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Friday, 29 April 2016

NBN launches satellite services

Those living in rural and remote Australia will begin being connected to NBN's satellite service at a current rate of 5,000 premises per month.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN resellers get hands on satellite

NBN has launched its wholesale broadband satellite service Sky Muster.

Source: CRN

ACCC releases first report on nbn wholesale market

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has pulled together an initial quarterly nbn wholesale market indicators report for the period ending March 31.

Source: ARN

Consumers should be able to bypass geoblocking: Govt agency

The Federal Government's Productivity Commission is urging lawmakers to make it clear that using VPNs to bypass geoblocking is not piracy.

Source: ABC News

​TPG commits to buckets of bandwidth

TPG is looking to expand bandwidth capacity to service the acceleration of traffic to the cloud.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN satellite 'world leading' for speed, data, pricing: Ovum

In an analysis based on data allowance, download speed, upload speed, and pricing per GB, NBN's satellite has been ranked ahead of other broadband satellite services worldwide.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus Prepaid Customers Can Now Stream Music Quota-Free

If you’re an Optus prepaid customer, there’s no reason to download your Spotify playlists to your phone any more. New and existing prepaid customers on Australia’s second largest mobile network will have uncapped, quota-free streaming of half a dozen different music services including Spotify and Google Play Music.

Source: Gizmodo

Woolworths Mobile, Aldi Get 4G On Telstra's Network From Today

Telstra has finally opened up its higher-speed 4G mobile network for its MVNO partners Aldi Mobile, Woolworths, Telechoice and Better Life, and that means those telcos’ customers can now enjoy faster download speeds and even wider network coverage — but there’s a catch.

Source: Gizmodo

Kogan Mobile upgrades to 4G network

Kogan Mobile is improving its service for all of its new and existing customers, with the company confirming that it will switch on 4G services for all customers by June, with no increase in prices.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Quickflix CEO confident of bounceback

The streaming provider will reposition as a digital consumer, ecommerce, and entertainment service while under administration, according to the chief executive.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone AU loses market share as Telstra, Optus rise: Kantar

Vodafone now has 15.2 percent total mobile market share, while Telstra holds 41.1 percent and Optus 22.7 percent, with the no-contract segment rising again.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra delivers 4G wholesale early for MVNOs and their customers

Anyone who uses a Telstra MVNO like Aldi Mobile, Woolworths Connect, Telechoice and Better Life can now start to enjoy Telstra 4G speeds at long last.

Source: iTWire

How Channel Nine Killed Quickflix, Australia's Streaming Pioneer

Quickflix became the first victim of the streaming wars in Australia yesterday, announcing it is in voluntary administration, a move many anticipated.

Source: Gizmodo

What’s on ‘Foxtel Anytime’ streaming in May 2016

It’s not just Presto and Netflix advising what’s new on their streaming services - now Foxtel (owner of Presto) is doing it, too!

Source: iTWire

Telstra, Optus, Amaysim grow mobile marketshare at expense of other telcos

Telstra, Optus and Amaysim have boosted their share of mobile phone subscribers in Australia largely at the expense of Vodafone, Virgin and TPG (excluding iiNet), according to a newly published report on the smartphone market.

Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

NBN tech choice program already provides fibre for Tasmania: Fifield

Tasmanians don't need Labor's promise to deliver a fibre connection if elected, as they can already choose to spend thousands of their own money on NBN's fibre-on-demand product, according to the federal government.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone steps down

Telstra's long-serving chair is being replaced by John Mullen ahead of taking up her role as UTS chancellor.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Labor pledges fibre NBN for Tasmanian west coast if elected

'Labor will make it happen,' Jason Clare has said in regards to the west coast of Tasmania receiving fibre NBN connections.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN confirms no one has purchased an area switch

While few individuals are choosing to upgrade their NBN connection to full fibre, even fewer councils and corporate bodies are going with an upgrade from NBN.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra, Visionstream extend exchange maintenance deal for $350m

Telstra has agreed to a five-year deal with Visionstream that will see the infrastructure services company continue to maintain over 40,000 exchange and network assets across Australia.

Source: iTnews Australia

Labor promises fibre nbn network for N-W Tassie, but cops a blast from government

Labor’s announcement that it plans to construct a fibre-optic network in north-west Tasmania, if elected, to deliver National Broadband Network services to the area has been lambasted by the federal government as an ‘unfunded’ misuse of government business funds.

Source: iTWire