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NBN is essential, says Essential poll, but not Turnbull's NBN
Thursday, 06 October 2016 08:12

Australia's famous two-party divide doesn't apply to our attitude towards the Internet: nearly everybody thinks the Internet is an essential service.

According to polling from the Essential Report published yesterday, Liberal voters are slightly more likely to consider the Internet an essential service than Labor – 92 per cent versus 91 per cent, respectively. *

The total figure – 88 per cent – across all respondents was only dragged down by “other” at 87 per cent.

However, the poll suggests nobody thinks Australia's national broadband network (NBN) as it's now being cobbled together out of string, coathangers and gaffer tape

Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband
Thursday, 06 October 2016 02:19

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested her government could intervene in failing markets, such as rural broadband.

Speaking at the Tory conference in Birmingham today, she said: "Where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene."

She added: "Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in which they operate, where consumer choice is inhibited by deliberately complex pricing structures, we must set the market right.

"It’s just not right, for example, that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, can’t get a decent broadband connection."

May went on to claim that

Australian broadband sat launch also tested next Ariane rocket
Friday, 07 October 2016 08:44

Video The European Space Agency (ESA) used the launch of new satellites for India and Australia to test technologies it plans to use in the successor to the Ariane 5 rocket.

Flight VA231 went aloft on Thursday, taking with it the Sky Muster II satellite that will help Australia's national broadband network (NBN) to reach remote areas, thanks to the presence of over 100 Ka-band spot beams that target remote areas.

Next out the door on the 32-minute flight was India's GSAT-18, another communications satellite.

The ESA has now revealed that after the rocket completed its delivery run, "the upper

Sckipio touts fibre-like symmetrical G.fast kit
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:22

Fabless G.fast silicon house Sckipio hopes to give the fibre-most-of-the-way, copper to the home market a kick along with silicon that gets close to symmetric performance, at whatever data rate the copper can support.

Talking to Vulture South after the launch, the company's marketing veep Michael Weissman explained the reference design for a single-port Distribution Point Unit (DPU) , which Sckipio hopes will drive adopted by network owners trying to avoid that troublesome truck-roll to install fibre-to-the-home.

The DPU implements Dynamic Time Assignment (DTA), a technology the company proposed to the ITU and which received the standards-setter's assent in the

Metronet gobbles up hosting firm for £47.5m, instantly doubles in size
Thursday, 13 October 2016 21:27

Manchester-based network services provider Metronet has snapped up infrastructure and hosting firm M247 for £47.5m.

The combined business will have three data centres, over 200 staff, a combined turnover of more than £40m, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £12m.

It means the ISP biz will add connectivity and content services to its existing wireless network services as well as data centres across the UK and Europe.

Martin Courtney, analyst at TechMarketView, said Metronet's move to beef up the hosting side of its biz is a sound strategy.

He said providing network connectivity alone is unlikely

nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:03

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced trials of fibre-to-the-curb and broadband-over-copper technology XG-fast that hit 8Gbps on 30 metres of copper in lab trials. It's also done tests that produced “5Gbps peak aggregate speed being achieved over 70 metres of twisted-pair copper”.

Which is lovely. But also confusing because nbn™ has previously argued that gigabit-per-second speeds just aren't necessary at home and won't be for the foreseeable future.

nbn™ CEO advanced the gigabit-just-isn't-needed argument at his March 2016 charm offensive . The Register understands his position was developed after visiting telcos around the

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