There is no doubt that the world we live in is fast changing because of broadband Internet.
Most developed and even still developing countries have embraced the technology and are now enjoying the benefits of faster online connection.
Many business and general transactions these days are conducted and completed via the Internet.
Australia has been recognizing the need to cope with the world in changes, innovations and development involving the online media.
In 2007, the Australian government and
the local telecommunications sector have honestly dealt with
the problem of online modernization in the country.
Australia was then stacked behind other developed nations in terms of speed and broadband penetration. It lagged behind the US, Iceland, Germany and France in terms of download speeds. Australia even had slower online connection in general compared to other countries and cities in the Australasian region like Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Economic Forum showed that as of June 2007, Australia was lagging behind other developed countries in broadband penetration.
It ranked 12th in the list of 30 developed countries and 25th in the entire world. In terms of broadband network readiness, the country ranked as 15th in the world. The data was not bad but for the Australian federal government, its people and the local private and public sectors, Australia broadband technology needed a boost.
Canberra immediately moved to remedy the situation.
The leading telecom firm, Telstra was lobbying for
reforms in regulations for the company to invest in
a faster and more effective national broadband.
The government awarded a A$2 billion broadband development contract to a team up of another telecom company Optus and rural finance firm Elders.
By June 2009, the program would be able to provide a 12-megabit-per-second broadband service nationwide.
Within a two-year period, it is expected that 99% of the entire Australian population will be enjoying a faster, more reliable and cheaper Internet broadband.
Another group will be developing a proposed fibre-to-the-node broadband network in Australia.
Fibre-to-the-node or FTTN is a broadband network that utilizes optical fibre, replacing the usual and traditional copper loop.
It is logical that through optic technology, Internet connection will be faster and more reliable.
The only setback is that it will be longer and more expensive to build an infrastructure network for FTTN. But as expected, Australia is up for this latest development. Australia broadband is also relying mostly on wireless technology.
Experts assert that because the country is very
large, it is the size of the United States without
Alaska, the rural areas will not be easily reached
and serviced by cables.
In rural areas that are geographically and
demographically challenged, wireless broadband
connection will certainly be useful and effective.
More and more local households in the bush are now
getting access to the Internet wirelessly. In a few
years time, Australia is set to be entirely covered