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​ITU approves G.fast DSL high-speed broadband standard

​ITU approves G.fast DSL high-speed broadband standard

The International Telecommunications Union has approved the G.fast broadband technology standard, allowing it to become broadly commercially available in a bid to help service providers deliver speeds over DSL of up to 1Gbps in mixed-technology broadband delivery scenarios.

published December 7, 2014 by

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Global online population hits 3 billion: ITU

Global online population hits 3 billion: ITU

There are now more than 3 billion people online globally, with two-thirds of all people with internet access now living in the developing world, according to new research by the United Nations agency charged with improving the world's access to IT infrastructure.

published November 24, 2014 by

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Hands on with London's first 4G service

Hands on with London's first 4G service

UK Broadband plans to start selling its 4G service to homes and businesses in Southwark next week. ZDNet UK put the TD-LTE network through its paces to find out whether it can deliver the typical 40Mbps speeds it promises

published May 2, 2012 by

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NICTA's glimpse of tomorrow's tech: pics

NICTA's glimpse of tomorrow's tech: pics

National ICT Australia (NICTA) has thrown its doors open for the seventh time in as many years, inviting all to see what's next in cutting-edge technology and also to open the Digital Productivity Showcase, a demonstration of future applications that will likely use and show the capabilities of the National Broadband Network.

published February 23, 2012 by

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In the field with Newquay 4G trials

In the field with Newquay 4G trials

Everything Everywhere and BT have demoed their ongoing 4G trial in Cornwall, which is providing speeds of up to 20Mbps to people in rural areas without the need for fixed-line broadband connections

published November 30, 2011 by

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Inside NBN's $32.5m 'nerve centre': photos

Inside NBN's $32.5m 'nerve centre': photos

The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has opened its Network Operations and Test Facility (NOTF), which it calls the "nerve centre" of the NBN. Take a walk with ZDNet Australia to see what the back end of Australia's biggest network will be like.

published November 24, 2011 by

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Best wireless ADSL2+ modem/routers

Best wireless ADSL2+ modem/routers

In our ongoing testing of wireless ADSL2+ modem/routers, we bring you the top 10 so far. Of course, everyone has a horror story about each, so feel free to comment below on the frustration within.

published October 23, 2011 by

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Telstra's AGM: photos

Telstra's AGM: photos

Today's Annual General Meeting marked an historic day for Telstra as shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favour of the $11 billion deal with the National Broadband Network Company. ZDNet Australia was there to catch all the action.

published October 17, 2011 by

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Content owners don't back AFACT: iiNet

Content providers are stepping away from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT)'s pursuit of ISPs over copyright infringement, and are open to iiNet's piracy mediator model, according to iiNet's chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby.

published June 2, 2011 by

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Success in the cloud: conference watch

Join this free web conference at 9am from the Salesforce.com event -- Cloudforce Sydney. Cloud Computing, Social Media, Mobility & Open Technologies will be the topics discussed by the Industry Panel -- Ian Birks (AIIA), Kendall Collins (Salesforce.com), Jim Hassell ( NBN), Dr Steve Hodgkinson (Ovum) & hosted by Brian Haverty (ZDNet Australia).

published May 5, 2011 by

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Pogoplug

Pogoplug

Few devices make it easier to share data on USB-connected drives over the internet, or offer as much functionality for the price. The Pogoplug is also highly extensible, thanks to its open-source software.

published February 22, 2010 by

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NetComm NCT240

NetComm NCT240

NetComm have offered a small scale DSLAM designed for hotels, serviced apartments or serviced offices. We found it to be a very robust device which is easy to deploy and manage.

published February 12, 2008 by

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3 NetConnect HSDPA ExpressCard

3 NetConnect HSDPA ExpressCard

3's new mobile broadband card is almost a no-brainer: It sprints along on 3's current 3G network and will kick into overdrive following the 3.6Mbps HSDPA network overhaul, slips into notebook ExpessCard and PC Card slots and to top it off, has exceptional pricing plans.

published November 23, 2006 by

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iBurst Wireless Card

iBurst Wireless Card

iBurst is a superb wireless broadband solution that's highly useful for the mobile business user, but users who don't require portability will likely find its price to be a deal breaker.

published April 9, 2006 by

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Unwired Wireless Card

Unwired Wireless Card

While the speed and pricing plans make it appealing for those who aren't deskbound, Unwired's Wireless Card is cruelled by the lack of true mobility and the Sydney-only coverage, which itself is undeniably patchy.

published January 2, 2006 by

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Vodafone Mobile Connect

Vodafone Mobile Connect

Aggressive pricing, a slice of speed-boosting tech and a tempting 'unlimited' downloads plan puts Vodafone in pole position in the race for 3G datacard customers.

published December 18, 2005 by

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Billion myGuard 7500GL

Billion myGuard 7500GL

Billion's myGuard 7500GL is an excellent wireless ADSL router for SOHO users. Its security features include QoS control, VPN access, a firewall and Trend Micro services.

published March 28, 2005 by

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OzEmail Metrowide Wireless

OzEmail Metrowide Wireless

It's not exactly cheap, but if you want wireless broadband on the go -- and critically, if you live in the right bits of the correct cities -- then it's your best current choice.

published February 7, 2005 by

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