* Posts by Melbourne Gopher

5 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Nov 2011

AWS is now African AF as it opens Cape Town region in South Africa

Melbourne Gopher

Home to Cape Town

So AWS has come full circle given that it was first developed by a team in Cape Town.

A modest proposal: dump the NBN mess on Telstra

Melbourne Gopher

5G will be the NBN's real competition

I have mobile service with Aldi Mobile which are a Telstra reseller. A few weeks ago they switched on access to Telstra's 4G network and dang it's fast. I measured it at 50/28 Mb in Melbourne CBD and 25/25 in my inner west suburb.

Vodafone offer 18 GB fixed wireless on their LTE network for $60/month and Optus have a 50 GB plan on their LTE network for $70/month, albeit throttled to 12/1 Mb but obviously they could make it faster.

And that's available today. Imagine how much faster and cheaper fixed wireless plans will be in 2020 when 5G rolls out, which coincidentally is the same year the NBN rollout is supposed to be finished. Even if there are no delays in the NBN rollout, I think 5G will be a serious competitor since everyone will be paying for mobile service anyway, and adding a fixed home wireless service on the same bill will be an easy way for the mobile companies to recoup the investment in their mobile networks. Unlike Telstra vs the Aussie gov, I suspect Vodafone & Optus are more formidable opponents...

8GB iPhone 5c is real, but no market-maker

Melbourne Gopher

iPhone is a luxury product

Earlier this week I bought a very nice unlocked Moto G for my wife for AUD 238. It's faster than the 5c and has a bigger, higher resolution screen. In terms of hardware the only advantage of the iPhone is the camera, but I can't justify spending an extra $441 for that. Given that Motorola is now owned by Lenovo it's probably safe to assume that their phones will only continue to get cheaper.

Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

Melbourne Gopher

Anyone need some spare name server capacity?

It's not every day I read about a customer shutting down on the Reg! I run SlickDNS which has hosted DNS for thebox.bz for the past year or so and it's evidently a very popular site considering the traffic it sends to the SlickDNS name servers. Condolences to those affected.

Telstra targets SMEs in next cloud push

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They're stingy with the bandwidth: A$1/GB in and out on the pay-as-you-go plan, compared to US$0.12/GB with Amazon Web Services. Guess there'll be no Netflix style streaming services coming to Australia any time soon.

P.S. How's that NBN coming along? Silly me, thinking that a national government controlled network will drive down the price of wholesale bandwidth.