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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

NBN Co chief rules out imminent pricing change

NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says the company, which is rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has an image problem, but has ruled out any imminent pricing changes.

Source: iTWire

​Optus to switch off 2G next month

Optus has announced that it will cease offering its 2G service from August 1, 2017, as a result of increased 4G uptake by customers.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Monday, 24 July 2017

Going full fibre will mean loss of face for Fifield: academic

Using fibre-to-the-distribution-point technology for the NBN instead of fibre-to-the-node will enable the Turnbull Government to save face and also provide a better network, a senior academic who was involved with the project at its inception says.

Source: iTWire

Full-fibre NBN will cost about as much as FttDP: experts

Switching the national broadband network to using fibre-to-the-distribution-point technology is an interim solution; the correct solution, which will cost about the same, is to go full fibre.

Source: iTWire

Lobby Group Tells NBN: Get Rid Of FTTN Already

NBN needs to ditch copper-based Fibre to the Node, says lobby group Internet Australia, saying it is "essential for Australia's economic and social development" to abandon the technology in favour of Fibre to the distribution point.

Source: Gizmodo

Friday, 21 July 2017

Optus will spend $1bn to improve its regional mobile network

Optus has pledged to spend $1 billion over the next year to improve its regional mobile network in what it claims is the biggest investment into regional coverage in the company's history.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus pumps $1B into regional mobile network expansion

The new investment is company’s largest regional capital expenditure program in its 25-year history.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Labor seeks access to NBN’s speed database

Shadow communications minister Michelle Rowland has filed a freedom of information request seeking access to NBN’s database of estimated theoretical maximum speeds for households.

Source: Computerworld

Can't say superfast: ACCC tells misleading telcos to lawyer up

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims has said he expects to be taking telcos to court over misleading claims on broadband speeds.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC doesn't think FTTN's bad name to blame for NBN backhaul woes

The ACCC has cast doubt on industry claims that NBN Co’s CVC price construct is not fit-for-purpose for the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) portion of the network, and is therefore a factor in retail service providers (RSPs) not buying enough of it.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC puts big four telcos on notice over broadband speed claims

Australia’s competition watchdog expects to take legal action by the end of the year.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Data retention's value for money still not proven: Criminologist

The $750 million being spent on Australia's mandatory metadata retention scheme could buy a lot of crime-fighting, says criminologist Rick Sarre. Meanwhile, police are challenged by the rise of cyber crime.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Free wi-fi for Adelaide's entire public transport network

The South Australian government has given itself less than six months to have free wi-fi across Adelaide's full public transport network up and running.

Source: iTnews Australia

Swap or go: Telstra workers’ redundancy conundrum

​Telstra workers hit in 1400-strong redundancy round may have a job-swap option open to them. But will they be able to take it?

Source: ARN

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Optus slams proposal to levy “broadband tax” on business services

​Optus has taken nbn to task over its proposal to levy the Government’s "broadband tax" on the business end of the market.

Source: ARN

TPG wants NBN tax on all connections along with Google and Facebook

The telco believes the base for rural NBN tax is too low, and everyone should pay, including over-the-top service providers.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra hits out at government’s ‘NBN’s tax’

Telstra does not support the government’s Regional Broadband Scheme (RBS) in its current form, arguing that the levy is too broad in scope.

Source: Computerworld

Monday, 17 July 2017

NBN Co pushes for broadband tax on business market

NBN Co has revealed that the success of a planned broadband tax is predicated on it applying to “all business services”, in a move likely to exacerbate tensions of scope creep.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG says scrap broadband tax or make it industry-wide

TPG has raised the prospect of a substantial widening of the broadband tax to cover fixed wireless, mobile, and even over-the-top (OTT) players.

Source: iTnews Australia

Game Of Thrones' First Casualty Was Foxtel Now

Who would have expected that the first death during the seventh season of Game of Thrones would be the pay TV network charged with distributing it digitally around Australia?

Source: Gizmodo