[funsec] Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users (fwd)
swmike at swm.pp.se
Wed Mar 14 07:05:20 UTC 2007
On Tue, 13 Mar 2007, Joel Jaeggli wrote:
> sell you 100/24 vdsl2 for around 80euro a month.
100/10 over CAT5 ethernet (and also 100/100) is available here in Sweden
for around $35+tax in quite a lot of places. Weirdly enough it's more
commonly available in places where the real estate owner has a harder time
renting out apartments, because it actually brings people over who
wouldn't normally considering living there. Competetive advantage.
Real estate owner will pay up front for the CAT5 cabling and will then
bring in one or more ISPs to provide IP connectivity and switches (well, a
lot of different business models are available). Real estate owner invests
a few hundred dollars and gets more apartments rented out, the ISP has to
bring fiber into the building/area and can then reach a lot of people with
highspeed connections that give high take rates.
Some ISPs that prefer CAT5 do so because of less maintenance and that the
VDSL(2) equipment is actually more expensive than CAT5 cabling+ethernet
switches in a lot of the cases.
I think it's weird that cable(coax) is the premium service in the US,
because here it's considered inferior to DSL, and it's the service you get
when you don't care about performance and quality. Just the other month
there was some kind of disruption on the cable system where I live, and
when I called in to report it they first asked me to go check with my
neighbors (beside me, and both upstairs and downstairs) before they would
even take my fault report. Then they had to coordinate a time when both I
and my upstair neighbor could be home from work at the same time so the
technician could try to find the fault. Ended up me having basically no TV
(almost unwatchable) or Telephony (cable modem wouldnt link up) for 10
days. I'm glad I had my internet connectivity via other means. I'll take
star topology all days of the week, thank you.
So to sum it all up, my take on the US problems is that there is too
little competition in the market place. LLUB has brought a lot of
competition into the marketplace here and to compete with the LLUB
offerings, some other ISPs go directly with infrastructure to the curb or
even directly into homes in some of the cases.
Mikael Abrahamsson email: swmike at swm.pp.se
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