What can we do with 100Mbps?

What can we do with 100Mbps?

Summary: Podcast: Australia is hurtling slowly towards one of the fastest broadband networks in the world, but what are we going to do with it?

TOPICS: NBN, Broadband

Australia is hurtling slowly towards one of the fastest broadband networks in the world, but what are we going to do with it?

This week we look at the sorts of applications we might use on this new network, and how will that impact what the government builds. It's the first part of our wish-list for the new NBN.

  • Macquarie Telecom's MD for hosting Aiden Tudehope says the new services can be put into two categories.
  • Telstra chief technology officer Hugh Bradlow says, in part, speed is needed to meet multiple users in each home.
  • TransAct's Tony Allen talks about adoption of video on their existing high speed network.
  • MyNetFone CEO Andy Fung talks about the future for VoIP to the home.
  • Telecommunications consultant Gina Mihalofska says the government needs to fully consider the systems needed to support the provision of access to the network and applications
  • Livewire CEO Omar Khalifa suggests that some of the access should be free to customers.

Want to contribute? Listen for the phone number at the end of this episode to see how you can add to our list of requirements for the new NBN and the applications it enables.

Topics: NBN, Broadband


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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  • Nation Building uses for the NBN

    I posted 9 reasons why Australians should embrace the NBN in my "Collaborative View" Blog yesterday.

    Details here: www.collaborativeview.com
  • what to do..

    mmmm..... play lots of WAN Doom?
  • Cost to the public

    This new high speed broadband will be great BUT what will it cost the average user ? Many internet users are on low incomes and cannot afford to pay around $100 per month ( as has been suggested ).

    I, for one, do not need and cannot afford to pay more than the $39 per month that I am presently paying. Let's hope there will be a low cost option for pensioners and low income people.
  • A lot of so-called "third world" nations do privide cheap unlimited internet pla

    Australians on the other hand are still paying more than $50 /month for an internet plan with provide us something like 25 GB bandwidth limit in return.

    What's the point of having a very fast internet connection then?
  • This network more than just internet!

    I currently pay more than $100 a month for pay TV, about $50 a month for phone line rental (?) and $70 a month for Internet. That's about $210 a month in total.

    This new fibre network can provide me with all these services as well as High Definition Video Calling/Conferencing and IPTV. I'd be more than happy to pay around $100-$150 a month for all of this combined. I'd be saving $60 a month!
  • What do we do?

    Download the internet, of course!
  • IPTV & Highspeed broadband

    Hi RL - reply to your message above i have ADSL2+ 24Mbps & can do huge of stuff i not only watch live stream IPTV but heaps other things which normal ADSL1 couldnt not by having 100MBPS would be even plus as then IPTV can now move to HD quality streams, video conferencing. Yes if you visit www.worldondemand.net its of provider whom i was with have such multicultural channels with full package deal with broadband unlimited (for IPTV viewing) & like 20GB surfing with speeds of ADSL2+ that would reduce your pay tv & ISP same time....i dont make much calls due to my mobile plan...so use naked ADSL with no landline...Iinet & TPG have great deals...
  • Your House your Castle

    Can you imagine.
    Watching The World channels on your TV either on: The living room couch, your bedroom or the kitchen all fast.

    - login from a mobile service to see your video security in the house, or login to see your tv programing or tv programs very smoothly without delays in the image.

    The ability to work from home and deliver all work no matter how large to work without going to your HQ very fast no matter where u are in Australia.... Let your immagination run wild after that..../
  • FTTH all the way.

    I've always supported the idea of FTTH. Let's build it and then worry about pricing per GB. There are three things that will govern pricing:

    1. The wholesale network's independence from Telstra.
    2. Real competition, not only on the new network but between the new network and the copper network.
    3. The market's ability and willingness to pay a given price.

    Remember back to when Bigpond and Optus were trialling cable? 100MB (yes MEGAbytes) per month for something like $50 and a cable modem for an extra $600-$700. Both companies woke up to themselves once they had to try and sell the product.
  • ?

    so would this still be classified as a WAN or a LAN or maybe a WLAN........
  • ftth

    yeh, ftth all the way. nice work rudd.
  • World connection

    My question is, what are the plans to increase the amount of bandwidth in & out of Australia, particularly to North America (given so much is hosted there, particuarly Englsh-language content)?
    It'll be nice to have 100 Mb/s or 1 Gb/s to my home, but it won't be any faster than now if everytime I want anything that's not in Australia we have to use the same pipes as now - in fact it'd be a lot slower.

    I agree that the price needs to be kept low. I think a subsidised entry plan will be needed for poor households (they mustn't be left behind).
    Perhaps subsidised pricing for all residential and small business users for the first 5 years (with stepped price increases to realistic levels after that), that way the NBN takeup would really be fast, and as such the point-in-time when the continued operation (and maintenance, upgrades, etc.) of the NBN actually becomes financially sustainable.
    I am happy for some of that estimated taxpayers money to go towards this critical national infrastructure for the future.

    We mustn't end up with a taxpayer-built NBN that only the rich can afford to benefit from.
  • ~

    1. There are more cables being laid, including one from Sydney to Guam, ultimately reaching the US. This will provide at least some of any extra bandwidth that will be needed.

    2. Yes a lot of content is hosted in the US but not all of it is. It depends a great deal on what you are looking for and who you are getting it from.

    "We mustn't end up with a taxpayer-built NBN that only the rich can afford to benefit from."

    This is a concern shared by many and is probably valid. It's a shame our illustrious Prime Minister has been completely devoid of any response to this as he would currently be in the best position to re-assure us.
  • 100mbps is way too slow

    Docsis 3.0 cable modems are already doing over 300mbps. Why are we setting the bar so low?
  • RE: Vairable pricing and speeds

    Everyone in this debate seems to be forgeting that they will be able to offer variable pricing for variable speeds.

    Something like the following seems reasonable.

    1Mbit for $30/month
    5Mbit for $60/month
    20Mbit for 80/month
    50Mbit for $100/month
    100Mbit for $200/month

    Remembering of course that this would be the same speed for upload and download.

    This would allow the average mums and dads to keep the same connection/pricing plan but with better upload speed.

    I think there would be plenty of people that would nominate for the higher speeds and nobody would be any worse off.

    Of course none of this includes all the corporate and government data that may well use the network.
  • MAN?

    MAN metropolitan area network?
    I know it was a rehtorical question, but I'm a boffin.
    What it is would have to be defined would have to depend on if it was controlled under one address space or routing domain.
    I'd guess internet or WAN.
  • Well there's always Conroy's proxies

    Well just put a proxy at the national border and all the ISPs can be children of it.
    Turn on caching and Bob's your parent's brother.

    Yeah yeah, I know static content makes bugger all traffic these days

    But it would make Stevie happy.
  • RE: Vairable pricing and speeds

    This extra speed is of no real benefit with the limited download quotas set by most ISPs for their 'Average Family affordable' plans B.Pond in particular.
    What's the use of high speed for 1 day per month & being throttled back to dial-up for the remainder? (either that or pay through the nose for excess data)
  • anon's right!

    I need internet so fast it sets my eyes on fire, 200ms for my webpage is to long!

    anon... if we give everyone 300Mbps at there door then imagine the size of the backbone were gonna need... and its fibreoptic anyways, it'll be simple to upgrade the equipment on both ends when 300Mbps is actually needed

    <('-'<) <('-')> (>'-')>
  • South Koreans pay $25 a month

    For 100 Mbps fiber optic(Yes I download 4GB DVD in few minutes) connection with unlimited download with internet phone(Not different from normal phone) I pay internet company 25 dollars a month. I can down-grade it to 10Mbps ASDL line which will only charge me 20 dollars a month but once you have a taste of 100 Mbps, you never wanna go back. Now I don't pay for cables, I can just watch whatever TV program I want from korean internet site for free. I can get health advice from medical doctors on the net during office hour for free. Internet phones are 10 times cheaper than just phones not only the international calls but local calls as well. Mobile phone message texting is also free if you write it from the net. When government say they'll provide you with the technology you should definately agree. It made my life much less boring. lol.