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Fri, 29th May 2020

NBN to get 250Mbps on entire HFC network by June 2021, only 7% can get 750Mbps

The wholesale pricing changes flagged by the company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia at the end of 2019 came into force on Friday, and along with the new 100/20, 250/25, and 1,000/50Mbps speed tiers, a bunch of caveats were also released.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Foxtel vs. Binge vs. Stan vs. Netflix vs. Amazon: Streaming services compared

The streaming revolution is now in full swing; TV's biggest shows are no longer on free-to-air networks, but on streaming services like Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan, Binge and Amazon Prime Video. To help you pick, we've taken a look at the ins and outs of the four major streaming services on offer in Australia.

Source: WhistleOut

NBNCo boosts broadband network speeds to satisfy ‘customer demands’ for higher speeds

National Broadband Network operator NBN Co has launched new higher speed Internet plans in response to what it says has been strong demand for higher speed services from new customers. The plans include a new “close to” 1Gbps service.

Source: iTWire

NBN Co limits gigabit services to just 7 percent of HFC footprint

NBN Co has revealed it won’t offer 250 Mbps and up to gigabit speeds to its entire HFC footprint, constraining availability of the new high-speed plans to a subset of HFC users for at least a year.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thu, 28th May 2020

Telstra's Super Savings start at $240 for this year's smartphones and more

Handsets like the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S20 will get a $10 discount every month for 24 months, but others like the Galaxy A90 and Pixel 4 will get the discount along with a heavily reduced outright phone cost on top.

Source: WhistleOut

Broadband data demand remains above pre-COVID-19 levels: NBN Co

Broadband data demand on the National Broadband Network’s main wholesale access service has remained above pre-COVID 19 levels, according to the network operator, NBN Co.

Source: iTWire

Aussie Broadband to let business customers self-serve NBN, value-adds

Aussie Broadband is hoping a new self-service platform called Carbon will help differentiate it in the business market by enabling customers (and managed services partners) to provision NBN internet and value-adds like phone systems quickly and from one place.

Source: iTnews Australia

Aussie Broadband claims first NBN portal for service managers

Aussie Broadband has updated its end-to-end online sign-up for enterprise NBN services to encompass businesses and MSPs, claiming it is the first to do so at this scale.

Source: ARN

Optus annual profit plummets 40% to $402M after Q4 hammering

Optus’ annual profit has sunk by 40 per cent to $402 million after its fourth quarter saw a particular steep plummet.

Source: ARN

Australian telcos cold on dynamic spectrum sharing for 5G, wireless

Australia will shelve investigations of dynamic spectrum access (DSA) for future 5G and wireless networks after the idea failed to gain traction with industry.

Source: iTnews Australia

Wed, 27th May 2020

NBN Co quotes at least 1200 customers on a switch to full fibre

NBN Co has seen a sizeable increase in the amount of quotes issued to customers wanting to pay their own way to a faster access technology over the past three years.

Source: iTnews Australia

Spirit launches NBN Enterprise Ethernet to the channel

​Publicly listed Spirit Telecom has launched its NBN Enterprise Ethernet (NBN EE) to its resellers and customers via its Spirit X sales platform.

Source: ARN

Tue, 26th May 2020

Aussie Broadband's 250 Mbps NBN sign-up spurt continues

Aussie Broadband continues to dominate sign-ups in NBN tiers above 100 Mbps, recording a 47 percent rise in 250 Mbps services in the three months to the end of March.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co faces fresh pressure not to fully unwind free bandwidth boost

NBN Co is under renewed pressure to maintain some of the free bandwidth boost it has offered during the coronavirus lockdown period after its own research indicated that elevated demand for internet could extend beyond July.

Source: iTnews Australia

Aussie Broadband throws 1Gbps speeds at full fibre and HFC users

Aussie Broadband has said that from Friday, May 29, it will begin offering a 1000/50Mbps plan on the National Broadband Network (NBN) to its customers.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Aussie Broadband to offer 'best effort' gigabit NBN plans for $149

Aussie Broadband is set to launch up to gigabit speed residential NBN plans at the end of this week, priced at $149 a month.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN research shows 8 in 10 agree fast broadband helped with job productivity

Research released by the company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) has revealed how 83% of respondents said they could not have completed their jobs without access to fast broadband.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra's latest hotspot promises faster 5G speeds, but we won't see them until next year

Telstra is expanding its range of 5G devices with the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro, a new 5G portable hotspot that supports higher speed mmWave 5G. This makes it the first mobile broadband device in Australia that can connect to both Sub 6 and mmWave 5G networks. Of course, mmWave 5G is still a while off in Australia.

Source: WhistleOut