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Friday, 12/2/2016

Revenues up, profits up as Optus continues network expansion

Optus says it has made significant progress building an even better network for customers as it announced that operating revenue was up 6% to A$2.43 billion for the three months to the end of December.

Source: iTWire

Virgin Will Give You 12GB Of Data For $50 A Month

The race for your mobile data dollars is hotting up. If you don’t mind the Optus network that it’s hosted on, Virgin Mobile will give new and upgrading customers a total of 12GB of 4G-friendly data per month for $50, with no fine print or finicky eligibility periods.

Source: Gizmodo

Kogan Mobile unveils $9 unlimited plan

Australian online retailer Kogan Mobile has heavily discounted its unlimited plans, revealing $8.95 and $10.95 monthly deals.

Source: CRN

Optus delivers a quarter of revenue, EBITDA and profit growth

Optus has reported a nine per cent increase in quarterly net profit, for the quarter ending December 31, 2015. The company’s EBITDA was up five per cent to $685 million, while its revenue was up six per cent to $2.43 billion.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 11/2/2016

What the Dallas Buyers Club ruling means for piracy in Australia

The DBC resolution appears to cement the Federal Court's methodology in calculating damages for online copyright infringers, but how will this be affected by the three-strikes code and the TPP rules?

Source: ZDNet Australia

Tasmanian council seeks refund on 'underwhelming and exorbitant' NBN FttP estimate

Meander Valley Council is looking to get back the AU$11,000 NBN charged to provide a cost estimate to upgrade two areas to fibre-to-the-premises technology.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Quickflix asks Stan to restructure AU$11.7m 'debt'

The board of Quickflix has said it will not be able to attract further investors or fund redemption of its RPS without rival Stan agreeing to restructure the shares.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra sees connection issues with US-hosted websites

Telstra has followed up its nationwide mobile network outage earlier this week with problems connecting to websites hosted by third-party US-based providers.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Our ‘woeful FTTN NBN’: an open user letter

Last night in a Senate Estimates hearing, former ALP Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy grilled nbn CEO Bill Morrow about numerous complaints that offices of various MPs had received about the poor performance of users’ FttN NBN services.

Source: iTWire

Dallas Buyers Club Throws In The Towel On iiNet Piracy Case

It’s finally over. For a year and a half, lawyers for Dallas Buyers Club have been fighting iiNet to access the details of over 4,000 of its customers that had allegedly committed copyright infringement — pirating the 2013 Matthew McConaughey film. Now it has been confirmed that the case has finally come to an end, with DBC LLC throwing in the towel.

Source: Gizmodo

Copyright notice scheme takes back seat to website blocking

Representatives of the telecommunications and Australian content industries have yet to finalise key details of a scheme that will see alleged pirates sent a series notices warning them to cease illicit downloads.

Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 10/2/2016

DBC gives up on iiNet piracy case

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club have chosen not to take further action in their legal fight with iiNet over its users' alleged copyright infringement, bringing an official end to the year-and-a-half long saga.

Source: iTnews Australia

FttN complaints are not caused by the technology: NBN CEO

NBN CEO Bill Morrow has told Senate Estimates that the technology used in the fibre-to-the-node (FttN) rollout across Australia is not to blame for customer complaints about FttN services.

Source: ZDNet Australia

'Netflix tax' bill hits parliament

The federal government has introduced draft legislation that would see the goods and services tax applied to digital products purchased from overseas.

Source: iTnews Australia

The NBN Debate Will Never Be Over

Opinion: “Let’s quit fussing around.” The chief executive of the National Broadband Network company hopes that we are “past that” annoying war over fibre to the node versus fibre to the premises, and that we can all as a nation just concentrate on getting everybody connected to the NBN. But it’s not that easy.

Source: Gizmodo

NBN quizzed over FTTN complaints

The electorate offices of Labor MPs in the Macquarie and Newcastle areas are being “flooded with complaints about fibre to the node”, the architect of the original all-fibre blueprint for the National Broadband Network, Senator Stephen Conroy, said yesterday during a Senate Estimates hearing.

Source: Computerworld

Carriers celebrate as Telecommunications Act of 1996 turns 20

The winners in a broadband industry heavily shaped by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 celebrated publicly this week, as February 8 marked the 20-year anniversary of the law taking effect.

Source: ARN

NBN to finally give its PoI network redundancy

NBN will address long-held concerns over the resiliency of its 121 points of interconnect by introducing a redundancy capability in 2017.

Source: iTnews Australia