By Dylan Schrom
One of the biggest modern problems here at Wesley, and anywhere else in Australia, is the difficulty to get on the Internet with the number of students using it. The problem is that the current Internet connection in Australia does not have the bandwidth to support the need for Internet Australians seem to have. Luckily, the process of installing new fiber optics cables to greatly modernize and quicken the Australia’s Internet has already begun.
Currently, most of Australian Internet is supported by copper wires, which were first installed for land-lines when phones first came to Australia [much like Dial-Up connection](Maxwell 2013). There is much talk about replacing these slow, copper wires with more modern fiber optic lines. This material will allow the speed of the information to be much faster over longer distances. Australians are also in the transition where they require more reliable Internet connection. The new fiber optics system will allow the bandwidth that Australians currently need. But two problems arise when trying to modernize the Auzzie Internet experience.
The first is time. Much controversy revolves around the fact that Australia won’t experience this innovation for another three to six years. By that time, the bandwidth will meet the needs of the current Australian, about 25mps by 2016 and 50mps by 2019. That’s the problem though; just as the use of Internet has dramatically increased from two decades ago, many are predicting the same increase in the next two decades (Griffith 2013). Some people don’t see the point in paying for an increased broadband width when they will have to further renovate it to meet their new needs. While the plan will support their current needs, they may do little for them after it’s actually installed. “It’s like the M5 tunnel,” said Brad Howarth, “by the time it was completed, it was already jamming up.” Some have requested a larger bandwidth to be constructed in light of this prediction, but the problem is that the tunnels do not currently exist for that type of installation (Moses 2013).
The second is cost. Australia’s spread towns make it expensive to connect a handful of people to everyone else. The cost is estimated to be around 29.5 billion dollars for the entire project. Some estimate it will cost 90 billion dollars [although these are unreasonable claims] (Griffith 2013). This is not including the cost of potential need for new tunnels in support of what may be desired in the future. Somehow, the people are going to pay through with higher taxes, or through higher cost of Internet. The point is, what used to be a free upgrade, has now turned into an expensive process that must, somehow be paid for.
A lot is still in the process when determining how much and how long this will take. As society modernizes, Australia must keep up with the ever-quickening world. This renovation to the broadband will drastically change Australia’s communication among its own people and internationally.
Griffith, Emma. Coalition boosts commitment to broadband network, accessed April 10, 2013, from ABC News.
Moses, Asher. NBN: how much speed do we really need?, accessed April 10, 2013, from The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Life.
Maxwell, Terrance. Live interview, April 10, 2013.