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 […]

CHOICE Releases Internet Service Provider Consumer Survey Report

July 8th, 2017.

Australian consumer group CHOICE’s latest ISP satisfaction survey report indicates a majority of NBN users experienced connectivity issues in the last six months. Image: BigStock Conducted in May, the survey was completed by 1,910 Australian residents aged 18 or over. Providing a snapshot of broadband usage in Australia, it indicated: 32% of Australians with internet […]

Second Test Flight For Facebook’s Broadband-Beaming Drone

July 1st, 2017.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a couple of days ago that the company’s Aquila drone had successfully completed a test flight in late May. The latest test saw the Aquila drone, which has a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737,  fly 1 hour and 46 minutes over a desert area in Arizona; followed by a […]

New Legislation Would Mandate Minimum 25 Mbps Broadband Australia-Wide

June 24th, 2017.

Recently introduced Telecommunications Reform Package legislation includes a guarantee all premises in Australia are to have access to broadband download speeds of 25 Mbps minimum. Image source: Australian Federal Government Previously the speed guarantee was to only apply to fixed-line connections, but now it will extend to satellite and fixed wireless. Fixed line and fixed […]

Lightning Broadband Provides Connectivity For St. Kilda’s Winter Garden

June 9th, 2017.

A triangle of inner city seaside land in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda is being transformed with small bars, food stalls, a huge tent to host shows, sideshows and rides – and even an ice rink. Welcome to MAP 57 – St Kilda’s Winter Garden. Presented by The Gardeners of Unearthly Delights – who […]

Australian Broadband Speeds Getting Faster, But…

June 3rd, 2017.

The average broadband connection speed in Australia during the first quarter of this year was 11.1 Mbps – up 26% on last year. Akamai’s State Of The Internet Q1 2017 Report indicates that while broadband speed in Australia saw a healthy increase, our friends across the ditch in New Zealand are leaving us in their […]

Hawaiki Cable Project Promises Better Broadband Access

May 26th, 2017.

A submarine cable project linking Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii and mainland United States that will improve broadband services in our region is on schedule. At 42 Tbps (terabits per second), the carrier-neutral Hawaiki cable system will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the nations, and will see the dawn of a “new […]

National Broadband Network Tax Draws Near?

May 20th, 2017.

The tyranny of distance in Australia is certainly being felt when it comes to rural National Broadband Network costs – and those costs may be felt by all fixed-line superfast broadband users. “With a minimum available wholesale speed of 25Mbps for all end – users, irrespective of their location or technology platform, Australia has set […]

Australia’s Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman’s Six-Monthly Report

May 13th, 2017.

65,970 complaints were made to the TIO regarding landline, mobile or internet services in Australia during the second half of last year. Image: Bidgee, CC BY-SA 3.0 au, Link The TIO’s latest Six Monthly Update; released on Thursday, states of the nearly 66,000 complaints made to the Ombudsman, 37.4 per cent were in relation to […]

Australian Broadband Statistics – Downloads Continue To Grow

May 6th, 2017.

The number of broadband subscribers in Australia had grown to 13, 461,000 by December last year according to data released last month by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ABS states the figure represented growth of 4.7% compared to the end of December 2015. Indicating a sign of the times, ABS is no longer including the […]

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