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Vodafone Australia's 'doubles user traffic' on free weekend
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:09

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Vodafone has unintentionally exposed the miserly behaviour of Australian mobile data users, while hyping data usage over the “free data weekend” it declared to apologise for network outages. It turns out that punters hammered the network with a stunning eight Kbps per user.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Voda customers “consumed a record-breaking amount of data” over the weekend.

As the story states: “Between midnight Friday and 3:00AM Monday, Vodafone said its customers consumed 590 terabytes of data nationally - twice as much compared to the weekend before. In layman's terms, consuming 590 terabytes is

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Broadband bumpkin BONANZA: 8 altnets shortlisted for £10m UK.gov subsidy
Thursday, 19 June 2014 22:23

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The government has earmarked a £10m wad of broadband cash for eight outfits whose bids were shortlisted for what the Ministry of Fun described as the "feasibility stage" to bring faster internet connections to hard-to-reach parts of Blighty.

It said the Tory-led Coalition was "focusing on exploring ways to reach those premises in the final 5 per cent" of Britain that will not be hooked up to BT's delayed, government-funded deployment of speedier broadband - which is now expected to be completed by 2017.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said that eight pilots will

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon
Friday, 20 June 2014 12:58

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Emergency Services in New Zealand town today scrambled to assist what they thought was a downed plane, but actually turned out to be one of Google's Project Loon WiFi-beaming balloons.

Project Loon is Google's attempt to become an ISP of sorts by floating balloons over parts of the world where internet access is not often available. By doing so, Google hopes to sling more ads bring the benefits of the Internet to all and sundry. The Chocolate Factory's blurb about the project says it aims to create “a network of balloons traveling on the edge of

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds
Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:30

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Federal Communications Commission boss Tom Wheeler has said that he will issue written warnings to some US broadband carriers following an investigation that found some companies are still not delivering advertised speeds.

Wheeler said that while the broadband market as a whole is doing a better job of offering users promised download speeds, some companies are still not able to give users the levels of performance offered in ads.

Overall, the 2014 Measuring Broadband America report found that providers are delivering at or above their advertised speeds during peak hours. The report noted that DSL companies average 91

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NBN Co reveals 1 Gbps business plans in new product roadmap
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 17:44

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NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has released a detailed product roadmap stretching out until 2016.

The document ( PDF) offers a few interesting insights into the network's progress.

One item of special interest is a promised “Enterprise Ethernet Service” that will be “intended to support the needs of large, more complex enterprises and government customers, by providing very high capacity, transparency and redundancy.” The service will require “... a dedicated point-to-point Access Fibre from the end-user’s premises to the Fibre Access Node using a

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 19:53

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Virgin Media has declined to comment on yet another DNS outage that hit some of its subscribers on Monday night.

The telco, when quizzed by The Register , admitted that it had suffered yet more downtime woe but refused to explain what was behind the company's recent network wobbles.

A spokesman at the Liberty Global-owned cable firm told us that the outage lasted for "approximately an hour and a half in the North East." He added: "I’m afraid I cannot comment on the reason."

Virgin Media was similarly reticent on its official Twitter

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