Telstra has announced it will be deploying 2 Gbps speeds over its 4G network by years' end. Who needs the NBN?
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NBN Co says that since December 2017, orders for wholesale speed tiers of 50 Mbps or higher have almost tripled 16 percent to 44 percent and average bandwidth network congestion reduced from more than five hours to less than 30 minutes per service per week compared to this time last year. This numbers exclude the Sky Muster satellite service that's been deployed in rural areas.
With the NBN rollout moving forward we should be expecting Australia to move up through the global broadband rankings. After all, with tens of billions of dollars being ploughed into connecting people across the nation, we should be seeing things get better. But is that the case? How do we compare to other countries and are we treading water compared to other countries or are we getting world-class performance? Let's see what the data says.
The NBN is a painful political boil on the government's arse. After the promise of fast 100Mbps connections was squashed by the Abbott/Turnbull government, in favour of a program that said 25Mbps qualified as broadband, there have been all sorts of delays and issues with the service. A recent survey, albeit with a small sample size, quantified some of that pain, with many NBN customers saying they'd prefer to go back to their old ADSL connections. You know things are bad when ADSL looks like a better option. So, what can you do about it if you're on the NBN but it sucks?
NBN Co's Three Million Dollar man, CEO Bill Morrow says the reason there's network congestion on the NBN is because people are using the internet. He specifically mentioned gamers among other superusers and said NBN Co is looking at curbing network access for popular games by throttling or limiting traffic in order to fix the problem. Which is a bit like rationing water in a crowd of thirsty people so the folks wanting a little water with their scotch don't have to wait too long.
Teresa Corbin, CEO of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network CEO (ACCAN) has presented to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network. Corbin highlighted some significant issues with the NBN project and is calling on the government to take action as hundreds of thousands of people are either significantly inconvenienced or are left behind as the network's deployment continues to lurch forward.
Over the past six months, internet service providers have made a raft of changes to their National Broadband Network (NBN) products in a bid to improve transparency with customers. Based on recommendations provided by the ACCC, the changes are supposed to make it easier to compare NBN products between different telcos. Here's what you need to know.
Remember NBN's address checker tool? Despite a series of upgrades, the site never did a great job of providing an accurate answer on when you were getting connected. Thankfully, NBN Co has rolled out yet another tweak to the search engine that actually makes it useful.
At the end of 2016, we published a complete list of the Australian suburbs that were getting their internet upgraded to the NBN in 2017. Fast forward to 2018 and the rollout plan has changed significantly. Read on to find out when your area will be getting connected.
Public Wi-Fi used to be a lifesaver, something that let you escape the misery of poor reception to quickly contact friends or stay organised throughout the day.
But it's also a gigantic security risk. People still rely on public hotspots around the country though, because an exposed connection to the internet that works is preferable to poor reception or no reception at all. Something that might help change that, however, is 5G.
Since its initial inception back in 2007, the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been described as slow, expensive, unreliable, poorly implemented, unfair, needlessly restrictive and obsolete - and those are just the criticisms we can print. But how does it actually work?
If the endless stream of NBN jargon has left you feeling confused and befuddled, this
90-second video explainer can help.
Malcolm Turnbull is now connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) at his Point Piper home on a 100 megabits per second (Mbps) plan. But only because his department intervened to avoid delays affecting other customers.
And while the Prime Minister might be happy with his NBN connection, that’s not the case for the 2.5 million customers waiting on a connection through their pay TV or cable service who have been left in limbo. So what can you do about it?
Both Telstra and Vodafone unveiled unlimited data plans for mobile customers this week and some are, again, questioning the use of the term 'unlimited'. Rightly so! We've seen it all before with ADSL broadband, they say!
This time it's a little different. The telcos have wisened up.