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Friday, 22nd August 2014

NBN Co delays copper disconnections in 58 areas

NBN Co and Telstra have pushed back the disconnection of copper services for 58 areas in which fibre has been rolled out.
Source: iTnews Australia

ACMA requires NBN warning on backup power

Telcos selling National Broadband Network fibre services will have warn customers that a mains power failure could knock out voice services under new rules drawn up by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Source: Computerworld

First NBN fibre to the node customer connected

The first customer connected to the NBN via fibre to the node has been hooked up with Telstra in Umina, on the New South Wales central coast.
Source: ZDNet Australia

iiNet breaks the billion - but 'furious' about NBN

When is a junior telco no longer junior? When it passes $1 billion in revenues. But CEO David Buckingham is not happy with the slow implementation of the NBN.
Source: iTWire

NBN FTTN pilot records download speeds of 96Mbps

NBN Co has ramped up it's fibre-to-node trial and is set to build and test another 300 nodes across NSW and Queensland.
Source: ARN

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