A third of the way to a zettabyte

A third of the way to a zettabyte

Summary: This week on Twisted Wire we look at how internet usage is changing in Australia and around the world. How are we meeting this demand and how is the cost structure changing for the service provider?

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How quickly is internet usage growing? This week on Twisted Wire we look at how usage is changing in Australia and around the world. How are we meeting this demand and how is the cost structure changing for the service provider?

In the US, many ISPs have started charging users according to the amount of data they use. Caps on plans have been a fact of life in Australia, but historically we've been told it's because of the cost of international bandwidth to the US. Now the heartland of the internet is charging users according to consumption, so obviously providers there are also struggling to meet the increased demands of their bandwidth hungry customers.

You'll hear from:

  • Kevin Bloch — ANZ chief technology officer at Cisco
  • Hugh Bradlow — chief technology officer at Telstra
  • Simon Hackett — managing director at Internode

What do you think? Add your comments in the Talkback section at the end of this post.

Topics: Browser, Broadband, Networking, Telcos

About

Phil Dobbie has a wealth of radio and business experience. He started his career in commercial radio in the UK and, since coming to Australia in 1991, has held senior marketing and management roles with Telstra, OzEmail, the British Tourist Authority and other telecommunications, media, travel and advertising businesses.

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  • By the Gig...

    Personally I'm tired of being told I have to work within a set 'plan' for consumption. A Gigabyte is a commodity item, like a phone call, its a simple calculation. But every ISP has been playing the game of "you can have this much and any more will be a penalty, any less is ours..."

    I want to pay by the Gigabyte AS a commodity item. I don't want to be speed shaped, I don't want to penalised by being offered more but using less.

    This month I'll use 8GB, next month 16GB - it suits my lifestyle and habits. And maybe one month I'll use 33GB.

    The old ways need to be over. Let me specify what I want!
    anonymous