At last, 2010 is the year of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) for Australia – due to the convergence of on-demand video content and fast network access.
After years of threatening to arrive, IPTV is now an inevitable event with many players lining up to give Foxtel a run for its money with broadband-based alternatives. Consumers will win due to increased commercial access to legal, Video on Demand (VoD) content in Australia.
Simon Hackett offers is a short, high level, view of the issues in Australia at this time, the ones that he feels actually matter, in the ongoing ‘debate’ (more like ‘media shouting match about the wrong issues’) being engaged in by Telstra about their current re-heating of the need to urgently construct a re-monopolising FTTN network in Australia. This article is republished, with permission, from Simon's personal blog www.simonhackett.com.
Simon Hackett argues that infrastructure-based competition is an esssential condition for Australians to receive affordable access to high-speed broadband nationally. Simon, the managing director of national broadband trailblazer Internode and network infrastructructure pioneer Agile Communications, first published this article about the history of ADSL broadband in Australia on his blog www.simonhackett.com.