Alternatives exist for broadband - CEDA

A National Broadband Network can be delivered by more competitive usage of existing cable, copper and wireless technology platforms, plus a rollout of fibre according to local conditions, according to a new report.


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Broadband ? What is that ? I haven't used a fixed line for the past 6 years and I'm managing ok and doing great since Tel$tra upgraded its nextG. The only thing I don't do is download DVD movies, but that is illegal anyway. :-)

near margaret river
Try living over 6kms from the exchange by old copper cable, no ADSL... Then Voda built a mobile tower 800mts away 10yrs ago, finally Optus went on it, still not upgraded to the new service. Finally Telstra new NextG is there but very expensive. We have two land lines for our tourism business for phone and eftpos/fax. Two years ago got fed up with really bad dialup and got Satellite Broadband, contract for 3yrs.... plus had to keep dialup acct due to unreliability. So costs are way higher than our city cousins or even 25kms away in Busselton. We pay $90 for 3 mths dialup, then $105 for 3G for Satellite per month....ouch! Waiting for Optus day it may happen. In Kimberly's in September the mobile coverage is abissmal. Plus most of the inland road via Paynes Find, Newman. Marble Bar had ZIP coverage..... So much for 99% being covered, funny how they work it on population not land mass for populated areas.

To-date a major barrier to achieving ultra high bandwidth in Rural and Urban Australia has been the cost of fiber deployment. The main component of the deployment cost is the physical labour to actually run the optical cabling. The best way to keep next generation network deployment costs down is to re-use the existing copper wire infrastructure to provide new high bandwidth services. To understand how bandwidths of up to 400 Mb/s can be achieved in this manner see Raw bandwidth is no longer the answer; it has been rendered irrelevant by P2P technologies such as Bit Torrent which are designed to use ALL available bandwidth, no matter how much there is of it. The only reasonable technical solution to this situation is Quality of Service (QoS) whereby all communications traffic is given relative priorities, each of which have different price points. For example: Priority 1 could be voice traffic, Priority 2 could be streaming video, Priority 3 business services, Priority 6 Internet surfing, Bit Torrent, email, etc. which could be provided for free.

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