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Wed, 05th May 2021

NBN 'soft cap' on excess fees may in fact target the threat of 5G churn

Design flaws are already appearing in NBN Co’s proposed ‘soft cap’ on excess bandwidth costs, with most internet providers unlikely to qualify for relief, and widespread suspicion the scheme is designed to disincentivize migrating NBN customers away to 5G.

Source: iTnews Australia

Aussie Broadband chief warns NBN soft cap will be useless until May 2022

Managing director of Aussie Broadband Phil Britt has issued a warning that NBN's proposed soft cap will be useless for half of its life.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Starlink satellite internet service gets 500,000 preorders

SpaceX has received more than 500,000 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet service and anticipates no technical problems meeting the demand, founder Elon Musk said.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tue, 04th May 2021

NBN Co drops new details about how FTTP upgrades will work, including eligible suburbs

NBN Co today revealed a whole host of new information about the FTTP program that will allow customers on FTTN and FTTC technology types to upgrade to a full fibre internet experience, including a comprehensive list of towns and suburbs where the upgrades will be taking place.

Source: WhistleOut

Aussie Broadband now has 5G phone plans

Aussie Broadband today launched a new range of SIM-only phone plans powered by the Optus network, including a range of 5G-ready options.

Source: WhistleOut

Telstra pays AU$1.5m fine after preventing number porting due to COVID hitting offshore

Telstra has coughed up AU$1.5 million to pay a fine levelled at it after the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the telco had stopped porting phone numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic hitting its offshore operations.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vocus to deploy 2000km 'Project Horizon' terrestrial cable

Vocus will deploy a 2000km high-capacity fibre link between Geraldton and Port Hedland in Western Australia by the end of next year.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN looking at FttC upgrade to fibre if users want 250Mbps

The company responsible for running the National Broadband Network on Tuesday said it is planning to offer on-demand full fibre upgrades to users on its fibre-to-the-curb (FttC) network that wish to receive over 250Mbps.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co already wants to upgrade some FTTC users to full fibre

NBN Co is set to upgrade parts of its fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) footprint to full fibre, despite the technology already being touted as gigabit-capable.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra fined $1.5m over Covid-related landline porting freeze

Telstra has been fined $1.5 million over its “unilateral” decision to suspend most landline number porting during the first Covid lockdowns last year when it ran short of offshore resourcing.

Source: iTnews Australia

Mon, 03rd May 2021

NBN nixes dark fibre talks as subcontractors protest pyramid contract model

The company responsible for running the National Broadband Network has ended its consultation on whether to procure any existing dark fibre for enterprise connections, saying it is not cost effective.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Fri, 30th Apr 2021

Optus to cull 3G service on 2100MHz network

​Optus is planning to switch off its 3G network on the 2100MHz spectrum from April 2022 as part of a wider technology overhaul.

Source: ARN

Thu, 29th Apr 2021

Vodafone NZ pinned for flogging FibreX HFC as full fibre

Vodafone New Zealand has been found guilty of misleading consumers over the branding of its FibreX HFC-based broadband service.

Source: ZDNet Australia

'A complete and utter mess': Telstra outages leave rural residents isolated

Telstra landline outages in southern Queensland are causing havoc for rural residents who depend on the service due to limited mobile reception.

Source: ABC News

Wed, 28th Apr 2021

Save $100 on the iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini with Optus until tomorrow

Optus is discounting the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

Source: WhistleOut

Optus blasts NBN price consultations as 'a waste of time'

Optus has led criticism of NBN Co’s latest ideas on pricing, saying such consultations were proving to be “a waste of time”, as other retailers were left similarly underwhelmed.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN floats soft cap to curb CVC cost spikes

The company responsible for the National Broadband Network has floated the prospect of a soft cap on overage CVC charges to limit the amount Australian telcos have to pay for increases in traffic.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co won't release its flat-rate price modelling

NBN Co has decided not to share internal modelling of a flat-rate price for wholesale services, despite requests from many major providers to do so.

Source: iTnews Australia