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Friday, 4/9/2015

Optus pairs with Airbnb for data roaming, discounted accommodation

Optus and Airbnb are joining forces to provide users with a AU$50 voucher for accommodation, as well as a AU$30 SIM for global roaming.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Malcolm Turnbull visits Sunshine Coast to view proposal for new undersea communications cable

A plan to make the Sunshine Coast a vital internet gateway is luring Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to the area on Friday to view the proposal in person.

Source: SMH

AMTA calls for less regulation from ACMA

In a submission clearly aimed at lessening the powers of regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the peak body representing mobile operators has called for deregulation of its industry.

Source: iTWire

Transmission prices heading down with ACCC draft decision

Price cuts aimed at maintaining a competitive transmission services market in the telecommunications sector will likely flow from the ACCC’s draft final access determination for transmission capacity issued today.

Source: iTWire

Thursday, 3/9/2015

The Telstra TV Is Delayed

The Telstra TV is actually pretty exciting. A rebadged Roku 2 box featuring all of your catch-up content in the one place. Cool, right? Here’s what sucks: you’ll be waiting for it just a liiiitle longer.

Source: Gizmodo

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