What’s digital life like on the NBN’s FTTH?

A few mths back we were lucky enough to have the NBN’s FTTH installed at our home, and went from an ADSL line that could barely push 2Mbps to a fibre optic line that can push 96Mbps. That’s quite the upgrade, to say the least, and for less money than we were paying previously, seems we were able to finally ditch the Telstra landline as a result. :)

So what’s the digital life like being on FTTH? It’s funny, but after a while on FTTH you kind of forget that you are on FTTH, and you start to forget how mind blowingly incredible FTTH really is. FTTH starts becoming normal, or the way the internet should be experienced, without the constraints of 19th century copper line technology holding it back.

Had a glance around the the house the other night, just after watching hulu on my iPad, and the wife was watching some Dr Who on her iPad, my sons were playing COD online, the oldest son was playing some LoL with a twitch.TV stream coming down on his other monitor, and my daughters were watching some catch up Big Brother (sigh) on a laptop, all at the same time.

To explain to someone who’s not technically minded, what the NBN’s FTTH is all about, it’s like there’s 5 showers in the house and everyone can have a shower at the same time, getting full pressure and heat, without impacting on the others.

That’s my experience with the NBN’s FTTH. :)

FTTH, so close Australia but now maybe so far?

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Ok, so the Federal election is done and dusted as Aussies took time off from important activities such as surfing and got out and voted -

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And the result was pretty much inline with expectations, that being the LNP won in a somewhat landslide -

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And the Labor party has been sent into the political wilderness, to rebuild and basically regroup -

Kevin Rudd Concedes Election Defeat In Brisbane

As is the case with all elections, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately for Australians, one of those losers looks like being the NBN, with the LNP determined to nerf it back to a (not much) cheaper and (far) inferior FTTN rollout, that uses the existing aging copper network for the last mile of data delivery (creating the ultimate data choke point), from powered double fridge like “Nodes”, that have fibre connected to them, in our streets. Fibre is run from the exchanges to the nodes, and then it’s up to the old copper lines to handle the data from the node to the homes.

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I for one see this as a massive mistep for Australia, in continuing to use 19th century copper line technology as part of a 21st century network, creating the ultimate data choke points, and severely limiting the upgrade capacity of the network in the future.

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Right now the NBN is rolling out fibre to the home, which takes us from the backwaters of the net, where the average broadband speed is around 4Mbps, up to the front of the speed class, with speed up to 100Mbps for now and 1,000Mbps by the end of 2013. So we’re going from having some of the worst internet speeds in the developed world, to having the best internet speeds, thanks to fibre to the home internet.

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If you’d like to petition the incoming Australian government to keep the FTTH rollout, you can do that here.

If you sign that petition, I personally guarantee that you’ll feel -

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Does your website have a mobile version??

So this morning, as per my routine, I’m reading through the Flipboard feeds on my iPad, with a green tea in my comfy chair, when I come across an article in Tech Crunch about Google punishing your site if it doesn’t have a mobile version -

Running a website not optimized for smartphones? Guess what, you’ve been put on notice. Google is using its influence and the power of its algorithm to finally force web publishers to fix their mobile website configuration issues, or risk getting downranked in Google Search. Directing smartphone users to 404′s? You lose.

The first thought to mind was wow, we at AussieHost.com are hosting over 6,000 domains at last count, and I’m betting most of those domains don’t have a mobile website version for smartphones and whatnot. Then to my horror, as this thought is still lingering in my mind, I realise hold it, we don’t have a mobile website version either!! How the heck did we miss this? Sometimes you get so caught up in the day to day runnings, that you miss obvious things like this.

So guess what made its way to the top of one of my lists, yep, a mobile version for AussieHost.com. Do you have a mobile version for your site? Do you think it matters? What a huge market out there for budding web developers to create mobile versions of regular sites. :)

And BTW, Google just served the final death blow to Adobe Flash too -

But the recommendation which stuck out was the one which stated that sites should not embed video that doesn’t play on smartphones.

BOOM.