Monday, May 01, 2006

Surprise, Surprise - making the pipe into the home bigger doesn't lead to faster access

Hattip: Computerworld
"High contention rates (or the number of customers sharing the available bandwidth) have been cited as the major reason for current discontent, since they cause peak-time congestion, with severely degraded performance."

I seem to recall saying before that increasing the pipe into the home wouldn't do anything until the backbone speeds were increased.  And what incentive does Telecom have to increase the backbone speeds at the moment - none.  With the "kiwishare" and calls for nationalization of the local loop acting as a huge disincentive towards any kind of infra structural investment I really don't see this changing any time soon.

And to repeat - forcing Telecom to release the local loop and/or give "faster, cheaper broadband" to the home is not going to make anyone's Internet access move any faster.
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