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Monday, 20/4/2015

HBO tracking down pirates who downloaded leaked Game of Thrones episodes

HBO continues to manage the fallout from this month's incredibly high-profile leak of the first four episodes of Game of Thrones season 5, sending out a flurry of take-down notices and sending letters to those who downloaded the files via BitTorrent.

Source: SMH

Telcos label site-blocking bill 'deficient'

Australia's telecommunications industry body has accused the Government of leaving two crucial requirements out of its proposed site-blocking bill, labelling the draft legislation "deficient".

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co to start second FTTN trial

NBN Co has embarked on a second trial of fibre-to-the-node technology for 200 end-users to test the network ahead of the commercial launch of an FTTN product.

Source: iTnews Australia

Rights holders want access to site blocking to be more affordable

The Australian Copyright Council has said that the Federal Circuit Court, rather than the Federal Court, should be able to force ISPs to block websites, because the cost of cases would be lower for rights holders.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus to charge Netflix for faster access in Australia?

Australia’s No.2 telco, Optus, is looking at charging ‘OTT’ or over-the-top video streaming companies so their services are delivered at faster speeds to consumers.

Source: iTWire

Is it legal to use a VPN to evade geo-blocking?

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has raised concerns that a government bill to block pirate websites may cover VPN services used to evade geo-blocking.

Source: Computerworld

Optus considers breaking net neutrality in Australia

Australia's second largest telco Optus has opened up the issue of net neutrality in Australia by suggesting over-the-top content players like Netflix pay a fee to ensure quality of service.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN: FTTP not essential for Netflix era, Turnbull argues

Despite the significant increase in traffic growth driven by Netflix and its ilk and the widespread take-up of video on demand services in Australia, that doesn't mean that fibre is essential for 'last mile' connections to homes, according to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Source: Computerworld

Optus offers Netflix premium

Optus is developing internet services to allow video streaming providers to pay more so shows are delivered uninterrupted.

Source: Australian IT

Piracy website blocking bill could be expensive game of "whack-a-mole": ACCAN

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network is concerned the federal government's anit-piracy website blocking bill could result in an expensive game of ‘whack-a-mole’.

Source: ARN

NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless

NBN Co will next month begin a trial of faster speeds on its fixed wireless network in regional areas, offering retail service providers a new speed tier of up to 50Mbps down and 20Mbps up.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co pilot bolsters bush broadband speeds

NBN Co has launched a pilot which aims to boost broadband download speeds by between 25-50Mbps in rural areas.

Source: ARN

Friday, 17/4/2015

Sony execs lobbied Netflix to stop VPN users

In emails leaked from Sony Pictures, executives have expressed their frustration at Netflix for not stopping users in Australia and elsewhere from bypassing geoblocks to access the streaming video service.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vocus buys stake in MacTel

Vocus Communications has purchased a 14.5 percent stake in managed hosting and telco provider Macquarie Telecom under an equity swap deal valued at $15.6 million.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra's cost-cutting chief resigns

The man who led Telstra's cost and job cutting initiatives over the last five years has resigned from the telco to search for other non-executive opportunities.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thursday, 16/4/2015

Netflix: We 'should have avoided' unlimited iiNet and Optus deals

Netflix has said that in signing deals with Optus and iiNet to allow customers to access Netflix without it counting towards their download quota, the company acted against its strong stance for net neutrality.

Source: ZDNet Australia

DDoS attacks in Australia shorter but still dangerous: Arbor

Network protection vendor Arbor Networks says DDoS attacks in Australia don't last as long as those elsewhere in the region, but they are bigger.

Source: iTWire

Aussie ISP takes a year to refund $5000 to customer

Melbourne-based Planet ISP has refunded a customer over $5000 a year after being ordered to hand back the money by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra completes $857 million Pacnet acquisition

Telstra has completed its $857 million buyout of telecommunications and datacentre provider, Pacnet.

Source: ARN

Netflix regrets signing unmetered deals with iiNet, Optus

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has hit out against data caps used by Australian internet service providers and said the US-based company regrets the unmetered usage deals, which it signed with Optus and iiNet's, and will avoid them in the future.

Source: SMH