Just returned to Auckland from a month in Australia – part work, part holiday.
My wife and I discovered Bill Peach Aircruising a few years back and just completed the Great Southern Air Cruise – Sydney to Perth and back, stopping at the most interesting and unusual places you can imagine.
Like most of us, I go nuts if I can’t access the internet daily, my business is brisk and one needs to keep clients up to date.
So I invested in a Telstra 3G USB transceiver on their prepaid basis. If you prepay around $40, the data rate drops to 2 cents a Mb, pretty cheap for what I usually do. I chose Telstra because they really do have the best network coverage in Australia.
To join the Aircruise (and to visit family well North of Sydney) I drove down from my Gold Coast home. Two days later the Telstra device failed totally. I didn’t bring the invoice with me, so I bought a new device, hoping that Telstra would do the right thing when I got back to Queensland. (In fact they did, refunding totally the first device).
So how did the new one work? Absolutely fantastic! I had full speed 3G coverage in places like Coober Pedy, Kalgoorlie, Bussleton, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln, Kangaroo Island and so on, tiny little wonderful places to visit, but still enabled with 3G coverage. The one and only place with no coverage was Karri Valley Resort in W.A. They had NOTHING, no cell phone coverage at all, no customer WiFi nor a $2 in the slot machine in reception. Nothing! I asked why: reply: you are supposed to be on holidays. Grrrr. Then I saw a dish in the manager’s house garden proudly emblazoned “IPstar”… so he has internet, nobody else. Wouldn’t you think they would hook a pay WiFi system to his dish? Oh well…
But it was a wonderful trip and I warmly recommend Bill Peach if you would like to discover Australia’s outback in total comfort with your own chartered aircraft.
Now to the main theme: Wireless versus Fibre.
Everywhere I go, most people just don’t understand how fibre works and why we need it. The NBN in Australia is a quite dangerously audacious project, at a projected cost of A$43 Bn. Many taxpayers and the parliamentary opposition have created a massive outcry. “There is no cost/benefit analysis” etc etc. But the project is underway and the first users are being connected, first in Tasmania, then in mainland centres.
To my mind, a national fibre optics data network is totally inevitable. The copper network is dead. Oh yes I hear you say, they are pumping 500/600 Mbps over copper extending the life of VDSL. But all this needs backhaul, which can only be carried over fibre, and the fibre needs to creep closer and closer to your door to handle this workload. So FTTH is the only option within a very short space of time.
My close friends say “hey, you had a great experience with 3G wireless, why not just continue to do that and forget about the massive cost of fibre?” To which I have usually replied that the available wireless spectrum is finite and you can only impinge so much modulation (bandwidth) on a given carrier frequency. It will bog down, it will run out of steam. No doubt. And again, every cell tower has a major backhaul requirement, which usually means fibre, sooner or later.
But wait! I just realised something very important. I should have thought of it sooner.
Electromagnetic Radiation and health!
Don’t laugh, the highly respected world scientific jury is still out on this subject.
We all know that cancer in all its forms is becoming more and more prevalent. My sister and I both contracted serious forms of cancer at age 65. I survived, my sister did not. Our parents never had cancer, our Dad died at 93 from a refusal to see a doctor when he caught a cold (stubborn just like his son) and Mum is still a beautiful old bright and intelligent lady age 98!
A very close friend is a highly skilled and qualified anaethesist, specialising in assisting brain tumor surgeons. I’ve known her since she was born, fantastic lady. But she had her cell phone glued to her right ear all day long for years and years. Guess? Brain tumor next to the right ear, had the best surgeon possible in Melbourne, she is now on borrowed time. She knows it and says so.
So what’s this all got to do with fibre? I’m sure you have guessed. With fibre, there are absolutely NO electromagnetic radiations, everything in enclosed inside the fibre with no leakage whatsoever.
True, we aren’t certain about EMR and cancer, but I know what I would bet on.
If you go Google the subject, there are tons of evidence affirming cancer clusters around cell towers and other sites with EMR fields. Here is just one typical and telling article:
I’m not arguing against wireless, just pointing out that fibre has this totally underestimated quality of NOT polluting the airwaves with EMR.
Surely that’s a huge bonus on top of the many other advantages?
- 3G broadband
- Australian NBN
- crown fibre holdings
- electromagnetic radiation and cancer
- fibre optics research
- fibre to the home
- ftth asia-pacific
- FTTH Council
- ftth council asia-pacific
- NBN Australia
- New Zealand
- new zealand broadband
- New Zealand broadband network
- Telstra 3G
- UFB New Zealand
- wireles and cancer
- wireless broadband
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