Broadband performance is stable across almost all the plans and providers the Measuring Broadband New Zealand program monitors, with 99% of Fibre 300, Fibre Max and HFC Max plans able to “comfortably” handle four simultaneous high-definition Netflix streams.
New Zealand regulator The Commerce Commission has filed proceedings at the High Court in Auckland against Callplus Services Limited, Orcon Limited and Switch Utilities Limited – all subsidiaries of the Australian fibre and network solution provider Vocus Group - over allegations of failing to adequately disclose early termination fees of between $130 and $250 when entering uninvited direct sale agreements with consumers for broadband and power services between 17 June 2014 and 20 June 2020.
Pay TV provider Sky’s launch of Sky Connect B2B gives the company the potential to become a force in the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market, according to one analyst firm.
Consumers on NBN fixed-line connections experienced strong speed performance in December last year, with retail service providers achieving between 85.0 and 98.9% of
maximum plan speeds across all fixed-line plans in the busy evening hours of 7-11pm in December 2020, according to the latest Measuring Broadband Australia report from the competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The number of higher speed broadband services in Australia has exceeded 5 million for the first time, jumping from 4.9 million to over 5.2 million last quarter, according to a new report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Telcos offering fixed broadband services will be required to publish their customer service commitments and details of their associated performance under new industry rules being proposed byAustralia’s telecommunications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The operator of the national broadband network, NBN Co, is trumpeting strong momentum and earnings growth, recording quarterly earnings of $102 million in the three months ending September 2020, compared to a loss of $435 million in Q1 FY2020 – and with total revenue of $1.07 billion for three months, up 22% on the corresponding quarter last year.
The competition regulator the ACCC has flagged a substantial fall in the price of wholesale transmission services in many regional and rural parts of Australia following its decision to reduce the regulated prices for the declared Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS).
Satelitte mobile communications provider Inmarsat and radio and satellite communications solutions company Cobham SATCOM have been contracted to connect 732 fishing vessels active in the Maldives Economic Exclusion Zone to Inmarsat’s Fleet One maritime broadband services.
The wholesale voice carrier market is likely to register significant gains in coming years owing to the increasing trend of international VoIP calling and rising penetration of smartphones, according to a recent study that forecasts the market is set to grow from its current market value of more than US$20 billion to over US$45 billion by 2026 - gaining “remarkable traction” over the 2020 to 2026 period.
NBN Co has further extended its National Broadband Network 40% additional wholesale Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity offer at no extra cost to Internet retailers until the end of November.
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.
Broadband services provider CommScope has been selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Education (MoE) to help 2,500 schools meet the connectivity demands of its student populations, with the deployment of up to 38,000 Wi-Fi 6 access points and 12,000 Multi-gig switches.
National Broadband Network operator NBN Co has extended its offer to provide up to 40% additional capacity to Internet providers, at no extra cost, for another two months - through the June and July billing periods - as part of its support for telecommunications retailers during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Australian Government has commenced the next stage of consultation on the $53 million Regional Connectivity Program aimed at improving digital connectivity in regional and rural Australia.
NBN Co, the operator of the National Broadband Network, has announced the next phase of its engagement with Retail Service Providers (RSPs) and enterprise customers.
New Zealand’s competition regulator The Commerce Commission says a new Measuring Broadband results report shows the country’s fibre 100 broadband plans are offering high speeds and “reliable internet performance” across all tested providers and regions, and delivering 99% of advertised speeds.
Australian-operated, Thai-owned rural and regional satellite internet service provider IPSTAR Broadband is offering unmetered and non-speed-restricted data to Internet users in regional Australia - via Skymuster satellite - for essential services including emails, general browsing and social media.
Underperforming broadband services are still a problem for some consumers, with a newly publish report revealing that 12.4% of consumers continue to experience underperforming services that “rarely come close to reaching their maximum plan speed”.
New Zealand’s competition regulator, The Commerce Commission, is looking for feedback from the public about what they like and dislike about their experiences using phone and broadband services.
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