So I´d rather understand this as the NBN Co. being the transport
service for the digital TV stations to the TV viewers´ nearest
broadcast towers.... which will then use DTT (DVB) over UHF to reach
viewers using traditional means (air). :)

Or am I misreading something ?  (sorry, could be the hour, it´s 3:00
in the morning down here, and I shouldn´t be polluting mailing lists


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