NBN promote 8K TV, day after Barnaby Joyce says nobody wants 1Tbps NBN


    The nbn have just published a pretty fantastic post that looks at connected tech trends that will see us consuming even more data in the future. This amazingly timed article comes the day after our Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, appeared on the ABC’s QandA program and told Australia that they don’t ultra fast internet.

    The very first item in the post is 8K TVs, which of course are in development and in the coming years, will replace 4K TVs. As one of only a few people in Australia that’s actually seen an 8K TV in real life (CES, Las Vegas 2015), I can attest the stunning leap forward 8K makes, even over the gorgeous 4K currently sold in stores.

    As 4K TVs and 4K movie streaming services like Netflix become readily available, the 2,3 and even 4 TVs we have in our homes will be upgraded to 4K. During QandA, Joyce tried to argue that a Netflix stream will require just 5Mpbs. As good as Netflix compression and quality scaling is, you can still expect buffering of a HD on a connection like that. Given 4K streams are many magnitudes hungrier for data than HD, and HDR versions requiring even more bandwidth, there is no world where Joyce is correct. Remember that in the next couple of years, your house will likely need to stream multiple 4K video streams from the web, while you’re browsing the web on your phone or tablets and possibly at the same time they’re backing up to the cloud.

    Joyce says,

    The best way to test what the public wants is to see what they buy.

    I take massive issue with this statement, if Apple followed this approach, we wouldn’t have iPhones. Because we’ve got so bogged down in the battle of the right technology, we’ve missed the opportunity to dream about what’s possible with high-speed internet and for those consumer who aren’t enthusiasts, assume they don’t need a faster connection than the one they had on ADSL, so go with the cheaper option. If they were educated about the potential benefits and opportunities, their decisions would be different.

    Right now Japanese broadcaster are testing 8K streams and at the Rio Olympics this year, much of it will be captured be captured in 8K. This means the NBN is right in that 8K is coming and we all need big, fat pipes to consume it.

    In contrast, Independent Tony Windsor said

    Build it once, build it properly, build it with fibre

    While personally I absolutely agree with that approach, it is noteworthy that we’re more than half way through the election campaign and Labor still haven’t announced an updated NBN plan. The project is at a very different point now, than it was when they left office. More than 2 Million premises could get an NBN service and more than 1 Million households have, so with the mixed-mode connectivity (FTTN and Satellite) the horse has bolted on this and the chance for Australia to have an all-fibre (93%) network prospect has been lost to the history books.


    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021


    1. This isn’t going to happen until NBNco changes their wholesale pricing to remove bandwidth charges and instead have just an access charge, remove the speed tiers, it doesn’t cost NBN anymore to run a 100 mbit fibre connection over a 12 mbit fibre connection so why charge for it. 8K streaming over the internet is going to take around 85 Mbps, that is a huge amount of peak time bandwidth! Cancel the 121 POI plan, go back to the ~8 POI plan, put those POIs in well connected datacenters not in Tel$tra exchanges. Doing those thing will amount to internet at a fraction of the cost and much lower contention for end users. As for the rollout mess, stop install fibre NTDs, put a fibre socket on the wall and let the end user buy a standard GPON router.

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