gfxgfx
 
Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
 
gfx gfx
gfx
76665 Posts in 13459 Topics by 2085 Members - Latest Member: Jules December 04, 2021, 01:49:11 am
*
gfx*gfx
gfx
WinMX World :: Forum  |  Discussion  |  WinMx World News  |  Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
gfx
gfxgfx
 

Author Topic: Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone  (Read 691 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline DaBees-Knees

  • WMW Team
  • *****
Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
« on: April 08, 2009, 07:55:24 pm »
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/04/shocker-aussies-to-build-own-open-access-fiber-backbone.ars

Quote
In a surprising announcement today, Australia kicked off its AUS$43 billion "National Broadband Network," which it calls the "single largest national-building infrastructure project in Australian history." Not only will the fiber network reach all the way to 90 percent of Australia's homes, but it will also be open access and available for use by any ISP. The National Broadband Network (NBN) scheme has been progressing for some time, but when we last looked in on it in 2008, it was a fiber-to-the-node plan that would offer Australians 12Mbps minimum connections. It was also going to be built by a private company, but incumbent telcos like Telstra (which was government-owned into the 1990s) quickly began to make noise about the open access rules—such conditions might not offer enough of a return on investment. Critics were aghast. Why would the government invest taxpayer money into a private network that might neuter the open access rules? And why bother at all with fiber-to-the-node, when Telstra's last-mile copper network would still be needed for last-mile access at low speeds? The Rudd government appears to agree with critics. Telstra's bid was disqualified last year for not meeting the project criteria, and the government has decided to get directly involved in a much faster "next-gen" network. Today's announcement signaled the government's intent to create a private/public company to build the new network, with the government owning at least a 51 percent stake. The goal is a fiber-to-the-home network that will reach 90 percent of Australian homes; the rest will be linked with 12Mbps minimum wireless and satellite connections. The new company will build and operate the network, but the NBN will feature "separation between the infrastructure provider and retail service providers." Australia's future Internet will depend exclusively on this fiber backbone (it's possible that private companies will build another one, though the cost of such a redundant system makes this unlikely), but the backbone will be open to any ISP. The government concluded that none of the bids for the original fiber-to-the-node system "offered value for money," and it said that a panel of experts had suggested fiber-to-the-home as a better long-term investment. Given the state of broadband in Australia—which generally features low DSL speeds and low data caps—the move might turn out well for customers, but it won't be so great for Telstra, which runs the existing copper infrastructure. As the Sydney Morning Herald pointed out today, "Telstra was recalcitrant at every turn, playing hardball with the competition regulators and the Government. It lost its right to take a role in partnering the Government by not delivering a conforming bid in December... Telstra has now been caught flat-footed." Telstra's reputation has not been helped by charges that it already makes things difficult for ISPs that want access to its last-mile lines. Australia's competition regulator even filed a federal lawsuit against the company three weeks ago. Deployment of the new network is set to begin in 2010 with an initial investment of AUS$4.7 billion from the government.

Good news if you live in Australia.


Offline Mr.Snicky

  • Forum Member
  • Yep?
Re: Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 08:01:01 pm »
About time they get with it, but the thing I want to know is the exact or a rough estimate of the prices.

Offline White Stripes

  • Core
  • *****
  • ***
  • Je suis aimé
Re: Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009, 09:37:56 pm »
expensive and more expensive? ;)

at least after this is finished making secondary connections to .au primaries wont be such a pain....

-edit grammerfix-

Offline Trestor

  • Forum Member
  • Your call is important to us ...
Re: Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009, 01:16:41 am »
I am very pleased that the plan excludes the very psychopathic Telstra from having an influence in it. It appears that nothing in the network will depend upon Telstra, which will force it to become just another telecommunications provider instead of trying to be the master controller of all telecommunications. Having fast speed to the door removes the main weak link of the old system, and means that Telstra has no leverage. The price per user remains to be seen, but I expect it to be cheaper than what Telstra demands, as they charge a hefty premium because they control majority of the existing infrastructure.




Offline Bluey_412

  • Forum Member
  • I'm Watching...
Re: Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2009, 12:38:12 am »
Funny thing is, Telstra already has much of the infrastructure that COULD be used already in place, but just wont share...
and the government did not want to merely nationalise...

such was the short-sightedness of the privatisation sell-off of some years ago

Government should have retained the network infrastructure and merely sold off telstra ('Smelstra') as a retail sales network
What you think is important is rarely urgent
But what you think is Urgent is rarely important

Just remember that...

Offline Trestor

  • Forum Member
  • Your call is important to us ...
Re: Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2009, 05:41:03 am »
Funny thing is, Telstra already has much of the infrastructure that COULD be used already in place, but just wont share...
and the government did not want to merely nationalise...

such was the short-sightedness of the privatisation sell-off of some years ago

Government should have retained the network infrastructure and merely sold off telstra ('Smelstra') as a retail sales network

I agree with that entirely.




WinMX World :: Forum  |  Discussion  |  WinMx World News  |  Shocker: Aussies to build own open-access fiber backbone
 

gfxgfx
gfx
©2005-2021 WinMXWorld.com. All Rights Reserved.
SMF 2.0.18 | SMF © 2021, Simple Machines | Terms and Policies
Page created in 0.049 seconds with 24 queries.
Helios Multi © Bloc
gfx
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!