By Michael de Percy, University of Canberra
With unwavering confidence Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the consultants report showing Labor’s ambitious plan to provide fibre–to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband to the vast majority of Australian households would have cost A$73 billion.
Indeed, Turnbull suggests NBN projections to date have been “extremely optimistic” with the rollout significantly slower than expected, [...]
Nextgen Networks have successfully tested a 400 Gigabit link from Canberra to Sydney.
Sadly the test was simply that, and there and no current plans to make this upgrade permanent.
“We installed, commissioned, tested – and then removed – a 400 Gigabit link from Sydney to Canberra and it worked,” chief technical officer Phil Martel told an [...]
IT News has a blood curdling story on doomed-to-fail government plans have some sort of public wifi around town with no actual business plan and ignoring that phone companies are already building solid mobile data networks around town that are sustainable.
While the territory is prepared to front up an initial grant to set up the [...]
The Australian has a piece of some good use being had from the ACT’s dalliance with the TransACT fibre network as iiNet flips that part of its recent purchase to NBN Co:
THE competition regulator has given the green light to a $14 million deal that will see the NBN Co buy iiNet’s Canberra-based fibre-to-the-premises network.
My grapevine is now into day 3 of not working. T
he phone contact recording say they are working on it.
Have been with them for some time and I reckon this would be the longest it has not burbled along happily. I was with Bigpond before this and don’t remember any 3 day no service. [...]
Living the Liberal parties future of the NBN, fibre to the node, right now. My ADSL2 speed has received a major rev up with the fibre to the node which has been laid out in the inner north. One can only think how fast an actaul fibre to my house would deliver
Now all I need [...]
Andrew Leigh is celebrating the start of NBN work in the Belconnen area:
Construction has commenced to bring the NBN to hundreds of households in the Belconnen area, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh said today.
Andrew Leigh today welcomed the release of detailed maps by NBN Co, showing where construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) [...]
Yesterday was the long-awaited connect to the National Broadband Network day. Yay!
After being involved for years in the community campaign to get Gungahlin’s parlous internet access upgraded, it was lovely to be able to see the end result.
We’ve been paying Telstra the same price as someone in Sydney pays for an ADSL2+ service running at [...]
Professionally opinionated man Robert Macklin is raging against the modern era where everyone gets to have an opinion, and misses when he was in the privileged position of everyone having to listen to what he thought.
For example, after I joined “The Canberra Times” in 1990 and became arts editor and a columnist, it was [...]
Wonder if any ‘Acters can help/advise …
I have BigPond internet, which gives me a download speed of around 3.3 Mbps … on ADSL2+. It hasn’t bothered me too much until recently, as I’m definitely a light user, but when I decided a bit of catch-up TV might be nice it didn’t handle that too well [...]
Last month I wrote about the plight of a group of residents in a greenfields estate in Watson, who have been almost 8 months without a fixed-line phone or internet connection. You can read all about it here.
After making that post, there was a small amount of fuss kicked up:
A member of the Department of [...]
Andrew Leigh has announced the Civic rollout of the National Broadband Network:
In around 12 months’ time, people in Civic will be able to start connecting to the National Broadband Network. The map shows that NBN fibre is being rolled out Civic, Acton and parts of Braddon which will allow more residents access to faster, affordable [...]
The National Broadband Network is only weeks away from a rollout to around 14,000 homes in Gungahlin. It heralds a shiny-bright future of super-fast connection speeds amid promises to “transform Australia as much as the telegraph, railways and highways did for previous generations”.
But this dream has been nothing more than a nightmare for a group [...]
For those seeking to escape the scorching heatwave about to pound down on us by going to the coast, a couple of words of warning:
1. The bluebottles are in biblical proportions if the wind is coming in right. I took the above shot on North Broulee on New Year’s Day.
2. The reason I couldn’t share [...]
The usually excellent iiNet is taking a day off from ACT service today:
Estimated Time of Commencement:
2012-10-04 09:30:50 WST
Broadband customers in the ACT may be disconnected and unable to reconnect to the Internet. Affected customers will be unable to access web sites and check email. Please be aware Netphone customers may be unable to place or [...]
The ACT Greens have made election commitments to hold a one-year trial free Wi-Fi hotspots at Canberra bus interchanges and free Wi-Fi hubs in Civic. They also aim to enable at least ten buses with Wi-Fi. The trial will cost $100,000.
I can definitely see the young’uns getting excited about this one. Any thoughts?
[Photo courtesy Tom [...]
The transformation of TransACT to iiNet gathers pace to the cheers of the local provider’s long suffering customers the ABC brings word that the dead wood is starting to be cleared out.
As a bonus we hear the redundant staff are going to be “absorbed” into “the ActewAGL family” on top of their redundancy payment which [...]
Is Transact acting as a monopolist bully by forcing their customers into new two year contracts for every minor change of service, in a market where there is limited competion and often no other choice?
IT News brings word that a down-in-the-weeds government has decided local cable network provider TransACT will be allowed to upgrade their fibre optics to VDSL2
The service provider, bought last year by iiNet for $60 million, had begun an upgrade of the 12-year-old network in Canberra in March 2009 to VDSL2, with promises of speed [...]
Good Day Rioters,
Simple question – What it the fastest provider in Belconnen’s North?
I currently have an ADSL 2 plan with BigPond – but they seem to take a large amount of my cash for a stack of services I don’t use. Their speed and reliability are OK – but nothing to write home about. I [...]
Some friends and I are looking to move in to a house together. We all study/work in either Belconnen or the City, so rentals on the north side are looking good.
One area that really appeals are the Gungahlin suburbs south of the town centre (big new houses, not far from the City/Belco, [...]
When: Tuesday 13th December, 2011
Where: Gunghalin Library, downstairs meeting room
The meeting will be attended by NBN Co’s head of construction and will include:
- an overview of the constructions timing and processes
- updates on the status of the 12 month build program
- Retail Service Provider and pricing updates
- updates on planned local community notification and engagement
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has taken it on himself to congratulate Deanes Buses for installing wifi internet on their conveyances.
The service is initially being rolled out on Deane’s most common services, with an eventual rollout planned for the entire fleet.
“I commend Deane’s for being the first in ACT and NSW to implement the service,” Mr [...]
Gungahlin Al has spotted this cable being laid alongside Flemington Road and has confirmed with the workers that it is indeed for the NBN.
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I wondered if Rioters had noticed any diminution of their Optus mobile broadband signal (applies also to Virgin, Amaysim, Dodo, Exetel, various other resellers of the Optus network).
I have been with Virgin mobile BB for several weeks and after experimenting with a wok aerial and the direction it points have been getting speeds of around [...]
The Chief Minister has announced the start of an expanded Gungahlin rollout for the National Broadband Network.
“It is fantastic news for the residents of Gungahlin and for Canberra that the initial NBN rollout has commenced and will expand from the 6,000 premises already commenced to 20,800 premises.
“Residents of Gungahlin will start to see the early [...]
ZDNet report that filtering of the Interpol blacklist has begun in Canberra:
Canberra-based internet service provider (ISP) CyberOne is believed to be the first in Australia to implement voluntary internet filtering against Interpol’s “worst-of-the-worst” blacklist of child exploitation material.
Filtering was turned on this morning for the ISP’s customers connected via the TransACT hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) [...]
Home grown telco Transact have announced that they’re all signed up to be a Retail Service Provider on the National Broadband Network.
The agreement will see TransACT provide Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) broadband services to customers over the NBN in addition to delivering FTTP to existing customers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
“TransACT has been delivering FTTP [...]
I have an Irish lass boarding and she requires internet with the capacity to use skype.
I’m in Latham and given I only pay windscreen washers 20c I’m after a pretty cheap say $30/month prepaid deal (if poss).
I have a wireless router as I was with Transact but apart from that not really any [...]
Finally all the many nerds of Gungahlin will be able to download bootleg Andromeda episodes at the speeds they deserve!
Katy Gallagher has announced that the Northern periphery will be an “early implementation area” for the National Broadband Network.
The announcement by NBN Co of a contractor paves the way for the rollout of the [...]
Hi, our Pub (The Phoenix) is located in the old Sydney building on East Row (due to the buildings age, approaching its century, our Telecom MDF box is located halfway up Krave Nightclub’s stairwell several doors down) and we get by with old telephone lines and a god awful slow adsl connection through Grapevine/Transact.
We want to have [...]
I phoned Actew today to complain about a TransACT telemarketer getting access to my private, unlisted home phone number and details of my electricity billings from Actew for the purposes of trying to flog me a TransACT broadband plan.
I couldn’t get the Actew “privacy officer” as they have had a staff re-shuffle recently however I was told that [...]