ADSL2+ fills the need for speed!

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ADSL2+ fills the need for speed!


ADSL2+ fills the need for speed indeed! I've written about ADSL2+ in context of Triple Play a few times, including this Triple Play article. Well, I came across an excellent article discussing how ADSL2+ is changing the high-speed broadband in Australia.

Mr Clark is switching to a 12 Mbps ADSL2 link from Adelaide internet service
provider Internode - the country's first provider to offer the service. The link
will allow him to download QuickTime digital special effects scenes from his
office to home eight times faster than Telstra's fastest ADSL service. More
important, it offers four times the upload speed, at 1 Mbps, allowing Mr Clark
to transfer files to clients and run high-quality video-conferencing with them
from home while he shows his latest tricks.

Mr Clark uses an Apple G4 PowerBook at home, his clients use an Apple G5
desktop. Adelaide's Iagu Networks built a voice-over IP system for Rising Sun
Pictures using its Slipper VoIP software and Cisco hardware
. For
video-conferencing, Mr Clark uses Apple iChat while CineSync - an application
written by Rising Sun's research arm - synchronises the QuickTime files at each
end of the link.

One other interesting quote in the article is this:
Telstra's decision to hobble its ADSL services to 1500/256 kbps - even though
the technology delivers faster speeds - means most Australians only have access
to services that are not even considered broadband in most countries. Days after
Internode's ADSL2 network went live this month, Telstra unveiled its $210
million plans to offer ADSL2 by the middle of the year and ADSL2+ by the middle
of next year.

So, in other words, Telstra hobbled its bandwidth until a competitor upstaged them with BETTER bandwidth throughput, forcing them to unveil $230 million ADSL2+ plans. Gee, I've never heard of data providers intentionally handicapping their bandwidth, have you?

Funny how competition "drives" innovation and prevents stagnation. Makes you wonder why the FCC is ruled the way it did with regards to "naked DSL". In case you didn't hear, a deeply divided FCC recently ruled on Naked DSL and they suspended state rules forcing phone providers to offer "naked" DSL. Gee, I wonder how much lobbying the phone companies had to do to earn this sweet monopoly deal. Really ticks me off!

Dana Carvey President Bush Impression on SNLAnyway, back on topic - go check out the ADSL2+ article it's pretty good and I truly hope the FCC's naked DSL ruling doesn't hinder ADSL2+ deployments in the U.S. Read my lips FCC, "Competition is good. Closed telecom networks is bad. It's bad! It's very bad."
Block competition? "Nah gah! Nah gah do it! Nah gah! Nah gah do it! Wouldn't be prudent.."  (wish I had the .WAV file for this)



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