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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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One week, two corporate plans, three strained NBN Co execs

One week, two corporate plans, three strained NBN Co execs

It's hard to know which is more interesting: That the NBN Co 2014-17 Corporate Plan readily admits that we still know almost nothing concrete about this government's multi-technology mix rollout, or that a leaked final version of the never-released 2013-16 plan suggests the previous government was indeed getting its act together.

published November 20, 2014 by

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NBN Co construction hits 1 million premises mark

NBN Co construction hits 1 million premises mark

This week, NBN Co commenced construction on its one millionth premises, the company said in a Senate Estimates hearing, where it also revealed that it has yet to gain access to any part of the hybrid fibre-coaxial networks that it expects will make up almost a third of its final footprint.

published November 19, 2014 by

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NBN to be a landmark: Alcatel-Lucent

NBN to be a landmark: Alcatel-Lucent

The Australian government's push to make the National Broadband Network a mixture of technologies will likely become a landmark that is followed by other countries, according to Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes.

published November 13, 2014 by

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Globe Telecom considers G.fast after 4G

Globe Telecom considers G.fast after 4G

Philippines telecommunications giant Globe Telecom has indicated that it may choose to use G.fast VDSL technology to reach buildings where legacy copper can't be replaced with fibre and fixed wireless can't cope with demand.

published November 13, 2014 by

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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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Nextgen halts NBN aggregation

Nextgen halts NBN aggregation

National Broadband Network aggregator Nextgen is blaming system changes for the company needing to increase prices and cease offering its product to new customers.

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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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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Photos: Australian broadband coverage

Photos: Australian broadband coverage

With a fierce battle raging over Australia's broadband future and how bush users should be connected, regulators have weighed in to produce a state of nation report into the country's communications infrastructure and how well consumers are being served by their providers.

published June 26, 2007 by

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Tas NBN kit different to national roll-out?

The national roll-out of the Federal Government's National Broadband Network (NBN) is unlikely to use the same equipment that has been installed in the first portion of the network's build involving three Tasmanian suburbs, according to the chief executive Mike Quigley of NBN Co, the company charged with building it.

published June 29, 2010 by

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NBN Co late on business case

NBN Co has not yet delivered its business case to the Federal Government, despite having previously said it would be handed over by 31 May, the group's chief executive Mike Quigley confirmed this week.

published June 28, 2010 by

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Minchin would bring back OPEL

If the Coalition were back in power today it would bring back the $950 million rural broadband network plans which Communications Minister Stephen Conroy cancelled, Shadow Minister Nick Minchin said in a video interview with ZDNet.com.au last week.

published March 8, 2009 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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