I should make it clear btw, that I am not Telstra bashing here. I believe that Telstra have every right to make a profit, but consumers deserve choice and these sort of moves mean that we will. Hopefully that will drive the telecoms market forward in a similar manner to what has happened in the UK, where telecoms are cheap and fast!
Wireless 4G technology might make things even better for consumers. Telstra, Hutchinson (3) and Vodaphone are all testing 4G technologies that give up to 42MPS…that’s fast enough for most of us! This could potentially mean a service like that of Virgin broadband, where a mobile card is used for data and VOIP, and allows complete unwiring from the copper lines.
Has the announcement of NEC’s Broadband over Power Line product just signalled the end for telephone line rentals?
With companies such as iiNet, Primus and others, now offering “Naked DSL”, which is essentially broadband plus a VOIP phone account, overs Telstra’s copper cables, data over the powerline could be an attractive option.
Currently if you buy a naked DSL account, around $15 still goes to Telstra for rental of the copper cable to the house. However if the broadband connection could be made over power supplies, the same deal could be had, minus this line rental, saving both the consumer money, and the provider with the hassle of trying to get into a Telstra exchange.
I have to say, go for it NEC, I want your product!!!