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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Australia follows New Zealand lead to carrier block remaining Note 7 handsets

Whether it be rugby, fibre networks, or preventing handsets prone to spontaneous combustion from connecting to mobile networks, New Zealand has beaten Australia to the punch once again.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra labels Vodafone a "freeloader"

Telstra has accused Vodafone of showing its “true colours” as an infrastructure “freeloader” as the war of words over a potential regulated opening of part of Telstra’s regional mobile network intensifies.

Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone wins mobile blackspot funds for only four towers

Vodafone has secured funding for just four base stations in the second round of the federal mobile blackspots program, as Optus reversed its first round fortunes.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN leaks: AFP won’t have access to documents seized in raid

The House of Representatives has upheld a claim of parliamentary privilege made by Labor MP Jason Clare in relation to documents seized by the Australian Federal Police in an August raid on the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Source: Computerworld

Optus and Telstra share $60 million funding for base station boost

Optus and Telstra are expanding their mobile coverage following the $60 million second round of Federal Government funding they received as part of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Vocus shares plunge by nearly a quarter

Vocus Communications lost nearly a quarter of its value on Tuesday with shares plunging to $4.35 down from a high of $9.19 in May.

Source: iTWire

ACCAN forms coalition to fight for USO reform, NBN and mobile coverage

A 'technology agnostic' USO, fairer access to NBN's satellite service, and a long-term mobile coverage program will improve rural connectivity, a coalition including ACCAN has said.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus Is Giving You Free Data (If You Put Ads On Your Lock Screen)

Ever been stuck without data? Everyone has. Cash running low? Happens to the best of us. Thought to yourself "if only I could use my phone's lock screen as an advertising platform, and get paid in data"? Er, maybe not. But now you can, if you want to.

Source: Gizmodo

Monday, 28 November 2016

AFP likely to be blocked from accessing seized NBN documents

The Australian Federal Police is unlikely to be able to access NBN Co documents it seized during a raid on Parliament House after a lower house committee said the documents were subject to parliamentary privilege.

Source: iTnews Australia

AFP NBN raid documents to be kept confidential

Documents confiscated during AFP's NBN raids on Jason Clare in August will remain confidential and under parliamentary privilege, and will be returned to the former shadow communications minister.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Reddit CEO admits trolling Trump supporters

Steve Huffman edited abusive posts from Trump fans on the social sharing site.

Source: PC Authority

Friday, 25 November 2016

Switkowski: 'I did not breach caretaker conventions' with NBN opinion piece

The opinion piece on the AFP raids was witnessed by NBN's board prior to publication, with NBN chair Switkowski holding firm that he did not breach caretaker conventions.

Source: ZDNet Australia

IBM paid 'very substantial' compensation for Census failure

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed IBM made a “very substantial financial settlement” with the Commonwealth as compensation for the failure of the 2016 online Census.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra: ADSL competition better than regulation

Telstra has argued that the ACCC should not regulate 289 of its wholesale ADSL exchanges, as competition is enough to ensure the market remains fair.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Australia given 15 December deadline for Norfolk link

Australia has a deadline of 15 December to decide whether it will supply a cable link to Norfolk Island, with the official ground-breaking ceremony for the Hawaiki underea telecommunications cable taking place on Wednesday.

Source: iTWire

UK government invests £1b in fibre and 5G

The UK government hopes its £1 billion investment in 5G and fibre broadband will 'catalyse' industry to invest more in the new network technologies.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Hawaiki cable construction starts

Construction of the 14,000 kilometre Hawaiki submarine cable that will link New Zealand to Australia, Hawaii and mainland United States has started with a ground breaking ceremony at Bream Trail Farm, Mangawhai Heads, Northland attended by NZ prime minister John Key and communications minister Amy Adams.

Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

NBN Co moved an FTTN cabinet after users asked to connect

Horsham resident Andrew Pillekers thought he’d “won nodelotto” when he found a crew spraying markings on the nature strip out the front of his house to indicate the placement of a node for NBN Co's FTTN network.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN's Fibre To The Curb Is A Step Closer To Being Built

The NBN's Goldilocks technology of fibre to the distribution point (FttDP) -- sitting just right in between the convenience of fibre to the node (FttN) and the speed of fibre to the premises (FttP) -- is a step closer to becoming a reality in Australia. NBN calls the tech 'fibre to the curb' (FttC) for some unknown reason, rather than FttDP or fibre to the driveway, but it's earmarked Australia's own Netcomm Wireless as the supplier of tech for the future network build-out.

Source: Gizmodo

More than half the world's people still off the Internet

Less than half of the world's population still isn't using the Internet, although the numbers are improving, according to a United Nations report.

Source: Computerworld