The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has made its final decision regarding the regulation of high-speed internet services supplied by non-NBN fixed line networks - and if they can pass the "NBN tax" charge to customers.
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Poor bandwidth makes downloading content and working in the cloud impractical. Like many Australians, these are two activities that have become critical to the way I live my life. When the NBN skipped my house because it was in the older stages of the estate I live in, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Over the last 10 years, the NBN has gone from a relatively straightforwards fibre-only network to a complicated mess of speed tiers and different technologies. Amaysim has released a video that it says is a 90-second explainer for anyone confused with the network, on the day it switches on its own NBN coverage.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest figures on internet activity in Australia show a huge jump in the number of people with advertised speeds of greater than 24 Mbps (that’s megabits per second, a measure of data transfer speed).
That trend is significant because it suggests that Australia’s appetite for faster broadband is growing apace, and that the NBN may be helping to drive adoption of higher speed internet.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest figures on internet activity in Australia show a huge jump in the number of people with advertised speeds of greater than 24 Mbps (that’s megabits per second, a measure of data transfer speed). That trend is significant because it suggests Australia’s appetite for faster broadband is growing apace, and that the NBN may be helping to drive adoption of higher speed internet.
Almost everyone has been burned by ISP claims of speeds that are prefaced with those magic weasel words “up to”. Well, the ACCC has put ISPs on notice by funding a new performance monitoring system that will keep providers of services on the NBN honest. The aim: to show consumers what speeds telcos are really providing during peak and off-peak hours.
Whilst announcing NBN Co’s 2017 half year results, CEO Bill Morrow stated that there was little market demand for faster broadband speeds than the 100 Mbps being currently offered on the NBN. Morrow made the remarks after being asked when Internet Service Providers (ISPs) would offer internet connection speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps).
One of the worst things about moving house is living without a broadband connection and telcos usually take their sweet time to hook you up with that delicious high-speed internet connection.
Now Telstra has released its Gateway Frontier hybrid modem which lets you connect to its 4G mobile network and have the data usage charged to a fixed-line broadband plan while you wait for the service to be connected. It also comes in handy when there is a broadband network outage.
While the National Broadband Network (NBN) is offering higher speeds, Australians continue to opt for the cheaper and slower plans, according to NBN Co during its half-year financial results presentation. As it renews its focus to ramp up revenue, NBN Co is trying to encourage customers to adopt higher speed tiers but it maintains that 1Gbps services are still unnecessary for the consumer space.