Being on an online forum, and being a topic in the current election, I am surprised that the largest infrastructure project in the country is not being discussed here (on the very medium it is being built for) – The NBN.
Under the coalition their version of the NBN would still be the largest infrastructure project in the country, just scaled back compared to what is current.
So there is no mistake or no misunderstanding, I will nail my colours to the mast and say that I believe that the NBN (in its current incarnation) is far-sighted policy, which will benefit us in ways we cannot fully grasp in 2013, but will be seen in 20, 30, 40 years from now.
The current NBN is planned to replace the copper network that took the best part of a century to build to where it now is, and it is planned to have replaced it (to the degree it will) in just 8 years from now - a huge undertaking in anyone’s language.
Turnbull says that the general consumer does not need 100 megabits per second at the moment and is unlikely to need it in the foreseeable future… Fine… but their NBN is not due for completion until 2019, and the current version of the NBN is not due for completion until 2021, so what we need NOW is irrelevant, but what might we need in – say – ten years… in 2023?
To answer that, I suggest we look back on what we needed 10 years ago.
How many people reading this were on dial-up in 2003?
Can you still get dial-up?
Ten years ago, emails, maybe online chatting.. slow buffering video… no skype, no VOIP, no real social media. No youtube, no facebook (for what that is worth).
Do you remember how long it took to download a single web page back then?
Download a single four-minute song? You might as well have gone and had a meal while you waited… If you had a stable connection… That was 10 years ago.
Get the picture?
Wireless devices are the big things these days. They connect to the net through the big mobile phone towers (that no one wants in their backyards), or through more Wifi in the home or small areas. The wireless towers work in a narrow and limited bandwidth, and like Wifi, the more people using it at the same time, the slower the connection becomes.
How may wireless devices are in your home NOW… Imagine in a family home in 2018 with people trying to stream media on their mobile phones, or tablets, (or any other new device) and on their 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs (just coming onto the market now) through their Wifi modem at the same time… THEN, what about 2023… what NBN will such a family be connected to? Abbott’s copper-laced 25Mb/s? or fibre to the home….?
In 2003, did you imagine you would need the internet speed you need today?
In 2018, we probably will need much more than we need today… and then what speeds might we need by 2023??
Edited by Mekat, 21 August 2013 - 11:49 AM.