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nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users

Gamers are the enemy of fixed wireless connections on Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). Bill Morrow, the outgoing CEO of nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, yesterday told the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN yesterday that the company is considering download throttling during peak times as a way …
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nbn™ scoreboard: miracle needed to hit FY 18 construction targets

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, last week released its third quarter results. And as is now our practice at Vulture South, we’ve shoved its numbers into our nbn™ scoreboard – the table we use to compare assumptions from the nbn™’s corporate plan (PDF) with its latest results …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2018
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NBN dragging Telstra down, carrier wants 5G to haul it up again

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) continues to white-ant the business of dominant local carrier Telstra, which yesterday cut its earnings guidance yesterday. It's hardly good news for the company building the NBN, nbn™, because while Telstra added 38,000 subs in the third quarter of 2018, what those users are …
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FTTP NBN gone from draft Australian Labor Party policy platform

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) may be on the way to dropping its policy commitment to a fibre-to-the-premises national broadband network (NBN). The Party’s current policy platform (PDF) states, in its section on the NBN, that “Fibre is the end game. A National Broadband Network for the 21st century will be rolled out across …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018
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nbn™ CEO blames copper for performance problems

On his way out the door, nbn™ CEO Bill Morrow has written that at least some of the problems plaguing the National Broadband Network (NBN) can be attributed to its use of copper wires as a connection medium. It's something of a paradox that Morrow's document [PDF] was published as the UK regulator, Ofcom, warned BT it needed …
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nbn™ loses its head: CEO Bill Morrow bails

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has announced that CEO Bill Morrow will step down “by year end 2018”. Morrow’s canned statement features him saying ““I believe that as the company prepares to confront the new challenges ahead, this is the right time to hand over the reins …
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nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018. An "inspection and maintenance notice" sent to your correspondent said a physical inspection is necessary "to …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2018
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nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, is the subject of endless controversy. So The Register has decided to try to assess it in a new way, with a scoreboard of the metrics that nbn™ offers in its results presentations, compared to those in its 2018-2021 corporate plan (PDF). The …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2018
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nbn 's CVC discounts worked - ISPs splashed for 38 per cent more bandwidth

Australia's internet service providers have responded to discounts in the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) by buying more bandwidth for their users, but the news isn't all good because they're still offering just 1.53 Mbps per user. That last figure comes from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which …
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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

Australia's federal government yesterday tabled its response to recommendations put by the parliamentary committee on the National Broadband Network, and has mostly rejected its recommendations. The response sees the government refuse to mandate that nbn™, the builder and operator of the NBN, increase the use of fibre to the …
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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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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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