The VoIP Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Australian consumers have always been cautious ones. Internet uptake was slow on the upstart and it has taken many years for Australian’s to trust online credit card transactions or online business in general. In the past five years, netbanking has boomed in popularity across the country as Australians look to the future. It’s probably no co-incidence that this has coincided with broadband rollouts in the same time. In 2004-5 ABS statistics reveal that almost a third of all businesses do not use broadband because of perceived unavailability or lack of benefit. The tyranny of distance places extra responsibility on last (hundred) mile technologies and even now much of the POTS (plain old telephone system) lacks adequate quality of service for a stable dial up connection, let alone broadband.

Amidst the preparation for the sale of Australia’s largest telco, the government has decided to throw a decent sum of money into last (hundred) mile solutions for rural Australia in order to increase the bottom line figures for broadband penetration. These include wireless radio and satellite connections, with the latter being available to people regardless of their geographic location, as 2-way satellite allows data up and down without the need for a phone line at all. Those other rural users who can get access to ancient ISDN technologies are only eligible for the 1-way satellite solutions. After the government subsidy that pays for the equipment to connect these backwaters, the user is left with a 256/64k or faster satellite service with some severe limitations. (more…)

5 years – IT Industry Snapshot

I began this article as an email to some industry friends to discuss but thought I’d share these observations with the wider community. Since I am no financial analyst you can take these thoughts with a pound of salt, but the comparisons are interesting none the less, and you can draw your own conclusions from the stock itself.

Many companies took a steep dive in recent months including Apple, Microsoft, Red Hat and Engin. The general trend however is the increasing value of stock of a 5 year period as the IT world recovers from the millennium slump of 2000 that saw the end to the world’s largest IT bloom that inevitably ate its own tail with the y2k doomsday that never was. It’s any wonder that faith was lost in the promises of the digital faithful from that point.