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Broadband News

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Vocus eyes FTTP unbundling with Vodafone NZ

Vocus and Vodafone's New Zealand operations have teamed up to unbundle the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) national fibre-optic broadband service, funded as a public-private partnership.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN affects Optus too, as profits fall

Australia's second largest telco Optus suffered a fall in net profit for its third quarter, with a fall of 32% year-on-year from $254 million to $172 million.

Source: iTWire

Telstra racks up 3200 job losses

Telstra has cut 3200 staff since the middle of June last year under its massive T22 restructure, and has indicated it will use automation to increase cuts to customer-facing roles.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra half year profit takes a hit

The roll out of the NBN has impacted Telstra's net profit after tax, which dropped 28 per cent to $1.2 billion in the half year ended 31 December 2018.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Michael Malone reappointed to NBN Co's board

iiNet founder and former CEO Michael Malone has been reappointed as a non-executive director of the NBN Co board for a further three years.

Source: ARN

NBN write-down no solution; what about upgrade, asks ISP

The head of a small Internet service provider has questioned whether a write-down of the value of the national broadband network will end up being the panacea it is increasingly painted as, pointing out that the main problem facing the network is how it should be upgraded to full fibre after the initial build is over.

Source: iTWire

NBN blamed for ruining heritage-listed footpaths

NBN Co is accused of making a poor effort to repair footpaths in inner Sydney, including some that are heritage-listed, after ripping them up to install internet cables.

Source: ABC News

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Inside Story Of Aussie Broadband's Anti-Racism Hold Message

We're all familiar with the automated messages that play on loop when you're stuck on call waiting. They tend to alternate between assurances of how important your time is to them, and information regarding where you can submit your query online and thus free up the queue. Last week my partner and I were sitting on hold with Aussie Broadband and experienced a message unlike any other we had before. It informed customers that racially-motivated abuse from customers was unacceptable.

Source: Gizmodo

NBN finally has a 50Mbps or quicker majority network

People will move to higher speeds on the National Broadband Network if its prices are cut.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN 12Mbps plan sellers come under scrutiny

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has finally moved to shore up internet performance for users of NBN 12Mbps services, 10 months after concerns were first raised.

Source: iTnews Australia

Almost a quarter of NBN-connected households still opting for 12Mbps

New figures released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reveal that efforts by NBN Co to promote the take-up of higher speed broadband plans have had an impact, but a significant proportion of households are still opting for the slowest speed tier.

Source: Computerworld