Copper telecommunications networks used for delivering DSL broadband to most homes today in Australia and around the world are capable of faster internet speeds than they are now, but only if the networking community gets working on speeding them up.
25 Mbps Broadband Speeds by 2019: Stupidest Policy Ever?
Abbott’s Internet shows faux salesmen pitching the proposed plan by the current conservative opposition, lead by Tony Abbott, to deliver these speeds by 2019 in random street encounters in various countries. The reaction is generally one of laughter or shock — that the speeds are so low compared with what is currently available throughout the world, that the plan to deliver those speeds is going to take until the end of the decade, or that the proposed costs to consumers are ludicrous.
That is the view of Patrick Lo, the global chairman and chief executive of home networking giant Netgear. Speaking to Fairfax Media while on a visit to Australia last week, San Jose-based Mr Lo said he believed the networking and research community was likely to find even better ways to deliver broadband via copper at much faster speeds than are achievable today.
The Coalition passionately believes in delivering super-fast broadband to Australia, writes Malcolm Turnbull. But it’s wrong to dismiss anything other than fibre-to-the-premise as a ’19th century’ alternative. A rational telco would not simply go to academics and see which technology will deliver the fastest speed. They would also be concerned about how much consumers are willing to pay for higher speeds and how long it will take to deploy. After all, there’s no point talking about the advantages of e-Education if your kids will have packed up from school and graduated university by the time it’s delivered. That is why by far the most dominant technology being deployed by the world today is VDSL-enabled fibre-to-the-node.
Australian households would be about $3,800 a year better off in 2020 with super-fast broadband like Labor’s National Broadband Network (NBN), according to new research. Independent forecaster Deloitte Access Economics, which was commissioned by the Government to evaluate the benefits high-speed broadband would bring to families, notes the NBN would help make the nation a “fully digital economy”.
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