The rollout of Australia's NBN will abandon almost all of Optus's HFC cable network that it paid $800 million for back in 2011, with up to 700,000 homes around the country instead being connected to the NBN through fibre to the distribution point — a new technology that brings many of the advantages of fibre to the premises to a fibre to the node-style construction method.
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As the NBN develops every year, the technology underpinning it improves. That's the main hope we have for Australia's copper infrastructure, which is being used for fibre to the node — and, potentially, fibre to the distribution point. The NBN is trialing a variety of technologies that promise to massively improve the speed of existing copper already in the ground, including by using the already-installed HFC cable networks previously operated by Telstra and Optus.
Charging cables aren't exactly the sexiest pieces of technology, but they're essential to every setup. Normally, I wouldn't think twice about the charging cable I'm using, but when it comes to USB-C cables, the options are pretty bad right now. So, when I saw the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable, I desperately wanted to test it out.
With Australians aged 18 to 32 spending an average of 12.8 hours a week streaming their favourite shows, Optus has decided to extend its range of unlimited data plans to include ADSL 2+, cable and NBN.
From today, if you are a new Optus customer (or are recontracting) you can choose from a new range of plans with unlimited data, and score $20 a month off if you bundle it with your postpaid mobile.
Telstra and nbn have signed a contract to build out and speed up the telco's existing hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable internet network, bringing it up to current standards to "deliver nbn™ broadband capability" to customers that will be moved onto it as part of the current government's multi-technology mix National Broadband Network. The deal is worth a massive $1.6 billion for Telstra, and will run until the NBN build is complete in 2020.
Video: Cable broadband has been around for a long time, and with its adoption as a significant part of the multi-technology mix National Broadband Network, it'll be around for a longer time still. The technology behind cable has long given us download speeds of roughly 100Mbps, but a new technology could increase that by up to 20 times.
I turn 30 this month, and it feels like I am one of the few people my age who watches pay TV and is willing to pay for it. Truth is, I hate watching shows on my computer — or worse, my phone. Give me new episodes in real-time, on a real TV. I know I'm on the wrong side of history, but I also know I'm not the only one.
As far as watching TV goes, the experience provided by a traditional cable provider is crap. Slow hardware, clunky interfaces, unwanted bundled channels. Streaming services are slowly replacing all of this and thanks goodness for them. But there's an aspect of the old way that I will sorely miss — the DVR and its magical commercial skipping powers.
Last week we brought you the news that Telstra is boosting data caps for its ADSL, ADSL2+, NBN and Cable customers in a bid to avoid going unmetered on sites like Netflix, Stan and Presto. But exactly how much extra data is everyone getting? We went and found out.
On Thursday, the US government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great news — if true.
An innocent little cable box can suck up more electricity than your actual TV. The most galling part though? Up to two-thirds of its power-hogging actually happens in "idle" mode, when you're not even using it. The good news is device makers have the technical ability to make cable boxes that don't waste so much electricity. They just need to actually do it.
In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won't understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because that's what the VESA standards body just announced with the new USB 3.1 Type-C jack, coming right around the corner.
The public wants net neutrality. We've all made it pretty clear. But the cable companies don't. They have already ginned up some lobbyist-funded, anti-neutrality groups, but now it seems they're going a step further, tricking real groups into joining up.
The death of net neutrality is a looming catastrophe that the Federal Communications Commission in the US thinks it can slip past you, while you just twiddle your thumbs and fail to notice how much of a farce the whole process is. If that hasn't hit home just yet, John Oliver's explanation from last night's Last Week Tonight is a solid (and funny) recap.
If you have pay TV, the Xbox One's TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.
Time Warner Cable is getting swallowed by the only monster bigger than itself: Comcast. That means the biggest cable provider, Comcast, is buying the second biggest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, to form a ridiculously ginormous cable company that'll deliver unsatisfying service under one iron fist. We should all hold each other as big cable just gets bigger and badder.
Network neutrality — the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally — is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the internet can easily become the power to control the internet in less beneficent ways.