Fibre is the ultimate last mile, but case for alternatives getting stronger

Monday 27 June 2016 | 15:24 CET | Author: Tim Poulus | Background
Copper and coax are the current standards for the 'last mile', with fibre seen as the ultimate replacement. But wireless is increasingly a viable alternative, both mobile technology and Wi-Fi variants. The choice of technology depends on the market conditions, business case and underlying vision of the operator's management. In many cases, the short term may predominate, as management faces pressure to deliver for investors (and meet incentive targets). In terms of costs, the technology decision weighs in the short term on capex (rolling out fibre is expensive), while over the long term it

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Using NBN in Australia is a terrible example for 'last mile' alternatives, it's actually shown us the complete opposite of what this article says. Using copper as the last mile was purely a political decision in Australia nothing to do with cost savings and forward thinking. As a copper last mile user in Australia on NBN it's the worst decision any telecoms or government could have gone down. With the reliability the same as the old ADSL connection (rain and internet grinds to a halt) and paying for a 50mpbs connection while receiving around 27mbps on a good day. Last mile copper is perfect in the lab under perfect conditions and 100m and less, then yes it's a great alternative other then that, it's one of the worst decisions made for Australia's future.
Kevin Peaton @ 28/6/2016 - 02:01

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