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Happy birthday internet! Australia has been connected for 20 years

[AusNOG] Happy 20th Birthday Australian Internet

Geoff Huston gih at
Tue Jun 23 20:27:03 EST 2009
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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!


Geoff is a top guy - one of the fathers of Australia's internet. I hung around with him when he was in the ANU Maths department during those pre-internet days when I worked for the Treasury.

HT: Troppo