NBN future all cloudy
THE open meeting of the Chamber of Commerce last week was well attended and by any standard quite a success.
Straight off the bat the chamber produced a strong drawcard – a Telstra spokesman who would talk about internet and mobile phone issues in our area. It’s a hot topic in our region of course, especially for businesses.
Mark Proctor explained the limitations of the “contended” type of service of the most used internet technology, ADSL. The greater bandwidth of the NBN would improve internet productivity significantly but as data traffic is now doubling every year, then this too would hit a bottleneck “eventually”.
What he pointed to is the cloud, which involves the use of servers that are effectively separate from the internet. It offers better, with good upload and download speeds and capacity, but it comes at a price – about $400 a month for this ethernet lite service. Telstra builds access for each customer.
Mr Proctor then discussed mobile phone technology and the news here was a bit brighter – the 4GX band now available in Port Douglas will be improved when a new tower is built at “a Four Mile Beach site”. It would take some of the load off existing base stations and improve coverage. It should be here by the end of the year.
None of what he said did much to quell the anger among local customers.
One thing that may help business operators is to have a Telstra “health check” of their current communications set up to see if there are better solutions on offer.
This week on Port FM the mayor referred to the frustration in the community about the lack of progress with the NBN for Port Douglas. She sees the federal election period as a time to push this issue harder with the likes of local member Warren Entsch.