Broadband News

Tue, 02nd Jun 2020

Aussie Broadband signs 2300 users to cheaper gigabit NBN plans

Aussie Broadband has signed up almost 2300 customers to NBN Co’s new gigabit plans since they launched at the end of last week, providing the first indication of demand for the services.

Source: iTnews Australia

Top 10 NBN providers and their NBN plans compared

There are dozens of NBN providers, so how do you make a good decisions about which to do business with. Here is a guide to how to pick the best NBN provider for your home or business.

Source: WhistleOut

Government lauds ‘critical role’ of NBN in fight against Covid 19

The Federal Government says the growing shift to use of online services by Australians during the COVID 19 pandemic demonstrates the critical role of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in boosting the nation’s productivity, connectivity and social cohesion.

Source: iTWire

Australians increasingly shift online to access services during COVID-19

Lifestyle habits of Australians have undergone a major shift since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, with record numbers of Australians exploring online substitutes for everything from access to health support services to exercise, skills training and entertainment, according to new survey by NBN Co, the operators of the National Broadband Network.

Source: iTWire

Mon, 01st Jun 2020

Australian bushfires impacted 1% of all NBN services

The company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network across Australia has revealed the extent to which the black summer bushfires of 2019-2020 impacted its network.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Fri, 29th May 2020

NBN to get 250Mbps on entire HFC network by June 2021, only 7% can get 750Mbps

The wholesale pricing changes flagged by the company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia at the end of 2019 came into force on Friday, and along with the new 100/20, 250/25, and 1,000/50Mbps speed tiers, a bunch of caveats were also released.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Foxtel vs. Binge vs. Stan vs. Netflix vs. Amazon: Streaming services compared

The streaming revolution is now in full swing; TV's biggest shows are no longer on free-to-air networks, but on streaming services like Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan, Binge and Amazon Prime Video. To help you pick, we've taken a look at the ins and outs of the four major streaming services on offer in Australia.

Source: WhistleOut

NBNCo boosts broadband network speeds to satisfy ‘customer demands’ for higher speeds

National Broadband Network operator NBN Co has launched new higher speed Internet plans in response to what it says has been strong demand for higher speed services from new customers. The plans include a new “close to” 1Gbps service.

Source: iTWire

NBN Co limits gigabit services to just 7 percent of HFC footprint

NBN Co has revealed it won’t offer 250 Mbps and up to gigabit speeds to its entire HFC footprint, constraining availability of the new high-speed plans to a subset of HFC users for at least a year.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thu, 28th May 2020

Telstra's Super Savings start at $240 for this year's smartphones and more

Handsets like the iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S20 will get a $10 discount every month for 24 months, but others like the Galaxy A90 and Pixel 4 will get the discount along with a heavily reduced outright phone cost on top.

Source: WhistleOut

Broadband data demand remains above pre-COVID-19 levels: NBN Co

Broadband data demand on the National Broadband Network’s main wholesale access service has remained above pre-COVID 19 levels, according to the network operator, NBN Co.

Source: iTWire

Aussie Broadband to let business customers self-serve NBN, value-adds

Aussie Broadband is hoping a new self-service platform called Carbon will help differentiate it in the business market by enabling customers (and managed services partners) to provision NBN internet and value-adds like phone systems quickly and from one place.

Source: iTnews Australia

Aussie Broadband claims first NBN portal for service managers

Aussie Broadband has updated its end-to-end online sign-up for enterprise NBN services to encompass businesses and MSPs, claiming it is the first to do so at this scale.

Source: ARN

Optus annual profit plummets 40% to $402M after Q4 hammering

Optus’ annual profit has sunk by 40 per cent to $402 million after its fourth quarter saw a particular steep plummet.

Source: ARN

Australian telcos cold on dynamic spectrum sharing for 5G, wireless

Australia will shelve investigations of dynamic spectrum access (DSA) for future 5G and wireless networks after the idea failed to gain traction with industry.

Source: iTnews Australia

Wed, 27th May 2020

NBN Co quotes at least 1200 customers on a switch to full fibre

NBN Co has seen a sizeable increase in the amount of quotes issued to customers wanting to pay their own way to a faster access technology over the past three years.

Source: iTnews Australia

Spirit launches NBN Enterprise Ethernet to the channel

​Publicly listed Spirit Telecom has launched its NBN Enterprise Ethernet (NBN EE) to its resellers and customers via its Spirit X sales platform.

Source: ARN

Tue, 26th May 2020

Aussie Broadband's 250 Mbps NBN sign-up spurt continues

Aussie Broadband continues to dominate sign-ups in NBN tiers above 100 Mbps, recording a 47 percent rise in 250 Mbps services in the three months to the end of March.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co faces fresh pressure not to fully unwind free bandwidth boost

NBN Co is under renewed pressure to maintain some of the free bandwidth boost it has offered during the coronavirus lockdown period after its own research indicated that elevated demand for internet could extend beyond July.

Source: iTnews Australia

Aussie Broadband throws 1Gbps speeds at full fibre and HFC users

Aussie Broadband has said that from Friday, May 29, it will begin offering a 1000/50Mbps plan on the National Broadband Network (NBN) to its customers.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Aussie Broadband to offer 'best effort' gigabit NBN plans for $149

Aussie Broadband is set to launch up to gigabit speed residential NBN plans at the end of this week, priced at $149 a month.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN research shows 8 in 10 agree fast broadband helped with job productivity

Research released by the company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) has revealed how 83% of respondents said they could not have completed their jobs without access to fast broadband.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra's latest hotspot promises faster 5G speeds, but we won't see them until next year

Telstra is expanding its range of 5G devices with the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro, a new 5G portable hotspot that supports higher speed mmWave 5G. This makes it the first mobile broadband device in Australia that can connect to both Sub 6 and mmWave 5G networks. Of course, mmWave 5G is still a while off in Australia.

Source: WhistleOut

Mon, 25th May 2020

Aussie Broadband offers 1Gbps on fibre and HFC

Gigabit NBN plans have been few and far between, but Aussie Broadband is about to join the market.

Source: iTWire

More than 7m Australians can now connect to the NBN

More than seven million Australians are connected to the national broadband network after 455,000 new services were activated in the first quarter of 2020.

Source: iTWire

Telstra claims 5G rollout ahead of schedule, 47 cities covered

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Telstra claims it is ahead of its schedule as far as providing 5G coverage in Australia goes, with 47 cities now able to use the technology.

Source: iTWire

Optus takes up to $850 off handsets in EOFY sales

The next lot of discounts expected to hit Australians come from End of Financial Year sales, Optus​ is starting the celebrations early with savings of up to $850 on selected devices.

Source: WhistleOut

A new streaming service in Australia is aiming to 'kill the scroll'

Foxtel launches its new TV and movie subscription platform Binge, hoping a focus on strong brands and less reliance on algorithms will help it succeed in an increasingly crowded market.

Source: ABC News

Telstra CEO wants NBN upgrade paths reflected in govt policy

Telstra CEO Andy Penn wants a “long term” strategy for Australian telecommunications to be developed with government, spelling out upgrade paths for the NBN and removing barriers to 5G and edge compute deployments.

Source: iTnews Australia

AFP has issued the United States with 98 telco data requests since 2014

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has provided a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) for its review of the nation's pending Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 (IPO Bill) after failing to do so when the committee called for submissions earlier this year.

Source: ZDNet Australia