Hi! I’m inside the MDF room in my corporate Office tower here And I thought I’d just show you around and the various internet options available Now MDF stands for ‘main distribution frame’ I believe that’s just what they call these communication rooms in the basement of buildings – commercial office buildings – like this one. This is the main patch panel for all the twisted pairs going up to every office in the building each one of those blue trunk lines goes up to a different office and each office has like 14 or 16 pairs or something bundled into it And when I moved into my office it did actually have five or six phone lines installed and had plenty of pairs actually left over and all those tags are from various installation techs who have our left little notes or whatever when they have Installed on or done modifications, or patched it or whatever! Anyway! So the first internet option in this building is of course ADSL over twisted pair copper But they are… they are very limited in the number of ports. I believe like DSLAM ports or whatever it is that they actually have there. And we’re a long way from the exchange and The Connection rate is terrible – I used to have like 800 Kilobits upload speed here in then when I first moved in to the lab here I had to go home and upload my videos because I had 2.4 Megabits upload at home so *wohoo* which cost 110 dollars a month for my home Internet connection Which is cable – Telstra cable So you can get ADSL which is I think I was only getting like 5 megs download or something It wasn’t particularly quick and like 800 kbits/s upload and that was like 60 bucks *a month* or something like that. Anyway, let’s have a look at the other options Because this building has NBN installed now which is the National Broadband thing which us tax payers here in Australia paid like 40 or 50 billion dollars for and finally I’m going to get some use out of it’s not nearly as good as overseas It’s crippled in many different ways in terms of the architecture But yeah, it’s like… Anyway! At least I have some options. Let me – let me show you the other options now Here’s the Telstra rack, and that has all the twisted-pair ports coming in there’s a battery backup bar system in there So that’s for the regular phone type connections now this box here is the Telstra – Telstra is the main communications provider in this country – and they’ve got fiber coming in – all the buildings in my business park are like under 15 years old season So this is, you know, pretty new Newish building in the scheme of things So yeah it had fiber It’s always had fiber coming in but Telstra
if you want to get an internet connection on that fiber Okay, it is. I’m not kidding when I was quoted a couple of years back it was $8,000 per month for a 10 meg – 10 meg symmetrical connection – I am not kidding it’s come down since then I believe it’s like a couple of thousand dollars now *per month* for 10 meg – 10 meg.
I like it’s just so insane that you know like there are companies some companies that will just pay that right, but of course it’s, it’s, it’s insane! What I wanted to show you is we’ve got no shortage of fiber on here now this fiber box here is another competing company – UEcomm – which I believe are owned by Optus now or whatever I think there’s another Optus fiber coming in here somewhere So I think that’s at least three now Now UEcomm Optus they want 800-1000 dollars *per month* for a 10 meg – 10 meg Symmetrical connection and we have data caps by the way You’ll get like a 500 gig data cap with either of those Fiber plans for what a thousand dollars a month You still have a data cap okay? And then we’ve got an AAPT which is another Communications, and there was they’ve got their own fiber Installed, so this is what? Three or four different fibers coming into this building now, but once again. They’re like 605 / 600 dollars per month or more. Right? For their plan once again for a 10 meg – 10 meg plan It’s just nuts right, so I’ve got my three or four different competing Fibers coming directly into this building, and I can’t use any of those it’s just too expensive. Now. I actually had to get my own fiber installed in this building which is this rack up here. I can’t open these racks I don’t have the key and I don’t want to pick them So a bit you know, it’s just boring switch gear and stuff like that But this is the company I got to install the fiber in this building just for me and I tried to recruit Some other people in the building and this is what I’m currently getting internet in the lab through okay, so this is my own fiber installed by this company – Telstra – who installed this one.
Telstra wouldn’t let them use this one Right? They had to pay they had to pay Telstra to install another fiber that comes You know through all this – all this rack in, through all this tubing and stuff over in it into this rack So we have to pay to install a new fiber even though there’s already three other fibers in here three or four other fibers And this one is *440 dollars* a month
for 20 meg – 20 meg And that’s what I currently pay for my internet in the lab okay, and that is cheap for this business park That is the cheapest You know decent internet you can get with decent upload speed that is like. You know I thought that was Fantastically cheap, and it is for this business park, okay? Now. Here’s the new National Broadband Network rack – or one of them But this is the main this is where the new National Broadband comes in and I’m going to hook up to this Shortly this month so the fiber comes in here, okay? So you know comes down there somewhere – anyway comes in and that’s the new National Broadband they’ve got some patch stuff and then it goes into a Patch box like that there you go. That’s a fiber patch panel box for all the each Individual office in this building complex will have its own little fiber patch there So I’ve got fiber directly to my office now: “fiber to the premises” As it’s called so but a lot of houses in Australia only have fiber to the node which is ridiculous anyway So that’s the new NBN. I’ve just signed up hopefully I’ll get it installed in the next month, and I’m only paying like around about a hundred bucks per month for a 100 meg / 40 meg but the way, they’re set up the internet in the NBM in Australia with the system configuration and stuff If everyone decides to use it once you the speeds drop drastically So anyway, I’m very excited by that and there’s another management thing down here And that that handles like our you know security cameras in the building and other around yeah I don’t believe I think that is the security system It’s got nothing to do with the any of the internet or our phone system or anything like that So there you go that is a typical MdF room Inside a – you know – in in the basement literally in the carpark basement of these buildings This is where all the fiber, so we’ve got five now got five I think fibers Coming into this building, and you only need one you need one fiber could if you implement the system right one fiber Everyone in this building could have one gig one gig Symmetrical internet right like but it’s just due to this ridiculousness of Infrastructures internet infrastructure in this company anyway the NBN are paying a hundred bucks a month So it’s one quarter the cost of what I’m currently paying with this rack Which is four hundred and forty bucks a month and yes everyone overseas in Every tin-pot little country in the world who’s getting you know one gig? Slash one gig internet for fifty bucks a month. Yeah. Go on it boast But this is the nature of Australia. I can’t use any of the existing fibers I had to install my own It’s just nuts. It really is. Anyway very excited the NBN is happening Both in my lab and the other office as well, and I finally have unlimited data By the way because I do have a data cap at the moment, which is why I can’t stream 24/7 I can’t stream a webcam? 24/7 it would chew up my data allocation in a couple of days. It’s just nuts anyone my monthly allocation Anyway, there you go. That’s a typical MdF room in a commercial Corporate building and my various internet options which are now pretty much only one But it so I’m very pleased to be paying my hundred bucks a month We’ll see how it goes like the hennessy with the real speed I actually get and I’ll keep you updated on that anyway. I do like that catch you next time and That is the fibre to the premises Outside every office here in this building and this is the one next door And it looks like someone’s had the NBN installed a couple of days ago, and they didn’t even bother to clean it up! *gruts*