au: Another telco quits Terria while iiNet looks to the past

TPG-Soul has dealt another blow to Terria, the competitor to Telstra, withdrawing its support, while iiNet says ADSL2+ is more than capable of meeting the needs of internet users, apparently ignoring the OECD and what is happening in Korea and Japan, among others.TPG-Soul, which follows the New Zealand Telecom-owned AAPT withdrawal in the previous week, means the former consortium of nine members is now down to seven – iiNet, Internode, Macquarie Telecom, Optus, PowerTel, Primus and TransAct.The bidding process was given a blast by iiNet managing director Michael Malone who described the bidding process as corrupt according to The Australian.”The one thing that everyone in the industry agrees on is that this is a bad investment and it’s a completely corrupt process. The government is just pissing money up against the wall with this project because it failed to define the rules of the bidding process,” Mr Malone said.However Malone’s comments that ADSL2+ was meeting the needs of consumers now will not draw much comfort for those looking to the future of the internet where 100mbps speeds are becoming more and more common in countries such as Korea, Japan and France.”The availability of ADSL2+ is more than solving our needs and now that ISPs can buy the wholesale service from Telstra, the market will solve and surpass what the NBN can offer. We only support Terria and will continue to do so because Telstra winning NBN would be far worse. Terria and Telstra are only bidding because they are deathly scared of the other winning,” Malone saidWith high-speed broadband infrastructure becoming increasingly important for the needs of business and consumers as voice, video and data converge onto the internet, the need for higher speed broadband becomes increasingly greater.”In addition to convergence of network platforms, convergence is also taking place at several other levels: at the content level with Video on Demand (VoD) and television over Internet Protocol networks (IPTV); at the business level, with companies offering combined television, Internet and telephone services to subscribers; and at the device level, with multi-purpose devices that can combine email, telephone and Internet, for example,” notes the OECD in a Policy Brief on the Future of the Internet Economy.Maybe it is in part a failure of those responsible for Australia’s internet infrastructure to recognise to recognise international trends and the need for higher speed broadband that sees Australia languish in ninth position out of 30 OECD countries in the average advertised broadband download speed and well behind Japan, France, Korea, Sweden and New Zealand.Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) subscriptions continue to increase and comprise 9% of all broadband connections in the OECD (up from 8% in December 2007). Fibre overtakes DSL/Cable in Korea and Japan and now accounts for 45% of all Japanese broadband subscriptions and 39% in Korea. Korea’s fibre penetration alone (12.2 per 100 inhabitants) is higher than total broadband penetration in 5 OECD countries.For further reading see:
OECD Policy Brief: The Future of the Internet Economy Broadband Portal has lost TPG-Soul,28124,24548049-643,00.htmlSoul quits Terria,24897,24546091-15306,00.html

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