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Thursday, 9 April 2020

Vodafone chief flags co-investment option to upgrade NBN FTTN users to full fibre

The merged Vodafone-TPG entity is hoping to have a hand in bringing full fibre connections to more Australians, potentially via a co-investment arrangement with NBN Co.

Source: iTnews Australia

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Vodafone launches $10 mobile plan for customers in financial hardship

For just $10 per month, for the next 3 months, existing Vodafone customers can apply for the Stay Connected Cap Plan which includes 3GB of mobile data, and unlimited standard calls and SMS in Australia.

Source: WhistleOut

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Mobile industry group slams rumours linking 5G and COVID-19

The head of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, a lobby group for the mobile industry, has described claims being spread that there is a connection between 5G and COVID-19 as "false" and "the worst kind of fake-news misinformation".

Source: iTWire

NBN congestion, outages during COVID-19 at low levels, says Rue

Congestion, and outages across the national broadband network have remained at low levels, with no material increase compared to previous months due to increased usage across the network during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue.

Source: iTWire

Monday, 6 April 2020

COVID-19: GPs get free telehealth services from NBNCo

Australian doctors in general practice clinics will get free delivery of enhanced telehealth services with upgrades to the system delivered by NBN Co in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: iTWire

Daytime NBN speeds are as good or bad as usual: ACCC

Although the amount of data going through NBN's network has increased by 70% during the day and is still sitting below the pre-coronavirus 9 pm peak, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said speeds on the network have remained where they were before the pandemic.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Zoom concedes custom encryption is substandard as Citizen Lab pokes holes in it

Citizen Lab, a research group within the University of Toronto, has been able to drive a proverbial truck through the encryption used by video conferencing app Zoom.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Zoom meetings weakly encrypted and get keys from China

Technical analysis of how the very popular video conferencing app encrypts meeting data has found significant weaknesses and dubious practices, leading researchers to warn governments and others who need confidentiality to be protected not to use the software.

Source: iTnews Australia

'No certainty' to Optus telco tower sale

​Optus parent company Singtel has said there is no certainty of a deal to sell its telecom towers in Australia following a media report that the telco operator was preparing to put the assets, estimated at $2 billion, on the block.

Source: ARN

Mobile phone tracking should be used to stop virus

Mobile technology, used with appropriate judicial oversight, should be deployed as an efficient and cost-effective tool in the fight against COVID-19.

Source: SMH

Mobile phone location data used to track Australians' movements during coronavirus crisis

Vodafone has provided mobile phone location data to the federal and NSW governments to monitor whether Australians are following social distancing restrictions.

Source: SMH

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Google location data shows Australia grinding to halt

Google has published a set of reports using the location data it collects from users via its services and software such as Maps to provide insights into how COVID-19 movement restrictions worldwide are affecting communities' mobility.

Source: iTnews Australia

Bandwidth usage increases by 25%, says Aussie Broadband

Evening peak broadband usage has increased by 25%, with millions of Australians now isolated at home because of COVID-19, according to telcommunications and broadband services provider Aussie Broadband.

Source: iTWire

Friday, 3 April 2020

Vodafone and Optus offer healthcare workers free mobile service

In an initiative homogeneous to that for volunteer firefighters​ earlier this year, both Vodafone and Optus will pay registered health care professionals postpaid bills for the next two and three months, respectively.

Source: WhistleOut

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Optus offers free three-month postpaid mobile services to health workers

Australian telco Singtel Optus has said it will waive postpaid mobile access charges for health workers for the next three months, in recognition of their efforts to prevent spread of the coronavirus in the community.

Source: iTWire

NBN Co records highest ever peak throughput of 13.8Tbps

NBN Co has revealed that data flowing through its access network peaked at 13.8Tbps last Friday at 9.15pm AEDT, about 25 percent above levels a month ago.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC stands by rebate hike for missed NBN appointments

​The ACCC has indicated it intends to push on with its efforts to raise the rebate paid by NBN Co for missed appointments from its current rate of $25 to $75, as it presses pause on two NBN-related inquiries.

Source: ARN

ACCC pauses NBN inquires until coronavirus pandemic stabilises

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it would pause its NBN entry-level access pricing and wholesale service standards inquiries to allow the industry to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the planet.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Broadband services drive up NBN data demand to record weekly high

Video conferencing, video streaming and accessing cloud-based office applications have driven a large increase in data demand on the NBN access network as more Australians turn to their broadband services for work, education and entertainment, according to a new report.

Source: iTWire

Telstra says COVID-19 leads customers to cancel technician visits

Telstra has revealed current and prospective NBN customers are cancelling technician appointments or blocking site entry over COVID-19 concerns.

Source: iTnews Australia