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 […]

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 […]

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