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Friday, 18 October 2019

More than half a million metadata disclosures handed to enforcement agencies: ACMA

Over 508,000 disclosures of metadata to law enforcement agencies for criminal law purposes under the controversial Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (TIA Act) occurred during the 2018-19 fiscal year, an increase from last year's 482,800, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) 2018-19 annual report [PDF] has revealed.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 17 October 2019

NBN Co hits out against claims its enterprise business is 'inequitable'

NBN Co has hit back at criticism suggesting it “overreached” itself by going directly after business consumers with enterprise broadband deals.

Source: ARN

NBN Co downsizes wireless, satellite footprints by 130,000 'premises'

NBN Co has removed 130,449 non-existent “premises” from its fixed wireless and satellite footprints, the latest in a series of culls required as the company has cleaned up national address records it relies on.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co moves goalposts for broadband speed rankings

A report by NBN Co that redefines the metrics typically used to compare broadband speeds to other countries has ranked Australia 17 out of 37 countries.

Source: ARN

NBN rejects speed test reality for one of its own

What do you do if you are a national broadband wholesaler taking the heat for Australia consisting ranking poorly in global speed test surveys? Why, you pay AlphaBeta to come up with a new methodology to make you look better than you are.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL on sale from October 24 with prices starting at $1,049

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are now official, and cheaper than we expected.

Source: WhistleOut

Australian government introduces new telco regulations to fight phone scams

The federal government has announced new telco regulations in a move to prevent fraudsters from hijacking mobile numbers to access personal and financial information, and reduce phone scams.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Govt targets mobile number hijackers with tighter porting rules

Australian telcos will soon be subject to “strict new identification measures” designed to make it harder for bad actors to illegally port - and hijack - mobile numbers. 

Source: iTnews Australia

When Telstra shut down the Talking Clock, one man took the time to salvage it

A musician with a penchant for nostalgia and 1990s web design has recreated 'George' the Talking Clock, a service recently unplugged by Telstra after 66 years.

Source: ABC News

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Foxtel continues New Experience rollout

Broadcaster Foxtel has confirmed the recently released New Foxtel Experience has completed its roll out to iQ4 set top boxes, and updates to the first 50,000 iQ3 set top boxes are now set to commence.

Source: iTWire

Telstra must take part of the blame for NBN creation: Chair

The chair of Telstra, John Mullen, said at the company's annual general meeting that the company must take its share of the blame for not working with the government in the 2000s, as it has resulted in the creation of the NBN as a fibre-to-the-premise based network.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra says Australia would have gotten 100Mbps without NBN

Telstra chair John Mullen says Australia would have ended up with 100Mbps services “to the majority of the population” - though not to regional and rural areas without subsidy - even if the NBN had never been dreamt up.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telcos would have delivered fast broadband without NBN project, Telstra chair says

Without the NBN, over the last decade Australia’s big telcos would have delivered 100Mbit broadband services for the majority of the nation, Telstra’s chair has argued.

Source: Computerworld

Union slams Telstra chief's $5M pay packet as 6,000 jobs axed

The union representing Telstra workers has attacked CEO Andy Penn’s “exorbitant” $5-million-dollar paycheque following a year of mass lay-offs.

Source: ARN

Monday, 14 October 2019

Telstra 'reassured' as ACCC looks into NBN pricing

Telstra has called a fresh Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry into NBN Co’s wholesale pricing “reassuring”, renewing its hopes of less “costly and complex” wholesale products.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co ‘welcomes’ ACCC inquiry into broadband pricing

NBN Co, the operator of the National Broadband Network, says it welcomes any additional options the ACCC may identify through its Access Pricing Inquiry to promote competition and the interests of customers.

Source: iTWire

NBN Co faces ACCC challenge to set prices

NBN Co is facing a formal challenge to its ability to set its own wholesale prices with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) opening a new inquiry with a particular focus on entry-level pricing.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC mulls regulation of ‘unfair’ basic NBN pricing

The competition watchdog has set its sights on potentially “unfair” NBN prices for consumers on basic speed packages.

Source: ARN

NBN Co to revive HFC self-installation option

NBN Co is set to revive a self-installation option for the internal ‘NBN connection box’ in the HFC footprint, with up to a quarter of premises anticipated to be eligible.

Source: iTnews Australia

Friday, 11 October 2019

NBN Co reinvents broadband speed test rankings

NBN Co will launch its own broadband speed ranking system - while “debunking” existing ones - in Amsterdam next week, escalating a long-running beef over third-party rankings that place Australia’s internet speeds alongside those of developing countries.

Source: iTnews Australia