Finding it difficult to make sense of providers' broadband speed promises? You're not alone in Australia, and the ACCC has promised to help.
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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.
Telstra has revealed it will publish stats on how fast NBN connections will be, in the absence of such information from the NBN organisation itself. At the moment there is no way consumers can find out what type of NBN technology will be used or what sort of speed to expect through the national broadband network at their home or business.
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.
Like countless other Australians, Haywards Bay resident Daniel Saffioti did not have access to the NBN. So he decided to do something about it.
His solution was to set up a wireless bridge and mini radio dish to beam the NBN directly into his own home - all for a few hundred dollars. Here's how he pulled it off (and overcame a big bump along the way.)
Last year, Adelaide revealed its ambition to become a "Ten Gigabit City" with plans to rollout a 10Gbps fibre broadband network. To put things in perspective, the National Broadband Network (NBN) offers up to 100Mbps download speeds in selected rollout areas. | South Australia's capital is wasting no time in trying to make its dream a reality. The Council of Adelaide is now recruiting international partners to help build the network. Here's what you need to know.
Earlier this month, we reported on the downfall of iiNet's Sydney office and the mass redundancy of staff. Since then, more former workers from the troubled ISP have reached out from other offices around Australia. The company has inevitably changed since it was acquired by TPG over a year ago and based on the testimonies from ex-iiNet staffers, the situation looks grim for all of the remaining local iiNet operations, including Internode.
TPG currently stands as the second largest internet service provider (ISP) in Australia and is a force to be reckoned with in the telecommunications industry. Its rapid growth is mainly attributed to strategic acquisitions it has made in recent years. One of those acquisitions was iiNet, an ISP that boasted high customer satisfaction rates and was well-respected in the telco community.
It has been over a year since TPG bought iiNet and the situation looks bleak for the ISP that was once the darling of the telco industry. Most recently, iiNet's Sydney office was shut down and most of the staff were made redundant. We spoke to former iiNet employees to get the insider story on the aftermath of the TPG acquisition. We also spoke with iiNet to get its side of the story.