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Tuesday, 29th July 2014


Vodafone announces big 4G push – in the city

Vodafone says it aims to reach 95% of Australia’s metropolitan population with its 4G network by end of 2014.
Source: iTWire


Govt must store data in retention regime: iiNet

The Government must be responsible for the storage and protection of data held as part of its 'unnecessary and disproportionate' proposed mandatory data retention regime, according to the scheme's most vocal opponent, internet service provider iiNet.
Source: iTnews Australia


Vodafone re-allocates 850MHz 4G spectrum a week after Telstra and Optus 700MHz launch

Vodafone pulled the plug on its bid for a chunk of the 700MHz spectrum in 2012, and is now re-allocating its existing 850MHz spectrum to compete with Telstra and Optus, both of which launched their respective 700MHz networks to limited locations earlier this month.
Source: ARN


Monday, 28th July 2014


NBN Co sets September FTTP service date for TPG areas

NBN Co's fibre-to-the-premise product will be ready for service in areas where internet service provider TPG is seen as posing a competitive threat from late September this year.
Source: iTnews Australia


NBN Co examines 'connected home' opportunities for RSPs

NBN Co, in conjunction with Ovum, has released a report highlighting opportunities for service providers to innovate and profit from the rise of the 'connected home'.
Source: ARN


Beware the spin behind Australia's copyright law discussion paper

Another week, another propaganda-driven proposal from the mind of Australian Attorney-General Brandis. This one assumes that ISPs need to fix other people's broken product distribution models.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Friday, 25th July 2014


Govt proposes crackdown on ISPs over piracy

The Australian government has proposed amending the country's Copyright Act to make internet service providers legally responsible when their users infringe on copyrighted material, and to allow the copyright industry to force ISPs through the courts to censor specific websites.
Source: iTnews Australia


Brandis proposes website blocking and piracy crackdown

A leaked discussion paper from the Australian Attorney-General's Department reveals proposals to implement new legislation to undo the High Court's judgement in the 2012 iiNet copyright infringement case against Hollywood film studios, and force ISPs to block websites containing copyright infringing material.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Thursday, 24th July 2014


Turnbull urges ACCC to avoid NBN migration 'price shock'

Federal communication minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is urging the Australian competition watchdog to avoid making any decisions that could result in an NBN migration "price shock".
Source: ZDNet Australia


Turnbull warns ACCC against undermining Telstra NBN agreement

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and finance minister Mathias Cormann have warned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that cutting wholesale pricing for services over Telstra's copper network could negatively affect the National Broadband Network rollout.
Source: Computerworld


Telstra sends more jobs to Asia

When Telstra boss David Thodey said the company's future is in Asia, he was right. That’s where many of the company's jobs are headed.
Source: iTWire


Australia a wireless leader and wired laggard

Australia has the second highest rate of broadband mobile in the world but ranks a lowly 21st place in fixed broadband. Australia has 114.4 wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 population but just 26.1 fixed connections per 100, according to the latest figures from the OECD.
Source: iTWire


Wednesday, 23rd July 2014


Australia drops in OECD broadband rankings

Australia has dropped from 18th to 21st in the OECD rankings for fixed broadband penetration for the last six months of 2013.
Source: ZDNet Australia


Telstra to shutter 2G network by the end of 2016

Telstra has sounded the death knell for its legacy 2G network, announcing plans to close it down at the end of 2016.
Source: ZDNet Australia


More mobile gadgets than people? Seven countries - including Australia - now qualify

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to snap up smartphones and tablets, according to a new report.
Source: Computerworld