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Here's How Many Australian Premises Will Be Getting FTTP By 2020

nbn has released its Corporate Plan for 2017-2010. If the government-owned corporation can be believed, the national broadband network is on track to connect 8 million active end users by 2020. But how many of these will be fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) compared to fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), hybrid fibre co-axial (HFC) and fixed wireless/satellite? This chart breaks down the numbers, along with how much each technology actually costs.


Dealhacker: The Cheapest Unlimited NBN Plans In Each Australian City

The NBN might not be available everywhere, but if you live in the heart of a major Australian city you’re pretty spoiled for choice. Deciding which plan to sign up for can therefore be a bit daunting. If you require lots of data at the cheapest possible price, this roundup of unlimited NBN plans will help to narrow down your selection.


DGtek's Unlimited Broadband Plan Delivers Speeds Up To Ten Times Faster Than The NBN

Following the lead of Google in the US, Melbourne telco DGtek is launching a 1 Gbps suburban GPON fibre service this month to serve homes and businesses hungry for bandwidth. That’s ten times faster than what the NBN currently offers (if you can get it in your area at all.) Here’s what you need to know.


Cat5, Cat5e And Cat6 Ethernet Cables Explained [Infographic]

Ethernet cables are the lifeblood of any wired internet network. While they all look very similar on the outside, these cables can potentially affect the speed of your home network depending on which type you’re using. This infographic breaks down the key differences between Cat5, Cat5e and Cat6 ethernet cables, including how much you can expect to pay for them in Australia.


Ask LH: Does Bad Broadband Make My Computer Run More Slowly?

Dear Lifehacker, To what extent does a “slow” internet connection affect operating system and application response times? My work connection is much faster than my home connection, and it often feels like the same machine is slower at home. I suspect that operating systems and applications often “phone home” and that waiting for responses over slow links slows things down. Does this actually happen?


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…


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