Thursday, 11 April 2013 05:59

Turnbull says copper can do it


In a wide-ranging address at a Sydney conference Malcolm Turnbull has insisted that FTTN and copper cabling can deliver sufficient broadband speeds.

Malcolm Turnbull used his talk at the CommsDay conference to offer a defence of FTTN. New technology such as VDSL (very high bit rate DSL) can deliver adequate speeds, he says.

“Very, very high speeds are being delivered on VDSL on fibre-to-the-node, especially with vectoring. All the vendors are talking about it, reaching 100Mbps on the so called rotting, degraded, last century copper wires.

“You’ve only got to look at Belgacom in Belgium, which is using exactly this approach for the express purpose of being able to compete with its cable company rival to deliver an absolutely guaranteed service at 50Mbps, with up to 100Mbps so that they can offer a full range of TV services and video on demand on an FTTN network.

“So the idea that you cannot deliver very high speed broadband over the technologies we’re talking about is simply wrong, and it’s been proven wrong is just about every comparable market around the world.”


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.



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