Tagged: New Zealand broadband network

FTTH networks progress “Downunder” - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Dec 10, 2012

Australia: The NBN is still a political “hot potato”, with its future and form intimately linked to the outcome of new Federal elections due to be held some time in 2013. Until then, Mike Quigley and his team forge ahead with true FTTH (Fibre to the Home). Should the right-wing Coalition win the elections, their communications spokesperson has … Read More

Recent Thoughts – Australian NBN and New Zealand UFB - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Sep 17, 2012

    National Fibre Optic-based broadband networks are being installed right now in Australia and New Zealand.         I read every day criticism about the slow progress, and even the overall justification of these two major projects. Typical of this is “Why the NBN could be a white elephant“, published by a … Read More

CommunicAsia Singapore 2012 - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 08, 2012

          I was extremely pleased to join my colleagues, friends and clients recently at CommunicAsia in the new Marina Bay Sands conference centre in Singapore. This major event moved a year ago from the old expo centre near the airport to this brand-new complex  near the island of Sentosa. The whole project was designed by … Read More

FTTH – RF or no RF? A big question. - Light My Fibre

John Nixon May 30, 2012

I have been vaunting the merits of RF Overlay over FTTH (Fibre to the Home) for a long time. Yes I confirm that one of my clients is a leading researcher, manufacturer and vendor of 1550 nm RF solutions. In working with them, I have become convinced that delivering broadcast TV over fibre is an excellent, reliable and inexpensive option. Read More

NASA and the Speed of Light - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Sep 27, 2011

NASA moves from Radio to Laser Light for data transmission. We have often heard the argument that FTTH is really not needed now that G3 and G4 wireless technology is available. I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously that any radio (wireless) data transmission system will NEVER HAVE the bandwidth of a fibre network. The reason is simple. The amount of information … Read More

What is DiDo? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 25, 2011

A recent white paper describes an invention in the USA which is touted to increase greatly the bandwidth availability of wireless internet access. DiDo stands for “distributed input, distributed output”. The news was immediately grabbed by the media here in Australia, saying that it made the NBN (National Broadband Network) project redundant and a waste of taxpayer money. Read More

Fibre optics and Earthquakes/Tsunamis - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Mar 14, 2011

After the terrible events in Christchurch, and now Honshu in Japan, Peter Griffin suggested that I may like to comment on the ability of fibre to withstand such traumas. The actual glass part of the fibre is quite fragile and delicate. However the fibre “light conductor” core is always sheathed in variety of protective coatings, from simple plastic to modern … Read More

Meeting Paul Budde - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Dec 09, 2010

Anybody who is intensively involved with Fibre to the Home would have either met, heard or heard of Paul Budde. Paul is a Dutch-born Australian who has contributed  for many years to the analysis of the Telecoms industry and now Next Generation and FTTH networks. He is consulted by industry and governments, runs frequent seminars and publishes in-depth reports on … Read More

FTTH in Thailand, Malaysia - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Nov 28, 2010

Back again in sunny Auckland. I must say that my trip on Malaysian Airlines to KL, then Phuket and back was impeccable. They have very attractive business-class fares, the 777 aircraft was impeccably clean, food and service perfect! And no, I don’t get any freebies, discounts or other advantages for my recommendations, they are just my honest thoughts on what … Read More

Fibre to the Home Council – Asia Pacific - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Nov 10, 2010

I’m heading off soon to Phuket in Thailand to the General Meeting of the Asia-Pacific FTTH Council. Why Phuket? I’m not complaining, it’s a neat place! I think the Board tries to regularly include member countries in their rotating meeting program. We will be meeting with local Thai engineers and exchanging experiences. This time last year, we were honoured to … Read More