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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Telstra banned from 700 MHz auction

Telstra has been barred from buying any more 700 MHz spectrum for its 4G network at an auction next year, after the government heeded advice from the competition watchdog.

Source: iTnews Australia

The NBN has cost Australia $8.8bn in net worth

The federal government's investment in NBN Co to date has seen the Commonwealth's net worth drop by $8.8 billion, the parliamentary budget office has revealed.

Source: iTnews Australia

Here's How Much The NBN Is Really Costing The Government

Today the Parliamentary Budget Office released a report showing exactly how much money the Australian Government has already invested into NBN Co, and how much it is expected to cost over the next 10 years.

Source: Gizmodo

Spectrum auction could boost opportunities for TPG 4G network

TPG could potentially pick up a significant chunk of spectrum in the 700MHz band, boosting its ability to roll out a 4G mobile network, under rules set by the government for an upcoming auction.

Source: Computerworld

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

TPG forced to reveal FTTB business model

TPG will be compelled to reveal the extent of its fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) network and “clarify” its business model under revised rules that take effect next year.

Source: iTnews Australia

Visionstream to shed staff as Optus construction wraps up

​More than 80 Visionstream employees could be affected as the telecommunications and IT services company winds back its workforce, according to the Communications Workers Union.

Source: ARN

Industry weighs in on proposed NBN levy

​Industry feedback has already started rolling in over the Federal Government’s proposed NBN industry levy, which could see network providers pay millions each year.

Source: ARN

TPG spooks government into AU$7 monthly broadband tax to replace NBN cross-subsidy

NBN's internal cross-subsidy between fixed-line, and wireless and satellite technologies is set to disappear under draft legislation released by the government on Monday.

Source: ZDNet Australia

The Government Wants To Charge You $7 A Month To Fund Regional NBN

The cost of connecting some regional areas to broadband - via satellite and fixed connections - is high enough that it is just not profitable.

Source: Gizmodo

Monday, 12 December 2016

Broadband levy to subsidise regional NBN services

The government has revealed details of a proposed scheme to help fund NBN’s so-called “non-commercial” services: The fixed wireless and satellite services that are used to deliver broadband services outside the National Broadband Network’s fixed-line footprint.

Source: Computerworld

Vodafone promotes networks chief to CTO

Vodafone has appointed its head of network delivery to the role of chief technology officer following the August departure of former CTO Benoit Hanssen.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus added to govt’s new telecommunications service panel

Telco named as the last supplier selected to sit on the federal government’s new four-year, whole-of-government telecommunications service panel.

Source: ARN

NBN cut-off date looms for almost 350,000 Australian homes and businesses

Many Australians risk losing their phone and internet access in 2017, with their home services cut off if they fail to switch to the National Broadband Network service available in their area.

Source: SMH

Stop using vulnerable Netgear routers: CMU CERT

Users of certain models of mass-market Netgear routers have been advised by Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to stop using the devices until a serious and easily exploited flaw is fixed.

Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone fills CTO role in Australia

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has named Kevin Millroy as CTO, following the departure of Benoit Hanssen in August.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 8 December 2016

NBN Co says it's still too early for MTM operating costs

NBN Co does not have a “defined operating cost” for each access technology in its multi-technology mix, and claims any attempt to apportion costs now would be “misleading”.

Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone Will Sell You A Sony Phone And A PS4 So You Can Sony While You Sony

Do you need a new phone? Could you also use a new PS4 while you're at it, too? Vodafone has a new bundle that gets you a shiny new PlayStation 4 Slim and Sony's mid-range Xperia X -- presumably so you can play PS4 games on your phone using Remote Play.

Source: Gizmodo

Symbio Networks strikes Aussie VoIP deal with MyRepublic

Backed by Symbio, MyRepublic will deliver VoIP over the NBN and ADSL in Australia.

Source: ARN

NBN hits snag in FTTdp adoption

NBN Co is concerned that up to one million users in its planned fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) rollout could fall afoul of Australia's electricity laws due to the way the network equipment is powered.

Source: iTnews Australia

The Australian Government Is Letting Netflix Classify Its Own Shows

Netflix recently made an appeal to the Federal Government to allow a self-classification system, bringing streaming services on par with broadcasters and the digital games industry - ultimately meaning Aussies don't have such huge delays between when shows become available, and when we get to see them.

Source: Gizmodo