Deloitte predicts worldwide spectrum shortage

A Spectrum shortage will effect network performance like lower speeds and dropped calls as broadband demand exceeds supply in Australia and globally. Heres an interesting article by Stephanie Mcdonald explaining more:

Deloitte has predicted a spectrum and broadband shortage around the world on the back of growth in smartphone shipments and global 4G rollouts.

Deloitte has released the predictions in its 2013 Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report. The company has predicted that more than 200 operators in 75 countries will provide 4G by the end of 2014.

“We are likely to see lower prices initially to encourage use, but this won’t be sustainable. Despite LTE spectral efficiency, it will still cost carriers US$5 to US$10 to carry 1GB of data, sufficient for streaming one to two hours of HD video,” Deloitte Australia’s lead telecommunications partner, Stuart Johnston, said in a statement.
He said Australia is currently experiencing a spectrum shortage, which will only get worse.

“LTE, for example, is 16 times more efficient [than] 3G when it comes to moving data. But demand is outstripping technology innovation. In the seven years it took to develop and deploy LTE, wireless traffic has increased 30 times,” Johnston said.

The spectrum shortage will impact on network performance, such as lower speeds and dropped calls and sessions as demand exceeds supply, the Youcompare states.

Johnston said the phablet, which range in screen size from 4.5 to 5.5 inches, will also become a more popular device in 2013. However, the way consumers use smartphones will vary.
“[A] growing number of smartphone owners, close to 2 billion by the end of the year, some 400 million will rarely or never connect their devices to data. This is an important consideration for those organisations developing a ‘mobile centric’ customer strategy,” he said.
Deloitte has predicted that by the end of this year, mobile devices will only make up 15 per cent of Internet traffic, signally that computers are not dead.

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Keep it real says Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope has momentarily downed the Bible to spruik responsible Internet communication and how important it is not to replace direct human contact with virtual contact.

The head of the Catholic Church, who is now 83 years of age, declared the challenges that we now face within a virtual world are to be authentic and faithful in the search for friends and not to construct false and artificial profiles online.

No doubt Pope Benedict XVI is deeply concerned about youngsters entering cyberspace and considers this to be a very crucial time in history where many people are spending the majority of their time on the Internet.

Although the Pontiff appears to have accepted the online world of the Internet and social networks as an integral a part of modern life, he emphasises how important it is to limit this time and retain strong communities by spreading the word of the Gospel.

Read more at the – Beware the internet’s virtual world, Pope tells young

ISP Content Filtering Tests – Results Flawed

The Government’s proposed ISP filters which are meant to safeguard young probing eyes from illicit content found on the web have come up thumbs down after initial test results showed shortcomings. The findings have suggested that the products tested could in fact filter websites that produce illegal content or block peer-to-peer networks, however they could not identify content that is being shared across the P2P networks such as BitTorrent.

The report, released today by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, showed ISP filtering technologies were improving, however it also highlighted significant holes in current technologies to automatically filter content shared over peer-to-peer networks.


Big Brother guidelines for MySpace Facebook & Bebo

The government is considering introducing new guidelines in order to control, and make social media network entities such as MySpace, Facebook & Bebo safer for users.

When you have close to 200 million members covering these respective social networking portals, it’s imperative that safe and protective measures be introduced. Hence the Australian Communications and Media Authority recommendations which appear to be aimed at the younger generation that suggest ‘default private profiles be introduced for users under 18’, and ‘increasing the reporting mechanisms for bullying/anti-social behaviour’.

“The guidelines aim to ensure the online social networking experience remains a positive one by providing good practice recommendations to online social networking providers to assist them in providing proper protections for their users,” said Chapman.


Aussies addicted to the Screen

No it’s not the TV screen, it’s the Internet screen. Hang on a sec, maybe it’s both?

Australian’s are dumping Television as their preferred form of home entertainment in favour for the Internet. A recent report by Nielsen Online shows the average Internet use at 13.7 hours per week online, that’s .4 of an hour up on time spent in front of the TV at 13.3 hours per week.

So why is this trend occurring? Nielsen analyst Tony Marlow suggests that we’ve reached a point of Media Saturation where it may be difficult to go beyond two or three activities at any one time. However, industry group Free TV Australia disagrees by saying that the online sector is struggling to find a robust measurement of Internet usage.

The unprecedented decrease in time spent in front of the TV was a warning sign that Australians might have reached the feared “media saturation point”, at which they were unable to simultaneously conduct any more activities, posing new challenges for marketing companies.

“In 2007, according to the official source for Australian metro ratings, OzTAM, Australians watched, on average, over three hours and 32 minutes of television a day, or 24.5 hours per week,”

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Australian Broadband Survey 2007/08 Results

The results are in!  A recent Australian Broadband Survey Report conducted in 07/08 stated that more than 50% of respondents clearly voted for the Government as the entity who should be behind the next generation internet access network (FTTN). Other significant results include: Most people suggesting that Broadband prices are just too high and would be greatly influenced to change ISP’s for a lower price, higher download limits and faster line speeds. The demand for VoIP is on the up and most Broadband customers are still very unhappy with the ability of ISPs to change ‘contract’ conditions at any time.The survey was conducted over a 4 week period (31.12.2007 to 01.02.2008) with 17,881 verified participants taking part.

Below are several examples of the feedback obtained in this years ABS that perhaps both Business (ISPs) and the Government should pay close attention to.

Which entity should be responsible for the next generation internet access technologies (e.g. fibre to the node)?

Telstra  5.7%
G9 consortium  21.4%
The government  51.9%
Other (e.g. Deutsche Telekom)  5%
Don’t know  16%

Do you support the government’s policy for mandatory ISP-level content filtering (opt-out)?

Strongly agree  2.9%
Agree  10.4%
Disagree  22.9%
Strongly disagree  51.5%
Don’t know  12.3%

From the following, what is most important for you in a broadband internet connection?

Fast speeds  39.2%
Ability to download large amounts  27.9%
It is always connected  14.9%
Lower service costs  11.7%
Low latency  3.5%
Frees up telephone line  2.5%
Exclusive content  0.1%

What would entice you to change ISP?

(ISP Average)
Lower prices 75.4%  
A higher download limit 56.7% 
Faster line speeds (e.g. ADSL2+) 50.4% 

See the full report here.

Australia’s 45 fastest growing Telcommunication Companies

The demand for online content in Australia, and more so the consequence of such, has not only witnessed sharp growth for Broadband in general, moreover a revenue increase within the assoicated Telecommunication Industry.

Through the rise in demand for faster Broadband Internet in the 2006-07 financial year, and it’s various types of technology (Wireless, ADSL, Satellite & Cable), many Australian Telcommunication Providers & Companies were able to advantage and make significant profits. 

Together with faster Broadband and it’s rising trends in online video and music content along with online advertising, another relatively new online service also contributing to growth was in the area of Voice technology, namley that of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol aka Broadband Phone). 

Below is a list of Australia’s Top 45 Fastest Growing Telecommunication Companies as compiled by Dun & Bradstreet (ASIC) and sourced via

Rank Company name Revenue
FY 2007 $
Growth from FY06
1 DESTRA CORPORATION 66,829,000 438%
2 ANSEARCH 8,406,407 401%
3 COMTEL CORPORATION 8,269,339 163%
4 MY NET FONE AUSTRALIA 3,275,942 104%
5 ENGIN 17,422,398 102%
6 PIPE NETWORKS 23,933,000 88%
7 MOBILEACTIVE 9,675,243 73%
10 SIRIUS CORPORATION 4,898,000 68%
12 NETREGISTRY 12,986,000 51%
13 OCEAN BROADBAND 1,872,036 49%
14 TEL.PACIFIC 36,373,304 40%
15 UNWIRED GROUP 34,015,000 38%
16 TELE-IP 17,317,184 34%
19 BIGAIR GROUP 9,103,496 32%
20 EFTEL 34,142,000 31%
22 NEWSAT 16,561,000 30%
26 CHIME COMMUNICATIONS 204,346,760 25%
28 REVERSE CORP 50,886,000 21%
29 VISIONSTREAM AUSTRALIA 10,011,292,000 18%
31 VODAFONE AUSTRALIA 2,252,800,000 16%
32 BQT SOLUTIONS 3,236,000 15%
34 NEIGHBOURHOOD CABLE 8,167,577 11%
36 BT AUSTRALASIA 96,413,000 8%
37 MERCURY MESSENGERS 59,673,866 8%
38 GOTALK 137,550,000 7%
39 IINET 229,628,477 7%
41 TELSTRA CORPORATION 23,709,000,000 4%
42 SINGTEL OPTUS 7,597,400,000 4%
43 ITEL COMMUNITY TELCO 7,480,818 3%
44 SP TELEMEDIA 426,568,000 3%

State-of-the-Art Broadband coming

Direct Brain Surgery, conduct climate change experiements and interpret human genome in real time with precise definition through state-of-the art broadband. This could be the not so distant future according to a recent article that appeared on

The cutting edge technology, founded by Phil Scanlan, is 250 times faster than a standard Broadband connection and offers ultra high definition resolution that could allow an emergency surgical operation that is conducted by a surgeon on one side of the world who operates a robot to perform the sugery on the other. The mind boggles to fathom the potentials that this kind of techonology could offer. I imagine that only time will tell to see if this new technology is ‘the real thing’ and kicks off. The Rudd Government seems to think it might, and has vowed to test the ultra high res Broadband technology in Australian Institutions and Households.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the ultimate aim was “to deliver this sort of technology to everybody’s home”.

“A surgeon in Australia could direct an emergency surgical intervention by operating a robot in Antarctica; scientists in Australia and Japan could share research tools or operate an underwater robot exploring the Great Barrier Reef.”

Read the entire article at

National Content Filtering Floored

In a very similar and ignorant circumstances to that of the previous Liberal Government, Kevin Rudd is seeking to block all objectionable material before it can be downloaded by Australian Internet users. Many business and industry experts are declaring that this totalitarian type of censorship will not work, effect underlying ‘freedom of speech’ principles and cost consumers more in the long run along with bogging down the Internet.

It appears that Mr Rudd and Senator Conroy seriously need to slow down and rethink their entire so called ‘clean net’ plan prior to muzzling ISP’s with filtering software. What’s wrong with parents implementing content filtering at a PC level? AIIA spokeswoman ‘Sheryle Moon’ suggests that filtering should be implemented by parents at the PC level.

“This is like King Canute trying to hold back the tide” said Hostworks chief excutive Marty Gauvin. “It isn’t going to make a great deal of difference other than to make Australia a less desirable market to create digital content”

“It’s worth remebering that server-level filtering was trialled in Tasmania and was ultimately rejected” said iiNet’s Mr Malone. “There is no real way to do it accurately at a national level.”

“We think that filtering should occur at the PC level,” said Ms Moon. “It should be up to parents to make decisions about what their childeren can and cannot access.”

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Increased Internet use to cause Meltdown by 2010?

The past decade has seen a rapid emergence of Internet use that may in fact lead to a ‘meltdown’ by the time 2010 comes around. Analyst group ‘Nemertes Research’ conducted studies over the past year that suggests the Internet could drastically slowdown over the next 3 years due to core switching/routing bottle necks caused by excessive amounts of data transmissions. The studies show that Public Networks may overload, however they will not fail to operate, moreover suffer from slow access times and bandwidth restraints.  

Analyst house Nemertes Research Group has spent the last year analysing both data flows over the internet and the core infrastructure that carries it and concluded that in three to five years serious bottlenecks will occur.

The report echoes earlier warnings by the man who lead the team that built the internet’s predecessor ARPANET, Dr. Larry Roberts. He said last month that unless serious technological advances were achieved in networking then the internet was in trouble.

Read the entire article at

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