Tagged: ufb

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

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

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

FTTH Any News? - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 28, 2010

I’m back to New Zealand now from Australia. At least things are calm and quiet here, the Gillard versus Abbott debate ramps up over there. NBN is not the only election issue of course. But it is one of the three or four major issues. For those interested, I would recommend you read the following reports: http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/beerfiles/40656-coalition-faces-massive-voter-backlash-over-nbn-scrap-plan http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/coalition-must-get-online-on-broadband-20100726-10rvw.html Here we … Read More

New Zealand: UFB – Australia: NBN - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 18, 2010

I’ve been at my home in Australia for a few weeks watching the political wrangling into the next Federal election on 21 August 2010. The National Broadband Network (NBN) is about number four on the list of important political issues. Tony Abbott has promised to scrap the NBN if the Liberal-Country Party coalition wins power. I am … Read More

The UFB last 20 km. - Light My Fibre

John Nixon Jul 05, 2010

I’ve recently had multiple requests from housing estate developers as to what, how, when and where the planned UFB will affect their projects. Understandably it’s costly and wasteful to install copper phone lines and television distribution systems if the planned fibre can carry the voice, data and video (which it can very easily). The UFB data released so far … Read More