Re: The writing should be on the wall
The have all but pulled the plug already
104 posts • joined 25 Mar 2011
The have all but pulled the plug already
then saw the map of the cable - it brushes the Aleutian Islands to get the shortest fastest route.
UK's fault for having such obscure 4G bands (everyone apart from EE at least)
SQL Server 2014 icon looks terrible in Windows 8.1 - 32x32 pixels scaled up to 2cm across
Here in NZ we are in middle of the FTTP rollout, which seems to be progressing as well as it can be.
Also excellent 4G coverage, including 700mhz for more rural areas, and we are starting to see the first offerings from the mobile companies for fixed home wireless broadband. Costs about 40quid for 80GB, it won't ever be unlimited though, which you can get for about same price on adsl, vdsl (FTTC already completed 5yrs ago) or fibre.
Had so many prompts that wi-fi sense needs my attention. Not any longer then.
"Sadly my knees are shot now - I can go up OK, but coming down became agony"
Buy a paraglider.
My GPON fibre terminal consumes a bit of electricity at my place, is not too bad a deal.
Wow, what a cock up. I thought the whole FTTN build was planned with this knowledge to upgrade to GPON in the future without a full re-build.
Compared to the train wreck that is Australias's NBN, The NZ UFB project is a model of efficiency and managed costs. Written on my 100/20 fibre to the home connection.
Well done Microsoft for another nail in the Windows Phone coffin.
My two year old Lumia 735, bought for less money than the launch price of the 650, has superior specifications in every regard.
This is a budget phone in budget hardware for mid-range phone price.
Most people shudder at installing structured cabling in their homes, but that seems to be the requirement for these future wifi technologies. Not too hard in a lot of houses to install multiple APs from the ceiling space.
unless you live in Wales.
I thought it was the US senate, referring to an example of Uber tax dodging in Australia.
From a networking technology position it is sensible - wireless is heaviliy effected by contention and more congested it is, from maybe just a few users on your cell tower, the worse the experience is for everyone.
That's what happens when marketing triumphs over engineers, and then have to weasel their way out of it. Meanwhile in New Zealand we're fairly content with ~3GB data limits per month and world leading 3G and 4G speeds.
If New Zealand is not an economic peer, does that mean it is more developed than Australia?
The photo of the Ferrari cabin with the console looks pretty rubbish. Would you not get the same effect just sticking the iphone there with blu-tack, and bluetooth the sound to the car speakers?
It seems that every make of car is jumping on the 'ridges along the door handles level' bandwagon this year.
Will people's phones all be compatible after the MVNO network switch - are the 3G and 4G frequencies the same?
Strange how these big players can be very hard to notice. Quietly racking up big profits but no-one really knows they exist, when the big well known industry players seem to be struggling to maintain their profit margins.
You will generally be under 1.5km from the Node, at least that is how it works in NZ. Under 800m and you get 'fibre like' VDSL. I was getting 15/1 adsl2+ at about 800m distance from an FTTN node, after previously being 4km from the exchange.
I comment the same thing every nbn article in The Reg, but..
Glad that in New Zealand we just got on with building FTTP back in 2012, with most urban areas finished by 2019. I'm on the base fibre plan of 30/10 but up to 200/200 is available. About half of those waiting for fibre can get VDSL already thanks to the 'legacy' FTTN network from 2008, those a bit further from the cabinet or exchange have ADSL2+.
Still the old problems of some smaller settlements on congested backhaul, but 4g rural broadband on 700mhz will help most of those. All schools have a fibre connection too.
I know the 4G spectrum is very fragmented globally, but here in NZ Vodafone is about 1/4 through it's national 700Mhz 4G roll out with no equipment problems. The iPhone 6 and latest flagship Androids connect happily to 700Mhz right now, rather than in 2020.
The base fibre plans on offer in NZ are 30/10, which is now being changed to 50/20 as consumers can't see enough improvement in the headline numbers to change from ADSL 2+ ~14Mbps.
I thought the whole idea of doing fibre to the node first was to allow cheaper initially costs whilst benefiting more people quicker. Once the FTTN network is in place, then work on the last mile improvements in the future. I thought the NBN was being specifially designed this way?
In New Zealand we had FTTN completed in about 2010, by Telecom (the equivalent of Telstra). However the FTTH network now being built, currently half completed, involves mainly overbuilding the existing FTTN network instead of expanding it to the last mile. I assumed NBN had learnt this lesson and was future-proofing the FTTN to allow FTTH easier and cheaper in the future?
With NBN now being mostly FTTN the problem of substandard fibre installs won't be an issue for many Aussies.
I assumed the edge was on both sides, but see it is just on the right.
I wouldn't class Xiaomi as the landfill end of the market - the cheapest Hauwei is a lot worse than the cheapest Xiaomi.
Xiaomi - High to mid, at low margin
Huawei -High to bottom, high margin at the top, low margin at the bottom.
and welcomes your tech startups to our lovely FTTH network and better beaches. Writing this comment on a relatively meagre 30/10 fibre plan but could change to 200/200 tomorrow if so inclined.
We had FTTN before that, so most of those waiting for fibre can get ADSL2+ or VDSL already. Those on VDSL experiencing gradually slower sync rates as more houses sign up and the crosstalk interference becomes an issue.
We've had general, real world availability of these speeds in NZ for over a year now
Quite a few things spring to mind. F-35 'stealth' jets, Colin class subs for starters.
How about ad-free (for those not in the know) Facebook for $10 per year then?
Loads of suburbs in the US have these bylaws
Come over to TechEd NZ for a four day conference then, 9-12 September
NBN probably only used 'Gigasphere' as Giganaire was already taken:
We've already got VDSL available as a consumer product in NZ after the big FTTN roll-out a few years ago. It's a good solution for those within about 700m of the cabinet who don't have fibre yet, but any further out, unless your line quality is very good, the application usually gets rejected by the provider.
The people nearest the cabinet can get up to 70/30 MB/s, those further away get 30/10 speeds.
The high frequencies of VDSL makes it very susceptible to the problem of crosstalk interference, meaning the more people who have it the worse the performance gets for everyone else, especially when the lines aren't top quality. A Tragedy of the Commons situation which fibre largely avoids.
At least here in NZ we seem to be going in the right direction. FTTN was in place for most urban areas about 5 years ago, and VDSL is available for those nearest the cabinet. I get 14Mb/s ADSL2+ on an unremarkable suburban street, and the fibre guys were digging around last month so 50/20 or 100/50 fibre broadband is on its way too, for the same price as ADSL. There are some funding issues with the fibre program but it should mostly all get done before 2020 at least.
They sound more like bandits robbing a tomb a few years after it was built. Aren't time capsules supposed to be found in the distant future, not just thirty years later when you can still buy the contents of it on ebay?
Looks suspiciously like a microscopic intergalactic space transport to me. It's even got windows.
2-3 times a week?! Do you have OCD?
Good luck trying to enforce that in a Chinese court.
Because it's all the underlings doing the actual 'work' ?
Should have used Evernote then, or some other cloud based note app.
Exactly, you should be reading El Reg on the website, and clicking on all those lovely google provided adverts. Killing Reader makes perfect sense.
Reminded me of a quote by Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera / ex-facebooker) in a story from last year - "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads," he says. "That sucks."
What about the kid's TV? Or are you too occupied watching Sky in the bedroom to have reached that life stage yet?
Is this a new unit measurement? I don't care about Washington DC - how thick would it cover Wales?
Shouldn't CSIRO be self funding now anyway, after it' recent big patent wins?
I could do with that precise dumping tech after a Friday night curry session.
Agree about Youtube - my kids watch episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine, Chip 'n Dale, and so on. Just because they're on Youtube that gives the impression that it's all legit, when I know they are most likely not and just haven't had a takedown request (yet).