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Author: gaiusmarius

Australia and it's Broadband overhaul.

Posted by gaiusmarius Wednesday April 8 2009 at 8:09AM
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Australia currently only has capabilities of up to 8Mbits speeds in areas that have broadband enabled, those without broadband enabled areas (exchanges) are either left with dialup, or have a chance to get high speed wireless broadband - with a choice of 1 provider, or in rare cases, multiple providers, the 1 provider choice being Telstra, cunningly having areas where no competition exists enabled for high speed wireless.

Mane exchanges are left on RIMS, with limited port availability for ADSL, and ADSL2+ (DSLAM). Premium ADSL - speeds of up to 8mbits, from 1.5mbits were recently introduced mid to late last year, and prices are through the roof; let's look at my providers plan that I am on:
$99.95 per month
ADSL Plus Speeds (8mbits, 1.5mbits guaranteed)
40 Gbytes of bandwidth each month.
My ISP I am with is one of the few that only count downloads with the bandwidth, uploads are unmetered so I can only download 40Gb per month, where as I can upload 40Gb per month and more, some providers only allow you to download and upload a set amount (say 40Gb for the example) so I can download 40Gb, upload 40Gb. And other providers such as Telstra (with the exception of 1 plan) count both uploads and downloads in a shared pool (40gb for example) so I can upload say, 10Gb, and download 30Gb, and my bandwidth will be all used up.

Now on to the headlines, with the government in power at the moment, one of their election promises was to give Fibre to the Node high speed broadband, new technology in a old technology country. Such capabilities coming close are only ADSL2+ and cable (in city areas). And they've lived up to the promise, yet the ISP's such as Telstra and the Govt. never came to a decision and it was going nowhere, so the Govt. did one better.
Headline: Government to go it alone on FTTH NBN (NBN is national broadband network)
What does this give us?

  • Fibre to the HOME.
  • Speeds of UP TO 100MBit (unprecedented in residential areas).

However, only 90% of Australians will get it, with the other 10% being stuck on standard broadband, or ADSL2+ or in other areas, wireless, however the Govt. will upgrade these wireless areas and allow higher speed wireless or some crap like that. This was yesterday's news.

Todays news is that over 1,000 towns (1,033 to be exact) are left out of the FTTH NBN, these towns having less or exactly 1,000 population, Sky News saying 500,000 Aussies are left out of it. Source:

The whole overhaul of all this stuff comes to about $42 Billion, with the government funding a lot of it, and 51% being left to private investors such as Telstra,  Optus, Internode (my ISP) and many other companies, with Telstras track record over here a lot of us are worried of how much a part the company will have in it, Telstra is basically running a monopoly, Telstra owns all of the exchanges and has ADSL2+  enabled in every broadband exchange and only recently being forced to flick the switch to turn it on (wheras they'd turn it on in select exchanges when a competitor would install their own DSLAM equipment). So we have a right to be worried.

The Liberal party will block the bill in the senate as they say there is no evidence it is commercially viable (but they don't say it's not viable from what I see) so it's a bit of a stalemate IMO.

I will keep this blog updated with the NBN news and such as headlines reach, feel free to comment on this and so on.


gaiusmarius writes:

Also noting that I am on a RIM, and I achieve speeds of 8mbit, my ISP saying I get excellent speeds because of this particular RIM, other Telstra RIMS limit downloads to say 3mbit. While some normal exchanges people on 8mbit and ADSL2+ plans sometimes only achieve 1.5mbit (as this is all any ISP can guarantee on such plans).

If I had the chance to upgrade to ADSL2+ I would, but alas, my ISP doesn't have it's own equipment in it, and I'd be forced to either buy it through Telstra, or it's very recent wholesaling to other ISP's like Internode so they can resell it to us, the ADSL2+ reselling is a lot pricier compared to if my ISP had it's own equipment in here.

That is however, ignoring the fact that Telstras equipment has NO ports available in ADSL2+ and about 2 normal ADSL ports open (last month).

It was hard enough to get ADSL here in the first place, I got Internode to resubmit the application each time it was denied due to no ports available; RIM.

Wed Apr 08 2009 8:13AM Report
rounner writes:

It's not just about commercial viability. There is a political history of the Government buying expensive then selling cheap. Sorry for the rant, but Howard pretty much sold off everything for short term gain and I am angry at the voting public for being so stupid to be frank. I don't have confidence in Australians to not aquiesce to the same crap all over again. A bit extreme perhaps, but you can see it's not just the one issue.

Wed Apr 08 2009 8:37AM Report
sanders01 writes:

 Must of sucked for you before. I can only get one provider for wired DSL, have to have a phoneline with it, which is about ~$60 per month, but I only get 2-5mb speeds but unlimited upload/download limit.

Wed Apr 08 2009 9:55PM Report
chumpai writes:

100mb would be great, I'm paying $60 a month for an unlimited broadband plan with Telstra (but capped at 12GB for total upload and download).

That said, the government is creating an entity to compete with Telstra and presumably all the other providers, and may have to invest $49 billion of our money (I wonder who will invest billions in this plan during the current crisis?). The government has no business plan about how much it will charge customers, and you can bet that it will face fierce competition from Telstra, possibly even Telstra losing money on their packages to undermine this new company.

Add to that it will be finished in 8 years... who knows what other technology will be around in 8 years that for all we know may render this obsolete or compete with the fiber to the home network?


Don't get me wrong we need 100mb for our unis and hospitals and industry but whether it will be commercially viable to actually sell it is a massive gamble with our money.

Thu Apr 09 2009 6:02AM Report
gaiusmarius writes:

I  presume they will compete directly with Telstra's prices, meaning it probably wont be cheap, I have no faith in the current govt. providing correctly priced packages, as they will have to charge through the teeth to make their money back.

However if they do provide decent packages with good bandwidth, I'd be surprised.

Telstra will play a big role for sure.

The Howard government - just to put it out there, worked off MOST of the debts the previous labour governments put in place. And we are seeing a recurring thing again - labour spending money, and lots.

While the spending is for good things, there are some stupid things labour has spent money on.

Sat Apr 11 2009 4:02AM Report writes:
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