Thursday, 23 April 2009

High-Speed Broadband: Excess Costs and Opportunity Losses

The National Broadband Network, NBN, is a chance to correct regulatory deficiencies, address broadband network design problems & high costs and ameliorate past strategic mis-steps.
What seems missing in the designs I've seen is redundancy and self-healing...

Optical Fibre is very good for running in 'loops', and the simplest arrangement being 'counter rotating rings'. If one segment is broken, traffic can still reach the other side by going the other way around the ring/loop.

The NBN install will be the main broadband infrastructure and "local-loop" for the next 30-50 years. It's an opportunity that can't be let slip. And one that the public deserves good value for its $43Bn.

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