[LINK] A national broadband network?

Paul Brooks pbrooks-link at layer10.com.au
Mon Nov 21 11:34:40 AEDT 2011

On 21/11/2011 9:43 AM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> More depressing, Nick, The Oz knows damn well that sign-on numbers of a 
> trial network do not make a story.
> RC

Indeed. The subset of users that are being charged for their service, and might on
that basis be justified in feeling their service is now "in production" and no longer
trial (even though they really are still trial), may have been charged commercially
for no longer than 6 weeks.
What was the take-up of ADSL or mobile services 6 weeks after the respective networks
went commercial, and the performance still somewhat uncertain? Not 11% I'll wager.

It also disingenuously implies that 100% of those for which the NBN is "available" are
valid members of the pool, ignoring the proportion within the footprint that don't
have any need for any broadband connection.

Its another beat-up.

The reality is that the ISPs have not been trying to sign up lots and lots of
customers while they are still working out their very manual provisioning processes,
building the IT systems to automate it, designing the pricing model, and integrating
the NBN equipment into their OSS and BSS. A few thousand customers is more than enough
to inconvenience while the wrinkles are ironed out of the end-to-end systems and


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