Australian Kids Ditching The TV For Online Time

February 18th, 2017.

A recent poll indicates Australian children are now spending far more of their time on the internet than they are watching TV* . According to results from Roy Morgan’s Young Australians Survey, Aussie kids aged six to 13 spend an average of almost 12 hours a week using the internet. This is almost double the […]

Australians Not Interested In Super-Fast Broadband?

February 11th, 2017.

Echoing comments made by Christopher Pyne last year, it seems the NBN Co’s boss doesn’t think Australians are ready for super-fast broadband above 100Mbps. According to a recently published article on the Courier Mail, NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says there hasn’t been a huge demand from Australians for speeds of 100Mbps+ Image: BigStock […]

OECD Broadband Statistics

February 4th, 2017.

Statistics recently published on the OECD Broadband Portal indicate there were more than 7.16 million fixed broadband subscribers in Australia as at June last year. The report states fixed-line broadband subscriptions in the 35-country OECD area hit 380 million as of June 2016, up from 363 million a year earlier. Australia ranked number 12 in […]

New Internet Australia Chair “Disappointed” With NBN

January 28th, 2017.

Internet Australia (IA), the non-profit body representing Internet users in Australia, announced the appointment of Anne Hurley as chair last week. Ms. Hurley takes the place of George Fong, who has assumed the role of honorary secretary. Image: Internet Australia | Anne Hurley Via LinkedIn Ms. Hurley has a long and distinguished career in telecommunications; […]

Australian Doctors Demand Better Broadband For The Bush

January 21st, 2017.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for affordable and reliable high speed broadband in rural, regional, and remote Australia. Broadband is becoming an increasingly important tool for rural doctors in Australia. With approximately 30 per cent of Australia’s population residing outside of major metropolitan areas, health care professionals and millions of Australians could potentially […]

Internet Australia Calls For ISP Data Retention Rethink

January 7th, 2017.

Internet Australia (IA) has called for a new parliamentary inquiry into the Data Retention Act, which it says could be used in civil court cases. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 compels telecommunications companies to retain a particular set of telecommunications data for at least two years. Image: BigStock The Act requires the archiving […]

Broadband Delivery UK Beefed Up

December 31st, 2016.

An extra 600,000 extra homes and businesses in “remote” locations in the UK will get fast broadband access thanks to an extra £440m sunk into the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme. BDUK seeks to provide superfast broadband coverage to 95% of the UK by December 2017. Image: BigStock “Superfast” in the context of the program […]

Canada Sets Minimum Broadband Speed Targets

December 23rd, 2016.

Canada is setting minimum speed targets for fixed broadband Internet access services in the country of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 10 Mbps upload. Image: BigStock Increasingly shifting its regulatory focus from landline voice to broadband, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says an unlimited data option will also be required for fixed […]

Broadband And The Universal Service Obligation

December 18th, 2016.

Earlier this month, Australia’s Productivity Commission weighed in on the very important topic of broadband access for all. In June this year, we mentioned a Productivity Commission inquiry would investigate what sort of changes should be made to Australia’s Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (TUSO), which currently only covers standard telephone services. It would also consider […]

The 40 Terabit *Per Second* Australia Singapore Cable

December 10th, 2016.

Vocus Group Limited announced earlier this week it had sealed a deal with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) for the construction of a 4,600km submarine cable between Australia and Singapore/Indonesia. The Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) will stretch between Perth, Western Australia and our South East Asian neighbours; with landing points in Jakarta, Indonesia and Tanah Merah, […]

Australians Hungry For Bandwidth

December 3rd, 2016.

Data downloads continue to grow at a rapid pace in Australia according to a new report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Between the June 2015 and June 2016 quarters, there was a 52 per cent increase in the amount of data downloaded – from 1.5 million to 2.2 million terabytes. Data downloads […]

Mind-Boggling Internet Statistics

November 26th, 2016.

It’s hard to believe that just over 20 years ago, less than 1% of the world’s population had an internet connection. Here’s some fascinating statistics showing just important and ubiquitous the internet has become in the last two decades. The number of internet users globally reached a billion in 2005, 2 billion in 2010 and […]

Fast Broadband A Key Purchasing Decision For Australian Home Buyers

November 18th, 2016.

New research is again indicating that a solid broadband service is an important feature of a home that Australian  real estate agents and private sellers should be highlighting to house buyers. The nbn™ Ready Homes report states when searching for a house, the majority (80%) of Australian home buyers consider a good broadband service as […]

MMW Wireless Broadband At 20 Gbps (*Gigabits* Per Second)!

November 12th, 2016.

A new record data rate has been claimed by researchers using the millimeter-wave (MMW) portion of the radio frequency spectrum – an astounding close to 20 Gbps over a distance of 13 kilometres. The achievement was made by Facebook Connectivity Lab researchers with equipment consuming just 105 watts direct current (DC) power consumption at the […]

Connectivity Costs A Strain On Australian Low Income Households

November 4th, 2016.

A new report states low-income Australians are battling to keep their telecommunication services, including internet access, connected. Launched jointly by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS), the report indicates 66 per cent of those surveyed considered telecommunications among the five most important aspects of their […]

Google Puts The Brakes On Fiber – Turning To Hybrid?

October 29th, 2016.

It seems Google Fiber is taking a breather on rollout in parts of the USA while it reconsiders  strategy and technology. Google Fiber is an Internet connectivity service available in some U.S. cities, providing a connection speed of up to one gigabit per second. While the company will continue to work in U.S. cities where […]

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 […]

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