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. 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 Australia. Its […]

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. 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 executives at […]

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. ABS says in 2016-17, households located in major cities were more likely to have internet access at home (88%) than households in remote […]

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. In its report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the number of internet subscribers in Australia exceeded 40 million […]

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. 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 to complaints-handling […]

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 […]

Broadband A Special Focus For The ACCC This Year

February 23rd, 2018.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced areas it will give special attention to this year – and broadband is among them. Early this week, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims outlined compliance and enforcement priorities for the Commission during 2018. “Consumer issues in the provision of broadband services, including addressing misleading speed claims and […]

SpaceX Satellite Broadband Project Gets FCC Chairman’s Support

February 17th, 2018.

Will Elon Musk revolutionise satellite broadband the way he did with electric cars and battery systems? The USA’s Federal Communications Commission’s chairman appears to think he may be on a winner. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its sights set on developing a satellite system delivering low-latency and superfast broadband services across the world, including the most […]

12 And 25Mbps Still Rule The Roost On The NBN

February 9th, 2018.

The ACCC’s latest National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Report shows the most popular NBN speed tier is 25Mbps, accounting for just over 54 per cent of services. Covering the period ending 31 December 2017, the report states services connected to the NBN increased from just over 3 million to nearly 3.5 million in the […]

SA Premier Announces Faster Broadband For Schools

February 3rd, 2018.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has pledged high speed broadband upgrades for public schools and preschools across the state. The announcement was made earlier this week at the site of Adelaide Botanic High, which is set to open early next year and will boast a gigabit internet connection. “Today’s announcement is yet another example of […]

Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Capers

January 27th, 2018.

It’s been reported the Australian Government will be taking over and funding a high-speed subsea cable project between Australia and Solomon Islands, which will greatly enhance the Islands’ internet connectivity. In July last year we mentioned an undersea cable project connecting the Solomon Islands to Sydney was experiencing some challenges due to the involvement of […]

From Oy Vey To Hooray – Superfast Broadband For St. Kilda Synagogue

January 20th, 2018.

A Jewish synagogue in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda subjected to sluggish internet connectivity is about to get a fast broadband makeover. St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Ronnie Figdor recently announced a communications partnership with local ISP Lightning Broadband, a non-NBN provider offering superfast fibre and hybrid fibre/fixed wireless internet services. Rabbi Figdor said […]

Victorian Government Goes It Alone On Mobile Black Spots

January 12th, 2018.

The Victorian government has ditched the Australian federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Program for its own system that it says will provide voice and mobile internet connectivity where it’s needed most. The $11 million earmarked for the national scheme will now be rerouted to investing in the construction of mobile towers throughout black spots in […]

Superfast Apartment Broadband Adoption Accelerates In Australia

January 8th, 2018.

A growing trend among apartment developers in the Australian city of Melbourne is the inclusion of non-NBN fast broadband access for residents, which helps their buildings stand out from the pack. With more Australians telecommuting and online applications becoming increasingly data-intensive, fast broadband has graduated from a wish-list item to a must-have service. Melbourne’s Lightning […]

Labor’s Anthony Albanese : NBN A “Dog’s Breakfast”

January 6th, 2018.

Federal Member for Grayndler and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese has (again) let fly over the state of the NBN. Calling the National Broadband Network rollout in his area a “dog’s breakfast”, Mr Albanese has launched a petition for his constituents. “We the undersigned call for Malcolm Turnbull to […]

ACMA Cracking Down On NBN Migration Issues

December 29th, 2017.

Proposed new rules will increase protection for households, businesses and organisations migrating to the National Broadband Network – but for Australians languishing now, it will be some time before implementation. Last Thursday, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said it would be introducing new rules after a rapid increase in complaints. A report from […]

An End To The Universal Service Obligation In Sight?

December 23rd, 2017.

It’s out with the old and in with the new – but it will take a while. Australia’s Universal Services Obligation (USO) is to be replaced with the Universal Services Guarantee (USG), with broadband access covered. Image: OpenClipart-Vectors In June 2016, we reported on a Productivity Commission inquiry investigating potential changes to Australia’s Telecommunications Universal […]

A Different Kind Of Fibre Broadband – Wet String

December 15th, 2017.

In a light-hearted test exercise, a UK ISP has demonstrated a new type of “fibre” based internet connectivity technology – BOWS – Broadband Over Wet String. ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) connectivity technology has a reputation for being quite robust, albeit quite a bit slower compared to more modern technologies. Putting the quip that ADSL […]

Data Downloads Up 43 Per Cent In Australia

December 9th, 2017.

Australians downloaded more than 3.17 million terabytes of data in the June 2017 quarter according to a new report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), up 43 per cent on the same period in 2016. The total volume of data consumption has skyrocketed by 360 per cent in the last four years. The […]

Australian Subsea Cable Project Updates

December 1st, 2017.

An initiative to establish an international undersea cable from Queensland is moving ahead, meanwhile the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) project has hit the halfway mark. Image: Vocus Subsea cables are crucial in keeping the world interconnected, carrying nearly all intercontinental electronic communications traffic. Currently, five submarine cables provide internet connectivity from Australia to the rest […]

Australia To Support Better Internet In Papua New Guinea

November 18th, 2017.

The Australian Government will be stumping up funds to help improve the quality of internet service in Papua New Guinea. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill, have committed to laying a new undersea high-speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Port Moresby; which will be funded primarily by […]

Australians Hungry For NBN Alternatives

November 12th, 2017.

It appears many more Australians just became aware the NBN isn’t the only fast broadband game around. A recent article published on the The New Daily about NBN alternatives triggered a flood of enquiries for one of the companies mentioned, Lightning Broadband. “We received hundreds of registrations of interest within the first 24 hours of […]

ACCC Launching Inquiry Into NBN Wholesale Service

November 4th, 2017.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced an inquiry into NBN wholesale standards that could ultimately benefit NBN broadband customers. Image: janeb13 As we mentioned last week, a recent report from the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) indicated complaints relating to the NBN increased 160 per cent in the last financial year. “We are very […]

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