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. Image: OpenClipart-Vectors Last Thursday, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said it would be introducing new rules after a rapid increase in complaints. A […]

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 […]

Poll: Broadband Should Be A Top Priority Investment For Australia

October 27th, 2017.

Even in the midst of the troubled NBN rollout, an increasing number of Australians believe broadband should be a top priority infrastructure investment for the nation – ahead of energy, roads and housing. Image: Fotocitizen Carried out in 28 countries, the findings of the Ipsos Infrastructure Index conducted via Global @dvisor indicate 46% of Australians […]

ISP In Singapore Cops Heavy Penalty For Outage

October 21st, 2017.

As a global financial centre, broadband access is taken very seriously in Singapore – and outages can be dealt with harshly by the government regulator. A fibre broadband service disruption that occurred late last year impacted approximately 90% of Singtel’s SingNet fibre broadband subscribers (around 490,000 people), and lasted nearly 24 hours. Image: jarmoluk The […]

Lightning Broadband Beating Business Internet Black Spots

October 15th, 2017.

Businesses in a notorious internet connectivity black spot in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond now have fast and reliable web access – and without the NBN. The improvement is a result of Lightning Broadband towers installed on top of a commercial building at 92 Stephenson Street Cremorne and a newly completed development at 17 William […]

Australian Small Businesses Battling Abysmal Broadband

October 13th, 2017.

Image: komposita Poor broadband is heavily impacting on Australian small businesses according to the results of a recent survey. The independent survey of more than 1,000 small business owners across Australia found 48% were struggling to communicate with and acquire new customers as a result of a poor phone or internet connection. 70% said the […]

NBN FTTN Will Need Substantial Upgrading “In The Short Term”

October 7th, 2017.

A lengthy report from the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network regarding the NBN rollout was recently released. Among its recommendations, the Committee says the Government should direct NBN Co. to finish what remains of fixed line network work using FTTC (Fibre To The Curb) or FTTP (Fibre To The Premise). As many […]

ABS Releases Australian Internet Connectivity Statistics

September 29th, 2017.

A new report from Australia’s Bureau of Statistics states there were 13.7 million internet subscribers across the nation at the end of June 2017 – and their appetite for data is growing. ABS states the 13.7 million figure represents an increase of 2.1% from the end of December 2016. The Bureau reported the following statistics […]

The Global Broadband Divide

September 23rd, 2017.

Approximately 3.58 billion people are expected to be connected to the web by the end of this year. It’s an impressive figure, but 52% of the global population still won’t have access to an internet connection. According to the recently published State of Broadband 2017 report, the 3.58 billion figure will represent a year-on-year increase […]

Superfast Broadband Reaches 94% Of UK Households

September 16th, 2017.

The UK Government appears to be on target for achieving its superfast broadband delivery goal – and may go beyond it. Image: Hans The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program aims provide superfast broadband coverage to 95% of the UK by December this year. The UK Government defines superfast broadband speeds as being 24 Mbps or […]

Better Broadband For The Bush A Step Closer

September 9th, 2017.

Earlier this week, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communication recommended the Telecommunications Reform Package be passed by Parliament. Image: 3844328 As we mentioned back in June, the Telecommunications Reform Package includes a guarantee all premises in Australia will have access to broadband download speeds of 25 Mbps minimum and upload speed of 5 […]

Highest Quote For NBN Individual Premises Technology Switch Revealed

September 1st, 2017.

Switching a home or commercial premises to a different NBN broadband technology can be done – but it may come at an incredibly high price. Image: 61015 The NBN’s Technology Choice Program’s Individual Premises Switch provides households and businesses with an option to pay for a change to an alternative NBN broadband access network technology. […]

Beware Of NBN Scams : ACCC

August 25th, 2017.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission states it has received hundreds of complaints this year about scammers impersonating NBN representatives. Image: Xusenru The ACCC says one of the most common scams is Australians being offered NBN connections at a low price, with payment often being made through iTunes gift cards. Another ploy is where the […]

Sunshine Coast Push For International Submarine Broadband Cable

August 19th, 2017.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says he is seeking to elevate a project for a proposed submarine broadband cable landing point in his region as a national priority. The Mayor made the comment after a trip to Canberra this week, where he met with Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield and Australian Communications and Media Authority […]

Broadband Via Blimp – Altaeros SuperTower Aerostat

August 11th, 2017.

MIT-founded Altaeros has received an additional USD $7.5 million investment from SoftBank to deploy and scale its SuperTower wireless broadband internet connectivity solution. SuperTower is a helium-filled tethered aerostat with a lightweight communications payload. Deployed at an altitude of around 250 metres, it’s capable of providing broadband coverage equivalent to a network of up to […]

Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2017 Published

August 5th, 2017.

The latest Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) indicates Australians are accessing the internet more often, using an increasingly diverse range of technologies. However, the gaps between included and excluded are widening and affordability is an area for concern. The ADII measures three important aspects of digital inclusion: Access, Affordability, and Digital Ability; and creates a […]

Solomon Islands Undersea Cable Project Hits A Snag

July 28th, 2017.

An undersea cable project connecting the Solomon Islands to Sydney, Australia that would improve internet access in the South Pacific island nation is reportedly facing some further problems. The 4,000 kilometre-long Solomon Islands Submarine Cable System was originally to have been laid by a US-British firm. However, earlier this month,  Chinese company Huawei Marine announced […]

Fast Broadband Alternatives For Australian Property Developers

July 23rd, 2017.

More property developers in Australia are discovering NBN Co. and Telstra aren’t the only broadband options in town – or necessarily the best choice of internet connectivity solutions provider. In Australia, property developers are responsible for providing telecommunications infrastructure in the developments they construct. NBN Co is the infrastructure provider of last resort (IPOLR) in […]

Broadband Via Balloon – What’s Happening With Project Loon?

July 14th, 2017.

News of Google’s goal of providing broadband services to underserved regions via high-altitude balloons has been a little quiet lately, but it seems the Project Loon team has been keeping busy. After several years of behind-the-scenes development, Google officially announced Project Loon back in 2013. The venture is being carried out by Alphabet Inc.’s (Google’s […]

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