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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:55 pm 
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From the 2017 policy speech, section 81: https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2017/eng/policy.html

"To become a smart city, we must strive to achieve universal broadband coverage across the territory as far as possible. Currently, the household broadband penetration rate in Hong Kong is over 90%, among the highest in the world. Most people can now enjoy high-speed quality broadband services. However, for villages, remote locations in the New Territories and the outlying islands, the progress of network coverage by telecommunications companies is slow due to the high costs of network installation and a small base. In view of this, I propose that the Government takes the lead to provide telecommunications companies with financial incentives in the form of subsidies to encourage the extension of fibre-based network to villages in remote locations. The plan will cover about 380 villages currently without high-speed broadband network coverage and is expected to benefit nearly 170 000 villagers. This initiative not only demonstrates the people-oriented philosophy of the current-term Government, but also provides the telecommunications infrastructure necessary for the conservation and revitalisation of rural and remote areas in future."

Whether the islands are included in the 380 villages is the question I'd like an answer to.
And what happens to the shitty expensive VDSL now? Hopefully binned and we go straight to fibre.


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Most likely not Lamma as fibre on it would be pointless and not increase any speeds as long as we have no fibre off the island. It would be prohibitively expensive, govt. subsidies just a drop in the bucket, and PCCW is in the final stages of finishing their VDSL2 upgrades, at least for the Greater YSW Area, so they'd resist a fibre upgrade for Lamma.
Interestingly, their VDSL upgrade includes new fibre-connected distribution boxes installed in the last few weeks and months all over the Greater YSW Area. The new roadside PCCW boxes have a transparent window, so can be differentiated from the old copper wire distribution boxes. But the fibre is ONLY from those boxes to the upgraded microwave links atop Po Wah Yuen and NO fibre is planned and expected to the home on Lamma anytime soon, govt. subsidies notwithstanding.

Anyway, it's just a govt. policy statement, it might take decades to upgrade these 380 off-island villages with at least some fibre for the centers of the villages.

In the meantime, like a fast increasing number of Lamma residents, our household has given up on broadband and we rely almost exclusively on unlimited data 4G nowadays. 5-10+ times faster than broadband and very reliable so far, at zero extra cost over my old, standard, single mobile phone charge.
We might never pay for the much more expensive Broadband upgrades, just keeping the old, inexpensive 3Mbps broadband as a backup for now.

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She did say "New Territories and the outlying islands," and there aren't that many inhabited "outlying islands" so it should include Lamma. But it's all very vague. And worst of all, "encourage", not "require".

If it's left up to PCCW, all we get is VDSL at double or triple the price of DSL. And 4 fucking year commitments if what they pulled elsewhere applies.
Those pricks will probably claim that qualifies as "fast broadband" and pocket the subsidy, while still screwing us and not upgrading the back end enough to supply all the homes they connect.

My DSL has been less crappy recently, except during the typhoon days when speed went to almost zero. Due to massive demand from all the people stuck at home rather than damage I think. Anyway, I won't "upgrade" to VDSL. If wireless seems reliable enough I might switch over to that eventually, but not keep both.


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