Vodafone Fixed Line Broadband Plans for NBN

Vodafone Hutchison Australia have announced plans to provide fixed line broadband services to consumers using the National Broadband Network.

VHA chief executive Nigel Dews confirmed the agreement with the NBN Co and said that plans to conduct trials would commence in Armidale in Northern NSW in the coming months.

Plagued by mobile network issues and customer complaints, Vodafone is currently in the process of upgrading its mobile network while continuing to roll out new services to cater for an increased uptake of mobile customers.

Source: AustralianIT

NBN Tasmania Roll Out Progress – Stage 2

Updated by Ronnie on October 3, 2011

The website is reporting Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that additional major metropolitan areas of Tasmania have been scheduled for the next stage of the National Broadband Network roll out.

It’s expected that Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and more suburbs of Hobart are to be flagged as the next locations to be connected. Ms Gillard stated that more than 800 jobs will be created and that a further 90 thousand households will be connected as a result of this latest roll out.

End update

The NBN Co has just announced the next stage of towns to be provisioned with the national broadband network roll out. The towns (as seen below) include approximately 11,500 homes and business and will be connected to the new fibre broadband network starting from the respective dates.

Location – Premises (approx) – Start date
Triabunna – 500 – Late May
Sorell – 1500 – Late May
Deloraine – 1400 – Early July
St Helens – 2200 – Late July
Kingston Beach – 950 – Late August
George Town – 2600 – Late September
South Hobart – 2000 – Early October

More information, including network coverage maps, can be viewed at the NBN Tasmania website by visiting here.

Light at End of Tunnel for Pipe Networks

Pipe Networks announced that it had successfully passed light through it’s newly laid PPC-1 Cable and therefore completed the physical stage of its Australian (Sydney) to U.S. (Guam) submarine cable project.

Beset by many obstacle such as the recent financial crisis, funding uncertainties, Industry threats along with many knockers who stated the project could not be achieved, Pipe Networks displayed commendable resilience (thanks to support from ISP’s Internode, iiNet and co). A new broadband cable pipe of PPC-1’s capacity will in effect, break the current duopoly that the likes of Optus and Telstra have through Southern Cross and Australia Japan Cable.

Industry experts are split on whether or not the PPC-1 cable prospects are enough to curve the exorbitant prices that Australian’s pay for the Broadband Usage Data. Compared to the U.S., Australians are paying around the same for their Broadband plans (if not more), however we don’t have true ‘unlimited’ usage within our Broadband contracts or additional fully fledged services such as IPTV either.

The Broadband and Telecommunication Industry is certainly an up and down ball game. On one hand we’re witnessing Pipe Networks introduce a new cable which is expected to reduce Broadband costs (or raise limits) by providing more International data, whereas on the other hand this project appears to be countered by the ACCC who have done a recent back flip by confirming that Telstra will be able to inflate their Unbundled Local Loop Services (ULLS) prices over the next three years.

Nonetheless, after further testing is completed at locations that include Papua New Guinea, Tokyo and San Jose, it’s believed that the new Pipe Networks PPC-1 Submarine Cable will become operational this coming 8th October, 2009. It’s just a pity the celebrations may not last long for the consumers who are looking forward to cheaper Broadband. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what eventuates.

“It’s TV, Jim, but not as we know it”

Prepare yourself for the ‘TV Wars’, and the new content delivery methods which are rapidly emerging with it. That’s right, your good ‘ol beaut TV set and the way in which your favourite shows are transmitted to you could soon become obsolete as new content devices and technologies appear on the horizon.

Channel Seven’s today tonight recently aired a segment that was meant to showcase Kerry Stoke’s latest marvel – TiVo. At the same time it appeared to take a swipe at FOXTEL’s Pay TV services by educating the masses on where to watch much of the content that currently appears on Pay TV. If you guessed WWW, your exactly right! Much of the content that’s currently airing on FOXTEL and AUSTAR can be viewed on the Internet, and for free! Seek and ye shall find.

Terms such as IPTV, TiVo and VOD have, uptil recently, only been used by the internet savvy and broadband enthusiast alike. However this is all about to change as the mainstream gets a taste of things to come in the realm of Broadcast TV content and delivery.

Internet TV is just that. TV content that is stored online and of which can be streamed (downloaded) from the Internet to you. The ABC’s new iView service acts as an Internet TV library that allows you to watch anything that was aired on the ABC/ABC 2 over the past 30 days. The service if completely free, all you have to pay for is the data usage. 

TiVo is a device which has been pretty much over marketed as a Pay TV competitor, although it’s more of an indirect alternative to such. It’s a brand of digital video recorder that basically gives a user the ability to capture TV shows (with time shift recording) onto a hard drive. There is also an electronic TV Guide which many people will find quite useful along with many other flexible and helpful features. Perhaps the biggest draw card for TiVo over that of Pay TV is it’s future potential with Internet compatibilities. This can be best described by it’s ability to connect to a local area network and download content from the internet. The TiVo device is set to become an extremely popular content media portal down the track.

IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) uses the Internet to transmit digital television telecasts (opposed to radio waves).  Television content is delivered through network infrastructure often using broadband connections. Many people nowdays use media centres and LCD/Plasma TV’s to watch content downloaded from the Internet. IPTV is becoming very popular in countries such as the United States and is usually packaged within broadband type services.

VOD (Video on Demand) services can either stream content (for real time ‘live’ viewing) through a set-top-box, or allow content to be downloaded to a device such as a PC or Digital Video Recorder (e.g. TiVo). It appears to be a very practical method for watching content on demand such as new release movies and live entertainment/sporting events.

Pay TV in Australia has been around for quite a number of years and has enjoyed growing popularity more recently. These other services are relatively new to the scene and still play second fiddle to Pay TV. There is an enormous ‘X’ factor here that is bound to effect the respective industry in the not so distant future. This factor plays a huge role in the prospects and protocols of many of the services discussed in this article. It’s called Broadband, more importantly ‘Bandwidth’.

With a new national network just around the corner which is expected to bring robust broadband speeds and capabilities, a flourishing broadcast industry will be sure to follow. So expect these services, and more like them, to bob up and down from time to time, and once the NBN kicks in over the next couple of years, it will be “beam me up Scottie!”



ABC iView – Video On Demand

The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) has unveiled their new iView service which gives users the ability to watch ABC1 and ABC2 programs online for free and up to 30 days after appearing on TV.

iView is a free service that requires nothing more than a high speed internet connection (ABC recommends 11Mbps for optimal viewing) and audio. Despite streaming a resolution that appears to be below that of standard television, even though the ABC has advertised it as ‘high definition’, iView still transmits a very good quality picture and has a great potential as a free resource nonetheless.

What I would like to point out and make clear to unsuspecting users is, that although the service may be free to use it’s still going to guzzle through your usage limit. So unless you’re with a provider such as iiNet who doesn’t count download usage from the ABC, you could incur a very hefty monthly bill from your ISP if you’re not careful.

For example, watching an average iView program could use approximately 300MB per hour (or per episode). For users who are on a basic broadband plan, even one episode could blow your monthly limit. What’s worse, if you with a provider who charges (opposed to shapes) your broadband internet connection after you exceed your limit, the charges could be severe.

E.g. Watching 3 x 1 hour iView programs online whilst on a 500MB limit that charges 10c per MB for excess use, could end up and cost you an additional $50 for that month!

The ABC’s iView service is very convenient and a leap in the right direction toward IPTV, however, if you intend of using this service be absolutely sure you know how much data you’re going to go through! More importantly, know what you’re excess usage conditions and limitations are with your Broadband plan otherwise you could be watching nothing online for sometime to come!  


iPrimus Broadband Plans now listed on Broadband Guide

Broadband Guide is pleased to announce the introduction of iPrimus broadband plans to the site. The new iPrimus Internet products deliver ADSL2+ speeds along with exceptional usage limits and value for money such as that witnessed with the iPrimus ADSL2+ Big Kahuna plan. This plan boasts a massive usage limit of 200GB and can be purchased at a low price of $69.95 when bundled with home phone and mobile services!

Browse and Compare this plan and more iPrimus Broadband 2+ plans right here


iiNet Naked DSL Plans – Popularity Soars

Naked DSL Broadband Internet is a rapidly growing broadband alternative as it gives a user the ability to save extra money by ditching the traditional home phone service. It’s popularity is growing so much that it’s caused an unexpected profit for iiNet. Subscribers are now ridding themselves of a Telstra landline in favour of their mobile phone, or for those who used their home phone more frequently, a VoIP (Voice of Internet Protocol) Broadband Phone service.

iiNet’s Managing Director ‘Michael Malone’ recently stated that the company is signing up around 1,000 Naked DSL subscribers per week. He also added that iiNet has been very surprised with the Naked DSL uptake as they thought the new service would only appeal to the tech savvy broadband enthusiast therefor remaining a niche product.

If you’re interested in Naked DSL and considering an iiNet Naked DSL plan, click on the link below and compare iiNet Naked DSL Internet against other Naked DSL Providers right here at Broadband Guide.

Iinet is claiming Naked DSL subscriber numbers of “over 23,000” customers, from a total customer pool on iiNet DSLAMs of 170,209 customers. So, roughly thirteen percent of iiNet’s customers are now living without a PSTN phone line.

“We initially saw Naked DSL as a very niche product”, he said. “We expected that the tech geek crowd who loves broadband would go for it, along with Generation Y and their mobile phones. Instead, it’s appealed to a much broader audience who don’t want to pay line rentals. They see it as dead money. It’s not so much to do with saving money as it is not wasting it.”

source: iiNet profits bulge from unexpected naked growth

VDSL2 Broadband Technology – A FTTN Potential

Very high speed digital subscriber line, otherwise known as VDSL2, has been touted as the broadband technology type that will be used by the winning tender for the new national broadband network.

VDSL2 is capable of broadband speeds in excess of 100Mbps and similar to it’s predecessor ADSL, will drop off over short distances. One exciting prospect of VDSL2 is the symmetrical rate that it offers which would make it highly sort after by peer-to-peer enthusiasts and the business sector alike.

With some ISPs either currently marketing VDSL2 as their next upcoming broadband product to be released, or conducting extensive research and testing, VDSL2 appears to be in the box seat as the technology type to be used for the upcoming NBN….. but by whom?

Read more about VDSL2 Broadband at Wikipedia

Telstra Structural Separation looms

Competition or no competition, that is the answer! The deconstruction of Telstra as a vertically integrated Telecommunication company could be nigh as the push for it’s structural separation gains momentum. In a report released by ‘Competition Economists Group’, who were commissioned by Telstra’s arch rival Optus, key findings suggested that Telstra (if not structurally separated) would have very powerful incentives to damage competition in the Telecommunication Industry if it were to win the National Broadband Network bid.

As reported back on April 1st, the Structural Separation of monolithic Telco companies in the UK, Europe and now New Zealand are solving anti competition dilemmas. But what about Telstra and it’s shareholders? Well it seems that conjecture and speculation cause investors to be weary and that structurally separating Telstra into retail and wholesale divisions could actually ease the uncertainties behind Telstra’s future and  restore or even improve market confidence.

“This means that if the NBN is owned by a vertically integrated Telstra, then discrimination — and damage to competition — will be a much bigger problem under the NBN than today.”

Today’s report is expected to be the first step in a concerted campaign led by Optus to lobby the Government for a forced split of Telstra.



TERRiA Firma – G9 adopt new name

Although not made from earth, the name TERRiA is rock solid and has been adopted (less the Firma of course) as the new name for the group of carriers formerly known as the ‘G9’ (or should I say the G8).

The consortium is made up from Optus, AAPT, iiNet, Internode, Primus, Macquarie Telecom,  SOUL and TransACT with the the ninth member ‘PowerTel’ now owned by AAPT, and to avoid further discrepencies down the track, it makes timely sense that the group come up with the new name of TERRiA. 

Michael Egan recently announced the new name, which is a contraction of ‘Terra Australis’, and said that it also phonetically the same as a terrier which eludes to tenacity and energy.  TERRiA also took the opportunity by saying they will develop a structurally separated model, however, had not yet responded to the current version of the NBN RFP.

“We …like the fact that it’s phonetically the same as terrier which hints at the energy and tenacity which will be needed to win the best communication outcome. In a word it sums up both our determination and the scale of the National Broadband Network with the commitment of coverage across the land.”

source: itwire

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