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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

Vodafone relying on high-value subscribers amid 137,000 customer loss

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)'s former boss, Bill Morrow, expected the telecommunications provider's subscriber loss to halt by mid-2014, but the company continues to feel the aftermath of its 2010 outages.
Source: ARN

Vodafone still bleeding mobile customers

Vodafone Australia has not yet been able to stem the tide of mobile user losses despite a dedicated turnaround effort, losing a further 137,000 mobile subscribers in the six months to June 30.
Source: iTnews Australia

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

NBN: Nothing, But Nothing is happening

You know the NBN is dead when not even the FttN haters bother to shellac Malcolm Turnbull's blogs. As Telstra reasserts control over the NBN and the Coalition government flounders, can we actually expect anything from the NBN anymore?
Source: ZDNet Australia