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Sunday, 24 April 2016

NBN switching on FTTN in South Australia

The first National Broadband Network fibre to the node (FTTN) services have been switched-on in South Australia, with residents of the Adelaide southern suburb of St Marys the first in the state to benefit from the faster broadband.

Source: iTWire

Friday, 22 April 2016

Michael Malone joins NBN board

iiNet founder and former CEO Michael Malone has replaced former colleague Simon Hackett on the board of NBN.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Rethink: Why We Need 'Fibre-To-The-Driveway' Right Now

Ever since the Coalition government came into power and declared it will use the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) model for the National Broadband Network (NBN), experts and vocal technology-conscious citizens have been up in arms about it. But the argument against FTTN has been mounting for years. Faced with overwhelming evidence and new technology alternatives, the Government can no longer ignore that their NBN vision is short-sighted. They need to act now instead of dooming us to an archaic broadband network just to save face. Here are four reasons why fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) needs to be adopted for the NBN.

Source: Gizmodo

NBN receives 576 complaints monthly about FttX trenching

Almost 20 people each day complain about NBN digging up driveways and nature strips when installing its FttX network.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN tech choice program delivers just three FttP connections in a year

Only three fibre-on-demand connections have been made since the option launched in March last year.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Turnbull calls for more openness surrounding data breaches

As part of a new culture of 'cyber-openness', the government is calling on the private sector to be more open about data breaches.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Turnbull sets the scene for a 'Stop the Bytes' election

The PM released Australia's Cyber Security Strategy on Thursday morning. Media reports focused on the 'revelation' of our cyber attack capabilities, but that's just a well-crafted political distraction.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone, RAI, Barnaby Joyce combine on regional telco report

Vodafone and Regional Australia Institute have said telcos, government, business, and local communities must work together to bring reliable and fast internet access to regional areas.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC sets ‘significantly lower’ prices for transmission services

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a final decision on regulated prices for the declared Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) FAD which sees prices significantly lower than those set previously.

Source: iTWire

12 Netflix Originals That Will Be Streaming With HDR Video

Netflix is starting to roll out a new technology that vastly improves the colours you see in its shows and movies. It’s called “HDR,” which stands for “high dynamic range,” a term that is most common in photography. Here’s the shows you can watch with HDR enabled.

Source: Gizmodo

ACCC Sets New Prices For Behind-The-Scenes Telco Backhaul Data

The cost to ISPs for wholesale data is getting cheaper every year. That’s the gist of the ACCC’s just-released report into domestic transport capacity, which says that the cost of high-speed telco backhaul has fallen as much as 78 per cent for long distance routes. Australia’s favourite national outpost Tasmania remains the thorn in the side of ISPs everywhere, though, with a new charge levied for the skinny pipes (and Basslink) running from the mainland.

Source: Gizmodo

​Telstra using machine learning to deal with 'distressed' customers

Telstra's general manager for analytics has said the telco giant has been employing machine learning techniques in attempt to reduce the frustration of its distressed customers.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra invests in NGINX web server

The web server providing services for companies such as Netflix, Instagram, Airbnb, and Pinterest has been bolstered by an investment from Telstra Ventures.

Source: ZDNet Australia

New cybersecurity strategy supports elements of government’s economic plan: Turnbull

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has just released Australia’s cybersecurity strategy, aimed at enabling innovation, growth and prosperity.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Copper in Perth 'better than anticipated': NBN

In response to reports that the copper being used in the FttN rollout in Perth is 'disastrous', NBN has said it is actually in a better state than anticipated.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Netflix is thinking about offline movie and television downloads

Netflix is huge, and the streaming service is not only making money hand over fist but also pumping out some of the best original TV shows anywhere today. But there's still one thing that fans sorely want from it: offline playback.

Source: PC Authority

.au direct registrations: a regrettable decision?

The news that auDA has decided to go ahead with direct registrations in the .au namespace is disappointing, but not surprising.

Source: iTWire

Telco competition benefits consumers, says ACCC

Consumers are reaping the benefits of competition in the telecommunications sector from increased data allowances, new services and lower prices, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Source: iTWire

Optus announces 10-year Paralympics deal

In another step towards becoming a self-proclaimed 'multimedia company', Optus has announced its sponsorship of the Australian Paralympic Team.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Netflix Is Adding 150 Hours Of HDR Video This Year

Netflix’s catalog of 4K titles has grown over the past couple of years to now be 10 times more than when it started, and the streaming service has announced overnight that it now plans to grow it’s catalog of High Dynamic Range titles at a similar pace.

Source: Gizmodo