>> The usual names, faces & promises . . . . a little more extravagant that
> usual though (5 Mb capacity to each home ? ?)
It's the same old story - folks the battle over the core of the
network is dead and gone - anyone can have as much bandwidth
as they want in most of the major centers at the moment.
All this will do is reduce/increase competition for the backbone
It doesn't make a bit of difference to the place in the network
where the real issues are - the last mile - local tail.
This changes nothing (except that it now makes it unlikely that
any company will build it's own fibre network) - so we are back
to state owned national infrastructure - can anyone say
PTT ? Telecom Eireann ? Eircom ?
Until the last mile is open and available there is no change
for us at home.
Once that becomes open, then we have hope.. until then it's
>> Interesting parts . . .
>> "The competition-neutral rings will not be operated or owned by any of the
> main telecommunications companies operating in Ireland . . . . . "
>> "Minister for Public Enterprise Mary O'Rourke said she is aiming to have a 5
> Mb connection as a standard for Irish homes by 2005 . . . . . "
>> "In an unusual move, the Irish government has appointed an advisory
> committee comprised of senior technology industry experts to supervise the
> broadband initiative, including the country managers for Hewlett-Packard and
> Microsoft. No members were drawn from the telecommunications carriers"
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