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This Week's Biggest NBN And Telco News: Tasmania's Internet Cable Cut

Here’s where we round up all the Aussie news around the ‘net about the ‘net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy to data retention and the NBN.


Government Just Sold $543 Million Of Mobile Spectrum

The results of the Federal Government’s recent auction of a large chunk of the 1800MHz band of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum have been announced: Telstra and Optus each spent nearly $200 million on securing more bandwidth, while TPG and Vodafone also splashed out with multi-million dollar investments. The 2015 auction should see Australia’s 4G networks in regional areas get faster and cover wider areas.


One Of Tasmania's Major Undersea Internet Cables Will Be Cut For Over A Month

The major Basslink undersea power and communications cable that connects Tasmania to the Australian mainland will be cut until mid-March, while the company investigates and fixes a failure in its electricity transmission capacity. That’ll leave Tasmanians with severely reduced connectivity to the internet for nearly six weeks, although contingencies are in place.


Telstra's Turned On A Couple Of Solar-Powered Exchanges In Victoria

While Telstra may be considered by some as the devil incarnate, the company is doing its part for the environment — it recently switched a couple of its metropolitan exchanges in Victoria over to solar power. Hey, it’s got to stoke the fires of the demonic telephone afterlife somehow.


This Week's Biggest NBN And Telco News: Telstra Rolls Out Copper Instead Of Fibre

Here’s where we round up all the Aussie news around the ‘net about the ‘net, every week. Check in here for a quick primer on everything from piracy to privacy to data retention and the NBN.


Lunch Time Deals: The Telstra TV Is Now Under $100

When you’re buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo’s Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the ‘net. Today, you can pick up a Telstra TV streaming box for $99.


Telstra Expects A Record Breaking Day Of Traffic This Christmas

To be more precise: Telstra is expecting us to download twice the amount of data we downloaded last year.


NBN Is Paying Telstra To Fix Its Own Network

Telstra and NBN today have signed a deal that will see Telstra being paid $80 million in the first year of two new contracts to oversee, maintain and repair faults in its copper and HFC networks. “This is a big deal,” a spokesperson for NBN told Gizmodo Australia — “it’s the final piece of the NBN jigsaw puzzle”.


Telstra Is Providing Free Wi-Fi So You Can Instagram Your Holiday

This summer, Telstra will be providing eligible customers with free wi-fi through the Telstra Air network, enabling Australians to post more sun-drenched beach selfies than ever before. The offer starts today and will be available all the way through to June 30 2016, for both mobile and home broadband customers.


Telstra Is Canning Its Planned International Roaming Price Hikes

After realising it had pissed more than a couple of people off, Telstra has backpedaled on some of its planned changes to international roaming data prices.


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