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NBN shows strong ARPU growth as users connect
Monday, 09 November 2015 13:56

Fibre-to-the-home revenue on Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) more than double between the first quarter 2015 and the quarter just completed, the company's latest results announcement shows.

nbn TM reported AU$41 million in FTTP revenue for the quarter, $25 million better than the $16 million recorded for the same period last year.

Satellite revenue remained steady at $3 million for the quarter, while fixed wireless grew from $2 million to $5 million, reflecting increased attention the company has given the wireless product since 2013.

The fibre network that's driving the increased revenue nearly doubled its number of active premises, adding

Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 22:44

Virgin Media will jack up the price tag on its broadband and phone service bundles by up to £3.99 from early next year.

The Liberty Global-owned company has written to customers to warn them of the price hike, which will hit their bills from February next year.

Virgin Media has been fielding complaints about the price rise, which is an inflation-busting 5.4 per cent increase on average for the cable company's customers.

Over on Twitter, VM has been telling subscribers: "The price changes are put in place to sustain and build on our network to give you even better quality".

Improving WiFi Throughput with FM Radio
Friday, 13 November 2015 00:01

WiFi networking is one of those things that is reasonably simple to use, but has a lot of complex hidden features (dare we say, hacks) that make it work, or work better. For example, consider the Distributed Coordination Function (DCF) specified in the standard. Before a station can send, it has to listen for a certain time period. If the channel is clear, the station sends. If not, it has to delay a random amount of time before trying again. This is a form of Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) channel management.

Unfortunately, listening time is dead time when–at least …read more

How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN
Saturday, 17 October 2015 07:17

Chattanooga, Tennessee: a Bible Belt city with a population of 170,000, ish. Winner of the All-America City Award in 1962. The birthplace of the tow truck and Moon Pies (that's Wagon Wheels to Brits). The Glenn Miller Orchestra even made a record in honor of the place.

Speaking of records, the city is now offering 10Gbps broadband to homes.

The city's municipal power company, EPB, said that the fiber network it installed for residents five years ago is now able to offer the ultra-fast internet service for those willing to pay the $299 monthly fee. There are no installation or

NBN's good-to-go dates remain confidential
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 07:55

Bill Morrow, CEO of nbn TM , the organisation building Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has sparked a political storm over patch cables.

Speaking to a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday, Morrow also said the company's “ready for service” documents – which tells staff and retailers when individual premises can be activated on the National Broadband Network – should be kept confidential.

In response to a request by opposition communications spokesman Senator Stephen Conroy to table a copy of the document he had, Morrow said it would cause confusion among customers and damage the nbn TM brand.

He explained that ready

AT T, Verizon probed: 'No escape from biz broadband packages'
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 06:37

The FCC is probing AT&T and Verizon over claims the telcos are locking companies into expensive business broadband contracts.

The US regulator confirmed in an investigation order [PDF] that officials are examining the two carriers, plus CenturyLink and Frontier Communications, for unlawful business practices.

"We conclude that substantial questions of lawfulness exist that require further investigation," the commission said.

At issue is the terms and conditions on the four telcos' business broadband packages. Level 3 Communications and other rivals told the FCC they are unable to compete in new markets because so many businesses are "locked in" to their contracts

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