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Monday, 15th September 2014

NBN Co targets unserviceable premises in Tasmania

NBN Co has signed a new contractor in Tasmania as part of its effort to reduce the number of customers counted as passed by fibre but unable to order a service through the national broadband network.
Source: iTnews Australia

Thiess signs NBN contract to connect 170,000 premises per year

NBN Co and Leighton Holdings' subsidiary, Thiess, have inked a deal to extend and significantly amend a contract to provide installation, activation and maintenance of connection to the NBN.
Source: ARN

Optus 10 and Jabiru-2 satellites launched

The sighs of relief from French Guiana were audible in Australia as two satellites were successfully launched Friday morning (AEST).
Source: iTWire

NBN Co offers incentives for battery-free fibre connections

NBN Co has quietly introduced a scheme that gives retail internet providers an incentive to supply customers with fibre connections without battery back-up units, despite warnings that consumers could be put at risk.
Source: iTnews Australia

Ergas hints at reining in the ACCC

Economist Professor Henry Ergas has revealed that the Vertigan Committee will recommend more “checks and balances” for Australia's competition watchdog as part of its review of regulatory arrangements for the NBN.
Source: iTnews Australia

Friday, 12th September 2014

Optus launches new Australian satellite

Optus has successfully launched its Optus 10 satellite to expand its fleet capacity and provide in-orbit redundancy capability.
Source: ARN

Australians turning away from music piracy: Spotify

Online copyright infringement of music over file-sharing services is trending downwards in Australia, according to Spotify research, but it is still a big problem.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Here's how NBN Co rolled out FTTP better in Melton: Part 1

NBN Co reacted hysterically to publication of an internal trial review that found FTTP could be rolled out 61% faster and 50% cheaper than in previous rollouts. Here's what the company's Melton deployment trial taught it about managing contractors better.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Government and Labor spat over new FTTB licences

The NBN shenanigans continue. Communications Minister  Malcolm Turnbull wants a temporary two year licence for carriers like TPG who want to compete against the NBN by offering fibre to the basement.
Source: iTWire

Thursday, 11th September 2014

Telstra expands 4G 700MHz trials ahead of iPhone 6 release

Telstra is switching on parts of its 700MHz 4G network in preparation for the influx of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices onto the network after launch next Friday.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Virgin takes on Telstra with bonus data offer

Wholly-owned Optus subsidiary Virgin Mobile has taken the fight to Telstra, and its owner Optus, in offering 2GB bonus data on 24-month plans to both new customers who switch networks and all existing customers who upgrade.
Source: iTWire

Turnbull seeks wholesale access from all FTTB carriers

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this morning announced that he will begin talks with Australia's telcos on the possibility of a new telecommunications licence condition that would require all high-speed fibre-to-the-basement carriers to offer wholesale access to their networks.
Source: iTnews Australia

Turnbull flags new rules on retail, wholesale separation for telcos

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning that he will consult with the telco industry on new rules that would potentially force network operators that want to compete with National Broadband Network infrastructure to split their wholesale and retail operations.
Source: Computerworld

Telstra will extend 700MHz 4G trials next week

Telstra is preparing to extend commercial trials of its 700MHz 4G services to another 20 locations next week.
Source: ARN

ACCC won't block TPG's fibre-to-the-basement rollout

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) won't step in to halt Internet service provider TPG from rolling out fibre-to-the-basement services that could compete with National Broadband Network infrastructure.
Source: Computerworld