Tagged: New Zealand broadband network

Cell phones, Electromagnetic Radiation and cancer - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Nov 01, 2010

Oh my gosh! What a flurry of comments after my last post. Some clearly medically-trained people took me to task for suggesting that there MAY be a link between EMR and cancer. Then quite by chance, I opened my new issue (October 2010) of the Scientific American magazine, and read on page 77 an article entitled “Can you hear me … Read More

Wireless versus Fibre - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Oct 26, 2010

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 … Read More

Auckland – Huawei Broadband Summit 2010 - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Sep 17, 2010

I attended the Huawei Broadband Summit at Auckland Hilton Hotel today. To say it was impressive is a huge understatement. I never really took Huawei (at least here in New Zealand) seriously until now. New Zealand was one of the first countries to sign a Free Trade Agreement with China not so … Read More

Quigley’s big stand: the full speech - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 19, 2010

Mike Quigley had retired from an exemplary career in the telecoms field. He had succeeded in beating first Leukaemia, then a brain tumor years later and completed a 30 year brilliant career with Alcatel-Lucent in the US, France etc. Then he was coaxed back to lead the new NBN Co in Australia as their CEO. After accepting this challenging position, … Read More

FTTH Cost Benefit Analysis? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 17, 2010

In both New Zealand and Australia there have been many calls for the publishing of an accurate cost/benefit analysis to justify the taxpayer investment in the UFB and NBN networks. If you read the New Zealand Herald, you may have seen an excellent article by Chris Barton a couple of days ago. Chris’ comments are equally applicable to both countries’ … Read More

Australia and New Zealand Cooperation – the ICN - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 11, 2010

I met today with Dr David Anderson, National Sector Manager, National Broadband Network at ICN or the Industry Capability Network from Australia, and his Kiwi colleague, Robert Murdoch, Manager, Australian ICN Relationships. The meeting was hosted by NZTE (New Zealand Trade and Enterprise), with my good friend John Houlker present. ICN is a free service funded by the Australian Government … Read More

NBN – To Be or Not to Be // UFB -Steady as she goes - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Aug 10, 2010

As we approach the Australian federal elections, the future of NBN (National Broadband Network) is on the chopping block. I follow passionately the current debate, because the outcome, whichever way it goes, will have major repercussions for Australia’s economy. I have written about this project several times in the past, and am a firm believer in the long-term benefits of … Read More

Why do we need a National Broadband Network? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 31, 2010

A week or so ago I was having a quiet drink with several pilot buddies at the Southport Flying Club on the Gold Coast. One of my very long-term acquaintances (a retired heavy jet-jockey) asked me how my fibre-optics occupations were progressing. ’Fine’ I said, and tried to talk of some of my recent experiences. I was cut short, as … Read More

Come on Paul, Colin… - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Dec 05, 2009

Paul who? Colin who? Normally I don’t like talking about individuals, but sometimes I feel the uncontrollable urge to do so! Paul Budde first. He is a very well known and “respected” expert in Telecoms, broadband, FTTH, NBN etc. He’s a Dutch-born Aussie living not too far from Sydney. Paul has just issued a public declaration condemning … Read More