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Telstra vid downloads getting SLOWER says new Netflix speed test
Thursday, 16 July 2015 06:46

Netflix's latest ranking of Australian service providers again shows that Telstra is the nation's worst-performing network when it comes to downloading the streaming video company's content.

Netflix speed rating data for australia

Netflix speed rating for streaming video downloads in Australia, April-June 2015

In its May assessment of download speeds Netflix found Telstra managed an anaemic2.23 megabits per second. Australia's dominant telco managed just 2.09 megabits per second this time around, as the graph above shows.

The graph also shows that iiNet and TPG are now battling it out for the top spot. Optus held second position in Netflix's first survey at 3.27 megabits per second.

nbnTM plans for future backhaul upgrade to FTTN cabinets
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:25

+comment nbn™ , the entity charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has argued it is better to re-configure its fibre-to-the-node network than to build it to handle high levels of traffic.

In a new post by nbn™ chief architect Tony Cross, the network builder explains “getting the balance right in terms of where we invest taxpayer money” means “we need to make sure every dollar is invested wisely.”

“That means that in an environment where broadband usage is always increasing we not only need to make sure we build a network that can handle all the

Transmitting MIDI Signals With XBEE
Saturday, 18 July 2015 04:00

What do you do when you want to rock out on your keytar without the constraints of cables and wires? You make your own wireless keytar of course! In order to get the job done, [kr1st0f] built a logic translator circuit. This allows him to transmit MIDI signals directly from a MIDI keyboard to a remote system using XBEE.

[kr1st0f] started with a MIDI keyboard that had the old style MIDI interface with a 5 pin DIN connector. Many new keyboards only have a USB interface, and that would have complicated things. The main circuit uses an optoisolator and a …read more

Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:02

Virgin Media has started work connecting customers to the fibre broadband infill it announced in February .

The £3bn programme significantly larger than anything planned by BT and represents a growing trend among companies to provide higher speed broadband than available with the UK incumbent.

Virgin offers a 152Mbps service, and we’ve also seen high speed availability offered recently by AQL , Gigaclear and Wightfibre .

TalkTalk and Sky are also working on a pilot project in York .

The first place to get the new connections will be Manchester, where 150,000 homes and businesses will be able to sign

The slow strangulation of telework in Australia
Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:56

From the day I arrived in Australia, I’ve had a high-speed broadband connection. The owner of the ISP came over to my flat to set it up, attaching a point-to-point wireless link to my terrace, then aiming it at his offices.

Within a few minutes I had the very same 5 Mbps symmetric connection that I’ve enjoyed ever since - even though I’ve moved house a few times over the last twelve years.

That speedy connection makes it possible for me to work from home, building my consulting, broadcasting and speaking careers. For example, when I’m working with audio engineer

G.fast is coming, so get ready, telcos tell ACCC
Friday, 26 June 2015 14:30

The Communications Alliance has told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission it wants deployment rules to leave room for G.fast in the future.

In this submission ( PDF ) to the ACCC's Superfast Broadband Access Service (SBAS) declaration inquiry, the industry group notes that it's already working on VDSL2 deployment rules, but G.fast is going to matter one day.

At the moment, G.fast can't be deployed in Australia, because the rules governing the copper don't allow the use of spectrum above 2 MHz (the same issue gets in the way of VDSL2 – which is one reason why the NBN

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