Ross M. W. Bennetts


February 9th, 2009

Viatel was my introduction to networked computing in Australia in the late 1980s. The trusty old Commodore 64 sucked down those pages line at a time through the 300/75 baud modem. Yes, that’s 300 bps down and 75bps up…

Then came BBSes and FidoNet and the blazingly fast 1200 baud modem and the NEC APC-III (Advanced Personal Computer, with IBM incompatible MS-DOS [until you bought the SLE])… but that’s another story…

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    1. […] bastards down at Seven are going to kill Austext stone dead. I’m still mourning the loss of Viatel, and now this? How am I supposed to keep up to date with the lotto numbers, race results and my […]

    2. Mark says:

      Is that the dad from Hey Dad??

    3. Mark says:

      Haha, ignore me, I didn’t even notice the title of the Youtube clip itself.

    4. Hermit says:

      Ahhh….those were the days!

      Viatel was waaaaay cool.

    5. Martin says:

      Ah, Viatel. I was cleaning out my filing cabinet when I found some old copies of a newsletter called “Signet”. It was a publication for members of the service on Viatel called “Microtex 666”.

      So, I decided to google it and see what mention or archives of the service were out there. I got two hits – one to a personal website of someone, and this.

      Viatel, if I remeber correctly, ran on a unique modem standard of 1,200/75 bits/sec, not 300/75. Certainly, it did for me when I bought my first modem, a Nice Modem II, which ran at this speed. This was in June 1986. It cost me $499. At CPI we’re probably looking at close to $3k in today’s money.

      It was an amazing experience for someone who never saw an online service before. But it was also expensive, something that Telecom, nowdays Telstra, seemed to excel at.

      Thanks for the video. It brought back memories.

    6. witjuti says:

      Martin : You are correct , that service did run at 1200/75 baud . I still have my old modem šŸ™‚

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