Quiet milestone

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Australia being connected to the internet.

On the night of the 23rd June 1989 Robert Elz of the University of Melbourne and Torben Neilsen of the University of Hawaii completed the connection work that bought the Internet to Australia. It was a 56kbps satellite circuit, and the Australian end used a Proteon P4100 router.

Since that day we’ve evidently connected some 56.8% of the population, or 12,073,852 Australians, to the Internet (according to user statistics published by the ITU-T)

I think thats a pretty impressive record, and worth noting!

The message was from Geoff Huston of the Australian Network Operators Group.

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3 Responses to Quiet milestone

  1. MikeM says:

    And instead of a 56 Kb satellite link, we have three optic fibre cable ring links: the Southern Cross with capacity of 480 Gb/sec on each of its legs, one via Fiji and Hawaii to the US and the other via New Zealand and Hawaii; the Australia-Japan via Guam ring link, current capacity 120 Gb; and the SEA-ME-WE-3 cable from Western Australia to Indonesia, capacity 480 Gb/s.

    Pipe Networks is currently laying a third, 600 Gb/s cable Sydney-Guam, due to come into service in September.

    Cable capacities are rubbery depending on the number of fibre pairs currently in use in a cable and the band-width of each wavelength. What is currently in use may be more or less than the figures stated above, but whatever the current total, it is around 6 or 7 orders of magnitude above that of the original Elz-Torben link.

    Robert Elz deserves recognition for other significant contributions as well. For many years he was the registrar of .au domain names, and insistent that names have a clear relationship with the official name of the requesting business. Elz is currently at Prince of Songkla University in Phuket.

  2. Jacques Chester says:

    He was responsible for .au rules? I think that deserves a simultaneous knighthood and sainthood.

  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Robert_Elz

    Very (world) famous in the early net days – before you were born -was a bit of a one man band – both for good and not so good at times. Easily worth a PhD or a book.

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