View Full Version : Australia moves closer to nation-wide Fiber Optic infrastructure

11-29-2010, 03:44 PM
In related news, copper may FINALLY be leaving our houses within the next few years as Light Peak (Intel's fiber optic solution to antiquated copper cabling with demonstrated throughput of 10 gbps, estimated to be 100 gbps @ 2020) is developed and refined.

Pathetic how slowly US ISPs are moving forward in providing decent bandwidth. Verizon's moving slower than super-chilled molasses.

Oh - right, Australia.

"Fulfilling another promise of its ambitious national broadband program, Australia's Senate has passed a bill that will split the country's biggest telco into separate retail and wholesale operations. Telstra will also sunset a big chunk of its copper wire operation, making way for Australia's massive nation-wide fiber project.

"Ever since Telstra was privatized Australians have suffered," Communications Minister Stephen Conroy declared shortly after the vote. "They have suffered with high prices, less competition and less innovative services. Today is about celebrating a significant win for Australian consumers."

The government let go of Telstra in the late 1990s. But, over the coming eight years, Australia's taxpayers will fork over AUS$43 billion (US$38 billion) to build a "world-class broadband infrastructure." The project will deliver fiber-to-the-home to 93 percent of all households. We're talking open access and wholesale only. Every ISP will be able to tap into the system.

As for Telstra—or as a government report put it, Australia's "highly profitable vertically integrated and horizontally integrated incumbent with a monopoly position in most fixed-line access in many backhaul routes"—the bill is intended to keep the company from favoring its own retail offerings over those of other ISPs that buy access to its network."

More @ http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/11/post-9.ars