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  • iiNet founder joins NBN board

    Michael Malone, the founder of Internet service provider iiNet, has joined the board of NBN as a director, the federal government has announced.

  • Australian fibre connections double in a year

    The technology mix of the National Broadband Network has begun to tilt towards fibre to the node (FTTN), but figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that fibre to the premises (FTTP) was the fastest growing Internet access technology in the 12 months from December 2014 to December 2015.

  • Optus calls for rethink of NBN pricing scheme

    The changing usage patterns of Australian broadband customers means that one of the key revenue streams for NBN — the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) charge — needs a major rethink, according to Optus’ head of regulatory affairs, David Epstein.

  • NBN: Stop the nodes, Clare says

    Shadow communications minister Jason Clare has used a speech at the CommsDay Summit in Sydney to launch a stinging attack on the use of fibre to the node (FTTN) technology in the National Broadband Network rollout.

  • NBN pushes ahead with price cuts

    NBN will push ahead with a discounting scheme for one of the major charges it levies on retail service providers (RSPs) that sell services over the National Broadband Network.

  • NBN to trial fibre to the pit technology

    NBN has announced plans for a three-month trial, starting next month, of fibre to the distribution point (FttDP) technology, a cheaper alternative to fibre to the premises, but one that it does not expect to be commercially available until at least 2017.

  • Cellular competition could kill NBN by 2020, says MyNetFone founder

    MyNetFone cofounder and CEO, Rene Sugo, has delivered a stinging attack on the NBN warning that its business model will be unsustainable in the face of competition from cellular and from TPG’s fibre to the basement offering, and that smaller telcos — dependent on the NBN to connect customers – will be driven out of the market.

  • Government backs down on NBN bill

    The government has gutted a telecommunications bill that would make significant changes to NBN legislation in the face of opposition from the telco industry, Labor and the Greens.

  • NBN transparency measure kyboshed by government

    The House of Representatives has knocked back a Senate amendment to telecommunications legislation that would have forced NBN to reveal to make public a range of financial and rollout data.

  • Govt MPs dismiss fears of NBN mission creep

    A Senate committee has endorsed a controversial bill that will change some of the rules governing NBN’s operations, but Labor and Greens senators have called for a major overhaul of the proposed legislation.

  • NBN completes HFC pilot

    NBN has completed its Queensland trial of hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC), it announced today.

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