NBN foolishness (again)

We haven’t had a whack at the NBN in, gee, it must be a couple of weeks.

Gillard’s latest contribution in the OZ today  is a good excuse to get back to it.

“A government-commissioned report by Greenhill Caliburn, released on Monday, warned that the booming growth of wireless broadband could have “significant long-term implications” for the NBN Co’s fibre network, which, it is planned, will connect 93 per cent of the nation.”

No way, says Gillard.

“These are complementary technologies and I believe people can understand that from their own daily lives,” Ms Gillard said yesterday. “There are times when we want to be on the move and have the technology with us. There are times when we’re in our own homes where the quality and speed of downloads is pivotal.”

If she is this good at forecasting technologies and customer use of them over 30 years (or whatever the life of the NBN has to be) she is in the wrong job. She could make squillions in VC. But of course, she isn’t.

It is frightening how ignorant and arrogant our politicians are on matters of technology. Not only Gillard – they all do it.

A simple rule, that just about everyone in business understands  –

When technological change is rapid and the direction uncertain, don’t make decisions that depend on you being able accurately to forecast the future a long way ahead.

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4 Responses to NBN foolishness (again)

  1. pedro says:

    It really must be a horrible feeling to be trapped with a dud policy that you know will slowly crumble in front of you, but which you cannot let go.

    Mind you, I think Conroy probably really believes in it. But even a dummy like Swan would recognise the slow train wreck now unfolding.

  2. entropy says:

    What is particularly annoying about la Gillardine’s comment is that she implies that people have enough spare hard earned to pay for two internet services. Will she be advocating cake instead of bread too?

    I happened to briefly glance at the Negus show last night (I washed my hands after), when some prat said something along the lines of that even if wireless took off, we still need the NBN for Health services etc.

    I could not believe it. That would be a case for providing fibre to a hospital or a GP clinic (maybe). But I can’t for the life of me work out what its relevance would be for a $43B (+telstra competition buyout) fibre to the home effort.

  3. badm0f0 says:

    Funnily enough the VP in charge of Ericsson’s Radio Systems, who are upgrading the NextG network for Telstra is quoted in today’s AFR as saying that the mobile network didn’t just complement the NBN “in fact, it requires it”. He went on to say:

    We will see many, many countries having to build out massive amounts of fibre to be able to cope with the denser radio networks in the future.

  4. . says:

    What’s even “funnier” is that PIPE etc are installing fibre for a fraction of the cost of the NBN. As the economist report on fibre re Aus v Korea indicates.

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