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TPG should outbid NBN Co to buy the Optus HFC network

TPG should outbid NBN Co to buy the Optus HFC network

The Australian government expects the telecoms industry to passively wait while regulations are reworked to enable its multi-technology mix NBN, but this process has created new opportunities for market disruption. One of the biggest lies in the future of the Optus HFC network — and there is a strong argument for TPG to buy it.

published November 6, 2014 by

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Photos: building Tassie's Scottsdale NBN

Photos: building Tassie's Scottsdale NBN

In the lead-up to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's July date for switching on National Broadband Network (NBN) services in the first Tasmanian homes, ZDNet Australia has obtained some photographs of the roll-out taking place in Scottsdale, Tasmania.

published May 13, 2010 by

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Conroy's Broadband Future Conference: Photos

Conroy's Broadband Future Conference: Photos

Telstra has not been separated and construction of the NBN on the mainland is still in the pipeline, but today saw Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd kick off a conference that was designed to help Australia understand how 100 megabits per second broadband can be used.

published December 9, 2009 by

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Chrome OS: Screenshots

Chrome OS: Screenshots

It's the new kid in OS town and has been attracting attention from all quarters. Although far from complete, we decided to take an early build of Chrome OS for a spin.

published December 2, 2009 by

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Photos: Inside Telstra's nodes

Photos: Inside Telstra's nodes

Telstra today gave some insight into the logistics of what needs to be done in order to build a national broadband network over the next five years — we also had a peek into one of the company's nodes.

published December 4, 2008 by

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Photos: Pipe Networks' submarine cable

Photos: Pipe Networks' submarine cable

Pipe Network's Sydney to Guam fibre-optic cable, which is due to go online June next year, makes its way up out of the sea to this landing station in Cromer, where the data from the undersea cable is transferred to terrestrial cables.

published July 28, 2008 by

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Photos: Inside NEC's NECXT life showcase

Photos: Inside NEC's NECXT life showcase

At the "NECXT life" product showcase in Sydney, NEC gave us the chance to explore a "day in the a life of NEC". Our photo gallery reveals that such a day involves digital signs, VoIP, LCDs, waterproof notebooks and CCTV.

published March 2, 2008 by

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Will Obama administration usher in universal broadband access?

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Senior Editor Sam Diaz about President-elect Barack Obama's response to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation's new report which ranks the U.S. 15th in the world in broadband adoption, below South Korea, Australia, and Norway, to name a few. Diaz discusses why access is essential and the challenges of wiring a country in the midst of an economic crisis.

published December 9, 2008 by

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Short clip: No bandwidth capping for Qwest

Pieter Poll, CTO of Qwest, explains why he's not surprised by Comcast's bandwidth caps. Although Qwest has no immediate plans for caps, he explains that one percent of the top users are creating 20 percent of the demand, making caps a way to keep things fair.

published October 21, 2008 by

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Net neutrality is an 'American problem'

The leaders of three of Australia's largest ISP's have declared the Net neutrality debate as solely a US problem — and further, that the nation that pioneered the internet might want to study the Australian market for clues as to how to solve the dilemma.

published September 23, 2008 by

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Video: ACCC boss shows Telstra the way

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel took Telstra to task this week for not switching on high-speed ADSL2+ broadband nationwide. "Telstra argues that regulatory barriers are preventing it from rolling out ADSL2+ to more [telephone] exchanges," Samuel said in a landmark address to the annual conference of the Australian Telecommunications Users Group in Sydney.

published March 8, 2007 by

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Are WITI women really that tech witty?

Danielle Levitas, vice president of IDC's Consumer and Broadband Markets group, talks about women and tech trends. Is the pink Razr really the apple of the tech savvy woman's eye? CNET News.com's Neha Tiwari finds out at the Women and Technology Summit 2006.

published October 31, 2006 by

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City of Philadelphia: Dianah Neff

Philadelphia is looking to be the first major city in the U.S. to provide citywide low-cost broadband access. CIO for the city, Dianah Neff, sits down with ZDNet Editor-in-Chief Dan Farber to explain the politics and technology behind the "Wireless Philadelphia" project.

published September 6, 2006 by

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