[LINK] Gillard announced a $620 million deal for two NBN broadband satellites.

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Wed Feb 8 21:19:37 AEDT 2012


I can't right now work out the capacity figures, nor can I be bothered 
for the pointless exercise of trying to correct Malcolm. He doesn't care 
a damp turd what reality says anyhow.

However: retailers of satellite can only choose from a very limited 
population of providers - IIRC NewSat, Optus and Thailand's IPStar. With 
a small pool of wholesalers, prices are high. Would any of them agree to 
offer wholesale service at a price that made 12/1 affordable? Let's see:

from http://www.activ8me.net.au/
3G per month at 6 Mbps (shaped to 128 Kbps) - $34.95 per month

30 G per month (same speed) - $99.95 per month

So. Does the price reflect the near-monopoly or the available capacity? 
You choose. Either way, Turnbull was speaking arsewards, and clearly did 
zero research.


On 8/02/12 8:21 PM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 07:53 PM 8/02/2012, Kim Holburn wrote:
>>> Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says there
>> is no need for the new satellites.
>>> "There is more than enough capacity on existing satellites and
>> satellites that are scheduled to be launched already," he said.
> Does anyone follow the satellite capacity figures here to know how
> true this statement is? I don't trust Turnbull any more. I think he's
> swallowed Abbott's Koolaid so he keeps his seat and front bench
> position. I heard him on 7.30 tonight and he was continuing on the
> party line, of course.
> Jan
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