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Fibre to the node

By KT67 - 8 August 2013 140

Living the Liberal parties future of the NBN, fibre to the node, right now. My ADSL2 speed has received a major rev up with the fibre to the node which has been laid out in the inner north. One can only think how fast an actaul fibre to my house would deliver 🙂

Now all I need is to get my hands on a share of the poor mans gold they are removing from the surrounding streets in the form of huge copper cables.

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Fibre to the node
agent_clone 5:39 pm 08 Aug 13

watto23 said :

And this is the big problem with the broadband debate in this country. Labors plan is the best, however it will take time and cost more money now. FTTN, can be done quicker, can save money now, but will cost more in the long run with maintenance and a higher cost of upgrade. But hey who lets facts get in the way of winning an election. Between Boat People and the NBN I’m pretty disgusted by the politics being used.

Especially as with the current rate of increase in copper mining it looks like deposits may run out in aound 25 years, which would make the price of copper rather expensive (current prices are apparently rising)… We also need to add in the fact that a fair bit of the copper infrastructure is aging and needs to be replaced.

Personally I think that longer term Labor’s broadband plan will have a cheaper cost to Australians’ in the long run unlike the LIberal’s plan due to the maintenance and upgrades that will be required in the future. The Liberals are touting that their plan is cheaper but I wonder how they have factored in maintenance etc.

Interestingly some African countries have fibre optic cables instead of copper because a number of people would steal the copper wires so it was cheaper to put in fibre optic as its kind of useless except as its intended purpose.

Grrrr 5:15 pm 08 Aug 13

One fibre manufacturer’s report on the lifespan of their product:
http://www.sterlitetechnologies.com/pdf/KnowledgeCenter/AN0001%20-%20Optical%20Fiber%20Lifetime.pdf

Deref 5:10 pm 08 Aug 13

rosscoact said :

NBN currently running at 97/38 mbs at my house so as described and saving money over previous plans. Happy as

Hot damn!! Bring it on!

Grrrr 5:10 pm 08 Aug 13

KT67, you are confusing a bunch of stuff. FttN is conventionally VDSL (specifically, VDSL2 now.)

Not sure what is being referred to – perhaps your ADSL is supplied by a RIM that just got Tophat’d? That might offer you 2 improvements: ADSL2+ sync instead of ADSL, and faster backhaul to the exchange – courtesy of new fibre, perhaps.

FttN has not “just been laid out in the inner north” .. TransACT VDSL was rolled out 10 years ago, around 2/3rd of Canberra. They claim to be upgrading the whole network to VDSL2 by the end of the year (it’s only taken them 4 years to do the first 10%.)\

dungfungus – fibre lifespan is more like 60 years, which is longer than any plans for the NBN. If fibre lifespan was 20 years, everyone would be busy replacing all the fibre they installed in the 90s. Or 80s. Which they’re not.

rosscoact 4:55 pm 08 Aug 13

NBN currently running at 97/38 mbs at my house so as described and saving money over previous plans. Happy as

Chop71 4:51 pm 08 Aug 13

watto23 said :

And this is the big problem with the broadband debate in this country. Labors plan is the best, however it will take time and cost more money now. FTTN, can be done quicker, can save money now, but will cost more in the long run with maintenance and a higher cost of upgrade. But hey who lets facts get in the way of winning an election. Between Boat People and the NBN I’m pretty disgusted by the politics being used.

I’m wondering though whether an ACT liberal candidate or current member Gary Humphries can confirm Canberra will get FTTP, because it already has contracts signed for the whole of the ACT, from what I’ve read.

I get an OK ADSL speed, but i’m in a suburb, that Transact decided to not touch and that only telstra has DSLAMs in the exchange. I’d love to have decent upload speed personally.

Wow,

Please Garry, say it is so

watto23 4:39 pm 08 Aug 13

And this is the big problem with the broadband debate in this country. Labors plan is the best, however it will take time and cost more money now. FTTN, can be done quicker, can save money now, but will cost more in the long run with maintenance and a higher cost of upgrade. But hey who lets facts get in the way of winning an election. Between Boat People and the NBN I’m pretty disgusted by the politics being used.

I’m wondering though whether an ACT liberal candidate or current member Gary Humphries can confirm Canberra will get FTTP, because it already has contracts signed for the whole of the ACT, from what I’ve read.

I get an OK ADSL speed, but i’m in a suburb, that Transact decided to not touch and that only telstra has DSLAMs in the exchange. I’d love to have decent upload speed personally.

c_c™ 4:36 pm 08 Aug 13

dungfungus said :

Removing the copper cables is a massive mistake. What happens when the optic fibre starts to breakdown in 20 years time?

You’ve got to be [bleeping] me.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:23 pm 08 Aug 13

dungfungus said :

Removing the copper cables is a massive mistake. What happens when the optic fibre starts to breakdown in 20 years time?

Lol did Alan jones mention this to you?

Mothy 4:21 pm 08 Aug 13

dungfungus said :

Removing the copper cables is a massive mistake. What happens when the optic fibre starts to breakdown in 20 years time?

…and the copper will remain intact in the ground, unsullied, forevermore?

switch 4:21 pm 08 Aug 13

dungfungus said :

Removing the copper cables is a massive mistake. What happens when the optic fibre starts to breakdown in 20 years time?

Why do you think optical fibre will breakdown in 20 years time? It doesn’t corrode like copper if it gets wet. There are plenty of submarine fibre cables that are twenty years old still going strong.

Mothy 4:03 pm 08 Aug 13

How to do figure it is FTTN? What “node” are you connected to? Sounds like regular old ADSL2 to the exchange to me!

Mysteryman 4:02 pm 08 Aug 13

I’m curious to know what kind of speed increases KT67 is talking about. Less than a megabit per second sync speed? Or more like a doubling of the previous speed?

dungfungus 3:33 pm 08 Aug 13

Removing the copper cables is a massive mistake. What happens when the optic fibre starts to breakdown in 20 years time?

peterh 3:27 pm 08 Aug 13

The reason that you are getting faster connectivity may be that the NBN takeup is decreasing the congestion. It could also be one of many other reasons. If they rip up the “poor mans gold”, before the NBN is available to you, it won’t make your connection faster. In fact, you might not have the internet at all. After all, ADSL2 runs on copper.

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