While it's easy to connect an iPhone or iPad to a Wi-Fi network, Ethernet-only networks have been a no-go zone... until now.
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Up to 145 jobs are at risk as network operator Chorus focuses on what the engineers union calls 'reactive maintenance' of the copper network.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has flagged that it will cut Telstra's copper network wholesale pricing by 0.7 percent, despite the company arguing for a 7.2 percent price increase.
Making sure faults in the legacy copper network are kept to a minimum and speeds are delivered as promised will be a top priority for the next phase of the NBN rollout.
NBN Co has revealed the basic steps the company took in assessing the quality of Telstra's copper and HFC networks before agreeing to a new deal to take ownership of the networks.
NBN Co could potentially pay Telstra to maintain the copper network that Telstra has now sold to NBN Co.
Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks to NBN Co for the multi-technology mix network under a new deal signed on Sunday.
NBN Co's renegotiation with Telstra over access to its copper network is in the 'home stretch', according to CEO Bill Morrow.
Australia's dominant telco has argued that as users leave its fixed copper network, the price to access the network will have to rise.
SingTel-Optus chairman Paul O'Sullivan has called for the break-up of Telstra, warning that the telco's incumbent market position and ownership of the copper network is so vital to the government's mixed-technology NBN rollout that it will trample competition in the Australian market.
NBN Co will have access to reports on the quality of Telstra's copper network and where pits have been flooded in the past, as part of the revised NBN deal, CEO Bill Morrow has said.
New Zealand network operator posts a flat result, but a regulated reduction in the prices it can charge for copper broadband services looms in December.
Telstra's stake in fixed networks will be significantly reduced once NBN Co 're-nationalises' the copper network and buys it back from Telstra, according to CEO David Thodey.
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has said that the company will not be under any obligation to use a set amount of the copper network under a renegotiated deal with Telstra.
Having cleared the sale of the final block of digital dividend spectrum to Telecom, New Zealand's telecommunications regulator embarks on a study of network operator Chorus' new 'Boost' copper broadband plans.
Beset by regulation, New Zealand network operator Chorus is creating a new range of unregulated fast fibre and copper offerings.
The Australian competition watchdog will continue to allow retail telecommunication service providers to use Telstra's copper network for another five years.
The goal of renegotiations with Telstra should see NBN Co own the legacy copper and cable networks, NBN Co chairman Dr Ziggy Switkowski has said.
Verizon is accused of letting its copper network in California get into such a state of disrepair that customers are forced to switch to its fibre or wireless products.
Queensland Police will initially get 10 iPads that will provide access to a live feed of Brisbane City Council's City Safe CCTV network.
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