"As soon as you leave the main capital cities in Australia you don't have connections, we used to call it FTBN — fibre-to-bloody-nowhere." Lloyd Ernst, Australian IT entrepreneur
The Age, Melbourne, one of Australia's far thinking dailies, has carried a terrific story comparing Australia's current broadband structure to that of China which emphasizes digital TV development.
Lloyd Ernst' quotation above, shows the huge differences between China's roll out of a world-class telecommunications infrastructure that will ultimately connect every village to the Internet and Telstra's 'dumped fibre-to-the-node model' in Australia that ends close to urban centres.
The article explained that remote villages without computers can send email on their broadband network in China. Australia just does not have anything like that and will face a huge build cost in the future.
China's national broadcasting regulator, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, aims to have all households in China connected to digital TV by 2015. SARFT is also licensing other technology such as internet protocol TV.
Catch the complete story at:
<http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/ ftbn-151-fibre-to-bloody-nowhere/ 2006/08/11/1154803097548.html>