NBN Co Just Demoted Its Chief Fibre Architect

There’s a new nail in the coffin of fibre to the premises NBN today. The chief architect behind the original FTTP plan for the National Broadband Network has been removed from his planning position, and his network planning responsibilities have been assumed by a new appointee.

NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

This week, NBN Co released its quarterly results, and posted a $1.1 billion operating loss. Newly inducted CEO Bill Morrow says that the company needs to concentrate on educating and connecting consumers and businesses as well as building out the network, but things aren’t exactly looking rosy for the future of the NBN.

How To Stop The NBN Being A Political Football

Nobody can ever state with certainty how much it will cost or how long it will take to deliver broadband services to more than 22 million people spread out over 7.6 million square kilometres. Even more difficult to project are the revenues from such a service years from now. Anybody who could know would certainly possess a global monopoly along with their crystal ball.

NBN Wrap: What Happened With Australia's Broadband This Week?

It has been a week of conflict with the National Broadband Network. As we’ve come to expect, nothing much of substance happened with the roll-out of the actual fibre, but there was plenty of spirited debate when it came to public policy.

Senate Committee's NBN Interim Report Attacks 'Inaccurate' Strategic Review

The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network, featuring ex-Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy, is out for blood. The committee has just released an interim report on the current Liberal government’s management of the NBN rollout process, as well as its administration of NBNCo — and what it has to say is not pretty.

The Promising (But Problematic) Future Of Ultra-Fast Internet

While you weren’t looking, the internet got super fast. I’m not talking Google Fiber fast. I’m talking Star Trek fast. Today, it’s not just possible to download a movie in seconds. New technology makes it easy to download dozens of movies in fractions of a second. Fast is almost too slow a word to describe such speed.

This New 'Pure' Laser Makes Fibre Optic Networks 20x Better

Whether you’re a huge geek or a total luddite, you’ve got to be excited when scientists invent a new kind of laser, especially one that stands to replace the one we’ve been using for fibre optic communications for the last 40 years. A team of CalTech researchers did just that. Be excited.

Malcolm Turnbull's Interactive Broadband Report Card Now Online [Update: It's Having Problems]

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this afternoon launched the massive Australian Broadband Quality report, and part of the service program is an interactive website. This website is similar to the NBN coverage map checker which allows you to figure out the quality, speed and availability of ADSL, HFC cable and NBN availability in your area. Updated: The website is struggling under capacity issues.

South Korea's Internet Is More Oppressive Than You Think

Everybody’s been freaking out in the past couple of weeks by news that South Korea is building a new broadband network that will be 50 times faster than the average connection elsewhere. That’s fast! Too bad South Koreans won’t be able to use maps or access thousands of sites.

Optus Unlimited Broadband: OK But Still Some Limits

The notion of “unlimited” broadband is appealing to many customers, but plans that profess to offer it often come with other strings attached. Optus’ revamp of its broadband to offer “unlimited” My Home and My Office bundles has some benefits, but still has a few strings attached.