Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy last week announced a telehealth initiative in the nation's Northern Territory. The initiative is certainly worthy as the Territory's many remote communities are among the nation's most impoverished and least healthy places. The …
Manna from heaven (or Conroy)
It seems to be a given that any media release from the government that could in any way be construed as 'look at what good things we're doing', has to be blown up in obtuse terminology to such an extent that the second coming of $DEITY would pale in comparison. This is especially so given the ordure around the present mob in Canberra.
However it's nice to see them actually doing something positive in the part of Oz still languishing in the 3rd world.
All these tele-health services which require large amounts of bandwidth, provided by the NBN, will really revolutionise health in remote communities.
Yeah right. Remote communities aren't getting any fiber!
Its not commercially viable. Satellite will work, but not very well.
eHealth is not a justification for the NBN. It would have been far cheaper to simply run 1Gbps fibre to every hospital in Australia than build the NBN.
Unfortunately the more we know about the NBN, the more it seems to be all about spin rather than factual reality. This has been occurring since prior to the last election when maps were produced of areas to receive the NBN in stage 1 and now we find that some of those areas won't be covered until 2016 at the very earliest. Of the 3.5 million premises that are part of the 3 year plan ending in June 2015, NBNCo's own estimates in the latest Corporate Plan state that only 2.5 million will have the service available and 1.13 million will actually connect. The latest Corporate Plan also maintains the estimate that 50% will connect at 12/1Mbps and that in 2028 that number will drop to 40%. Hardly the 1Gbps speeds discussed at the last election.
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