The National Broadband Network (NBN) is Australia's proposed wholesale, open-access fibre-to-the-premises data network. Controversial from the moment of its inception, the NBN always manages to generate interesting debate on the future of communications.
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As the country waits for the results of the NBN cost-benefit analysis (CBA) it's worth looking back over the NBN Strategic Review – and reconsidering whether its assumptions about the long-term value of NBN Co aren't excessively optimistic.
Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam believes making Foxtel-exclusive content available on other platforms is the best method to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.
Key minority party leader, Clive Palmer, has said that the National Broadband Network could be scaled back to AU$7 billion in cost to reduce government spending.
Spirit Telecom has installed fibre to the basement in the Triptych apartments in Southbank in Melbourne with the ability to get speeds of up to 200Mbps down.
Service Stream has secured a renewal on its field services contract with NBN Co in a deal worth up to AU$140 million to connect the fibre NBN to each premises.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said NBN Co and Telstra are planning a wider trial of fibre to the node technology that will cover up to 1,000 premises.
NBN Co has surpassed its lowered target for existing premises passed by fibre as of June 30 almost a month ahead of schedule.
Armidale council has voted to spend up to AU$250,000 extending the fibre network in the town out to the airport and the new industrial land development using existing sewer trenches.
NBN Co's proposal to retain the existing high-speed products for fibre to the node despite potential speed issues could be misleading, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
NBN Co has appointed ex-News Corporation Australia chief financial officer Stephen Rue to replace outgoing CFO Robin Payne.
Chinese technology giant Huawei has successfully trialled a Wi-Fi prototype that is 10 times faster than existing Wi-Fi capability commercially available today.
NBN Co has begun its trial of deploying fibre to the premises in Tasmania using Aurora Energy's powerpoles, however the company has declined to say whether the entire network in the state will be rolled out that way.
A trial of fibre-to-the-node technology on the NSW Central Coast and Epping in Victoria has been delayed by issues in getting hold of Telstra's copper and securing adequate power.
Tasmania’s self-labelled peak IT industry body, TASICT, has called on the state government to outline a consolidated call centre strategy in order to entice businesses to invest in the island state.