Alcatel report confirms crappiness of Telecom's copper network
Not wishing to come over all I-told-you-so, but pre-unbundling, I warned not to expect miracles with the opening of Telecom's local exchanges. Forcing Telecom to raise the broadband speed limited from 3.5Mbit/s to 8Mbit/s has already created ferocious arguments about wholesale pricing and alleged lack of space inside exchanges for competitors' gear.
But it's the practical problem that's worse. Raising the DSL upper speed limit to 8Mbit/s is tantamount to the government trying to solve Auckland's motorway woes by raising the rush hour speed limit to 150km/hour. Doesn't quite gel with reality, baby.
Now a report from one of Telecom's main infrastructure providers, Alcatel, confirms that even with the current 3.5Mbit/s top-out, one quarter of DSL customers aren't getting the speed they pay for -- and that to get to 8Mbit/s under the promised 'unconstrained bitstream', or 24Mbit/s under the coming ADSL2, you'll have to live within 1km of your local phone exchange. Read Juha Saarinen's full report in our sister publication Computerworld here.