Australian NBN Network – FttN?

IBM has recently announced that they are going to put in a broadband over powerline (BPL) system to

“targeted primarily at rural areas in the US where the sparse population has prevented other ISPs from laying down lines for cable and DSL services”

In Australia on the other hand we seem locked in to providing a fibre to the node (FttN) system to 98% of the population, which will include a large area which is remote and difficult/expensive to lay fibre to.

It seems to me that a BPL system would suit the Australian environment even better than the US. It would be fine to lay fibre in the major cities, but to keep the costs down, it doesn’t make sense to do the same in country areas. In the same breath, country areas should have equal access to broadband as the city. This technology seems the perfect fit.

For more info see: –

http://news.theage.com.au/technology/ibm-to-help-build-broadband-network-in-power-lines-20081112-5ntf.html

 http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2230428/ibm-gets-back-bpl-business

Telstra Pushing to Higher Wireless Speeds to Maintain Fixed Lines?

Pushing wireless internet to faster and is probably a master move from Telstra. Increasing the speed of wireless seems to make it more and more attractive to the user (obviously there are the limits per tower). However the big strategy seems to me to be that a wireless network has high latency making VOIP next to useless. This means that it is fine for browsing, but Telstra maintains its stranglehold on the public which would need to keep their landlines.

Obviously this is great for Telstra shareholders, which the board of Telstra reports to at the end of the day, but useless for customers. Just one more reason why structural separation is probably the only way to go.

I have particular experience of this trying to use Skype video conference with someone using a wireless dongle in the UK. Both systems report 8MB down, but there is a huge issue with dropped packets on their end.

How to stop paying phone line rental

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!!!