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Monday, 15th September 2014

Ergas hints at reining in the ACCC

iTnews Australia

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.

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.

Australians turning away from music piracy: Spotify

ZDNet Australia

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.

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

ZDNet Australia

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.

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.

Thursday, 11th September 2014

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

ZDNet Australia

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.

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.

Turnbull seeks wholesale access from all FTTB carriers

iTnews Australia

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Australian TV broadcasters encouraged to switch to MPEG-4

ZDNet Australia

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the switchover to the MPEG-4 video compression standard for broadcasting will free up spectrum for new uses.

Internet ... slowdown ... day ... is ... here


Hate buffering? Internet slowdown day is here, Wednesday 10th September 2014 across the USA.

Netflix is exploiting our rights in Australia: Foxtel

ZDNet Australia

Foxtel won't seek government intervention in stopping Australians from bypassing geoblocks to access Netflix in the United States, stating that it is up to film studios to pressure Netflix to stop 'exploiting' a market it hasn't launched in yet.

Tuesday, 9th September 2014

Telcos to starve piracy sites of ad money

ZDNet Australia

Australia's largest telcos are leading a push to starve illegal downloading sites of money by pulling advertising.

No piracy on our broadband, Foxtel warns users

ZDNet Australia

Before it has even launched its broadband service, pay TV provider Foxtel has promised to take steps to ensure that its customers aren't downloading copyright-infringing TV shows and films online.

DDoS reflection/amplification attacks disrupting ISP networks


Reflection/amplification distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have now become so large that entire ISP networks are getting disrupted, says a networking security expert.

Foxtel vows to crack down on illicit downloaders


Foxtel has vowed to take "reasonable steps" against subscribers who illicitly download movies and TV shows on its network when it starts selling retail broadband services early next year.

Monday, 8th September 2014

Online copyright infringement isn't 'theft': iiNet

ZDNet Australia

In its response to the Australian government's online copyright infringement discussion paper, iiNet has called for the government to rethink what it means by online copyright infringements.

NBN Co denies claims of cost-saving fibre 'pilot' study

ZDNet Australia

NBN Co has denied undertaking a pilot study using cost-saving techniques to scale down the cost of rolling out fibre to the premises.


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