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Monday, 30/11/2015

Telstra's early Christmas present to travellers – higher roaming rates

Telstra has issued fresh price hikes for its mobile customers travelling overseas just in time for the Christmas holiday season.

Source: SMH

Telstra's 'hip and trendy’ flagship store opens in Melbourne

Telstra has opened what could only be described as a Microsoft/Apple/HP like flagship store in Melbourne.

Source: iTWire

You Can Now Torrent Brand New TV Shows In 4K

We’ve been complaining about the dearth of good quality 4K video — movies and TV shows, things we’d actually like to watch — for years now, ever since Ultra HD TVs started hitting the shelves of our favourite electronics stores. In Australia, having our relatively crappy internet speeds, streaming 4K over Netflix has never really been viable. Ultra HD Blu-ray looks great, though it’s been a year away for five years now.

Source: Gizmodo

Optus crowns new MVNO with streaming-data deal

A new mobile virtual network operator has launched with a five-year pre-paid deal with Optus.

Source: CRN

Turnbull government wants power to make internet companies do 'things' for national security

The Turnbull government is aiming to pass controversial new laws by 2016 that will give Attorney-General Senator George Brandis unprecedented powers to make phone and internet companies do unspecified "things" if he believes they are hindering national security.

Source: SMH

Friday, 27/11/2015

NBN announces CVC discount pricing trial

NBN is offering discounts of between AU$0.50 and AU$6 on its CVC charge, with the company now pricing it on the basis of usage per end user and rewarding high usage.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN to trial discounts for ISPs with heavy users

NBN will trial offering tiered discounts to service providers as the bandwidth they purchase for customers increases, in a revamp of its much-maligned broadband pricing structure.

Source: iTnews Australia

Government scraps sale of dark fibre network

The Federal Government announces it will not be selling a high-speed communications network used by departments in Canberra.

Source: ABC News

Thursday, 26/11/2015

Leaked NBN plan for Optus HFC mere wargaming and fool's gold: Fifield

Australian Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has labelled as 'fool's gold' the document leaked out of NBN yesterday that said the Optus HFC network is not fit for purpose.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Leaked NBN document helps the case for FttDP

In looking at options to overbuild the Optus HFC network, fibre to the distribution point emerges as a compromise that might soothe all but the most hardened theologist.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Netflix December 2015 Holiday content selection

Netflix has announced the December 2015 content highlights it wants us all to know about - and stream onto our TVs or connected devices with screens!

Source: iTWire

NBN got what it paid for—will now cost almost half as much again to fix it

Deputy leader in the Senate, Stephen Conroy has accused the former nbn board of being “incompetent political hacks” who did not know what they were doing when they bought the Optus hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network for use in the nbn.

Source: iTWire

NBN Might Have To Replace Optus' Messy, Broken Cable Network

Remember the cool $800 million NBN Co dropped on buying the Optus HFC network? Leaked documents have revealed that the NBN Co is thinking about replacing it entirely. Why? Because it’s such crappy infrastructure.

Source: Gizmodo

Child respite service to relocate over NBN tower fears

A children's respite care centre in Tasmania's north is moving to Victoria, over concerns an NBN tower will be built nearby.

Source: ABC News