[MLB-WIRELESS] WiMAX to go Australia wide?
netwiz at crc.id.au
Tue Jun 19 10:47:25 EST 2007
Quoting Tyson Clugg <tclugg at umd.com.au>:
> On Mon, 2007-06-18 at 18:10 +1000, emdeex wrote:
>> So as you've all probably heard, the federal govt says it will roll
>> out WiMAX Australia wide with Optus and Elders.
> Hang on a second... I've got deja-vu!
> <rustling noises...>
> Yep, I was right. This rollout is most likely the flow on from the
> following enquiry back in 2002, which Melbourne Wireless took part:
Indeed - I remember this too. A lot of what people were trying to sell
or make look good is just complete voodoo and speculation. Sadly,
people may have had a sip of the koolaid ;)
> Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the
> Committee activities (inquiries and reports)
> Inquiry into Wireless Broadband Technologies
> COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
> Official Committee Hansard
> HOUSE OF
> STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS,
> INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS
> Reference: Wireless broadband technologies
> TUESDAY, 2 JULY 2002
> and also
> At the time, we (Melbourne Wireless) were interested in seeking
> clarification on the legality of our operations, citing the confusion
> between non-profit and cost-recovery and how Melbourne Wireless might be
> able to offer the Internet (real WWW, Google and all) to the general
> public and members. As we sat in Spring St, we heard the ramblings of
> many a telco CEO.
And the sad part was that it was mostly ramblings. I remember the guy
after we gave our presentation got a complete toasting... It's a great
read if you want to hear the Marketting/sales VP of (I think) Motorola
get shot down repeatedly ;)
> The hansard notes show some interesting quotes on the cost-effectiveness
> of providing "last-mile" comms to the bush. The report makes
> recommendations on the result of the enquiry. The report foreword
> starts with the following paragraph:
> Wireless broadband has an important role to play in extending
> the reach of broadband services to all Australians. There is no one
> particular wireless broadband technology that can solve all
> telecommunications problems. The future will see a mix of
> various technologies and the market should be permitted to
> determine, over time, which ones best suit particular applications.
> The government should maintain a general regulatory policy of
> ‘technology-neutrality’ (not favouring any particular technology,
> whether it be wireless or wire-line). Specific measures should be
> put in place to extend the understanding and takeup of wireless
This gets read as "nothing exists yet that will actually be good to
splurge cash on". And this hasn't changed.
> Have a read of the entire report (and the hansard notes if you can be
> bothered) and you will be in a much better position to comment on the
> WiMAX rollout. If you spent weeks of your life preparing for the
> enquiry back in 2002, then you should be an expert. :P
Agreed. It is a great read and will clue a lot of people in on the
reality of the situation.
> Tyson Clugg.
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