“Deep Fibre” A Must For Australian Commercial Buildings

August 16th, 2018.

What is “deep fiber” – and why should developers/owners of multi-tenanted commercial and apartment buildings in Australia care about it? Demand from households and businesses for speedy internet connectivity is only increasing. The pressure is on for owners/developers of apartment and commercial buildings such as shopping malls and office blocks to keep up in order […]

Survey Says In-Flight Broadband Beats Beer

August 10th, 2018.

It seems over half of airline passengers would be willing to give up their inflight alcoholic drink or meal if it means they could get internet access. While it wasn’t so long ago that internet access on flights being unavailable was a given and accepted, expectations of airline passengers are changing with advances in aviation […]

Unlimited Broadband Underpinning Streaming Video Growth

August 3rd, 2018.

Australia’s Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) services market is continuing to grow rapidly, with a year-on-year increase in subscriptions of 54% reported. Emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte reports SVOD subscriptions reached 9.1 million at the end of June 2018, with an estimated 43 per cent of Australian households subscribed to SVOD services – up from […]

Australians Spending Even More Time Online

July 27th, 2018.

Australians spent a whopping 21.9 billion hours on the Internet in one form or another between April 2017 and March 2018 says recently released research from Roy Morgan. Image: rawpixel. This figure was clocked up at home, at school, while at work, traveling or elsewhere, and was up 2.1 billion hours on the 12 months […]

NBN Co’s Colossal Copper Cable Purchasing Spree

July 20th, 2018.

If you’re looking for a bit of copper wire, NBN Co may be able to help as they appear to have all of it. Senator Anne Urquhart asked NBN Co how many metres of new copper had NBN purchased to date ( being June 12, 2018). Image: disign The response: “In answer to Question on […]

Google’s Internet Via Balloon Project “Graduates”

July 13th, 2018.

X (formerly called Google X) has announced its internet via balloon project Loon has been spun off as a separate business under the Alphabet umbrella. Image: Project Loon Project Loon has involved the use solar powered balloons to create an aerial wireless network able to deliver internet connectivity to users on the ground in underserved […]

Another Dialup Internet Service Bites The Dust

July 6th, 2018.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night – prepaid dialup internet access from Optus will cease in 9 days; marking the end of an era for the telecommunications company. For many of us who have been kicking around internet for a while, these sounds would provide some fond (and perhaps also frustrating) memories. This is […]

Asia Pacific On Track To Become World’s Largest 5G Region by 2025

June 30th, 2018.

The GSM Association (GSMA) predicts the Asia Pacific region (APAC) will become the world’s largest 5G region by 2025; led by countries including Australia, China, Japan and South Korea. Image: geralt 5G, an abbreviation of 5th Generation wireless, offers much faster data communications than 4G and far lower latency among its benefits. Australia is one […]

Huawei Isn’t Giving Up On Its Australian 5G Aspirations

June 22nd, 2018.

Communications giant Huawei appears desperate to get in on the 5G action in Australia and has taken the unusual step of publishing an open letter to Australian MPs. Huawei, founded in the 1980’s, is a Guangdong, China based company primarily involved with telecommunications equipment and services.  As well as selling many millions of phones, it […]

Busting The NBN Telephone Myth

June 14th, 2018.

It seems many Australians still aren’t aware the NBN isn’t always the only game in town for broadband – nor for phone services. While many Australians have moved to exclusively using mobile phones, some still need or prefer a landline-type arrangement. Generally speaking, 18 months after the NBN is available in an area, ADSL and […]

NBN Co Considering “Throttling” Heavy Users

June 8th, 2018.

NBN Co is reportedly considering slowing down the internet speeds of heavy users during peak periods. That NBN fixed wireless is struggling in some areas is no secret. A furor erupted earlier this week over comments attributed to NBN Co Chief Bill Morrow that seemed to have him putting the blame on gamers. Image: Olichel […]

Lightning Broadband Triggers Speed Envy, Launches 500 Mbps Plan

June 1st, 2018.

Feel a need for speed? You’ll envy Melbournians living in Lightning Broadband enabled apartment buildings. They can now access new internet connectivity plans offering an astounding 500 Mbps – download and upload – and with unlimited data. The new plans (300/300, 400/400 and 500/500 Mbps) are significantly faster than the ISP’s previous fastest plan, which […]

5G – Melbourne’s Lightning Broadband Is Already There

May 25th, 2018.

While many ISPs are still contemplating the impacts of 5G and how to implement the technology, Melbourne-based fixed wireless internet provider Lightning Broadband is already embracing it. 5G is an abbreviation for 5th Generation Wireless, which can provide much faster data communications than 4G and at lower latency (the measure of time delay from one […]

50Mbps Broadband Subscribers Skyrocket In Australia

May 19th, 2018.

Subscribers to NBN 50Mbps plans accounted for 26% of all plans as at March 31, up from 4.6 per cent in December last year says the ACCC. Commenting on its latest Wholesale Market Indicators Report, the ACCC indicated the number of 50Mbps services acquired from NBN Co increased to 989,360 in the quarter to 31 […]

Lightning Broadband Rolling Out AirFiber 5XHD

May 11th, 2018.

Melbourne-based fibre and wireless ISP Lightning Broadband has announced the company is rolling out Ubiquiti Networks’ latest radio system, AirFiber 5X HD. Released this year, the AirFiber 5X HD radio system’s abilities include 1 Gbps+ throughput and the capability to process 2 million+ packets per second. Designed for use in the 5 GHz frequency band, […]

Qatar Airways Rolling Out In-Flight Internet Access

May 5th, 2018.

Qatar Airways has announced it will be the first carrier from the Middle East/North Africa region to provide high-speed Wi-Fi broadband connectivity to passengers across the globe using its service. What it calls Super Wi-Fi broadband uses Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, which is powered by Global Xpress (GX), the world’s first global Ka-band satellite network. The […]

NBN Fixed Wireless Internet Struggling – Report

April 27th, 2018.

The ABC reports fewer than one in two cells on NBN Co’s fixed wireless internet towers can achieve “busy-hour” speed of 25 Mbps. A recently published ABC news item says NBN’s fixed wireless network is serving around 5 per cent of homes, in areas where NBN Co considers it too expensive to roll out fibre […]

It Turns Out Australians Do Want Faster Broadband After All

April 21st, 2018.

The authors of a recent report forecasting what Australians will want from broadband speeds in the future may be wishing some of it was never published. Image: PublicDomainPictures Back in March, we mentioned the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) had taken a shot at gauging future trends in bandwidth and connection speed demand in […]

Phone And Internet Issues Plaguing Australian Small Business

April 13th, 2018.

A survey of thousands of Australians by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has found half experienced phone or internet issues in the previous year. Image: rawpixel While the TIO’s 6-month update isn’t due to be released until Tuesday, Ombudsman Judi Jones provided a preview of some of the findings in a speech delivered to telecommunications […]

Melbourne Businesses Boosted By Better Broadband

April 8th, 2018.

As Lightning Broadband’s fixed wireless internet technology spreads throughout Melbourne, more businesses are discovering its benefits and making the switch. Slow, unreliable broadband costs Australian businesses dearly in a number of ways, with the most serious impacts relating to lost productivity and missed opportunities. Today’s online applications can be particularly bandwidth intensive, meaning fast, reliable […]

More Australian Household Internet Access Statistics

March 30th, 2018.

Figures recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate 86% of households in Australia have access to the internet – but the difference between the city and the bush remains stark. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS says in 2016-17, households located in major cities were more likely to have internet access at home […]

More Than 40 Million Internet Access Subscriptions In Australia

March 24th, 2018.

Among other interesting facts, figures and statistics, a report published this week shows Australians’ appetite for bandwidth is being somewhat satiated by a significant increase in the number of ISPs offering unlimited data broadband plans. Graph via ACCC In its report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the number of internet subscribers in Australia […]

ACMA Releases NBN Migration Rules For Comment

March 16th, 2018.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released for comment the first of new proposed rules relating to protecting consumers moving to the National Broadband Network. Image: OpenClipart-Vectors Last December the ACMA announced it would be developing rules to address various issues Australians have been experiencing in migrating to the NBN. The first rules relate […]

Kiwis Powering Ahead On Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) Broadband

March 10th, 2018.

At least 506,075 premises in New Zealand had connected to ultra-fast broadband (UFB) via FTTP by the end of December last year, enjoying speeds close to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps). According to Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran, more than 1.25 million  households and businesses in the country can now access UFB, […]

Australian Broadband Speed Requirement Forecast “Outrageous”

March 2nd, 2018.

A government report gauging future fixed-line broadband speed requirements that concludes Australians will be well served by the current National Broadband Network rollout has been criticised by the Greens. Released earlier this week, the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) working paper, “Demand For Fixed-Line Broadband In Australia”, takes a crack at gauging future trends […]

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