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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hawaiki ‘on schedule’ as route survey is completed

Hawaiki Submarine Cable and its main supplier, TE SubCom, say they have completed the survey of the cable’s 14,000km route and the project remains on schedule for completion in mid-2018.

Source: Computerworld

Vodafone voice outage caused by error in planned network maintenance

The almost three-hour outage in voice services was caused by an error made during planned work on the network, Vodafone has said, with services restored around 8am.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra and Ericsson encrypt in-transit data over 10Gbps link

Having encrypted data while in transit over a 10Gbps link between the US and Australia, Ericsson and Telstra are now looking towards testing the optical encryption technology over a 100Gbps link.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone taps Ericsson and Cisco for full-scale network virtualisation

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has named Ericsson as prime contractor with Cisco as the main subcontractor for a five-year project to virtualise both the core of its mobile network and the IP network supporting services and applications.

Source: Computerworld

Monday, 16 January 2017

Qantas to start NBN satellite trial next month

Qantas will commence testing of a proof-of-concept NBN-based satellite service onboard its aircraft at the start of February for the next nine months.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACMA opens applications for 700MHz mobile broadband spectrum auction

The 700MHz spectrum will be auctioned off in two lots: 2x 10MHz and 2x 5MHz, with bids starting at AU$571.8 million and AU$285.9 million, respectively.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus boosts WA coverage with satellite small cells

Mobile coverage in Western Australia will improve thanks to the small cells being installed along a 2,000km stretch of highway by Optus in an effort to bring 3G and 4G to remote areas.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vic state property developer to sell off controversial FTTH network

The Victorian government's property development agency is seeking to sell off its controversial fibre-to-the-home network after deciding it no longer wants to manage telco networks.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra to guarantee connectivity over key subsea cable routes

Telstra said today that in the coming months it will launch an ‘Always On’ service guarantee for its Hong Kong to Singapore and Japan to Hong Kong cables routes.

Source: Computerworld

Friday, 13 January 2017

Telstra warns container ships off its subsea patch

Telstra is forced to warn the captains of between 30 and 50 container ships a month that are seen to be travelling too close to the telco’s subsea cable infrastructure paths.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thursday, 12 January 2017

NBN Co drops tiers, talks speed without mentioning speeds

NBN Co used to talk about the various tiers of service it offered. Now, presumably due to the shortcomings of the multi-technology mix, it refers to "speeds" and "plans" instead of "tiers" – but studiously avoids quantifying the speeds delivered.

Source: iTWire

Daniel Saffioti built his own private radio network to get access to NBN

The last straw for Daniel Saffioti​ came in mid-2014 when the National Broadband Network installed a fibre pillar right in front of his house – but refused to connect him.

Source: SMH

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Council pushes ahead with 10Gbps network plan for Adelaide

Adelaide’s Ten Gigabit City plan is a step closer, with the council seeking formal expressions of interest (EOI) for the project.

Source: Computerworld

Ehealth: AMA call for bush broadband boost

The Australian Medical Association has called on the government to tackle barriers to the use of ehealth and telemedicine in rural and regional Australia.

Source: Computerworld

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Doctors underwhelmed by NBN for e-health

Australian GPs have delivered a lukewarm assessment of the NBN as an enabler of e-health services in regional, rural and remote Australia, just days after the network builder publicly talked up its credentials in the space.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co readies pitch to 'high-value' business users

NBN Co is readying its staff and systems to begin migrating “high-value” business customers off the Telstra network and onto its own.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus adds NBN HFC to wholesale offerings

Customers of Optus Wholesale will be able to sell services over the National Broadband Network’s hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) infrastructure, the telco has announced.

Source: Computerworld

Optus Wholesale expands NBN offering

Optus Wholesale is expanding its wholesale NBN offering by launching state-based, national and hybrid aggregation models.

Source: ARN

Sydney Buses' free Wi-Fi won't threaten privacy: State Transit Authority

NSW Transport officials have dismissed claims free Wi-Fi on Sydney Buses will become a data mining exercise, invading the privacy of passengers.

Source: SMH

The ACCC Has Decided How Much Accessing Superfast Broadband Networks Should Cost Providers

Back in October 2012, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission declared a local bitstream access service (LBAS), then in July 2016, a superfast broadband access service (SBAS). This means that the network owners must provide access to the service if requested, so that all service providers have access to the infrastructure they need "to supply competitive communications services to end-users".

Source: Gizmodo