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The Need for Speed.

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Note: These are my personal views/opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

Updated 2:30pm Saturday 11 Nov 06.

For those Catallaxy readers and contributors who have been complaining about Australia’s “fraudband” and asking “when will Telstra get around to launching ADSL2+?”  – the answer is today.

This is a fairly significant development for the Australian broadband market, so is not something I could just ignore. However it’s also not a topic that it would be appropriate for me to provide my own commentary or analysis of for a number of reasons.

With that in mind, my aim with this post will be to  provide links to what the rest of the MSM and blogosphere has to say on the topic. I’ll try and keep it updated over the next few days.

Links to coverage and analysis below the fold…

Current coverage includes

10 Nov 06 – Morning

  • IT Wire  – the first site with the  most comprehensive coverage.  
  • Australian IT - brief article. (updated 10 Nov 06 afternoon)

10 Nov 06 – Afternoon

11 Nov 06 – Afternoon

  • WA Business News – West Australian focus with comments from iiNet, Westnet and WAIA. Also some analyst comments.




Written by Admin

November 10, 2006 at 7:54 am

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  1. Whatever the South Koreans are using, to get speeds 10-20 times that of ADSL2, let’s have that – for Sydney, Melbourne and, yes, Canberra, at least. We’re going to be swamped by the larger economies anyway so we need this extra speed in order just to keep up.

    Andrew Elder

    November 10, 2006 at 8:52 am

  2. I agree with Andrew.

    It does get wearisome to tell Asian students that the college is not the reason why the internet is slow but Telstra!

    I believe they have reached 1 mill mbs in the UK.

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 10, 2006 at 9:16 am

  3. I believe they have reached 1 mill mbs in the UK.

    Wrong. You’re out by at least 5 orders of magnitude.


    November 10, 2006 at 11:59 am

  4. “at least 5 orders of magnitude”

    Whoa there. Strictly speaking:

    1,000,000/100,000(i.e. 10 raised to the fifth) = 10 megabits/sec


    1,000,000/5 = 200,000 megabits/sec

    Which is it? One is woefully slow, the other incredibly fast.


    November 10, 2006 at 12:15 pm

  5. I assumed that the m should have been capitalised:

    1 million Mbs / sec

    is 10^6 * 10^6 bits per second

    = 10^12 bits/s

    I don’t think you can get > 10 Mbs / second (10^7 b/s) in the UK, so yeah, he was out by 5 orders of magnitude.


    November 10, 2006 at 12:35 pm

  6. I was reading they have just achieved that in the UK.

    I aint saying it is in every houshold or business but it has been done.

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 10, 2006 at 12:42 pm

  7. Mea culpa. I have verily made of my arse a hat.

    Homer – maybe it was 1,000,000 bits, rather than megs. As an average, that would be worth reporting. As a maximum, not really.


    November 10, 2006 at 12:53 pm

  8. Homer, the fastest commercially available ethernet card is one giga bit/second, i.e. 1000 Mbits – 0.1% of the speed you are claiming.

    This is comparable to the speed of a backbone linking the US to Europe.

    Check your sources.


    November 10, 2006 at 1:23 pm

  9. “Check your sources”

    Probably the same source as his opinions on jurisprudence, Leviticus.

    Jason Soon

    November 10, 2006 at 1:32 pm

  10. Point is: shows how poor the Telstra offering is. It’s not even a catch-up.

    Andrew Elder

    November 10, 2006 at 1:34 pm

  11. I do not claim to be an expert but the report I saw was that figure and saying it was easily the fastest in the world.
    I even have the feeling it was a test run by BT.

    Jase or torts Luke! what a testament

    Bring Back CL's Blog

    November 10, 2006 at 3:37 pm

  12. IInet has been offering ADSL2+ for over 6 months. WTG Telstra.


    November 10, 2006 at 4:39 pm

  13. BBL [11]

    You’re probably thinking of this trial by ntl in the UK, of a cable service offering speeds up to 100 Mbps. Note – it’s a trial only at this stage, not a commercially available service.

    Similarly – Cablelabs has released DoCSIS 3.0 specifications which they claim can support a theoretical maximum of 160Mbps. DOCSIS 3.0 though hasn’t even moved out the lab and into trial – but it is on the radar.


    November 10, 2006 at 4:58 pm

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