Phil Burgess' favourite consultant, Jeffrey A. Eisenach, makes a return today in the Oz. Mind you last time he was backing Telstra's FTTN plan and telling us the alternative was the Optus HFC.
Memo to all US consultants - we don't listen to you anymore - especially on the virtues of private enterprise and free markets. Telcos love "three letter acronyms". I have one for you all - GFC.
The choice is not 4G wireless or fibre, it is both and capacity demands will require it. The Australian Government will be releasing both 140 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum and 70 MHz of 700 MHz (the Digital Dividend) in 2012. Australia already has a 4G (WiMax) network in Perth and parts of Sydney and Melbourne on the 2.3 GHz spectrum.
Do swe need a new high speed access network? Yes. Telstra has been telling us so since 2005.
Is fibre the right solution? Yes? Its upgrade path is faster and further than wireless. Just remember Cooper's Law tells us the capacity of radio systems doubles every 2.5 years but Moore's Law tells us chip capability doubles every 18 months.
Can the Oz please spare us this drivel?
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