Tasman Global Access (TGA) Undersea Cable Nears Completion

October 22nd, 2016.

The end is in sight for the completion of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable, which will improve internet connectivity for our comrades across the ditch in New Zealand. Undersea cable ship ‘Ile de Re’ arrived in Auckland last week, a brief stopover before it began heading back out to the middle of the […]

West Melbourne Residents Tapping Into Speedy Internet

October 15th, 2016.

While people living in West Melbourne won’t be seeing the NBN anytime soon, a group of residents in the suburb will have access to super-fast internet from late next month. Residents of Flagstaff Place, Dudley Street, will be cruising the web at much higher speeds than their neighbours thanks to a Lightning Broadband project. They’ll […]

Australian Internet Statistics Highlights

October 8th, 2016.

The number of Australian internet subscribers grew 4.2% from the end of June 2015 to the end of June this year to reach 13.3 million – and they are data hungry. According to statistics released by ABS last week, the fastest growing type of internet connection during the period was fibre; more than doubling from […]

Oakleigh Getting Its Super-Fast Broadband On

October 1st, 2016.

(Melbourne, Victoria — October 2, 2016). More than 80% of homes and businesses in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh can now access blistering fast broadband – without the NBN. While the NBN isn’t available in Oakleigh yet (and won’t be for some time to come), ISP Lightning Broadband is. The service delivers faster internet speeds […]

Australia’s Wi-Fi Sharing Economy Fraught With Risk?

September 24th, 2016.

Getting paid for your unused internet plan data sounds great in theory, but in practice the WiFi sharing economy may not be viable in Australia. Last week, ABC News reported on a device and service that enables broadband plan account holders to share their Wi-Fi and be paid for it by selling unused data from […]

Fast Broadband On Aussie Home Buyers’ Wish Lists

September 18th, 2016.

It would appear speedy internet connections are becoming an even more attractive feature in Australia’s real estate market. According to a News.com.au report, high speed internet is featuring prominently on home buyers’ wish lists and where there’s a lack of it, it’s becoming a stumbling block for sellers. “Things like this, which once wasn’t on […]

Australia’s Expensive Bandwidth

September 10th, 2016.

Bandwidth prices in Australia continue to be extremely high in relative terms, costing 17 times the benchmark from Europe says CloudFlare. Broadband users in Australia aren’t the only ones who suffer the effects of bandwidth prices that are higher than in many other countries; it impacts throughout the chain. For example, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). […]

ACCC Flags Telstra-NBN Concerns

September 3rd, 2016.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday published its concerns about potential competition issues with regard to Telstra constructing elements of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The concerns relate to the rollout of Hybrid Fibre Co-Axial (HFC) technology, which will be used by around 4 million premises – mainly in Australia’s capital cities. The deployment […]

St. Kilda’s Fast Broadband Revolution In Full Swing

August 27th, 2016.

Residents and businesses throughout the bayside Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda are enjoying the benefits of truly super-fast, unlimited broadband plans – and not through the NBN. Australian owned and operated ISP Lightning Broadband has been attracting attention over the last couple of months in relation to its wireless/fibre hybrid internet connectivity solution that offers […]

The Widening Broadband Divide In The Asia Pacific

August 20th, 2016.

A new report from the UN states warns the gap in fixed broadband access between advanced and developing economies is widening – and the trend could continue unless positive policy action is taken. The report, from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), states broadband capabilities and access in […]

Broadband Speeds Holding Back Australia’s Game Developers

August 13th, 2016.

The Game Developers’ Association of Australia says broadband speeds are hampering the sector – and gamers too. The GDAA was formed in December 1999 to raise the profile of the Australian game development industry locally and internationally. A recent ABC news item states while the Australia game development industry employs about 1,600 people locally and […]

The Melbourne Pub With The Fastest Internet In Australia

August 6th, 2016.

Patrons of the newly-opened Garden State Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD won’t just enjoy great beer and amazing food, but will soon have free access to super-fast broadband too. Opened late last month and occupying four levels, the Garden State Hotel in Flinders Lane features a traditional pub, a laneway bar, a bistro and private dining […]

Australia’s NBN “Performing Worse” Than OECD Counterparts

July 31st, 2016.

A study out of the United States regarding Australia’s National Broadband Network has been less than complimentary of the NBN. Published earlier this month by the Technology Policy Institute*, the report states NBN implementation coverage and adoption rates had slowed for fixed broadband. Additionally, what infrastructure we do have in place in this country lags […]

Facebook Celebrates Successful Internet Drone Test Flight

July 24th, 2016.

A solar-powered unmanned airplane built by Facebook designed to play a role in providing affordable internet access to remote regions has had its first test flight. Aquila is massive – it has a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 737 airplane but weighs far less due to its design and a carbon-fiber frame that mass-for-mass is […]

Broadband As A Sustainable Development Goal

July 17th, 2016.

The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development says broadband plays a crucial role in building and transforming the world’s economies and societies. The Commission recently published an open statement addressed to a meeting of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF); which is currently under way in New York. The HLPF acts as the UN’s central […]

Catalyst’s Wi-Fried Gets Fried

July 10th, 2016.

A program that aired on Catalyst in February on the safety of wireless devices such as mobile phones has been pulled by the ABC. The program, “Wi-Fried?” linked Wi-Fi and cell phones with various health risks, including cancer. The program was met by a significant amount of criticism, including from Dr Geza Benke, Monash University; […]

One Small (But Important) Step For Interplanetary Internet

July 2nd, 2016.

As we all know, there’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck on Pluto or Neptune without internet connectivity. NASA’s on it. Seriously though, communications can be a life and death issue for space explorers. Also, as we do more and explore further beyond this planet, the amount of data being generated is staggering – and […]

Ex-NBN Boss – National Broadband Rollout “Short-Sighted”

June 25th, 2016.

Ex-NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has delivered a scathing assessment of Australia’s National Broadband Network rollout and the technology behind it. Mr. Quigley headed NBN Co for four years before resigning in 2013. Speaking at the University of Melbourne earlier this week, Mr. Quigley’s said his major beef was the departure from the original […]

Which Australian City Has The Fastest/Slowest Internet Upload Speeds?

June 18th, 2016.

Upload rates for broadband connections across Australia vary wildly – and the fastest and slowest upload speeds among capital cities may surprise you. In the past, Internet use was a rather one-sided affair; with users being content to receive information and most “uploading” consisting of email. However, the rise of social media and the advent […]

Back To The Future – Labor’s Broadband Plan For Australia

June 18th, 2016.

As part of its election commitments, Labor has pledged to undo what it says is the mess Australia’s National Broadband Network has become. “In 2013, Malcolm Turnbull scrapped Labor’s world class fibre-to-the-premises NBN,” says a policy summary. ” Instead the Liberals are building a slower, second-rate copper NBN that will leave Australia behind and hamstring […]

Should Broadband Be Part Of Australia’s Telecommunications USO?

June 11th, 2016.

Should broadband services be included in Australia’s Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO)? Here’s a chance to have your say. The Universal Service Obligation is placed on Australia’s telecommunications providers to ensure standard telephone services are ” reasonably accessible” to all Australians. It has provided services where they may not be financially viable; such as payphones […]

AIIA : Australia Must Accelerate Fast Broadband Rollout

June 4th, 2016.

The Australian Information Industry Association has called for the acceleration of delivery of high performing, competitive digital infrastructure across the country. In a policy document (PDF), the Association notes Australia’s unpleasant distinction as a “stall out” nation – high digital evolution but weak momentum. One of these weak areas is the rollout of fast broadband […]

Australians Don’t Need Really Fast Broadband, Huh?

May 28th, 2016.

Earlier this week, Australia’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Industry said Australians don’t need the broadband speeds Labor was promising. Labor had previously committed to delivering download speeds of 1Gbps through what would have primarily been a network of fibre to the home (FTTH). There was a significant chunk of change involved, but it would […]

The AFP’s NBN Related Raid – What’s It All About?

May 22nd, 2016.

If you haven’t had time to digest why the Australian Federal Police conducted raids earlier this week in relation to the National Broadband Network (NBN); here’s a quick summary to bring you up to speed. NBN Co. was set up in 2009, charged with the task of designing, building and operating a new broadband network […]

How Australians Use The Internet – Statistics

May 14th, 2016.

A report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics a few months back provides some insight into how and how many Australian households are making use of the internet. According to the ABS, in 2014-15, the number of Australian households with access to the Internet reached  7.7 million. That was 86% of all households across […]

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