Talk:Internet in Australia

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Proposed structure[edit]

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Current State
    • Statistics/Introduction
    • DSL
      • TW DSL
      • ADSL 2+
    • HFC cable
    • rural divide
    • Regulatory information
      • ACCC, ACMA, carrier licensing etc
    • assigned names and numbers
      • AuDA, AUNIC, APNIC, addressing, domains etc
    • (transit?) infrastructure
      • intrastate, metro fiber networks, inter-exchange,
      • interstate: pretty bland - company 1,2 & 3 run fiber between city a, b & c ... I suppose Tasmania needs a special mention
      • international: SXC, AJC, APNG, SeaMeWe3 et al
  • Future
    • FTTN
    • Wireless
    • New submarine cables

Thoughts? --gummAY (talk) 23:35, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

An informative and necessary page but lacking in any significant recent updates, the article seems to fade after about 2008. It is also puzzling that nobody has shown an interest in the previous suggestion by GummAY. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 101.171.100.73 (talk) 06:04, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

ya probly need to get the ball rolling on this one though it is better then how we found it which was inaccurate outdated and politically squewed both for and against both sides. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Digmores (talkcontribs) 04:22, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Communications infrastructure[edit]

Starting to work on the section I labelled above as "(transit?) infrastructure". It's 3am now so this probably isn't any good and is so far unsourced. Please improve if you are able --gummAY (talk) 15:53, 2 November 2008 (UTC)


Due to Australia's large size, sparse population and relative remoteness to other countries, a significant amount of infrastructure is required for Internet communications.

Perhaps the most vital of these are the three submarine telecommunications cables that link the continent to the rest of the world. SEA-ME-WE 3 lands at Perth, and AJC and the Southern Cross Cable land at Sydney.


  • do we bother mentioning JASARUS and APNG2?
  • satellite: Domestic satellite system for use in very remote areas, primarily the Optus satellites C1 D1 and D2.
  • Interstate transit: Telstra, Optus, Nextgen Networks, PowerTel and AAPT are the main Intercity Networks with a collection of other providers having regional networks or Eastern Coast links.


Potential sources

The section on Residential Internet Access calls for citation for comments about shaping and excess charges.

A search like this on the Broadband Choice website provides this verification:

http://bc.whirlpool.net.au/bc/?action=search&exc=1&state=all&class=0&type=res&cost=0&pre=20000&conntype=1&conntype=4&speed=1500&upspeed=0&contract=99&needhw=no&upfront=999999 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 121.45.214.190 (talk) 09:31, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Pricing[edit]

Should be a section about pricing and how expensive it is in Australia compared to other nations. IAmTheCoinMan (talk) 12:49, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Sure do you have any sources from which we could start the section i.e. OECD numbers, UN figures,IMF , world bank or international NGOs

Digmores (talk) 00:19, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Some old 2003 data to start, but need to trace it to the source: http://adsl-cable.net/guide/costs.html. OECD 2008 data, if someone is ambitious: http://www.oecd.org/document/54/0,3343,en_2649_34225_38690102_1_1_1_1,00.html. Funny that Australia seems to be the only country where the cost has increased in the past 4 years (Chart 4k). Chart 5k is also quite telling... Definitely need some of these stats on the page. Ikzing (talk) 10:49, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

when the pricing section it would be good to say the manner in which Australian's are billed for their internet access. The system i have found is that of monthly internet access with bandwith caps, with the breached of caps resulting in reduced speeds or excess bill.

Digmores (talk) 03:38, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

I think this is really a critical factor. It's one thing having high speeds available, but you can't compare it with other first world nations with prices of $69.95 for 1GBdown/2GBup 1.5-8Mbps/384kbps then being "shaped" to dialup speeds of 64kbps (Westnet, Cairns, Nov 2009)! - Ikzing (talk) 01:39, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

De-commercialising[edit]

Hi All,

After the comments from User:Gnangarra, especially "be careful of focusing on news events and individual companies" I've gone through the article trying to 'de-commercialise' and clarify things. I welcome your feedback!

--gummAY (talk) 04:20, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

I agree, news events especially those to do with NBN should be treated carefully, there is a seperate article for the NBN so any controversy debate or indepth analysis by experts should be placed there while a reference or 2 in the section on this page should be alright.

With the companies maybe focusing on where it is relevent to mention them or would be of use to the reader, meaning that they could find more infomation on the comapany's network/infastructure. We shouldn't make comparisions between company's or make reference to the company when it is not relevent e.g. comapany X is better than company Y or Company X is number one in such-and-such service.

Also there is alot of in-line statistics about past rates of internet useage, this is relevent but may be better presented in a line graph with in-line stats being put in for significant milestones e.g. take up exceeds 50%. I'll try and get on this, if someone wants to try as well i have found good stats on the abs

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/allprimarymainfeatures/6445F12663006B83CA256A150079564D?opendocument

if you want to find previous data on this site then go to past and future releases it opens out and you can see reports going bact to Sep 2000.

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Digmores (talk) 07:15, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

Just a thought should a section be put in where views of people in industry and academics would be placed. Thoughts

Digmores (talk) 07:22, 29 October 2009 (UTC)

Popular websites and Internet Use[edit]

This entire article seems to be devoted to the infrastructure and technical aspects of internet in Australia. Is there an article about popular websites for internet users in Australia and things like the rate and number of Australians that shop online, or could this kind of information be added to this article? Eno1 (talk) 09:19, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

I like that idea, with the proviso that websites discussed should meet notability requirements. Online shopping is certainly a social trend that seems worthy of inclusion. --gummAY (talk) 06:01, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
I must respectfully disagree. This article is indeed about the technical aspects because that is the meaning of the term "Internet". Including a discussion of web sites etc would perpetuate the fallacy that the web and the Internet are the same thing. It sounds like Eno1 would like to create an article called "Notable web-sites in Australia", which they are more than welcome to do. Icd (talk) 12:07, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
OK - good point. In your opinion, is there any scope for a "usage"-related section in this article? Web is one application. There's also online gaming, business communications, non-web based collaboration tools, etc, etc. Worthy? --gummAY (talk) 02:28, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Are any of these things specific to Australia? Icd (talk) 22:03, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
I guess not :) --gummAY (talk) 12:41, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Slow internet?[edit]

With the introduction of Telstra's 100Mbps Coaxial cable and the 100Mbps NBN (Which are both world-standard in speed) I do not think that the comment about Australias internet being slow (Broadband internet in Australia is much slower (...) than in nearly all other industrialised nations) Is accurate. It still however is very expensive in comparison.

Should we change it?

Jamoo721 (talk) 10:37, 5 March 2012 (UTC)


Depends where you live really and the difference between theoretical and practical outcomes for example i supposed to be getting 25 MB/S but i get 150KB/S when the wires are feeling charitable. Also averages can give false impression that there are higher speeds than actually exist. e.g. 1 person with a very high speed and the 3 people with low speeds creates a mid range speed but does not reflect the speeds that are being experienced by a large percentage of users.

Then there are the black spots and issues relating to cost effectiveness for myself i could buy into the coxial cable outside my house but it would be double the cost with reduced cap as well as being locked into a contract for 24 months.

Digmores (talk) 04:20, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

I've removed the statement in question as it's not reflected in the source it cited. The source actually shows Australia ranking about middle of the range against the other OECD nations. 203.27.72.5 (talk) 08:00, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

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The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Internet in Australia/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

I have rerated as B-class, it has a solid structure and broadly covers the topic, history will need more work and improvement of sources before GA. Also be careful of focusing on news events and individual companies this is meant to be an overview article such specific can/should be within the company articles. Gnangarra 13:30, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

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