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Posts about 4G:
At least once a day, someone comes up to me in the NBN Co Discovery Truck and asks to know why we need to build the NBN when we can all just use Wi-Fi!
This is, in my mind, a fair and logical question given almost everyone is using devices that are wireless now - including tablets, smartphones and laptops.
So why are we building a "fixed line" optical fibre network?
Mon 23 aprComment
I live in rural Victoria in a small township of about 700 people called Dereel. It has a mix of traditional Aussie bush land and undulating green fields full of grazing sheep.
It's a nice place to live if you like seeing a sky full of stars at night, clean air, lots of space and nothing but the sounds of nature to wake you in the morning (although the cockatoos do sometimes push their luck!)
What we don't have is a lot of services people in large towns or cities get.
Every so often, someone makes the claim that wireless and mobile devices mean the National Broadband Network is "a waste of money" or that it will be "out of date by the time it is rolled out".
The latest version of this was reported in The Adelaide Advertiser this week: "Everything is going to be wireless by the time they've dug up the roads and stuffed the pipes" and "it will be too late, it's all going to be mobile and wireless in the future."
In fact, the latest internet data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics proves exactly the opposite.
There's no question that Australians love smartphones and tablets and are increasingly accessing the net through them. But the vast bulk of Australia’s internet usage – some 92 per cent - is carried over fixed line connections.
Wed 21 marComment
Are you wondering about the safety of the NBN Fixed Wireless broadband network? If so, check out the recent statement issued by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
If you're in an area set to be connected to NBN fixed wireless, you might be wondering what to expect. It turns out that fixed wireless has quite a few benefits -- the foremost being that you'll be among the first in the country to get the NBN!