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Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

Australia drops in OECD broadband rankings

Australia has dropped from 18th to 21st in the OECD rankings for fixed broadband penetration for the last six months of 2013.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra to shutter 2G network by the end of 2016

Telstra has sounded the death knell for its legacy 2G network, announcing plans to close it down at the end of 2016.
Source: ZDNet Australia

More mobile gadgets than people? Seven countries - including Australia - now qualify

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.
Source: Computerworld

Vodafone relying on high-value subscribers amid 137,000 customer loss

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)'s former boss, Bill Morrow, expected the telecommunications provider's subscriber loss to halt by mid-2014, but the company continues to feel the aftermath of its 2010 outages.
Source: ARN

Vodafone still bleeding mobile customers

Vodafone Australia has not yet been able to stem the tide of mobile user losses despite a dedicated turnaround effort, losing a further 137,000 mobile subscribers in the six months to June 30.
Source: iTnews Australia

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

NBN: Nothing, But Nothing is happening

You know the NBN is dead when not even the FttN haters bother to shellac Malcolm Turnbull's blogs. As Telstra reasserts control over the NBN and the Coalition government flounders, can we actually expect anything from the NBN anymore?
Source: ZDNet Australia

Wilkie reveals NBN Co's Tasmanian deal with Visionstream

Independent MP for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has shed light on some of the issues plaguing the rollout of the fibre to the premises network in Tasmania by construction contractor Visionstream, and the steps NBN Co has implemented to fix it.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Stealthy Web tracking tools pose increasing privacy risks to users

Three stealthy tracking mechanisms designed to avoid weaknesses in browser cookies pose potential privacy risks to Internet users, a new research paper has concluded.
Source: ARN

NBN Co launches stop-gap satellite service

NBN Co has begun accepting registrations for its subsidised satellite broadband service. The new service is designed to connect the 9000 households and businesses in remote areas of Australia that are currently unable to access NBN Co's Interim Satellite Service.
Source: Computerworld

Netflix 'to launch in Australia' - but does it matter?

US streaming video supplier Netflix is planning to launch in Australia, holding talks with local content suppliers. So say the continuing rumours, but the ground is shifting under its feet and it may be too late.
Source: iTWire

NBN Co offers new satellite service for remote users

NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS).
Source: iTnews Australia

Monday, 21st July 2014

Data retention: iiNet raises spectre of 'surveillance tax' for ISP customers

Internet service provider iiNet has hit out at confirmation that the government is actively considering a mandatory data retention scheme under which ISPs and telcos may be forced to keep records on their customers' online activities.
Source: Computerworld

Optus gets ACMA nod for early 700MHz 4G launch in Darwin and Perth

The central business districts (CBDs) of Darwin and Perth have gained a head start in commercial access to Optus’ 700MHz-based 4G, with the telecommunications provider having switched on the network today.
Source: ARN

Optus, Telstra secure early 4G 700MHz launch

The first commercial services for 4G in the 700MHz spectrum band are expected to be launched this week by both Optus and Telstra in Darwin, Perth, Fremantle, Mt Isa, Mildura, Griffith, and Esperance, following commercial licence grants by the ACMA.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Data retention isn't Big Brother: ASIO chief

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Director-General David Irvine has said critics of the controversial data retention proposals fail to understand the safeguards in place.
Source: ZDNet Australia