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Thursday, 11/2/2016

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

Tuesday, 9/2/2016

Telstra outage: 'Embarrassing human error' to blame

Today's Telstra outage occurred due to human error in handling a mobile node going down, the COO has disclosed.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra giving away data to mobile customers due to outage

Telstra is giving all its customers free mobile data all day Sunday following a mass outage that impacted 3G and 4G services across the country.

Source: CRN

Telstra confirms mass outage for Australian mobile users

Telstra mobile customers are experiencing a mass outage in multiple states, affecting phone calls and data usage, as well as SMS and online warning alerts for residents in a bushfire zone in Western Australia.

Source: ABC News

Major Telstra mobile outage hits nationwide, with calls and data affected

A widespread interruption to Telstra mobile service is being felt across the country, with thousands taking to social media to complain that calls are unavailable, as well as 2G, 3G and 4G data.

Source: SMH

TPG international cable system out for a month

Australia’s number two broadband provider TPG has suffered a major outage of its international cable that connects Australia to the outside world. What’s more, the outage is not expected to be repaired for at least a month, with 7 March the estimated fix date.

Source: iTWire

The NBN Is Making Australia's Country Towns More Appealing

Kiama (NSW), Ballarat (VIC), Toowoomba (QLD), St Helens (TAS), Victor Harbour (SA), Mandurah (WA) and Howard Springs (NT) are highlighted as potential boom towns for the latest lifestyle movement, identified in research from a report commissioned by NBN.

Source: Gizmodo