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Friday, 23 March 2018

Dodo, iPrimus, Commander latest to compensate 5,800 NBN customers

Another 5,861 customers will be compensated for not receiving the NBN speeds they were paying for across Vocus' Dodo, iPrimus, and Commander brands.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Not willing to wait for NBN, I turned to fixed wireless. And I'm not alone.

With many in metropolitan areas stuck on ADSL and facing an unclear NBN timetable, providers of fixed wireless are moving in.

Source: SMH

NBN announces 'simulated training' for contractors

The first of a series of NBN Network Simulated Labs has opened in TAFE NSW's Lidcombe site, with the facilities to provide training and assessment for external workers on network deployment, activation, and maintenance.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co to train field techs in simulation labs

NBN Co will open a number of simulated training facilities throughout the country to help train 2000 external workers in its fixed-line technologies.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thursday, 22 March 2018

NBN node crushed by car twice in two weeks

NBN Co will consider permanently relocating an NBN node cabinet in Sydney's west that was taken out by a car accident for the second time in a fortnight.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra's USO phone services fall 22 percent

Telstra has seen the number of fixed-line phone services it provides under the universal service obligation fall by 22 percent since 2012.

Source: iTnews Australia

Solving NBN congestion with Juniper's network automation bots

Juniper Networks' OpenLab and network automation technology were leveraged by Telstra in developing its own CVC bots to help track NBN network congestion, Juniper APAC head Ralph Candiloro has told ZDNet.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Foxtel, Village renew push for search engines to hide pirate sites

Foxtel and Village Roadshow are using a public consultation on the operation of Australia’s website-blocking laws to urge that the anti-piracy scheme be expanded.

Source: Computerworld

Telstra Is Boosting 4G Coverage In Coverage Blackspots

Coverage blackspots, caused by buildings and other inference, are a major pain in the butt. Telstra is planning to improve their coverage footprint through the installation of 1000 "small cells" in the CBDs of major Australian cities. The project started in Tasmania, with Melbourne already receiving 50 of the small cells and other cities to follow.

Source: Gizmodo

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Aussie data consumption soars as broadband prices fall

Real prices being paid for fixed broadband services fell almost 10 percent over the past financial year, according to consumer watchdog the ACCC.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra deploys 50 4G small cells in Melbourne CBD

Telstra has installed 4G small cells at 50 sites across the Melbourne CBD as part of a national three-year rollout of 1000 cells intended to boost capacity.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra completes small cell rollout in Melbourne

Telstra has increased its 4G network coverage across Melbourne's CBD via the installation of 50 small cells as part of the 1,000 sites that will be deployed over the next three years in preparation for 5G.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Competition drives greater value, price drops for mobile users: ACCC

Mobile is king and fixed line is fading fast, with consumers relying more and more on their mobile devices for voice calling, as mobile voice minutes rose by 7 billion in the 12 months to the end of the 2016-2017 financial year. And, competition has benefited consumers with price drops and better value for money, according to the competition regulator.

Source: iTWire

The ACCC fielded over 4,000 telco complaints in FY17

​The Australian consumer watchdog received 4,384 complaints and enquiries about the local communications industry in the financial year ending 2017.

Source: ARN