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Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

Telstra has all-but-blamed nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), for having to compensate customers who can't experience broadband speeds the carrier advertised. Telstra will compensate 42,000 customers after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took it to …
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Who's to blame for the NBN? Hardly anyone remembers, or cares

NBN WEEK Welcome to NBN Week, Reg Australia's new weekly roundup of the endless news of the nation's National Broadband Network. Last week we reported the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched an inquiry into the NBN's wholesale services. The irony of that decision is that it came just one day after a government MP …
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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

Australia's national broadband network (NBN) is being pecked apart by birds. nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, has revealed that “native parrots have recently been found feasting on spare power and fibre cables strung from NBN Co's near 2,000 Fixed-Wireless towers”. The company has used a picture of a sulphur- …
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nbn™ to use G.fast in late 2018, firstly in commercial premises

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced it will start using G.fast in 2018 and will eventually use it in fibre-to-the-node installations. G.fast is a successor to VDSL and can hit a gigabit per second when the stars align. Government policy means nbn™ will deploy …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017
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nbn™ sweetens the deal for business and its own bottom line

Updated nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Networ (NBN), has adjusted its wholesale prices so that retailers offering business plans get the same price relief as previously offered for the consumer market. After many complaints about the cost of its backhaul services (connectivity virtual circuit, or CVC), nbn™ …
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nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has hit back at critics of its network and business plan in a pair of missives attributed to CEO Bill Morrow. The company has faced increasing criticism in recent weeks as users complain that their services are either unreliable, …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2017
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Wanted: broadband crash-test dummies for ACCC's speed tests

Having beaten off opposition from carriers and ISPs, Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission has kicked off its broadband speed monitoring program. The project, which is supported by nbn™, needs household volunteers – 2,000 of them this year, to begin with. Those volunteers will have a hardware device installed to act …
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If you live in a network lab, you'll get gigabit NBN over HFC soon

If you build a hybrid-fibre coax network in a lab, nbn™ says it can support 1 Gbps down / 100 Mbps up performance. Never mind that the actual HFC networks nbn™ will use have spent years hanging off poles and have to deal with real-world problems like contention, nbn™ wants us to know it's made HFC go very fast so it can show …
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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

Nokia seems to believe in the future of fibre: it's run a test with nbn™ demonstrating next-generation passive optical networking (NG-PON) running at 10 Gbps. If it looks like mixed messaging to you, you're probably not alone, since under current plans, the only households able to run any kind of PON are the those who already …
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Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

nbn™, the organisation that builds and operates Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), appear to be escalating its efforts to rebut those who call for it to abandon its fibre to the network build. Last week the company's CEO Bill Morrow used a Senate Estimates appearance to make the point that that matters beyond nbn™'s …
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nbn™ is installing new hybrid-fibre coax cables

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, is installing new hybrid-fibre coax cables in some suburbs. The new build came to light after a Reg reader looked up nbn™'s new “when am I getting the NBN?” service, which was recently upgraded to advise what technology will be used to …
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Oz regulator trims broadband prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission yesterday suggested trimming the price of wholesale broadband connections. The ACCC issued two draft determinations yesterday: the “superfast broadband access service” (SBAS), and the “local bitstream access service” (LBAS) – wholesale services that run at 25 Mbps or better. …
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NBN costs creating budget time bomb: Deloitte

Once a fan of Australia's National Broadband Network, Deloitte Access Economics is now warning it's a time bomb for the federal budget. Last week, the federal government tipped in a loan of AU$19.5 billion so nbnTM could finish its NBN rollout. Deloitte is now warning that the network doesn't cover the government's total $49 …
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Australian government lends nbn™ AU$19.5bn to finish the job

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has secured a AU$19.5bn loan from Australia's government and will use it to complete project. “nbn™has been advised the government will loan the remaining $19.5 billion required for the total $49 billion base case peak funding forecast,” said CEO …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016
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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced trials of fibre-to-the-curb and broadband-over-copper technology XG-fast that hit 8Gbps on 30 metres of copper in lab trials. It's also done tests that produced “5Gbps peak aggregate speed being achieved over 70 metres of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016
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ACCC keeps ADSL services in its grip

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is keeping its eye on wholesale ADSL services, at least while construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) continues. The regulator announced on Friday that it would maintain regulation of the service, with its declaration paper noting that even Telstra “broadly …
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Australian telecoms regulator watching over Telstra HFC/NBN deal

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has flagged Telstra's deal to build and maintain plenty of the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) parts of the National Broadband Network (NBN) as something it needs to watch. The concern is that Telstra's AU$1.6 billion deal to fix the copper and help nbnTM rollout HFC services …
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nbn™ switches on first Telstra HFC-powered broadband services

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced its first services delivered over the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) cables formerly owned by Australia's dominant carrier Telstra. Ocean Reef, a suburb of the Western Australian capital Perth is the lucky recipient of the new service …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2016

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