Broadband News

Tue, 19th Jan 2021

Aussie Broadband vs. Superloop

Stuck tossing up between internet providers? We get it - it’s a minefield out there. Superloop and Aussie Broadband are some big fish in the smaller pond, here's how they stack up.

Source: WhistleOut

Mon, 18th Jan 2021

Telstra blasts plan to 'set aside' mobile spectrum for Optus and TPG, but not it

Telstra has rebuked the government and regulators over a proposal that would guarantee Optus and TPG - but not it - some re-farmed mobile spectrum in a forthcoming auction.

Source: iTnews Australia

Fri, 15th Jan 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra on sale January 29 with prices starting at $1,249

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S21 family of smartphones. Here's everything you need to know.

Source: WhistleOut

Thu, 14th Jan 2021

Telstra says it has half of all Australians covered by 5G

Telstra said on Thursday it was able to provide 5G coverage to half of the Australian population where they live. The company added it planned to hit 75% population coverage by the middle of the year.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Wed, 13th Jan 2021

NBN Co cuts average number of users per wireless cell to 19

NBN Co said it has reduced the number of users per fixed wireless cell from “historical levels of around 60” down to 19 “on average”.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN approaches 1Gbps using mmWave 5G over distances of 7 kilometres

The company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has laid claim to a world record for long-range millimetre wave transmission, saying it hit "close to 1Gbps" across a distance of 7.3 kilometres.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Leading Edge enters into wholesale broadband agreement with NBN Co

Data centre network provider Leading Edge Data Centres has entered into a wholesale broadband agreement with NBN Co for facilities access service.

Source: ARN

Tue, 12th Jan 2021

nbn claims '5G long-range transmission world record' for fixed wireless

Claiming a "world-record" for long-range 5G transmission using mmWave technology, Australia's government-owned National Broadband Network company is actively developing "new options to further optimise the performance and customer experience of the nbn Fixed Wireless network".

Source: iTWire

Wed, 06th Jan 2021

Save $10 per month on NBN 100, NBN 250, and NBN 1000 plans on Internode and iiNet

Sibling telcos Internode and iiNet are both slashing $10 per month from their fastest NBN plans. This means you can save $10 per month on NBN 100, NBN 250, and NBN 1000 plans with either provider for their first 12 months. The plans are contract-free, so you're always able to leave after your discount expires.

Source: WhistleOut

Tue, 05th Jan 2021

Qualcomm takes 5G down to budget phones with Snapdragon 480

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its lower-tier Snapdragon 480 5G, the successor to the 460 used in phones such as the Nokia 3.4.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Mon, 04th Jan 2021

Optus, Telstra, TPG press for 'partnership' in $22m 5G test case race

Optus has asked the government to make partnering with a telco a prerequisite to secure funding under a forthcoming $22.1 million program to find new enterprise and industrial use cases for 5G.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tue, 22nd Dec 2020

NBN Co a 'low' threat of overbuilding in greenfields estates

NBN Co is considered a “low” threat of using new powers to overbuild other networks in new housing estates in the short to medium term.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC chief Sims says Google and Facebook draft laws 'fair'

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman (ACCC) Rod Sims said proposed laws that will make Australia the first country in the world to force Google and Facebook to pay for news were fair and critical for the survival of the media industry.

Source: iTnews Australia

felix mobile increases unlimited data speeds to 20Mbps

felix's all you can eat plan is now capped at 20Mbps, rather than 5Mbps.

Source: WhistleOut

Mon, 21st Dec 2020

TPG offered sliver of hope in bid to overturn NBN protectionism

TPG Telecom’s bid to be allowed to roll out fixed-line infrastructure that competes with NBN Co again remains a live - albeit limited - possibility after the competition watchdog left the door open to future small-scale proposals.

Source: iTnews Australia

SpaceX Starlink picks up Australian 5G mmWave spectrum

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced on Friday it had offered the first round of its new area-wide apparatus licences to communications providers looking for 5G millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Fri, 18th Dec 2020

5G mmWave licence applicants named

​Opticomm, Optus, Starlink, Telstra and Field Solutions Group are among the 15 applicants in Australia that have been offered a licence in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands by the ACMA.

Source: ARN

Wed, 16th Dec 2020

Facebook privacy app spied on users for market research, ACCC says

The consumer watchdog is taking the social media giant to court over a security app that fed insights and data back to Facebook.

Source: SMH

ACCC takes court action against Facebook over VPN service

Australia's competition watchdog accuses the social media giant of acting "completely contrary to the promise of protection" by using its VPN service to log details of users' online activity.

Source: ABC News

Telstra sells Velocity, South Brisbane fibre networks for $140m

Telstra has finally found a buyer for its residential fibre networks with Uniti Group set to pay $140 million for the Velocity estate and South Brisbane assets.

Source: iTnews Australia

Uniti bags 50,000 FTTP services in $140M Telstra Velocity deal

Uniti Group has acquired Telstra Velocity and South Brisbane Exchange assets in a landmark deal worth $140 million.

Source: ARN

Uniti picks up Telstra Velocity for AU$140 million

Uniti Group announced on Wednesday it has struck an agreement with Telstra to purchase its Velocity and South Brisbane exchanges for a purchase price of AU$140 million.

Source: ZDNet Australia

TasmaNet links 100 schools to NBN fibre

TasmaNet has rolled out NBN fibre network infrastructure to 100 schools in Tasmania, claiming to give them speeds of up to 1Gbps.

Source: ARN

Telstra improves the Triple Zero Emergency Call Service with Advanced Mobile Location

Telstra has improved the Triple Zero Emergency Call Service with Advanced Mobile Location on Android and Apple smartphones that have the latest OS updates, assisting emergency services operators to work out where you're calling from.

Source: iTWire

Tue, 15th Dec 2020

Best WiFi dongle and pocket WiFi plans (December 2020)

If you're looking for portable internet, you're going to need a WiFi dongle or pocket WiFi hub. And there are a few providers that offer them. So how do the plans compare?

Source: WhistleOut

NBN Co disables instant online quotes for user-pays fibre upgrades

NBN Co has pulled its instant online quote generator that could be used to price an upgrade to fibre after a fortnight, saying the experience around the tool needed to be further “optimised”.

Source: iTnews Australia

New subsea cable system planned between New Zealand and Australia

Connectivity between Australia and New Zealand could receive a further capacity boost after plans for a new data centre build and cable system were revealed today.

Source: iTnews Australia

Over 4,000 privacy complaints made about Aussie telcos in FY20

During the 2020 financial year, consumers made over 4,000 complaints about telecommunications providers related to a user's privacy.

Source: ZDNet Australia

New satellite ground station coming to Dubbo

Australian telco Pivotel and content and connectivity provider SES have agreed to construct a new satellite ground station at Pivotel's Dubbo teleport. The ground station will enable the delivery of enhanced telecommunication services to regional communities.

Source: iTWire

Mon, 14th Dec 2020

Telstra scores $130m WA schools internet upgrade deal

Telstra will deliver a significant bandwidth boost to Western Australia’s public schools under a $130 million extension to its existing telecommunications deal with the state government.

Source: iTnews Australia