Australia’s TIO Releases Annual Report

October 19th, 2018.

Complaints regarding phone and internet services in Australia increased significantly for the 2017-18 financial year says the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, however the final quarter saw the situation improving. The TIO was established in 1993 is an independent dispute resolution service assisting Australians in resolving complaints with their  phone company or internet service provider (ISP). Its […]

Better Broadband For More Farmers In WA

October 12th, 2018.

A second tranche of funding has been announced by Western Australia’s McGowan Government that will deliver high speed broadband to more than 100 farms and agricultural enterprises. The Digital Farm Grants program is a $5 million State Government initiative designed to deliver services to residents and businesses in parts of the South-West, Wheatbelt and Peel […]

Australian Internet Activity Survey Statistics

October 5th, 2018.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ final Internet Activity Survey was published this week and indicates downloads are continuing to grow rapidly.

ACMA Shifts NBN Migration Rules Focus To Compliance

September 28th, 2018.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) recently announced its final set of rules to improve the experience for Australians shifting to the National Broadband Network (NBN) were in effect and the Authority is now turning more of its attention to industry compliance. Image: Pexels A series of rules have been rolled out over the […]

Lightning Broadband Featured On 7 News

September 20th, 2018.

Melbourne-based ISP Lightning Broadband appeared on 7 News across Australia last night, demonstrating how fast its non-NBN internet service is. The following screenshot from the segment shows the speed at which an apartment building in Melbourne is connected via Lightning Broadband  – a staggering off-the-dial reading of 5,000Mbps+. “We over-engineer the network so there’s no […]

Australia’s Tiwi Islands To Get Broadband Boost

September 7th, 2018.

Tiwi Islanders can look forward to more reliable communications after the Northern Territory Government announced early this week it was investing $8.5 million to establish a 46km undersea optic fibre cable to the Islands. Image: Google The Tiwi Islands are situated 80 km to the north of Darwin. The two inhabited islands are Melville and […]

NBN – The Australian Small/Medium Business Experience

August 30th, 2018.

A recently released report indicates a significant percentage of Australian small and medium businesses didn’t find a switch to the NBN smooth sailing. The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s “NBN consumer experience: Households and businesses—the end-to-end journey” report follows on from a snapshot provided earlier this year of households. Image: OpenClipart-Vectors 1,153 small and medium-sized […]

Huawei Issues Statement On Australian 5G Ban

August 24th, 2018.

Chinese communications giant Huawei, a core developer of 5th Generation Wireless (5G) technology, has been banned from participating in Australia’s 5G rollout – and the company is not happy. After an extensive review on national security risks to 5G networks, the Australian Government arrived at a view changes required by the integration of 5G will […]

“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 […]

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