Spirit is an Australian ISP that has just signed its second million-dollar deal with the Victorian State Government. That deal is to provide super-fast Internet to the regional town of Morwell. Delivering super-fast internet to Australia also happens to be the scope for the National Broadband Network, meaning this signing puts...
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    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...
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    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...
  • NBN Sky Muster satellite upgraded, up to 150GB plans

    NBN have announced improvements to the satellite service that will power the broadband connections to remote Australians. Launching the Sky Muster service in the second quarter of next year, users will get ‘up to 25Mbps down and 5Mbps up. The improvement has been to bandwidth, now allowing up to 150GB plans to...
  • Watch the Sky Muster NBN Satellite launch, a $1.2 Billion project

    Overnight the NBN had a successfully launch one their Sky Muster Satellite to bring improve the internet speeds of hundreds of thousands of remote Australians. This rocket launched one of the world’s most advanced communication satellites from Guiana Space Centre in South America. The inclusion of the Satellite coverage...
  • Is the lack of electricians the reason you don’t have the NBN already?

    This week NBN and Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull announced they are hiring. A big new training and jobs strategy to get the NBN built. The announcement explains that to achieve the NBN rollout on time, the skilled workforce may need to increase by more than 4,500 jobs. That’s close...
  • NBN is now available to 1 Million premises

    Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a major milestone in the NBN construction. Australia’s NBN is now available to 1 Million premises. This number is a large jump from the 607,915 premises passed and marked ready for service on May 21st, around 3 weeks ago. The number was 270,036...
  • NBN complete satellite base stations to service 400,000 remote homes and businesses

    NBNCo have announced today that faster broadband in remote and regional Australia is one step closer. Construction work on all ten of its satellite ground stations is now complete. These stations will act as a backbone to help deliver NBN services to around 400,000 Australian homes and businesses via...
  • 1Gbps down, 400Mbps up service now available on NBN

    Another gem out of today’s Senate Committee meeting is that 1 gigabit per second services have now been made available to Retail Service Providers. This means that providers like Telstra, Optus, iiNet and others can start offering consumer plans at 1Gbps down and 400Mbps up if they choose. Clearly...
  • NBN Chairman admits $41 Billion is no guarantee of 25Mbps

    During a Senate Committee meeting on NBN today, Senator Stephen Conroy grilled the new Chairman of NBNCo, Ziggy Switkowski on the revised NBN plan. In a stunning turn of events, Switkowski admitted the promised minimum 25Mbps is not actually guaranteed. While the promise came from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Prime...
  • Turnbull breaks promise on NBN, less than half to get 25Mbps by 2016

    The NBN has turned into a complete farce. What was once the dream of an Australian-wide, high-speed network is now anything but. Today Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull discussed the strategic review into the NBN progress he commissioned after being elected in September. The result is a ugly, bloody mess....

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