DonGould: What do you see people doing with this capacity that is good for our economoy and society.
I agree with anyone who suggests that 56k or even 2mbit is not enough. I have a 4mbit link and it's only just pratical for browsing media rich news sites.
I think you just answered your own question there. You would have asked the same thing in the mid 90s when most people had 14.4-56k. New markets open up, new possibilities, etc. I've already covered this.
However we already have that infrastructure in place - it's called copper.
People keep wanting to write the stuff off. Why?
Because it's 50 years old... Copper is expensive to maintain, and old copper is prone to breaking, is prone to noise, etc. Even Telecom admit this.
LTE is talking about node speeds up to 200mbits. You can put up to 3 nodes per tower with just three freq blocks. No need to dig/bore across the whole city.
Right, node speeds. UP to 200mbit/s. I already mentioned the problems with wireless (congestion, effects from weather, topology, LOS, etc).
It's more suited for lower density areas, not cities or decent sized suburbs.
Don't get me wrong. I think FTTH would be cool!!!!!! I'd love to have 1GBit into my house to play with.
However we have to be just a bit pratical.
CCNL got the go ahead almost a year ago to put 80km of fibre into Chc. At present almost every street I drive down has boring equipment parked up on it. It's not going to be lite until some time next year.
Compare this with the amount of time it's take to put up a new mobile tower that's serving way more people from the minute they turn on the power.
Every major infrastructure change comes with disruptions. Are roadworks reason enough to complain about ever upgrading roads? Wouldn't it be much better if we could just build a railway and not have roadworks all the time?
Can you tell me how we're going to put all this ftth in the ground? Who's going to do it? How much resource is going to be needed?
Let's assume money is no problem, let's face it, it isn't.... we can print the stuff!
People are a problem though. So is equipment. Were is all this new boring equipment going to come from to start with?
Chorus and other contractors I presume. This isn't my problem to figure out. Of course it's going to take manpower, money, and time. Wireless towers are no exception to this rule, so I don't see your point.
Did you think people were arguing about this in regards to roads in the early days of the country? Think of how much resources it would take to put roads across the entire country! Where does all the tar/asphalt/concrete come from? The people? The machinery?
And this new "electricity" thing. Wow, you mean you want to lay wires across the whole country to every single home??!??! Crazy! Think of the resources!
A broadband infrastructure, like building roads or power lines, requires time, money and effort. There's no doubt about that. The government has decided to finally pony up the cash and do to broadband what they did to roads and power back in the day. No one said it was going to be easy.