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Thursday, 21st August 2014

Turnbull picks 3.5GHz for metro NBN spectrum gap

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has directed the communications regulator to issue licenses for the national broadband network in the 3.5 Ghz spectrum band to address a shortfall of spectrum in the outskirts of metropolitan areas affecting 80,000 premises.
Source: iTnews Australia

Turnbull seeks NBN spectrum fix

NBN Co would pick up much-needed spectrum to fill a gap in its fixed-wireless network coverage in Australia's metropolitan fringes under a draft ministerial direction released today.
Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN customers boost iiNet revenues past $1 billion milestone

Internet service provider iiNet has recorded more than $1 billion in full-year revenues on the back of 40,000 active NBN customers.
Source: ARN

How can the Internet have too many routes and not enough addresses?

The depletion of Internet addresses would seem to spell relief for aged routers that are struggling to deal with the Internet's growth, but the complicated interplay between those trends might cause even more problems.
Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Village Roadshow no-show for online piracy forum

In a strongly-worded email to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Village Roadshow Co-CEO Graham Burke has said the company will not attend an upcoming public forum on copyright infringement because it will be dominated by "crazies".
Source: ZDNet Australia

FRITZ!Box goes VDSL2 with new modem/router

Ahead of the NBN FTTN rollout, PCRange has added the VDSL2-capable FRITZ!Box 7360 modem/router to its catalogue.
Source: iTWire

Vodafone picks Ericsson to rebuild core network

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has chosen equipment vendor Ericsson to build its new core network, and plans to be Australia's first telco to offer voice services over a 4G network.
Source: iTnews Australia

Voice over 4G: Vodafone lands Australian first

Vodafone will be the first carrier in Australia to enable voice calls over a 4G network, which will eliminate call lag and enable phone calls in high definition.
Source: ARN

NBN expert panel member rejects Scales report

The ACCC did not overly influence the expert panel's recommendation to the Labor government that the NBN should be fibre to the premises, according to panel member Rod Tucker.
Source: ZDNet Australia

In support of a fibre-to-the-premises NBN

In his independent audit of the public policy process behind the national broadband network, former Telstra director Bill Scales suggests there was never an internal debate about different technology options for the NBN.
Source: Computerworld

Telstra faces legal action over late payment fees

Australia's major telcos are about to face a massive class action over their late payment fees.
Source: ABC News

Telstra, Optus, Voda hit with class action on late fees

Lawyers have announced a class action against Australia’s top telcos for what it says are illegal late fees. It is being financed by a British firm with a record of success in such cases.
Source: iTWire

Tuesday, 19th August 2014

Telstra warns of scammers impersonating staff

Telstra says it is receiving hundreds of complaints each month about scammers posing as employees to obtain personal information.
Source: ABC News

New powers could give ASIO a warrant for the entire internet

The broad definition of a 'network' in new national security legislation could give Australia's top spy agency access to just about every computer on the internet, according to legal experts.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra hands over browsing history in current warrantless metadata regime

A paper from the Parliamentary Library has suggested URLs might be required to be retained under any data retention regime because Telstra has handed over URL history to law enforcement agencies in the past.
Source: ZDNet Australia