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There's Still Time To Fix Australia's NBN

It is not too late to change the current direction of Australia’s NBN from one that just meets today’s demands, to one that we need for the future. Former NBN boss Mike Quigley explains what’s wrong with the current model and why we need to change it…


Telstra May Have Fastest 4G Speeds But Vodafone Matches It On Coverage

Telstra has the fastest mobile data network in Australia but the once-ridiculed Vodafone now matches the dominant telco for high-speed 4G coverage. That’s according to a new report by wireless mapping company OpenSignal, which compared the performance of Australia’s three largest telcos based on 15 million data samples crowdsourced from 7904 users.


Labor Vs The Coaltion: How Do Their NBN Policies Differ?

As hinted in earlier announcements by Shadow Communications Minister, Jason Clare, Labor’s much-anticipated policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network and transition back to a roll-out of fibre to the premises (FTTP). This was the central pillar of Labor’s original NBN. So how does this compare with the Coalition’s version of the NBN? Let’s have a look.


A Summary And Analysis Of Labor's New NBN Plan

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has been a sore spot for the Federal Government. The Coalition swooped into power in 2013 and wasted no time in dumping Labor’s much-loved fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband plans in favour of the cheaper and slower alternative: fibre-to-the-node (FTTN). Worst. Idea. Ever. With an upcoming election, the Opposition has promised to bring back a FTTP NBN. If you don’t want to read the 33-page document that Labor released (which is mostly full of political rhetoric) here’s a summary of the main points and we take a closer look at some of the details.


Is The NBN Hopelessly Late Or Right On Schedule?

“There has not been a delay of the NBN… Because of Malcolm Turnbull’s management of the NBN, it will all be finished by 2020, not 2024 as Labor was promising, with speeds that people want and need.”

These are the words of Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne during this week’s episode of Q&A on the ABC. Was Christopher Pyne right to say there has been no delay? We take a look at the facts…


Why You Shouldn't Believe The NBN 'Five Movies' Speed Promise

On ABC’s Q&A this week, Christopher Pyne said the Coalition’s multi-technology NBN was fast enough for households to watch “five movies simultaneously”. Disregarding the irony of an innovation minister apparently missing the point of the national broadband network, the position is optimistic at best. Here’s why.


Ready Your Routers: Telstra Is Giving Away More Free Data

On Friday, Telstra was hit with another massive network outage that affected hundreds of thousands of customers. It was the fourth service failure from the telco in as many months. As has become par for the course, Telstra will once again offer customers free data as an apology.


Ask LH: Is Connecting To NBN FTTN A Waste Of Money?

Dear Lifehacker, I recently had NBN FTTN made available at my house. My questions are: Do I bother signing up for FTTN and get stuck on outdated tech? I realise I shouldn’t complain about getting faster internet, but I feel that getting the FTTN right now is bad timing. Do I hold off for FTTP or fibre to the driveway? If the government changes the plan to roll out FTTP or another type of technology, will I be stuck on FTTN while everyone else gets the latest and greatest? Are there any plans/suggestions that FTTN enabled areas will ever be upgraded if the government changes the rollout plan?


Optus Is Offering Unlimited Data On ADSL, Cable And NBN Plans

Here’s some great news for streaming addicts: Optus has extended its unlimited data plans to all broadband bundles including ADSL 2+, cable and NBN. The new plans are available to new and recontracting customers across a range of plans.


The Internet In Numbers [Infographic]

Over the past two decades, the world wide web has massively changed the way we live, communicate and do business. The internet is responsible for trillions of dollars in direct and indirect revenue annually and its importance will only continue to grow. This infographic from Hosting Facts is a fascinating compendium of internet facts and statistics from across the globe; from the country with the highest internet penetration (Bermuda) to the number of active Facebook users in the world (lots).


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