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The NBN, service providers and you … what could go wrong?

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Image: NBN Co Unless you’ve been boycotting all forms of media in the past five years, you’ll be aware that the National Broadband Network (NBN) is well and truly on its way. For some of us the NBN is already here, and for others it will hopefully arrive in a year or two. But for most Australians, the NBN will not arrive for five to ten years. The NBN rollout [...]

Budget: NBN cancellation would cost nearly $2 billion

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) BUDGET 2012: The budget has revealed the cost of cancelling the $36 billion National Broadband Network would see a $1.8 billion black hole -  something that the Coalition needs to accommodate in its budgets if it does go through and scrap the entire project. This stems from an agreement between NBN Co and the Australian Government that sees the government “in the event of a termination [...]

Huawei banned in NBN supplier bid due to ASIO’s fears of army ties

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Australian Government reportedly stopped Chinese mobile equipment maker Huawei Technologies from bidding to become a major supplier to the National Broadband Network, over fears of cyber attacks from China and its CEO’s links to the army. According to The Australian Financial Review, the Attorney-General’s office told the company that they were banned – despite a reported endorsement by NBN Co’s technology department. That advice was [...]

NBN Co sign $620m deal for two satellites to connect rural Australians to network

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NBN Illustration about the two satellites (Image: NBN Co/via @JuliaGillard) Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy have announced that NBN Co has reached an agreement to buy two satellites to allow fast broadband service to rural and remote parts of the service. The deal, worth $620 million, was awarded to Loral. They will be designed and developed in California, and will be launched in 2015 – [...]

ACCC: Telstra-NBN deal might not approved by December

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) The AU$11 billion deal between Telstra and NBN Co may not be finalised by the December 20 deadline, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), putting the deal in jeopardy. The ACCC is seeking more information from Telstra over the deal, after it had found some deficiencies in the original proposal. ACCC’s chairman Rod Simms told the ABC, “We’re working to achieve that objective, but I can’t guarantee that we will.” “We’ll [...]

NBN urged to review security after arrests of hacker

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) NBN Co, the company responsible for building the network on mainland Australia, is being urged to review its security after the arrest of a hacker who has been accused of penetrating the network of one of the suppliers. According to The Australian, AusCERT is having concerns that NBN Co was treating the network’s security as an extra add-on. “Generally, in a security sense, if it’s not incorporated into the architecture of the [...]

Telstra compensation changed original NBN plan

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) A $15-$20 billion compensation payment to Telstra over its copper network appears to have drove the Labor government in building the current NBN plan in order to avoid such a payment. The revelations are to come out via a documentary airing on ABC1′s Four Corner’s program tonight.

Feature: Are Australian ISPs ready for IPv6?

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Oh no. The Internet is running of addresses! What shall we do!? Is this the end of the world!? Calm down, it isn’t the end of the world, it just happens to be a technical inconvenience as we already have a solution to fix the very problem called IPv6. But there’s already another problem: it hasn’t been readily deployed. As we face the last remaining blocks and addresses available on [...]

NBN Corporate plan released – $24/month, a decade to roll out

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The National Broadband Network’s plan has been released to the public, giving many politicians an early Christmas present to find out more information about the $43 billion broadband network, and the NBN Co’s actual business plan. Wholesale pricing will start at $24 a month, with a fibre connection of 12Mbps download speed and 1Mbps upload speed. There will also be other pricing points for wholesale customers. but they have not [...]

Telstra structural separation bill passes lower house

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The Government has struck a major coup in its communications policy when the bill that would separate Telstra’s wholesale arm – which provides the copper lines to other telecommunications companies and internet service providers – and its retail arm has passed the lower house.

Pyne: Liberal’s broadband plan may change

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Remember that embarrassing $6 billion broadband plan that was going to simply patch up the existing copper wire network from the Liberals? Well, that may soon change, according to Christopher Pyne, talking to the ABC on Sunday. Just don’t expect it any time soon. “You wouldn’t expect our policies in 2010 to be precisely the same as 2013,” Pyne told the national broadcaster. “Refining means ensuring that our policies remain [...]

Poll: Which broadband plan is better? NBN or NBC?

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ELECTION 2010: Since we like gauging opinion, we want to ask what you think about the recent policy announcement from the Liberal Party about their broadband plan. So we have decided to compare the two plans from the Coalition and the Labor parties, and you can decide which you like by voting on our little poll at the end.

NBN Construction to begin this month

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NBN Co has announced the names of the contractors that will build and deploy the network for the five sites dubbed the “first release sites” on the mainland, with construction to begin at the end of this month, according to its head of construction Patrick Flannigan. Silcar will be constructing the network in Armidale, NSW, while South Australian electricity distribution network operator will be responsible for constructing the network in [...]

Nineteen new locations announced for NBN rollout

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NBN Co has announced the additional nineteen locations for its planned rollout of the National Broadband Network, bringing the total number of locations to 24. Fourteen of these locations are brand new locations, while five are adjacent to the already announced locations. Bacchus Marsh (VIC), South Morang (VIC), Inner North Brisbane (QLD), Springfield Lakes (QLD), Toowomba (QLD), Riverstone in Western Sydney (NSW), Coffs Harbour (NSW), Modbury (SA), Prospect (SA), Victoria [...]

Melbourne selected as NBN Co’s Operation Centre

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Melbourne has been selected by NBN Co to be the home of the National Operations and Testing Facility, where the entire network will be monitored and managed, order fault repairs and service connections and allow telecommunication companies to test their services before their full-scale rollout. As reported previously, Melbourne was in contention against Brisbane and Sydney.