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Friday, 30 September 2016

Vodafone Australia shutting down 2G network in 2017

Following Telstra by two years and Optus by one year, Vodafone has finally announced the closure of its 2G network in September next year.

Source: ZDNet Australia

What’s happening with the NBN, Optus, and HFC?

NBN quietly announced yesterday that it would no longer be attempting to utilise Optus’s HFC network in its makeup. Instead, it would utilise the much touted “compromise” technology – Fibre To the Distribution Point (FTTdp) in up to 700,000 households – which effectively extends the fibre point to the house boundary and utilises copper for the final 10-50 metres. The use of Optus’s network would be restricted to the heavily re-engineered launch site in Redcliffe, QLD, and effectively abandoned outside of that area.

Source: PC Authority

Ziggy wins second term as NBN chair

The federal government has reappointed Ziggy Switkowski as the chair of NBN Co for another three years, keeping him in the role until just prior to the slated 2020 completion of the NBN rollout.

Source: iTnews Australia

Ziggy Switkowski reappointed NBN chair

The government has reappointed Dr Ziggy Switkowski as chair of NBN’s board.

Source: Computerworld

Telstra to cut up to 300 roles from retail business

Around 300 jobs will be cut from Telstra’s retail business, with the company confirming that redundancies may follow from the proposed reduction.

Source: ARN

Vodafone bids farewell to 2G network

Vodafone Hutchison Australia will shut down its legacy 2G network by September next year.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Melbourne activates free Wi-Fi network across CBD

Melbourne, Ballarat, and Bendigo citizens and visitors can now receive access to free Wi-Fi under a joint project between the Victorian government and TPG.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Internet Australia applauds NBN move from HFC to FTTdp

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has applauded NBN’s decision not to use the “old Optus Pay-TV cables” and adopt a fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) solution.

Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

NBN Co dumps Optus HFC for FTTdp

NBN Co has ditched plans to use the bulk of Optus' hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network and will instead deploy fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) technology to around 700,000 premises nationwide.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus welcomes NBN decision on HFC

Optus has said it welcomes a decision by NBN to roll out fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) in areas covered by the telco’s hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network.

Source: Computerworld

NBN moves away from Optus HFC in network rollout

​Nbn is considering FTTdp connection for over 700,000 premises previously earmarked for connection to the NBN via existing Optus HFC infrastructure and FTTN technology.

Source: ARN