Telstra 4G vs. National Broadband Network

  • “What we build today will always be improved upon in the future. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t build it. The Liberal party will never build something as big as this, so Labor have to.”
  • “I can’t get decent Telstra wireless signal near the NSW/QLD border now, and no ADSL is available. My signal has been dropping out every few minutes for months now, it’s a joke. I wish they would do something about the problems in the existing network before spending more money on city upgrades.”
  • “Wireless, especially from Telstra, will be so expensive as to warrant it unaffordable.”
  • NBN is already redundant and the labor government just keeps pushing ahead. SCRAP THAT PIECE OF JUNK and spend the $$ on important infrastructure”

These are the reactions of readers to the news that the Australian Liberal party is calling the NBN “less viable” now that the mobile broadband network is getting a significant speed increase.

The Federal Government’s NBN is committed to delivering minimum speeds of 100 megabits per second to 93% of Australian households.

However, in September, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said it looked as though fibre-optic speeds could hit 1 gigabit per second, 10 times faster than first thought.

I have a problem with statements like this. Theoretical maximums are hardly reality. But Australia is so behind the rest of the Western world here, why are we even throwing around theoretical maximums? Here’s the ACTUAL figures of both 4G and NBN optical speeds. Make up your own mind:

  • 3G mobile broadband average download speed: 812 kbps (US), 4 Mbps (Japan)
  • 4G mobile broadband average download speed: 5-6 Mbps (Japan, US)

Also, Bigpond News (ironically) published this report:

Putting power cables underground in cyclone prone areas would be a better investment than the National Broadband Network, the Queensland opposition says.

About 200,000 homes had their power cut after electricity lines and substations were damaged by Cyclone Yasi between Cairns and Townsville.

Opposition leader John Paul Langbroek says a long-term plan is needed to secure power supplies from the threat of future cyclones.

‘The people of north Queensland are telling me they’d rather have reliable power than broadband,’ he told reporters in Townsville on Tuesday.

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Author:Andrew Beato

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