[LINK] Peter Martin Economist (?) blames Labor for NBN!

David Lochrin dlochrin at key.net.au
Thu Aug 10 10:38:42 AEST 2017

On Thursday 10 August 2017 at 09:50 Hamish Moffatt wrote:

> Which bit of his argument do you disagree with?

Right up front Peter Martin quotes "Australia's foremost telecommunications analyst" Ian Martin - any relation?

"Let's be clear, technology is not the issue in slow speeds," he wrote in the Australian Financial Review this month. "Hybrid fibre coaxial and fibre to the node are well able to handle speeds of 50 megabits per second and 100Mbps or more. In some places the copper component is old and slow but this is not an issue across the board and can be dealt with other than by an expensive upgrade to fibre to the home nationally."

How a technology performs under lab conditions is almost irrelevant to how it performs in the field, especially when it's implemented commercially.  And neither HFC nor the copper network were engineered to be part of a broadband network in the first place.  The article is flawed from the beginning.

We need more engineering and much less politics & economics.

David L.

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