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NBN Has Launched Its Sky Muster Broadband Service For Regional Areas

NBN’s broadband satellite service, Sky Muster, is now being sold to customers via ISPs, and boasts an average end user speed of 25/5Mbps as part of its goal to bring high speed internet to regional Australia. The satellite launched in October last year, and has since been trialled by over 200 households in regional and remote areas — who now have access to better connection speeds than many Australian city-dwellers.

Internode Out, iiNet In: Simon Hackett Leaves NBN Board As Michael Malone Joins

It’s a revolving door on the board of the National Broadband Network today; Internode founder Simon Hackett has stepped down to focus on his work as executive chairman of battery company Redflow, and his spot has been filled by iiNet founder Michael Malone.

NBN Rethink: Why We Need 'Fibre-To-The-Driveway' Right Now

Ever since the Coalition government came into power and declared it will use the fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) model for the National Broadband Network (NBN), experts and vocal technology-conscious citizens have been up in arms about it. But the argument against FTTN has been mounting for years. Faced with overwhelming evidence and new technology alternatives, the Government can no longer ignore that their NBN vision is short-sighted. They need to act now instead of dooming us to an archaic broadband network just to save face. Here are four reasons why fibre-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) needs to be adopted for the NBN.

'Abandon FTTN for FTTdp': Internet Australia Calls For NBN Rethink

Lobby group Internet Australia is calling for a rethink and urging the Government and the Opposition to “put politics aside and agree on a bipartisan NBN strategy”.

This comes with the availability of new, lower cost, optical fibre used in FTTdp trials and survey results that show 80 per cent of Internet Australia members are dissatisfied with the current mixed-technology method (MTM).

NBN Gives Telstra $1.6B To Upgrade Australia's HFC Cable Network

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.

Waleed Aly Is Right About The NBN

Opinion: The government’s NBN roll-out is running behind schedule. At least, that’s according to leaked documents quoted by The Project and Waleed Aly, in last night’s “Something We Need To Talk About” segment. Who to blame? Tony Abbott, Aly says, and “the guy who he says invented the internet”, Malcolm Turnbull.

Waleed Aly is right, inasmuch as he’s saying that the NBN — in whatever form it has taken since the Rudd government created NBN Co — has always been just as much about politics as it has been about connecting Australia to the world with universal high-speed broadband wherever possible.

Watch Waleed Aly Tackle Prime Minister Turnbull On The NBN

Waleed Aly presented a scathing review of the current state of the NBN on last night’s The Project, calling out the hypocrisy of Turnbull’s ‘age of innovation’ relying on a backbone of outdated copper.

“If you had to wait even a second for this video to buffer, you know who to blame: Tony Abbott, and the guy he says invented the internet.”

What Is FTTdp?

The five-letter acronym on every telco nerd’s mind at the moment — FTTdp — stands for fibre to the distribution point. Sitting somewhere in between fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the premises (FTTP or FTTH) in speed, cost and complexity, it’s a new potential technology that may feature heavily in the future of the NBN. It promises to be cheaper than FTTP, faster than FTTN and equally quick to roll out.

Labor Minister Favours Fibre To The Distribution Point For NBN

With a Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) NBN model, fibre is run to the street lead-in pit at the front of the building, where it joins up with an existing copper lead-in of around 30 metres. It avoids the need to dig up your front yard, promises high speeds via VDSL2, has the ability to be upgraded to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), boasts a network capability almost up there with full FTTP and yet — due to the use of existing copper lead-ins — costs less. Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare recently sung the praises of FTTdp, leading to questions about a potential change in NBN policy from FTTP for the Labor party’s election campaign.

NBN's New Pricing System Aims To Reward ISPs For Larger Data Plans

NBN today announced a new “discount model” to be introduced in June, which will run for the next two years. The pricing structure is applicable to NBN’s Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) charge to ISPs selling services to customers — the cost will be continually lowered over time as ISPs sell larger quota data plans to customers.

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