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 […]

Global Internet Connection Speeds Improve Further

March 11th, 2017.

Global internet connection speeds increased 26% in Q4 2016 – but Australia was still behind in terms of average increase. According to Akamai’s Fourth Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report, all key global broadband adoption metrics saw double-digit gains year over year. “When Akamai first published the report in 2008, we defined ‘high broadband’ […]

Christmas Island’s Internet Connectivity Crisis

March 4th, 2017.

It seems many of the residents of Christmas Island have lost access to the internet after a local ISP shut down services; reportedly forced out of the market by the National Broadband Network (NBN). Image: Public Domain Christmas Island is an Australian territory 380 kilometres south of Java and 2,650 kilometres north-west of Perth. It’s […]

Qantas In-Flight WiFi Broadband Nears Prime Time

February 25th, 2017.

Results from Qantas’ first passenger internet wi-fi trial have been encouraging says the company – and soon the service will be made available on domestic flights. Image: Qantas Qantas says passengers achieved typical download speeds of between seven and 12 Mbps (megabits per second) to each connected device during the trial – this is fast […]

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; […]

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