Remember when the NBN was going to deliver great internet speeds to 93% of the population? We thanks to the coalition’s decision to go with a mix of technologies, predominantly Fibre-to-the-node, we’re now in 2020 and the quality of internet services is dramatically different based on your postcode. If the original...
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    NBN HFC Melbourne test delivers close to 1Gbps of DOCSIS 3.1 (in the lab)

    nbn have been running a test in Melbourne using the DOCSIS 3.1 networking standard and have achieved download speeds of 984Mbps and around 100Mbps up. This speed was done using a Hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) setup in the lab and may get you excited about future speeds achievable at your...
  • MyRepublic Australia offering Wollongong 1Gbps for $129.99pm

    Congratulations Wollongong, you’re set to become the first place to get a 1Gbps service on the NBN thanks to MyRepublicAU. The NSW coastal city is about to make history. Wollongong has been named Australia’s first Gigatown by MyRepublic as part of a campaign to highlight the nation’s need for faster Internet access...
  • NBN passes 5 Million ready for service, less than half have connected

    Australia’s National Broadband Network now has 5,035,072 premises that are ready for service (RFS). The pace of deployment was always planned to ramp up in the later stages of the project, but nbn are now adding 250,000 new potential connections every month. These numbers are impressive and that’s largely thanks to...
  • NBN FTTP customers could get 10Gbps symmetrical speeds with NG-PON2

    Despite conjecture about the demand for super fast internet speeds, engineers inside nbn are powering forward on what’s technically possible on fibre. In partnership with Nokia, nbn have tested Next Generation Passive Optical Networking (also known as NG-PON2) and achieved a pretty staggering result. The NG-PON2 tests conducted in Melbourne achieved...
  • Being on FTTP NBN is awesome, but not in the way you think

    FTTP NBN is the holy grail right, the top tier of connectivity that delivers the best speeds available on the network over fibre optic cable right to your house. So what’s it like to live with ? After being connected for a couple of weeks, I’ve had some time to use...
  • NBN capable of 10Gbps speeds, gap between fibre haves and have nots, set to widen

    When the original NBN plan for Australia, it was designed with the infrastructure as fibre, leaving the theoretical limit being the speed of light. In reality, current networking equipment at both ends limits the connection to around 1Gbps. With the right infrastructure in place, it paved the way for both your...
  • Qantas flicks the switch on world-leading in-flight WiFi

    When you take your next Qantas flight, there’s a chance you could strike gold and be connected to the internet thanks to the NBN’s Sky Muster satellite service. Today marks the day when the first Australian flight to the service. Starting with the first aircraft today, the rollout strategy is...
  • NBN hitting its strides, passes 2 million paying customers, available at 4.5m premises

    The National Broadband Network is now available to more than 4.5 million premises and has just passed a major milestone of 2 million active customers. As of the week ending 30 March 2017, the NBN had 2,004,044 active customers across their range of connection types. With the two millionth premises activated,...
  • Telstra making it seriously easy for VIPs to upgrade to the NBN

    Around 2 weeks ago, I received an email from Telstra regarding the NBN being available at my current rental address in Wodonga. The multi-billion dollar project was now at my doorstep. This was my chance to move from the aging ADSL2+ connection to FTTN. To give you some background, I’ve...
  • Who’s to blame for your slow NBN ?

    There are now 1.876,566 paying customers on Australia’s National Broadband Network. You don’t have to search far to find horror stories of people getting below expected or frankly acceptable speeds. Some users have even reported slower speeds after transitioning from ADSL2 to NBN. Take some time to look at...
  • nbn now tells you when you’ll get the NBN.. kind of.

    Today nbn have released an update to the address checker on their website. Searching your address now delivers a timeframe for when you can expect to get the NBN at your house. If you’re not scheduled for some time, you’ll see up to a 6-month window which is somewhat helpful,...
  • 30% of AT&T’s FTTP customers are purchasing 1Gbps speeds

    The NBN discussions over the last couple of weeks got heated when the CEO of nbn, Bill Morrow suggested RSPs aren’t offering gigabit plans to customers because there’s no customer demand for it. Morrow went on to site international examples, however one of the largest ISPs in America, AT&T...
  • First SkyMesh 200/200Mbps NBN speedtests are in [Updated]

    If you look at the nbn website, you’ll see just 3 speed tiers, but at least 1 Australian ISP are offering new, faster plans. Those plans are a mega 200Mbps down.. but better than that, they’re symmetrical, so 200Mbps up as well. The new plans are, well, still new...
  • MyRepublic calls bullshit on NBN claims nobody wants 1Gbps

    Singapore-based ISP MyRepublic is calling bullshit on NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow’s claims that Australians don’t want super-fast broadband “even if we offered it for free. Here’s the thing, I completely agree. No ISP is capturing user intent on their plan selection pages, so users are stuck selecting up...
  • NBN revenue and activations doubled in the last 12 months

    The nbn have released financial results for the past year and the story is a good one. In the last 12 months ending 30th June 2016, revenue more than doubled from $164 million to $421 million (the corporate plan target was $300 million). The number of homes and businesses connected...
  • Sky Muster II NBN satellite launching October 5th

    The NBN project is powering on and on October 5th, the nbn will launch their second satellite, Sky Muster II. Once switched on for service, Sky Muster II will add support for around 400,000 homes and business in regional and remote Australia. The rocket launch to deliver Sky Muster II will take off...
  • The NBN is rolling out in Wodonga

    The NBN is being rolled out in the major regional city of Wodonga. Personally relevant as Wodonga is the HQ of techAU, but also significant to show the current status of the overall NBN project. Residents will see NBN contractors rolling kilometers of the large green cable off the trucks, that...
  • NBN leaks lead to Federal Police raids of Labor offices

    According to the ABC, the Australian Federal Police currently raiding the Melbourne offices of the Labor party. The Shadow Minister for Finance, Manager of Opposition Business, Tony Burke has confirmed on ABC’s 7.30 tonight, that the raids are taking place. These raids relate to a spate of NBN leaks over the recent weeks and...
  • Telstra signs $1.6 Billion contract with NBN for HFC

    Telstra has just signed a $1.6 Billion contract with NBN to Plan, Design, Construction and Construction Management services in capital cities. This is part of the NBN’s Multi Technology Mix and will allow NBN to access Telstra’s existing infrastructure in those areas. Last year the two parties signed a Memorandum...
  • Pointing fingers is easy, solving the NBN mess is not, finally we’re talking about it

    The 2013 election should have been fought on the back of the significantly different approaches to building the NBN. Almost no other election issue will effect the entire Australian population at some point in their life and as Australia’s largest infrastructure project with significant taxpayer costs, everyone should have been...

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