So where is this now two-day old Telstra outage? Not anywhere near Cairns, but in some shithole called Colosseum, Queensland. A town named by jokers who couldn't even figure out how to spell Coliseum. Over 1200 km from Cairns.
|RESIDENTS OF COLOSSEUM, QLD DON'T LOOK TOO|
INCONVENIENCED BY THIS INTERNET
In every "developed" country, the internet is structured to avoid large-scale outages. This is done by tying legs together so that everyone's got two backbone connections. In Australia, this has never been done, and even the NBN won't fix this glaring problem. Cairns should have years ago been connected via sea cable to Guam, to provide redundancy not just for Cairns but for Brisbane, Sydney, and in fact the entire east coast of Australia.
|MINISTER FOR OZEMAIL TURNBULL|
WAS AWARE OF THIS DESIGN FLAW
OVER FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
When PIPE PPC-1 was laid in 2009, it connected Sydney and PNG with Guam, which is the internet backbone "hub" in the Pacific. The ALP government was then advised that the cable should connect to Cairns as well - exactly for this reason. No redundancy now means no internet for an area of Queensland larger than Victoria. Thanks, KRudd for NOTHING! Even WA was given dual-redundancy via a sea cable to Port Hedland. But no such redundancy exists from Brisbane north.
With not just vital services but military infrastructure running on, and depending on, low-latency internet backbone connections, the lack of redundancy is a national security issue that has been ignored by the government. Currently, the Bureau of Meterology, who everyone is relying on for accurate and important information, cannot access their weather sites because of this backbone collapse. And emergency services communication has collapsed as well.
Is this Bengladesh?
So, like our vital National Highway and rail links, a little rain in Colosseum, Queensland has exposed another vital infrastructure link to be another joke on North Queenslanders. Leadership (cough, cough) in Cairns, Townsville, and indeed all of Queensland should be demanding this vital error be rectified.
Don't hold your breath.