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NBN Co to launch commercial FTTN in Q3 2015
Thursday, 02 October 2014 10:01

The Federal Government's favoured “multi-technology model”, under which fibre-to-the-node would become the default build for NBN Co where the fibre build hasn't commenced, has finally got a landing date: 2015.

NBN Co's latest product roadmap (PDF here ) says commercial fibre-to-the-node services will launch in the third quarter of next year. With that announcement, the network builder also drops the last shovel-full of dirt onto the coffin of the long-abandoned election promise that abandoning universal FTTP would take the network to 70 per cent of premises by 2016.

The initial FTTN product launch will follow industry activity in Q2 of

You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway
Saturday, 04 October 2014 09:42

The FCC has extended the deadline for people wishing to send in comments on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

The commission said on Friday that it would give the public until 29 October to file their opinions on the proposed $42.5bn deal between two of the largest cable providers in the country.

The FCC had set 8 October as the deadline, but was shifted after Comcast chipped in its two cents .

The FCC today described Comcast's dossier as "voluminous, numbering nearly 850 pages," adding it "contains new information not part of the initial application." So

The ESP8266 Becomes a Terrible Browser
Sunday, 05 October 2014 11:00


The ESP8266 are making their way over from China and onto the benches of tinkerers around the world for astonishing web-enabled blinking LED projects and the like. [TM] thought he could do something cooler with his WiFi to UART module and decided to turn one into a web browser.

There’s no new code running on the ESP8266 – all the HTML is being pushed through an Arduino Mega, requesting data from a server (in this case our fabulous retro edition), and sending the data to the Arduino serial console. The connection is first initiated with a few AT … Read the rest

Telstra announces another national WiFi rollout
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:58

Telstra has announced that its re-entry into the wireless hotspot business will go into live trial before the end of the year, using public phone boxes to host WiFi in “iconic” locations.

The system is being rolled out in partnership with Fon. Eventually, the commercial service will be free to people with a BigPond account, with others charged. While it's in trial, however, access will be free, although as noted by ZDNet's Josh Taylor, unsecured .

Those with long memories will recall that Telstra once built a WiFi network installed under a partnership with McDonald's, beginning in 2004. That network

GCC for the ESP8266 WiFi Module
Friday, 03 October 2014 04:00

When we first heard about it a few weeks ago, we knew the ESP8266 UART to WiFi module was a special beast. It was cheap, gave every microcontroller the ability to connect to a WiFi network, and could – possibly – be programmed itself, turning this little module into a complete Internet of Things solution. The only thing preventing the last feature from being realized was the lack of compiler support. This has now changed. The officially unofficial ESP8266 community forums now has a working GCC for the ESP8266.

The ESP8266 most people are getting from China features a … Read the rest

NBN Co: Melton trial document SMELLS BAD
Monday, 29 September 2014 11:03

NBN Co is still complaining about media and political attention being given to the leaked results of a deployment trial conducted in an area of the Victorian town of Melton.

Speaking to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow described the leak as having “a bad smell” and reiterated the company's claim that the paper was “not an official document”.

Morrow said the document describing the trial had never been brought to the attention of NBN Co management, and had not yet been peer reviewed. Chief operating officer Greg Adcock said that review

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