Bernie & Damien write about the recently started fiasco called the National Broadband Scheme.
I have been seething with rage since it’s started and feel compelled to comment on it.
The whole scheme is a perfect example of posturing. Doing something so that one can be seen doing something but without caring about the actual results. Movement is better than stagnation even if it is in the wrong direction (or at least that’s what the Dept. seems to think). I had hopes that Minister Ryan would make a reasonably sensible decision after I attended round table discussions on NGN’s in Dublin castle some months ago. The discussions there were good & open and valid points were put forward. Ryan has obviously thrown these in the bin. Declaring 100% coverage by 2010 is a sign of complete and utter idiocy. Even Northern Ireland which has claimed to have 100% coverage as far back as 2006 still has not really got 100% coverage. 100% coverage is an unattainable pipe-dream and I did tell Minister Ryan this during the discussions in Dublin Castle.
Also choosing 3G as the technology of choice doesn’t show a great deal of knowledge or insight. Yes off course there was a tender process, however certain technical and service standards should be set. 3G is not and will not be able to support acceptable broadband standards. Not even the promised 1Mbps. That’s another thing, to call 1Mbps broadband is laughable. I cannot even go into that without guffawing and shouting abuse at my screen. (I won’t even go into the sheer, utter, moronic suggestion of satellite, go Google, yahoo, Copernic or whatever search engine you use and see for yourself).
Forget that 3G reception is poor as it is and coverage can only be approved by dotting the landscape with new masts which will not happen due to logistic, planning and financial reasons. The main issues are that 3G is not suitable for some form of local loop unbundling leading to the creation of a monopoly. Strangely enough the last time the Irish government created a monopoly in the Irish Telco industry it was also lead by an incompetent company (Eircom). Now it is assisting Three in establishing one. if you wonder what I base this judgment of Three on go have a look here.
So we now the NBS money allocated to a provider who will deliver no more than a shadow of real broadband with a technology that will not support any other entrants into the market.
Only pictures can express my opinion on this….