I have FTTH it just depends on where you live.
31 posts • joined 14 Mar 2014
Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip
Re: blow torch... pfft
Suggests that number is ~1000 per year, accounting for population (which india has about 53x the population) would be the equivalent of 19 people a year in australia dying. Instead very few people die in Australia:
The important part is: "Wide access to antivenom and adequate medical care has made deaths exceedingly rare with only a few fatalities each year.". 5 people died in 2018 making it ~4 times less likely to die from a snake bite here compared to India.
Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament
Re: There's an easy solution to this stupid law
If you're using those apps you are using the wrong apps. Skype already has a backdoor for interception and facebook is under pressure to do the same (if they haven't done so already). You want an app from a company that only does that one app where the reputational loss of caving would end the company if found out.
There's an easy solution to this stupid law
When someone receives a request for technical assistance the solution is to remove the app from download from Australia or replace it with a dummy app that says that it's been removed because of the Australian government (obviously you cannot say why because the stupid law prevents you from doing so) and give details on who to contact to lodge a complaint (perhaps just the local member) and watch them back down.
Australia - where the laws of mathematics are apparently not stronger than national laws (stupidity always trumps common sense).
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> ADSL2 already got the minimum 25Mbs he promised for FTTN.
(Cough splutter expletive ROFL) Minimum 25Mbs? You do realise that the maximum theoretical speed for ADSL2+ is 24Mbs and in reality most people get a fraction of that (usually a small one). That's m-a-x-i-m-u-m, sorry I had to spell it you didn't seem to understand that was maximum not minimum. I for one look forward to you explaining in a follow up post explaining how my 3Mbs ADSL2+ is in reality a minimum of 25Mbs. If you can explain that I'll be impressed.
If you're going to put forward an argument that the NBN is a waste of money please only use real facts instead of alternative facts.
Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline
Re: Move to charges based on contention instead of mb/s
| The post assumes that plans should include unlimited data.
No, that's your assumption.
What I am trying to get across is that the formula used by the NBN is overly simplistic and doesn't deliver any reasonable outcome for anyone other than the NBN. CVC pricing could be based on a tier system such that providing less than 5Mb/s per user was penalised for example (warning made up figures change them to suit what you want):
1-4 Mb/s 15.75 per Mb/s
5-9 Mb/s 25.00 + 5.00 per Mb/s above 5
10-14 Mb/s 30.00 + 2.00 per Mb/s above 10
15-19 Mb/s 35.00 + 1.50 per Mb/s above 15
20-29 Mb/s 40.00 + 1.00 per Mb/s above 20
30-50 Mb/s 45.00 + 0.75 per Mb/s above 30
50-100 Mb/s 50.00 + 0.50 per Mb/s above 50
100+ 70.00 + 0.20 per Mb/s above 100
If as an RSP it was cheaper to provide 5Mb/s per user for CVC than 2Mb/s and perception of your service was significantly better why wouldn't you (assuming you had the backhaul from the POI)? You could also announce that the 1-5 tier would no longer be available for purchase from Jan 1st 2020 and as time moves on you drop off the lower tiers and lower the prices if the ARPU got past certain benchmarks.
For at least some ISPs that would probably provide a higher ARPU for the NBN and penalise someone who wanted to provide on 1Mb/s per user. If your AVC charge was $20 you'd get at least 35.75 per user at 1Mb/s per user and more than likely it would be 45 or 50 based upon someone choosing to provide 5Mb/s per user or 10Mb/s per user (which is better than it is currently - the ARPU that is).
If they come with NBN mandated quality of service descriptions (something other than the meaningless speed tier) you'd know what the provided CVC was for an ISP which would allow you to choose one that provided the CVC bandwidth you were willing to pay for. You can play with the values to provide different price signals that guided ISPs into providing something other really poor outcomes.
Move to charges based on contention instead of mb/s
That's a relatively easy issue to fix. Have a fixed price CVC based on an contention ratio per ISP instead of a per mbs per user charge. For example:
Cont./CVC/ACCC required description for marketing
100:1/$15/Unusable performance at peak times
50:1/$20/Really slow performance at peak times
20:1/$25/Slow performance at peak times
10:1/$30/Adequate performance at peak times
5:1/$35/Reasonable performance at peak times
2:1/$40/Fast broadband at any time
1:1/$45/Superfast Broadband all the time
The trick being get the ACCC to force the ISPs to use those descriptions as a headline description for the quality of the service. I can't see anyone providing other than Adequate or better if they are required to describe the service with a defined term as a headline description of the quality in their marketing materials.
Cable was always overpriced in Australia and the bundles weren't great value. Free to air was also more ingrained here and there are laws protecting the siphoning of some sporting events to stop them from being cable only:
Since digital TV started in the early naughties we've gone from 5 analogue TV channels in some markets (to 30+ in metro areas of which about 15 contain anything remotely watchable). Compared to the US we also get a fair amount of free to air content that is cable only in the US (e.g. Archer on SBS). Now there's Netflix so cable here has no where to go but down.
The story may have been different if cable had started in the 70s instead of the middle 90s.
Hmm I'm listed for 2020 which should mean Telstra cable. One problem with that is the Telstra cable system ends about 200m from where I live. It was never rolled out where I live because the area was an infill development after the cable rollout finished. I can look forward to a NBN connection over the non-existent HFC infrastructure. I'll roll my eyes and watch the train wreck in progress.
Sounds like you're suggesting a cut in funding
Quote: "Conventional wisdom puts the FBI with 10 times the resources of the AFP, ..."
A well put argument for cutting funding to the AFP,. Considering that the USA has more than 10x the population that would equate to a 10-20% cut for the AFP wouldn't it?
Re: Remembering PINs is difficult
Why should you have to remember the PIN? In Australia you can have your PIN changed to be whatever you want (you aren't allowed ones like 1234). Assuming you haven't shared it with someone else or been robbed and been forced to give it to someone else you can keep the same PIN for life. My PIN hasn't changed since I first got some kind of card to use it with.
Re: From 30GB per person to 110GB per person
Because it accurately reflects the state of broadband for most ISP customers.
Also it's rather advanced since not every place (in Victoria at least) had subscriber dialing until some time into the 80s. In a very small mallee town from 1979-82 our phone had a knob of the front that you turned to get the operator to answer and you told them what number you wanted to call or the town and number you wanted in the case of another manual exchange. The operator was a very nice lady who everyone knew because of the size of the town so you usually had a chat with her before your call went through.
Its worth less than A$9 a copy on a commercial basis
Presumably you could avoid at least paying the cost of downloading the film by finding a second-hand or bargain bin copy of the DVD and only be left on the hook for your share of the legal proceedings if the letters ever appear.
It's currently available for 12.98 as part of a buy 2 get one free offer at JB:
That values the movie at less than A$9 per copy if you want to get a few others as well.
Re: Nothing wrong with Australian Internet...
Yes, and you probably live near the exchange and get 20+Mbps. You didn't stop to think about anyone else who may be further from the exchange (like me getting under 3Mbps down where a gig takes a long longer than you).
Basically you're saying "F everyone else I'm ok". Ever thought what may happen if you move and you find yourself unable to get cable, ADSL, or you're far enough from the exchange that you only get 2-3Mbps or (shudder) have to rely on 3 or 4G wireless at extortionate prices?
Re: I just want 5mbs, relaiably
I think you missed his point. He seems to be arguing that Akami has a better idea of speed than most. It's less about ISP service and more about physics some people live a long way from their exchange.
The ABS statistics while interesting are somewhat misleading. They measure "advertised" speeds - ADSL2+ is almost definitely lumped into the 8-24Mb range. I have ADSL2+ yet my sync speed is 3 down 1 up because I'm 4.9km from my exchange (despite the fact that there are two other exchanges within 2km of my home - I'm unable to get service from those exchanges or at least unwilling to make the switch because there's no guarantee that I will get ADSL2+ ports at those exchanges). There's no cable here because the estate where I live was created after the cable roll out.
It's not surprising that Akami's measurements are significantly worse than the ABS stats but the Akami stats are more likely to reflect reality that any advertised speed for broadband service.
Most people who bemoan the NBN do so because they live close to an exchange or are in a cable area and can get fast broadband (the amount of people who seem to think FU we don't need no NBN because I can get fast speeds therefore everyone else must be able to is astounding).
Re: Oh dear
> Not everything american is bad, that's a tad racist!
The comment is a tad daft.
The Americans are not a race of people. They are citizens of one country - the USA. Using the term racism in this way (by a lot of people) causes the term to lose it's impact and, to be honest, it's meaning.
I've been battling with @CommsAU to have HFC downgraded to an E for availability for RWOD:166. It's available to ~6 properties out of the usual 150 that are mean to be in an area. Rating A/E for ADSL (~2Mb/s) but they have rating A for HFC (which implies that 80+ % of home can get it). Pity it's not actually installed for most places since the homes were built after the roll out finished.
The myBroadband site has abysmal quality data and the fact anyone actually made any original NBN decisions based on that data just astounds me.