1 Gigabit NBN Speed Tip of the Iceberg

Can the NBN be canned if a Liberal government was to assume power? I’d like to think not. Who knows, there might be riots and a social upheaval if that hypothetical scenario was to take fruition. Realistically though, I think the Liberals would have an extremely tough time trying to pull the plug on a Labor NBN.

As recent as last week, Mike Quigley (NBNco CEO) advised Senator Stephen Conroy (Communications Minister) that the NBN was capable of more than 100Mbps. In fact, Mr Conroy made it known to the media that the NBN was now capable of achieving 1 gigabit per second broadband speeds. This is 10 times faster than the previously announced 100Mbps speeds and almost 1000 times faster than what many ADSL broadband Internet subscribers are actually experiencing now. Speeds such as 1Gbps can certainly pave the way for undreamed of  innovation and future opportunity.

Now, if Tony Abbott finds this announcement hard to swallow (not just because he’s a self confessed tech illiterate geek), moreover because of the timely turn-around of  the Labor announcement that stipulated the NBN is now capable of 1Gbps speeds. Well it’s true Tony, it is!

Be it clever Politics or be it coincidental timing, the fact is that a Fibre Optic NBN is theoretically capable or achieving much greater speeds than just 1Gbps . Only back in March this year did Japanese Telco NTT record a Fibre test speed of 69.1 Terabits (yes more speed interpretations required).

1 Terabit per second data transfer rate equal to:
1,000,000,000 Kilobits per second
(Typical ADSL Speed is 1500 Kilobits)
1,000,000 Megabits per second (100 Megabits original  proposed NBN speed – Tony is proposing 12 Megabits)
1,000 Gigabits per second (1 Gigabit proposed upgradeable NBN speed)
1 Terabit (Future achievable Broadband NBN speeds – 69.1 Terabit speed reached in Japanese NTT test)

So in other words a fibre optic NBN has the potential to be literally ‘Lightning Fast’. As for breaking it down a little bit in terms that Mr Abbott might understand – Fibre Optics is all about harnessing the speed of ‘bright lights’ Tony, ‘bright lights’! But be warned Tony, bright lights can ‘blind you’…. so much so that it may send us all back into the ‘dark ages’ if the Libs were to take down the Government.

Australian Federal Election 2010 – Vote 1 NBN

I’m not here to preach or tell you who to vote for come election day on Saturday the 21st of August 2010, that’s not my agenda. You see my passion and belief lies with an elite broadband network that will give Australians the best possible opportunity to compete both here and abroad as we move deeper into the 21st century. So,without actually telling you who I’m voting for, I can tell you that it will be different to the last Federal Election.

My beef is with ‘politricks’ and that Australia’s future and prosperity is essentially being held for ransom purely on the outcome of the 2010 election. If you’re a Liberal voter and believe in Labor’s vision of the NBN, it’s a real pity because you’ll be locked into the Liberals alternative which is ‘more of the same’ of what we have now. Seriously, that equates to a non innovative, restrictive, disjointed and anti-competitive Telecommunication industry!

From my perspective, which consists of working within the industry for the past several or so years, I’ve been able to closely monitor key aspects of Australian Telecommunication eventuation (or lack thereof), and without purposely meaning to sound pro-labor, I can tell you that Labor’s proposal for a National Broadband Network is by far second to none.

Frankly, now that both major parties have revealed their policies on broadband, it’s been made extremely evident (especially to non bias Telco Industry professionals) that there’s a huge overwhelming divide between the two policies. Fundamentally, one is saying there’s nothing wrong with what we have now and the industry will remain in the hands of the private sector and take care of itself. The other is saying, we know there’s issues, however here is an alternative that will rectify the issues and provide the majority of Australians with a State-of-the-Art Broadband Network that will drive us forward to maximise future opportunities and prosperity.

So here’s the deal if your voting preference primarily revolves around Telecommunications – Vote for the Lib’sand get more of what we had pre 2007 on a ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’ scenario. Vote for Labor and get an elite broadband network that will pave the way forward with new and innovative opportunities…. Hang on, there’s another choice if you want the NBN but are unhappy with the Labor party… Vote Green with a Labor preference – This will be considered as a ‘protest vote’ for Labor which essentially says there’s something wrong with LABOR (and LIBERAL), however the prefernce will still count toward a vote for the NBN.

I know it might be difficult for many of you to see beyond your current broadband uses and to possibly imagine the future benefits of a Labor built NBN… However I dare you to try and imagine a society if we were still reliant on older technologies such as operator connected phones, non-electric typewriters and tools etc…, What would our country be like if that was the case? Possibly a little exaggerated huh, but the current Liberals policy on Broadband really lacks any type of vision for the future which, and as I’ve already stated, it means more of the same.

Vote 1 for the NBN!

WiMax Wireless cheaper for ALP school plan

According to BigAir in a recent article, Labor’s plans to equip 2500 schools with very fast Internet could be cheaper using Wireless Technology. Kevin Rudd promised to upgrade school Internet connectivity with a fibre network capable of reaching 100Mbps Broadband speeds. However, it appears that WiMax Technology could provide speeds upto 30Mbps right now, and with a simple radio upgrade down the track, 100Mbps speeds could be achievable.

“We are a little dumbfounded by the major parties calling for large-scale fibre builds to be undertaken when, in most cases, alternative technologies such as wireless broadband can achieve the same results at a fraction of the cost and without lengthy construction delays,” said BigAir CEO Jason Ashton.

“These links are easily upgradeable and speeds up to 30Mbps can be achieved without changing the existing equipment, and even 100Mbps or faster is available with a simple radio upgrade,” Mr Ashton said.

Read the entire article at

Coonan lies over WiMax speeds says Conroy

In an Election ’07 debate held last week on the Sky channel, both major Political Parties went head to head over Australia’s Telecommunication issues, namely Broadband. Labor Communication’s spokesman ‘Stephen Conroy’ accused Coalition Communication’s Minister ‘Helen Coonan’ of not only lying, but rewriting the laws of physics.

Although there are no official regulations and reports that support or condem these figures, it appears that most WiMax enthusiasts tend to agree that Coonan’s WiMax Speeds figures fall way short of actual speeds attainable, unless we’re living in a ‘perfect world’.

“There are so many things that are technically wrong with what Helen has just said. Internode is not suggesting that it can get 12Mbps at 25km. That is just a lie. Internode can’t get 12Mbps to 20km. The Minister continues to rewrite the laws of physics,” he said.

“If she was a business, Graham Samuel [head of the ACCC] would fine her for false and misleading advertising. He requires Internode, he requires every wireless provider to use the words ‘up to’ 12Mbps,” continued Conroy

Unfortunately for Coonan, and for rural Australians, we’re still far from a perfect world.

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Broadband and the Election

As the forthcoming Federal Election gears up a notch, Prime Minister John Howard says Aussie Broadband Speeds are OK, Labor talks $8billion dollars for new joint Network, and reports show Australia is lagging behind leader Japan with speeds 35 times slower. Howard says Broadband Internet speeds will be improved over the next couple of years, but it might be a case of too little too late. A recent report also suggests that we’re paying 9 times as much for our Broadband services compared to other countries. While the Libs appear to have dropped the ‘ball’ on Broadband, Labor commits to plans for developing a Broadband Network in conjunction with the Private sector which will pave the way for Broadband speeds 40 times faster than whats currently available.

Opposition communications and information technology spokesman Stephen Conroy says Labor wants to use the $2 billion Communications Fund to build partnerships with the private sector and roll out an $8 billion national broadband network.

Prime Minister John Howard has defended Australia’s broadband speeds.

“We are laying out speeds of 12 megabits per second for 99 per cent of the community,” he said.

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Labor to replace ‘second string’ FTTN task force if elected

Should the Labor party win the upcoming election this year, it appears one of the first things on the agenda will be to replace the ‘second string’ so called expert task force picked by the Coalition government with some ‘real people’ that are in the know when it comes to grass roots Broadband and it’s potential impact and future for our country.

Labor has said it is prepared to work with the government’s existing WiMax plans if it wins the next election — but the party’s shadow Communications Minister is getting the knives out for the Coalition’s expert taskforce on fibre-to-the-node (FTTN).

“We will be starting again with our own [taskforce],” he said, “and with someone who knows something about telecoms.”

Should Labor come to power in this year’s Federal elections, the Coalition’s fibre plans are likely to be dismantled and replaced with Labor’s own AU$4.7bn vision of Australian FTTN.

Read the entire article at ZDNet.

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‘Better the Devil you don’t’ implies Sol

Telstra boss ‘Sol Trujillo’ has suggested that a change of government could not make things any worse for Australia’s Telecommunication policy. While attending an Australian Investment conference in New York just recently, he also went on to add that Labor leader ‘Kevin Rudd’ has a very definitive view on the importance of Broadband as an economic policy in Australia.

“I think … (Labor leader) Kevin Rudd has articulated a very clear view that says broadband is at the centrepiece of his economic policy.

“I personally believe any leader in any government around the world has to think that way.”

Read the entire article at Australia IT


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FTTN over WiMax says Labor

While the current government has committed to a WiMax rollout for the bush, Labor communication spokesperson Stephen Conroy has suggested that providing these rural areas with wireless Broadband is a mistake and added that a fibre-to-the-node network would be much more faster and suitable. He goes on to say that the WiMax speeds will fall way short of the mark in which the government has advertised, and that a Broadband FTTN network will have minimum speeds that are 40 times faster than todays average.

Senator Conroy, writing today in The Australian, said that the government’s choice of fixed WiMax to supply broadband to bush users was a mistake, adding the technology will not provide the speeds the government has advertised — 20 to 40 times faster than those rural residents currently receive.

That is why Labor has proposed a national broadband plan that extends the superior technology, fibre-to-the-node, into rural and regional areas, to offer not just city comparable pricing but parity of service. The fibre-to-the-node service will deliver to 98 percent of Australians guaranteed minimum connection speeds that are 40 times faster than today’s average.

Read the entire article here at zdnet

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