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 […]

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. Image: geralt 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 […]

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. Image: qimono Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its sights set on developing a satellite system delivering low-latency and superfast broadband services across the world, including […]

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. Image: janeb13 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 […]

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. Image: Khamkhor 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 […]

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. Image: TUBS – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link In July last year we mentioned an undersea cable project connecting the Solomon Islands to Sydney […]

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. Image: falco The $11 million earmarked for the national scheme will now be rerouted to investing in the construction of mobile towers throughout black […]

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. Image: Anthony Albanese via Facebook 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 […]

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