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Australia's Internet Satisfaction Has Hit Rock Bottom

Australians have one of the lowest broadband satisfaction ratings in the world, with a new Ipsos poll ranking us 23rd out of 26 countries. South Korea, with its average peak connection speed of 95.3Mbps, topped the list. (Well, duh.) The NBN clearly isn’t doing its job.

Forget Fibre: NBN Is Just Making Copper Faster Instead

The latest results from NBN lab trials of XG.FAST are in. Yes, that is the name of copper acceleration technology — an extension of Nokia’s commercially available G.fast technology — not an antiperspirant spray designed to boost your masculinity. Basically, it’s powering up the existing copper network to deliver fiber-like speeds, and has achieved lab results of 8Gbps over 30 metres of twisted-pair copper — 900 times faster than the average broadband speed.

How Much More Do Regional Aussies Pay For NBN Plans?

When the concept of a national broadband network (NBN) was first floated in 2009, it was meant to deliver super-fast internet to every Australian premise directly. Unfortunately, the reality has been quite different, with hundreds of thousands of households unconnected or tethered to inferior technologies.

Another notable discrepancy is price. It turns out that not all NBN customers are created equal, with some regions paying more for comparable services. We compare how much regional and metro areas pay in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT.

NBN Is Rolling Out 'Fibre-To-The-Driveway' To 700,000 Premises, Ditches Optus HFC

nbn, the company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN), has cancelled its plans to use Optus hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) assets as part of its rollout and is going to deploy fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdP) instead. The technology, also known as ‘fibre-to-the-driveway’, provides faster broadband speeds compared to copper-based HFC. Here are the details.

Planhacker: Which NBN Tier Provides The Best Value?

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) currently provides five wholesale access speeds known as “tiers”. The highest tier (Tier 5) provides download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, while the lowest tier (Tier 1) barely rivals traditional ADSL2+. But how do they compare on price? Let’s find out…

Here's How Much NBN Spent On IT And Security Last Financial Year

nbn, the company responsible for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), has released its Annual Report, which outlines its operational and financial results from its last financial year for the Government. Most of the information in the document, including financial details and how the NBN rollout is tracking, were already covered off before, but the report did reveal just how much nbn spent on it IT and security in financial year 2016. Here’s what you need to know.

The NBN Rollout Is Getting A New Watchdog Committee

We’re getting a brand new National Broadband Network (NBN) Committee. The Australian Government has agreed to form one to keep a close eye on the NBN rollout, which is set to be completed by 2020. Sounds familiar? There used to be one that pretty much had the same responsibility until it was killed off after the 2013 election. Here’s what’s new.

NBN Reckons It Can Now Deliver Fibre Speeds Over Copper

NBN Co is exploring the development of new devices that will let it fuse Australia’s existing copper infrastructure onto its HFC cable footprint and backhaul, the company has revealed.

The devices would essentially allow NBN Co to use its cable infrastructure to provide existing copper lead-ins with enough bandwidth to achieve vectored VDSL2 speeds. Vectored VDSL2 is a newer generation copper-based broadband technology capable of speeds up to 100Mbps over distances of half-a-kilometre.

Ready The Pitchforks: ACCC Wants Your 'Thoughts' On The NBN

The ACCC wants your feedback about the National Broadband Network in its current form. A national Communications Sector Market Study will help to determine how successfully Australia is transitioning to the NBN. In other words, it’s an important opportunity for us to vent about backwards technology and sub par internet speeds…

ACCC Says Telstra Has Unfair Advantage On The NBN

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is keeping a close eye on Telstra, amid concerns the telco’s involvement in building NBN infrastructure may give it an unfair advantage on the competition when it comes to signing customers up for connections.

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