It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad.
OK, it still is kind of hilarious.
On Mr Alan “cash for comment” Jones’ Sydney breakfast radio show this morning he used German researchers using lasers to transfer 26 terabits (the equivalent of about 700 dvds) in a second, as evidence that the National Broadband Network will be obsolete before it is built.
“The NBN that they’re going to roll out will be up to 100Mbps, down to 12Mbps in some areas … The Germans have done 26 terabits. that’s 26 million megabits per second. We’re going to get a hundred. Not a hundred million — a hundred megabits per second. Their 26 terabits is 2.6 million times faster than what we’re getting. And Canberra want us to believe that the technology we’re spending up to 60 billion on, won’t be updated by the time it’s rolled out,” he said on his show.
Leaving aside that the NBN will be capable of delivering speeds at least 10 times faster than 100Mbps at an estimated cost of $36 billion, the main problem for Mr Jones’ argument is that the German researchers transferred the data by using a laser beam to transfer the data through a single fibre optic cable.
That’s right, the same fibre optic cable that will being rolled out to 93 per cent of Australian homes as part of the NBN.
So, rather than show that the NBN will quickly become obsolete, it is evidence of how future proof and upgradeable it will be.
This is a prime example of the sad and uninformed level of debate around the NBN.
There are legitimate criticisms about the NBN.
The argument that a “fibre to the node” (rather than to the home) model would be more cost effective.
You can make the point that another government owned monopoly could leave us with the same problems Telstra’s monopoly over the copper network caused.
But if you’re going to try and talk about technology issues, it would probably be best to make sure you have at least a modicum of knowledge about the topic.