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Wednesday, 23 September 2020 10:39

Coalition's fibre backflip no Damascene conversion

While many people are rejoicing over the Coalition Government's backflip on its NBN policy and its announcement that it will spend to get fibre delivered to up to eight million subscribers in all, nobody should for a moment think that this is some Damascene conversion.

Published in Open Sauce

Fibre to the premises will be available to about 75% of homes on the NBN, making a total of eight million in all, by the end of 2023, with the NBN Co to spend about $3.5 billion to upgrade connections, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Labor shadow communications minister Michelle Rowland says the announcement made by NBN Co on Tuesday, about spending up to $700 million on creating 240 Business Fibre Zones, including a presence in 85 regional centres, shows that the Liberal party does not have a clue about either technology or economics.

Published in Telecoms & NBN
Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:47

Optus switches on 100th mobile black spot tower

Optus has switched on its 100th mobile black spot tower, with a newly activated tower going live at the south east Queensland town of Boreen Point, as it works towards its goal of delivering a total of 47 mobile black spot sites across Queensland.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Aussie Broadband managing director Phillip Britt has taken out the Australian communications industry’s most prestigious accolade, with the award of the title of Communications Ambassador 2020 at this year’s ACOMM awards.

The Federal Government has announced enhancements to the way telecommunications services are delivered in new developments, which it says are designed to provide people moving into new apartment and housing developments with better and cheaper access to high speed broadband services.

National Broadband Network connectivity has a critical role to play in supporting economic growth across Australia’s agriculture sector now and into the future, according to a new research report, which estimates it could add $15.6 billion to the value of the farming, forestry and fishery sectors.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

The Australian Labor Party has questioned why 139,963 household and business users of fibre-to-the-node connections on the NBN still cannot get the mandated speeds of 25Mbps.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Forty-one small and regional Australian publishers will share in $5 million in grants made available in the 2020 round of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund.

Published in Strategy

The Australian Government has called for applications under the Alternative Voice Services Trials program aimed at testing new ways of delivering voice services in rural and remote Australia.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

The ABC's Four Corners program on Monday night was titled The Truth about 5G. It would have been better if it had been titled FUD about Huawei.

Published in Open Sauce

One of the weirdest conspiracy theories to ever emerge in Australia has as its sponsor the Communications Minister Paul Fletcher. According to this theory, people who are raising doubts about the safety of 5G — or tying it to the COVID-19 outbreak — could be state-based actors — aka spies from another country — who are spreading this misinformation to divide Australia.

Published in Open Sauce

It looks like the days of freeloading for American digital platforms will end when the clock strikes midnight on 31 December. Unless, of course, the likes of Google and Facebook go crying to [US President] Uncle Donald Trump and ask him to give naughty Scott Morrison a rap on the knuckles to stop Australia from charging these two companies almighty fines for their use of Australian news content.

Published in Technology Regulation

As part of our series on the future of the NBN, iTWire had hoped to round off things with the opinions of Communications Minister Paul Fletcher and Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, the two people who are in a position to actually decide on what the future of the network will be.

Published in Open Sauce

Australia’s telecoms industry association, the Telecommunications Society (TelSoc), has put its support behind the Federal Government’s creation of the Broadband Advisory Council which the government says is designed to ‘maximise’ the country’s economic upside and increase digital connectivity.

Published in Broadband

The Australian Government has established an Australian Broadband Advisory Council to provide it with advice on maximising the “economic upside” of increased digital connectivity for Australian businesses and consumers.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has said the government will continue to upgrade the national broadband network in line with emerging demand in the years ahead – but offered no concrete plan as to how this would be done.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

As the COVID-19 pandemic surges again, the company that is rolling out Australia's broadband network has announced it would be sacking 800 employees before the end of the year.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

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