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Monday, 22nd September 2014

Better broadband means less commuting: survey

Faster and more reliable broadband could increase the number of Australians working from home, providing them with greater flexibility and the chance to avoid peak-time congestion, according to research commissioned by NBN Co.
Source: iTWire

Vodafone revamps prepaid offerings

Vodafone Australia has refreshed its prepaid caps, with 10 countries now eligible for unlimited international calls.
Source: iTWire

Canberra's wi-fi network to block file sharing P2P traffic

ISP iiNet will block peer-to-peer file sharing on the free wi-fi network it has been contracted to build and operate for the ACT Government, in a bid to prevent users breaching its usage conditions.
Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone demands SMS pricing regulation consistency from ACCC

Vodafone Australia has highlighted that greater transparency and consistency is needed around Mobile Terminating Access Services (MTAS) pricing to show it is in the best interests of end-users, and not Telstra.
Source: ZDNet Australia

DSL remains Australia's main business broadband option

Most Australian businesses are sticking with their copper DSL broadband connections, as the latest numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) adoption is experiencing slow growth in the business community.
Source: iTnews Australia

Optus launches carrier aggregated LTE on 2300MHz spectrum

Optus has commercially launched LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide using two 20MHz allotments of its 2300MHz spectrum.
Source: ARN

Friday, 19th September 2014

Turnbull fooling nobody but himself on NBN Co FttP savings

It wasn't too long ago that the Coalition was claiming that it would cost AU$3,600 per premises to build an FttP NBN. With NBN Co savings dropping per-premises costs towards AU$1,000, there's a valid argument that the Strategic Review and cost-benefit analysis no longer represent FttP's costs correctly.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra launches accessibility initiatives

Telstra has announced a new portal to help the disabled choose equipment, has stopped using CAPTCHA, and is captioning some BigPond content.
Source: iTWire

Thursday, 18th September 2014

Turnbull reflects on 'killing the dream' of NBN 'fibre fanatics'

A year into the job, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he is worried that some believe every Australian town can be a Silicon Valley with fibre to the premises, as he insists there is no money being saved in the fibre rollout.
Source: ZDNet Australia

IPv6, IANA transition headline APNIC meeting

Spurring adoption of IPv6 and promoting a smooth transition of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) are key Internet governance priorities for the year ahead, according to the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).
Source: Computerworld

NBN often 'indistinguishable' from existing broadband for many: Turnbull

As increasing numbers of Australians connect to the Internet using the National Broadband Network, they may well "wonder what all the fuss was about - and why the NBN is costing so much and taking so long," Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today.
Source: Computerworld

Human Services brings on Telstra for call centre work

The Australian Department of Human Services is bringing in 200 Telstra call centre staff members to handle high-volume transactions for Medicare and Centrelink.
Source: ZDNet Australia

"Wasted" money on the NBN unrecoverable: Turnbull

The money that has been "wasted" on the NBN can not be recovered, according to communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
Source: ARN

Wednesday, 17th September 2014

Telco customer complaints drop 12.4 percent, but excess charges up

New complaints to the Australian Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman have dropped by almost 20,000 in the last year.
Source: ZDNet Australia

TPG decision not meaningful over long term to NBN Co: Switkowski

The rollout of the national broadband network is gaining momentum but is slower than it should be, NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski says.
Source: ZDNet Australia