* Posts by Knoydart

181 posts • joined 7 Nov 2009


Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful


No need to apologise for the down vote, I don't have to deal with rain fade unlike your situation (I wont tell you how close to the exchange I am!).

Across the Tasman, the UFB build is a 10 year project. Now someone will always be last, you cant up skill a nation of techs overnight to install a once in a prob 50 year infrastructure build. Do you know where you might have been on the FTTP build if the original plan was executed?

Netflix and streaming video appears to be heading towards the killer app for fiber and does not have the issue as much as copper does on distance vs throughput. That and cloud based services - accounting, image storage and so on are enabled by FTTP installations. Latency is never going to be beaten but having a decent 4 lane motorway rather than the one lane bridge allows capacity for the next generation or three to enjoy and make use of.


Dear El Reg,

I think continued robust coverage of the nbn build is what is required. Yes the buffering argument is prob not the best metric to use but your humble commetards expect that nbn co (well the coalition's) mix choice of technology to be tested again and again.

A previous article on here about how fiber fetishists should give up the game because copper will deliver blazing fast speeds as long as its less than 100m in length and in prefect condition drew a lot of heated comments and showed the desire of IT bods to have a decent nationwide FTTP build that may not be the fastest build time but will deliver the better long term network architecture.

If the FTTN is going to be the dominant technology in the nbn build from now on, then well Australia is going to fall behind in the long run and have increased opex costs from keeping the copper in decent shape and powering all those nodes as well. The irony is that cost overruns of the FTTN are kicking in and price is now matching the FTTP build cost.

Anyway we look forward to robust discourse - remember to keep biting the hand that feeds it.

Another week, another leak: is morale that low in Australia's NBN?


Re: I've heard it all before

Couldn't possibly comment on the Telecom / Spark / Chorus situation but looking forward to my FTTP install in the coming weeks none the less.


Back to the future

So does this leak provide the out for nbn to launch a nationwide FTTP roll out, as it now provides the (alleged) cheaper option to deliver the nbn rather than FTTN? It would allow a bit of face saving and for Australia to finally get a decent broadband network that is fit for purpose rather than butchered copper / HFC mix that the Collation seem to crave right now

NBN rollout behind target, claims yet another leaked report


So how is the FTTN roll out then El Reg?

Going to suggest having a read of this

Law enforcement's next privacy overreach will be the metadata of things

Black Helicopters

Tin foil hat not required.

Excellent commentary and this should be revisited every time someone mentions "Internet of things".

Spare ship found to fix broken submarine cable slowing Oz internet


Papua New Guinea looking forward to this too

Having talked to one of the PNG telecoms guys last week at APRICOT in Auckland and showed him the news, he was very happy. They are currently struggling using satellite for the most part, which is rather expensive, has an increase in latency and a substantial reduction in capacity. When the news came out that the Basslink cable was out for a decent amount of time, he was not best pleased.

If you're reading this on your phone, pray you're in Singapore

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Rural New Zealand roll out

A couple of reasons for the New Zealand rural roll out. The cell cos have roll out coverage obligations - for both 700 MHz and 2600 MHz for the next few years. Secondly Spark (formally Telecom NZ) have traditionally had better rural coverage, and Vodafone (the current leader in the urban game) are trying to get all the dairy dollars on to their network.

Telstra dominates NBN retail, but less than you might think


Different Torygraph

Oz also has a Daily Telegraph and I'm not sure the Barcley brothers cash has reached the Southern Hemisphere yet.

Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase


Re: Puntastic

A little passed beer o'clock... 4am here in the land of the long white cloud


I'm surprised they didn't try a ewe turn when confronted by the 4 legged road flock

The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show


Playing to the stands

Quite possibly Netflix are playing to their content suppliers, who obviously want to keep content in regional silos for as long as possible. If the game of whack a mole on the VPN route is not too fast, then Netflix only annoy a small customer base but outwardly show they are doing something about the "problem" to their suppliers.

Telstra costed fibre to the premises before it was Telstra


Oh Australia

So close yet so far. You could have paid the costs of getting that fibre into the ground 20 years ago and then just upgraded the end points as the technology progressed. Just remember to enjoy the FTTN roll out and all that relaid copper for the next 20+ years.

Queensland council plans own optical fibre network


Re: Fibre consortia do work, just not to homes

To be fair in Wellington, it was stringing up fibre on the trolley bus wires which is how city link started but yes infrastructure by Wellington city council was ahead of Telecom NZ at the time


Federal bind

"The federal government, on the other hand, can probably be expected to be on the side of the councils. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly stated his support for infrastructure-based competition, and can hardly be expected to send in the country's telco regulators to block such projects."

There is the rub. The Prime Minister wants nbn to succeed but at the same time wants competition - interesting times ahead.

Maybe a similar situation is the current TPG FTTP verses nbn FTTN build and this might shed some light on how things might pan out.

A possible compromise would be the Rockhampton council to help fund nbn to take fiber to the doorstep and therefore everybody wins.

Cell networks' LTE-U will kill your Wi-Fi, say digital rights bods


Managed unlicensed bands don't really work in practice. You either get tragedy of the commons aka the 2.4 GHz ism band, a semi private park which is what we tried in New Zealand under the term managed spectrum park which has not been the roaring success it looked on paper because as soon as people pay any kind of money they want exclusivity and tenure, or you have full blown private spectrum which creates barriers to market entry and you are dammed any way at all in which you try and allocate it.


Re: Screw the telcos, where can I get one?

If the vendors are just trying to offer extra capacity to their customers then you won't get a look in. The way I read it that it will be primarily used for supplementary down link for packets of data that are not time critical. Vendors and networks use their paid for spectrum for time critical packets carrying that voice call or live stream of a kitten playing with a ball of wool

SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable spur borked until November 10th


Indonesian Government permits?

Is this delay tied into the locals wanting to issue permits to repair / use only local crews? Or have the Indonesians finally seen sense and seen that cable laying and repair is an international game

It's almost time for Australia's fibre fetishists to give up


I'm sorry but have to politely disagree with you Simon. If you are having to replace the copper in the ground to get these technologies to work, then that's a fail. FTTN has be sold as the cheaper option for nbn deployment but turns out its not the case by the nbn's own recent numbers.

Once you get the fibre in the in the ground, you just replace the terminal equipment as technology improves and customers want faster speeds.

Australia will be dealing with this decision for the next 20 plus years and a certain incumbent telco will be laughing all the way to the bank.


So you think that Oz should pay the same as deploying a FTTP network and fix up the copper that's duff so that G.Fast and FTTN will work for a bit longer.

Its already been said on this wonderful site that FTTP is the end game, why spend $53B or there abouts just to keep copper running?

Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center


Being done already

There are numerous examples of data centers piping off their waste heat already. A certain London internet exchange building has head exchanges installed at the start to help provide heating to the residential block next door.

Waste heat reuse is tricky (its a very low form of energy) but can be done. Swimming pools and district heating systems are easyish ways of doing it, but getting it back to electricity is not beyond the realm of technology and means you can reuse the energy either on site or resell to the grid.

Think your mobile calls and texts are private? It ain't necessarily so


Greenland goes red

My guess about Greenland being red on the SS7 map is that they have one Telco and therefore if they have SS7 issues, the whole of Greenland has an issue (in SS7 terms). It's a scary situation but one that likely won't change quickly.

Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem


machine that goes PING

Disappointed there is no machine that goes PING or a least a photo of said machine

Deluded Aussie geeks hail Turnbull's elevation to prime minister


Re: Universal FTTP isn't dead and to say otherwise is wrong.

I would love to say you are right but at the moment it appears that political dogma is trumping technology progression. The cost for nbn mk3 will be the same again and then some. However New Zealand might have a few spare fiber jointers come 2025 so I'm sure we can send a few across the ditch.


Re: NZ 1 Aus 0

Not sure how the Aussies messed it up so bad. The NZ government even kicked into touch the offer to nationalize the limited HFC network to ensure a FTTP build to 75% (make that 80% in the next 10 years) of the population.

The next challenge for the NZ government is to work out the policy for RBI2 and to try not to overbuild all the regional players that are already connecting a significant part of rural New Zealand.

Sadly my UFB fiber is still a couple of years away but right now I have VDSL to one of the central Wellington exchanges 50 meters across the road to make up for it

In redneck heaven, internet outages are the American Way


Spade fade

So are shot gun holes the southern United States equivalent to Spade fade?

The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Soooo ermmm

I think you are missing an icon there

AGL trumps Tesla with batteries-and-solar-cell package


Already on the go in New Zealand

Vector (one of New Zealand's line companies) have been offering a grid tied battery solution for a number of years and had a reasonable number of units installed through their operating region.

Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains


There is a push to move rail users of GSM-R as it seems to punch a hole in one of the LTE bands, causing Europe wide problems. However the LTE for safety applications is still a wee way away it seems and doing a Europe wide replacement and roll out of kit is not going to come cheap.

Good luck as its a thorny problem to solve.

The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons


Re: Dealing with the waste heat

Already been done. There are sites in London and Helsinki doing it but the effort required to extract usable energy from the waste heat is difficult to say the least. That or you do what the Dutch are doing and shipping servers direct to people's houses to provide heat.

Fire, well you want to keep warm...

AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

Big Brother

Re: Is this for Unlimited?

You will proberly get hit by the Verizonlike super cookie so they get thier $29 per month pound of digital flesh

Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G


ITU working away on mm wave

So the ITU-R Study Group 5 working party on IMT systems is meeting this week in New Zealand, and future use of mm wave for cellular use (above 6 GHz) is on the agenda. Will be interesting to see what comes out after next Wednesday and heads towards to World Radio Conference at the end of the year in Geneva.


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Never learned anything from history?

Those fine young men with their flying machines need to read the history of Teledesic and then decide if its a good way to blow a wad of cash?

Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...


Typically if the location of the fault is "known", they use big grappling hooks to drag the cable to the surface up to the cable repair ship, then splice the ends in the on board clean room, test and sent it back down.

If the amplifier has gone faulty, they have to send down an rov to cut the cable first, and then drag up the ends to fix and splice the cable.

Added to the fact that you have to get a specialist cable repair ship first to the scene (check up the stupid situation that Indonesia pulled recently about only using a locally flagged vessel), then find the cable on the sea bed, then there are multiple layers of protection on the cable itself and usually around 10,000V too on the power supply wire, as you need to power those amplifiers somehow, its not as simple as a choc block and some heat shrink bodge.

Lab icon, as clean room required to fix it.

What We Do In The Shadows? Laugh ourselves silly, mostly

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Vellington - dead and loving it

Glad this has finally been picked up by those in the Mother country. Having lived in Vellington for 6 years including a spell in Karori - go the Karori Zombie Society, its got its fair amount of in-jokes but should appeal to those have never visited the land of the rings but have a dark sense of humour none the less.

NBN Co reports fibre traction and Telstra action


Re: It's not a fair cop (per)

Just cross the ditch and come and enjoy what will be a 75% minimum fttp build in the next 6 years here in New Zealand. I think we passed 50,000+ premises a few weeks ago too. Not bad for a bunch of hobbits hanging out in the shire*.

*New Zealand does not really contain hobbits much as the terrible Air New Zealand in-flight safety videos wants to make you believe.

Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget


Re: No video

I'm getting 4 windows of the same video!

'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator


Re: They are probably right

Yes keep your feet dry, drive straight to the data centre and plug in your optical splicing box of choice across the incoming fibre feeds. It would also capture any peered local traffic - in this case the land of the long white cloud (no not that cloud!). I mean look at that GCHQ site in the middle east that is on shore, keeping the spooks nice and dry but within camel spitting distance of the cable landing station...

In-flight slab-fondling and mobe-stroking in Australia at last

Black Helicopters

And on the east Island...

It seems the Kiwis were at least a month ahead of our cousins across the ditch, with Air New Zealand allowing us to use our fondleslabs from gate to gate without powering them down for take off and landing.

Black helicopter as I'm sure they are hardened against unfriendly EMC emissions

Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

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Re: Regina

Loving the eye brow action from Regina

GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

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Start tracking them young

I guess any team that shows significant skill, even outside of the qualifying group will be tracked by GCHQ for the rest of their days. Probably a cheap way of identifying those with the skill set to wage a cyber war early on in life.

Danes cram 43 Tbps down ONE fibre using ONE laser


Re: 288 fibre strands

I think you'll find the technical term is spade fade.

Nuclear blast as no jcb icon...

Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms


Re: They don't seem to have addressed the point

Not just in Europe. Out here in the Pacific we have already have MURS based devices coming in from the US and attempting to explain the use of devices in this band to one track minded members of the public is difficult to say the least.

Going to sound grumpy but Daniela and Jorge, you really need to consider the compliance implications and markets you are aiming for. What are your plans for supplying outside of the US? Because your backers will want sales and growth, and people on the interweb will want the next BIG thing.

FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

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East Island visit

Look forward to the New Zealand one, maybe you can do an SPB pie tasting special?

GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?


Re: a visit from one of your local spectrum police if you are really lucky



What's the frequency Kenneth?

I think you might want to note that across the pond (or Pacific), the 151 - 154 MHz block operates as licence free general user spectrum for our cousins. Elsewhere in the world, that block is occupied by licensed services so any Gotenna use outside of the 50 might prove problematic to say the least, you might even get a visit from one of your local spectrum police if you are really lucky

The Internet Party forms alliance with Mana in NZ


Its a KDC vehicle left right and centre. However what ever your opinion of our German via Hongkong resident, its a pretty interesting move. Use the MMP system to get your own soap box for the next how many years before the Feds cart him off to Gito on a second degree trumped up charge of civil copyright theft aka youtube. Anyway I'll pop might tinfoil hat away shortly

Revealed: GCHQ's beyond top secret Middle Eastern internet spy base

Black Helicopters

Black helicopters galore

Well if you guys didn't have your card marked before today, the black helicopters will be circling vulture central shortly. The revelations are not surprising sadly, but the scale of commercial tie in is impressive. To build a facility or two does not coffee cheap, so the uk tax payer hopefully will get some decent return on their investment cough cough. I wonder if gchq gets a good discount at the local b&b in Bude when they go to check on their installation?

Crikey! Three can buy O2, EU regulator says


Re: Really Voda?

I thought it was the T-mobile and Orange that merged to form EE and surpass Vodafone UK size wise? Hutchinson (under the Three UK) brand are still a separate player in the UK market along with 02 (UK)

Reg hack scores coveted journalism prism


Jolly good show

Well do on both the nominations and award to the Vulture South team members.

Keep up the good work



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