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 […]

Broadband Users In The Bush Getting A Bad Deal

May 7th, 2016.

Results from a recent survey show Australians in rural, regional and remote areas are doing it tough when it comes to internet access. In an increasingly online world, fast broadband internet connection speeds and generous data caps are not just desirable, but a necessity. The Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) Regional […]

Australian Home Broadband Adoption Reached 86% In 2015

April 30th, 2016.

The proportion of Australians living in non-urban regions who now have a home broadband connection has significantly increased says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA’s Regional Australians Online  is an update to the Regional Australia In The Digital Economy snapshot, released by the Authority in 2014. Over the four years to June […]

‘Fibre To The Driveway’ For Australia’s NBN?

April 24th, 2016.

Internet Australia wants the Government and Opposition to put politics aside and rethink the National Broadband Network before the nation is firmly saddled with an already outdated technology mix. In March, Australia’s peak body representing Internet users warned Australia’s copper-based internet network simply had to go. It said it needed to be replaced entirely with […]

Intelligent Communities And The Broadband Economy

April 16th, 2016.

The broadband situation in Australia contributed to us missing out on a guersney in the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2016, but some of our friends across the ditch scored one. Not so long ago, location and natural resources were the deciders of a community’s economic potential. However, with the advent of the broadband economy, cities […]

Australia’s Appetite For Fast Broadband Increases

April 10th, 2016.

A recently published report from Australia’s Bureau of Statistics indicates there were 12.9 million internet subscribers across the nation at the end of December 2015, with almost all of those connections being broadband. The 12.9 million subscribers represents more than half of the entire Australian population and subscriptions had grown 2% since the end of […]

NBN “Already Out Of Date” – Internet Australia

April 3rd, 2016.

Early last week, Internet Australia’s Chief Executive sparked further debate on the future of the nation’s broadband connectivity. Internet Australia, the not-for-profit peak body representing all Australian internet users,  had earlier called for an urgent re-assessment of the model currently being used for the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout. On Monday, Laurie Patton sounded an […]

High Speed ISP To Take Australia By Storm – Without The NBN

March 28th, 2016.

Melbourne, Victoria – March 28, 2016. A new Internet Service Provider (ISP) is set to become the next role model for business disruption to benefit consumers; offering blistering fast broadband to Australian households and businesses without the need for an NBN connection. Appropriately named Lightning Broadband, the service evolved from group of frustrated internet users […]

Internet Connection Speeds – Australia Falls Further Behind

March 23rd, 2016.

While global average Internet connection speed is up considerably, Australia’s broadband has fallen further behind the rest of the world states a new report. According to Akamai’s State Of The Internet Q4 2015 report, global average connection speeds increased 8.6% quarter over quarter to 5.6 Mbps, while the global average peak connection speed increased 1.0% […]

Slow Broadband Boosts Stress Levels

March 19th, 2016.

A study has confirmed what many of us already know – slow broadband is really, really, really irritating; to the point it has an observable physiological effect. While it won’t be news to most – particularly those who rely on fast internet connections for work – a study report released last month by Ericsson of […]

What Apartment Residents Want – Very Fast Broadband

March 12th, 2016.

The availability of unlimited high speed broadband is increasingly becoming an essential feature for Australian apartment tenants and buyers. Unfortunately, many buildings only have access to ADSL 2+ at best and perhaps with little hope of ever seeing the NBN. The number of Australians choosing an apartment lifestyle is continuing to grow, due in part […]

Internet Australia – Do It Right, Do It With Fibre

March 9th, 2016.

Internet Australia has called for an urgent re-assessment of the Government’s Multi-Technology-Mix (MTM) model currently being used for the National Broadband Network (NBN). The call came during Senate inquiry proceedings last Friday; just days after a claimed leaked report stated the rollout was facing significant difficulties and cost blowouts. When asked what the government should […]

NBN Rollout In (More) Trouble?

March 5th, 2016.

A report recently obtained by Fairfax Media claims Australia’s pared-down and revamped National Broadband Network rollout, which was meant to be cheaper and faster than its predecessor, is facing significant difficulties. The Age’s chief political correspondent, Mark Kenny, states the document reports the rollout has fallen two-thirds short of its benchmark construction timetable and costs of […]

The Effects Of Digital Exclusion In Australia

February 1st, 2016.

With broadband access no longer a luxury and considered just another utility; those without it can be heavily impacted. “Access to and knowledgeable use of technology is crucial for everyone living in Australia,” says a recently released policy document from the Australian Council Of Social Services (ACOSS). “Yet the extent of poverty and inequality already […]

US High Speed Broadband Deployment ‘Too Slow’

January 9th, 2016.

While average broadband speeds may be increasing in the USA; as is the case in Australia, rollout leaves a bit to be desired says the FCC. A fact sheet  (PDF) from the Federal Communications Commission indicates 34 million Americans still don’t have access to fixed broadband at the FCC’s benchmark speed of 25 Mbps for […]

USA Broadband Speeds Increasing

December 31st, 2015.

According to the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC),  maximum advertised broadband download speeds increased from an average of 37.2 Mbps (megabits per second) in September 2013 to 72 Mbps in September 2014; a boost of 94%. During peak periods and on average, the ratio of actual download speed to advertised download speed for all ISPs […]

Fast Broadband And Australian Home Values

December 29th, 2015.

Will the presence of a very fast broadband connection boost a home’s value in Australia? While no studies have been carried out to date in Australia that we’re aware of; if overseas markets are anything to go by, then yes, it possibly will. A study from earlier this year in the USA concluded adding Fibre […]

Australian Average Broadband Speeds Still Suck

December 27th, 2015.

Australia’s broadband situation continues to stifle innovation and holds back the lucky country from truly being the clever country. According to the latest broadband performance statistics in Akamai’s State of the Internet report, Australia ranks 46 in the world for average Mbps (megabits per second) at 7.8 Mbps. Since the last quarter, speeds have only […]

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