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Australia's future technology headlines … for 2019!

The technology industry loves to claim that the leaders of its Australian outposts are sages worthy of delivering prognostications from on high, rather than glorified territory managers with a continent to cover. So at this time of year they send El Reg predictions for what will happen on the local tech scene during the next …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Dec 2017
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TPG joins the NBN speed-fail refund club

TPG has joined Telstra and Optus in agreeing to refund customers who couldn't get the National Broadband Network speeds they expected. The company, whose brands include TPG, iiNet and Internode, reached agreement with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) yesterday. TPG's transgression was the same as the …
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nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles

nbn™ has announced new wholesale bundles it hopes will overcome the despised peak-hour crush: a 50 Mbps access product with 2 Mbps of CVC traffic in the bundle; and a 100 Mbps access product with 2.5 Mbps of CVC. The 50 Mbps product has a wholesale price of AU$45 per month, and the 100 Mbps product is $65 per month. nbn™ said …
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Optus to refund NBN customers for slow connections

Optus has become the second Australian carrier to announce refunds for customers unable to get decent National Broadband Network connections. Under pressure from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Telstra in November 'fessed up that performance on the NBN didn't match its advertising and said it would …

nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

nbn™ chairman Ziggy Switkowski last night told a Senate Estimates hearing that problems with the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network it bought from Telstra first emerged in July. In November, nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), put the HFC rollout on hold. nbn™ has stated that it …
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nbn™ pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections

+Comment nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced that it will remediate parts of its hybrid fibre-coax and pause new rollouts The company's not said what needs remediation, offering only “wholesale connector replacements, signal amplification calibration, and lead-in work as …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2017

nbn™ to ISPs: share your speeds or we'll share 'em for you

NBN Week Australia's National Broadband Network “speed scandal” was in the news again last week, as nbn™, the company building and operating the network, suggested it should publish its internal speed data to resolve the issue. Last week, Telstra 'fessed up that it can't always deliver the speeds it advertises, blaming nbn™ for …
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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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Woeful NBN services attract ACCC's attention

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened an inquiry into whether it needs to intervene in the National Broadband Network's (NBN's) service standards. The decision follows sustained and growing complaints over a range of service problems, chiefly connection delays, fault repairs, and over-contended …

Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines

Vodafone Australia is market testing a product called “nbn extras” that will see it offer voice-over-WiFi or a virtual landline that redirects to mobile phones. Friends of The Register tell us that the company is using paid online surveys to test the ideas illustrated below. Vodafone NBN extras Vodafone's 'nbn extras' plan …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017
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nbn™ to use 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 in 2018 and will eventually use it in fibre-to-the-node installations. 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™'s problems were known – in 2008, a year before its birth

Australia's telecommunications ombudsman last week reported a startling and unwelcome 159.3 per cent year-on-year jump in complaints, with more than 40,000 lodged about services on the national broadband network (NBN). The usual tut-tutting took place and nbn™, the company that builds and operates the NBN, came in for …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
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Joint Committee on the NBN splits, as National Party member sides with opposition

Australia's Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network has released its first report [PDF] of the new Parliament, with a majority of members urging that the rest of the network be built with either fibre-to-the-curb or fibre-to-the-premises instead of fibre-to-the-node. The 17-member committee has six members …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 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™ …

Internet Australia chair, directors, won't seek re-election

+COMMENT Five directors of Internet Australia have indicated they will not seek re-election in order to let the organisation renew itself. Internet Australian (IA) is the Australian limb of the Internet Society, which bills itself as “the world's independent source of leadership for Internet policy, technology standards, and future …

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies. News of the change came in a new corporate plan released yesterday, which detailed how lucky householders …

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