"The selection of the data rate is a trade-off between communication range and message duration. Due to the spread spectrum technology, communications with different data rates do not interfere with each other and create a set of 'virtual' channels, increasing the capacity of the gateway. LoRaWAN data rates range from 0.3 kbps to 50 kbps.”This, of course, is exponentially slower than the NBN, but that’s the point here. No video or audio, just a simple data message involved, and Spence hopes to provide connectivity for $1-$2 per year, per device. He says it’s still far too early to tell how much funding the company might need, or even what its corporate structure would look like. But he hopes the NNN might just provide a much-needed kick-start to a fresh round of innovation in the Australian technology sector, the way that the NBN would have by now if Turnbull had left it alone rather than bastardising it into a half-arsed hybrid network, blowing Australia’s chance to become one of the world’s best-connected countries, probably forever. “If we can get to be at the cutting edge of this technology, Australian groups can start inventing applications and technologies to fit in with them and sell it to the rest of the world instead of buying it in,” Spence said. Spence has a good track record in telecoms and tech, as he was a senior member of the management team that sold OzEmail to US telco Worldcom in 1998. He ran wireless group Unwired, which was saddled with technology that didn’t have enough end-user devices, and eventually sold out to Kerry Stokes. He’s a busy man. His new startup aside, he is also the chairman of listed cloud-computing service provider Vocus Communications, which is due to receive legal approval for its shareholder-backed scheme of arrangement to merge with Perth-based wholesale telecoms groups Amcom Limited today in a deal that will create company worth more than $1 billion. And he has long been an investor in a range of technology startups. At a lunch held by the Centre for Economic Development of Australia to launch its report on technology disruption in Sydney last week, NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski declared that he was running the Australia’s biggest startup. If you can call tens of billions in shareholder funds and a corporate structure that is beginning to rival Telstra’s a startup. Spence on the other hand, is trying something new. He says Turnbull “gets it”, is interested, and has asked to be kept abreast of developments. Australia was once at the very leading edge of wireless technology, but more recently innovation in Australia has been on life support -- but it’s not yet dead.
Move over, NBN, here comes the National Narrowband Network
Why should you share your precious cat video-enhancing broadband with your hot-water meter? Enter the National Narrowband Network.