I am concerned about Australia," Professor Smarr told the Herald yesterday from his home in San Diego. "We are in a once-in-30-year transition, and if you are not serious about real broadband you will be gradually left out of more and more of the emerging business opportunities, and challenged for the ones you thought you had. Australia is great in terms of the old infrastructure ... so you think of yourselves as a modern country", but on internet infrastructure, "Australia ranks 42nd in the world in the cost of internet service, 38th in mobile phone costs, 40th on the availability of skilled labour and engineers, and 20th on scientific infrastructure. If you want your living standard to remain ... one of the best in the world, it's going to have to be by adding value in a globally interconnected economy.
Just as we've all suspected. What I really like is we're 38th in mobile phone costs, and we have to start by adding value!! Are you listening Government and Telstra?