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Wednesday, 30th July 2014


NBN Co plans cut on controversial capacity charge

NBN Co has flagged it is planning to cut its controversial connectivity virtual circuit charge by 12.5 percent in October, amongst other proposals to change the company's pricing model.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Data retention scheme would lead to surveillance tax on consumers, say telcos

Internet users could pay up to $100 a year extra if the federal government implements a scheme requiring telecommunications companies to store customer phone and internet data for two years, according to one of the country’s largest internet service providers.
Source: SMH


TV finally losing its heated battle with the Internet

The seemingly inevitable is finally upon us - Internet use has almost taken over from TV as our preferred source of entertainment, while reading news online has overtaken newspapers according to a new survey.
Source: iTWire


Australian mobile users switch to Aldi, Amaysim

In a relatively saturated mobile market, Australian mobile resellers Amaysim and Aldi are picking up market share, according to the latest statistics.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Tuesday, 29th July 2014


Telstra retreat hands Vodafone Splendour mobile coverage win

The mobile services of both Telstra and Optus were virtually unusable for the 30,000 pundits attending this year's Splendour in the Grass festival, while the underdog Vodafone performed best.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Vodafone announces big 4G push – in the city

Vodafone says it aims to reach 95% of Australia’s metropolitan population with its 4G network by end of 2014.
Source: iTWire


Govt must store data in retention regime: iiNet

The Government must be responsible for the storage and protection of data held as part of its 'unnecessary and disproportionate' proposed mandatory data retention regime, according to the scheme's most vocal opponent, internet service provider iiNet.
Source: iTnews Australia


Vodafone re-allocates 850MHz 4G spectrum a week after Telstra and Optus 700MHz launch

Vodafone pulled the plug on its bid for a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum in 2012, and is now re-allocating its existing 850MHz spectrum to compete with Telstra and Optus, both of which launched their respective 700MHz networks to limited locations earlier this month.
Source: ARN


Monday, 28th July 2014


NBN Co sets September FTTP service date for TPG areas

NBN Co's fibre-to-the-premise product will be ready for service in areas where internet service provider TPG is seen as posing a competitive threat from late September this year.
Source: iTnews Australia


NBN Co examines 'connected home' opportunities for RSPs

NBN Co, in conjunction with Ovum, has released a report highlighting opportunities for service providers to innovate and profit from the rise of the 'connected home'.
Source: ARN


Beware the spin behind Australia's copyright law discussion paper

Another week, another propaganda-driven proposal from the mind of Australian Attorney-General Brandis. This one assumes that ISPs need to fix other people's broken product distribution models.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Friday, 25th July 2014


Govt proposes crackdown on ISPs over piracy

The Australian government has proposed amending the country's Copyright Act to make internet service providers legally responsible when their users infringe on copyrighted material, and to allow the copyright industry to force ISPs through the courts to censor specific websites.
Source: iTnews Australia


Brandis proposes website blocking and piracy crackdown

A leaked discussion paper from the Australian Attorney-General's Department reveals proposals to implement new legislation to undo the High Court's judgement in the 2012 iiNet copyright infringement case against Hollywood film studios, and force ISPs to block websites containing copyright infringing material.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Thursday, 24th July 2014


Turnbull urges ACCC to avoid NBN migration 'price shock'

Federal communication minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is urging the Australian competition watchdog to avoid making any decisions that could result in an NBN migration "price shock".
Source: ZDNet Australia


Turnbull warns ACCC against undermining Telstra NBN agreement

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and finance minister Mathias Cormann have warned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that cutting wholesale pricing for services over Telstra's copper network could negatively affect the National Broadband Network rollout.
Source: Computerworld