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Thursday, 3/9/2015

Optus switches on 3X the 4G Cat 9 LTE-A power for Note 5, S6 Edge+

4G LTE-A speeds are getting a boost on Optus in Melbourne’s CBD, followed by Sydney CBD in early 2016 and both Brisbane and Adelaide’s CBDs from mid-2016.

Source: iTWire

ACCC suggests monitoring broadband services

Australia's consumer watchdog has outlined plans to push monitoring broadband performance, saying it would improve quality and pricing thanks to competition.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN will boost GDP by 1.8%: new study

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will likely deliver a substantial benefit to Australia’s economy, according to a newly released study which also found that the greatest economic benefits will be derived from telehealth and teleworking.

Source: iTWire

Netgear’s Nighthawk X4S, the world’s best broadband router?

Netgear launched its flagship Nighthawk X4S with world-first, world beating specs just hungry for a decent NBN to plug into, but it works with ADSL2+, too.

Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 2/9/2015

50Mbps NBN wireless on track for pre-Christmas launch

NBN's speed boost to its fixed wireless service, which will see the potential maximum speed of connections increased to 50Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream, should be commercially available before Christmas.

Source: Computerworld

'Netflix for pirates' in Hollywood's sights

Popcorn Time, the software dubbed "Netflix for pirates" and "Hollywood's worst nightmare", is now in the sights of movie studios as it continues to gain traction among those who find its simple once-click user interface too hard to resist.

Source: SMH

DBC opts against appeal in iiNet piracy ruling

The owner of the Dallas Buyers Club film has decided not to appeal a recent ruling in its ongoing piracy fight with a number of Australian ISPs, and will instead rework how it plans to calculate damages from alleged infringers.

Source: iTnews Australia

​Optus, Exetel sign two-year NBN aggregation deal

Exetel will have access to all of Optus' National Broadband Network points of interconnect and technologies under a new agreement.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telcos riled by ACCC broadband monitoring plan

The competition regulator is on a collision course with the telecommunications industry over its plan to measure the performance of fixed broadband services.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus to provide Exetel with nbn aggregation services

Optus Wholesale has announced it will deliver nbn aggregation services exclusively to Australian ISP provider Exetel, extending its 10-year relationship.

Source: ARN

Tuesday, 1/9/2015

Australian anti-piracy notice scheme delayed

September 1, 2015, was supposed to be the start date of a new anti-piracy scheme that would see Australians receive "copyright infringement" notices from their ISP if they were caught downloading music, TV shows or films illicitly online.

Source: SMH

Telstra rolls over and offers data/call credit roll over on pre-paid

Telstra’s Pre-Paid Freedom Plus plans now come with data and call credit roll over, matching some competitors at long last with much better value.

Source: iTWire

Presto's HD Content Library Goes Live Today, So How Much Bandwidth Will It Need?

After a few months in testing, Presto’s HD offering goes out to the public today. Users will be able to experience 1080p content as well as 5.1 channel surround sound. We know just how much it takes to run a HD stream from Netflix, but what does it take from Presto? What sort of speed do you need?

Source: Gizmodo

NBN under fire for affordability, accessibility

NBN's satellite service is reportedly too expensive for lower socio-economic groups to afford, with critics saying the 'fair use' download restrictions constrain access and availability to those with limited choices.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC defends approval of TPG/iiNet merger

ACCC chairman Rod Sims has defended his decision to approve TPG’s takeover of iiNet, but admitted it was not a “black and white” issue.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN should be prepared for disaggregation: ACCC chair

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has repeated his belief that NBN should be prepared for a potential future breakup of the company into separate entities.

Source: Computerworld