AUSTRALIA'S current approach to the national broadband network

FIBER-TO-THE-NODE Explainer from one of our ConnectHACK Virtual participant (Luke Baker) from Bundaberg via Google Hangout at THE GENERATOR COWORKING SPACE (BUNDABERG, QLD)


What is wireless local loop?

Wireless local loop (WLL), is the use of a wireless communications link as the "last mile / first mile" connection for delivering telephone service or Internet access to telecommunications customers. Various types of WLL systems and technologies exist.

What is backhaul?

In a hierarchical telecommunications network the backhaul portion of the network comprises the intermediate links between the core network, or backbone network and the small subnetworks at the "edge" of the entire hierarchical network.

What are data centres?

A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and various security devices. Large data centers are industrial scale operations using as much electricity as a small town

What is network contention?

The Netflix Effect - the massive take-up of streaming services means that Australia's broadband network has become highly 'contended' (and therefore slow).


What are ADSL, SDSL and SHDSL?

ADSL = Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, asymmetric means that the download and upload speeds are not the same. Download is normally much faster than upload.

SDSL = Symmetric DSL, meaning that download and upload are identical

SHDSL = Similar to Symmetric with 'High-speed'