Tuesday, March 13, 2007

"Broadband drought" in the land down under

A first step is to build fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), extending optical fibre from telephone exchanges to street-corner nodes from where houses would be served by their telephone connections.

Telstra has offered to invest $4.2 billion in FTTN but has it on hold because the regulatory environment does not suit it.

Meanwhile, it is pursuing persuasion and public relations. "We have a broadband drought in this country, there's no question of that," Dr Burgess says. "This week the Government announced a broadband program at 256 kilobits per second, at almost the same time as Singapore announced a program to bring 100 megabits per second to 95 per cent of its population."


Laura said...

WHY can't we do this??

Chris Jenkins
MARCH 21, 2007
FEDERAL Labor has promised to lavish $4.7 billion to build what it describes as a national broadband network in concert with the private sector.
A joint statement from shadow communications minister Stephen Conroy and shadow finance minister Lindsay Tanner said the five-year plan would see a service with a minimum speed of 12Mbps available to 98 per cent of the population.

"The remaining 2 per cent of Australians in regional and remote areas not covered by this network will have improved broadband services," the statement said.

Fred Pilot said...

The United States can and may ultimately *have* to invest billions in upgrading the nation's telecommunications system.

The first step would be a recognition by public policymakers that the private market alone cannot deploy needed upgrades to this vital infrastructure quickly enough to keep the U.S. from falling even further behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to Internet access. Right now, many American homes remain cut off from broadband Internet access because of an incomplete system that cannot deliver advanced services over the so-called "last mile" between large distribution infrastructure and end users.

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