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NBN Connection Takeup And The ‘Real Solutions’ Broadband Statement

Here’s an article by Angus Kidman about the takeup of the National Broadband Network; how many connections have been made to the NBN versus how many are available, and it includes reporting on the Opposition’s new policy titled Real Solutions with reference to the NBN.

NBN Co has updated its internet connection figures for the National Broadband Network (NBN), revealing that as of December 2012 34,500 premises had been connected to actual NBN services. In the same week, the Federal Opposition has released its ‘Real Solutions’ policy document, which contains some details of its own plans for the future of broadband — a future where the NBN’s role is somewhat uncertain. Let’s try and make sense of the NBN data and the new Coalition claims.

The numbers are bound to trigger predictable rhetoric from NBN opponents along the lines of “we’ve wasted all this money and no-one wants it”, while making broadband enthusiasts who aren’t connected yet wonder what’s holding back all those people who could be on the network but aren’t. That’s the nature of NBN discussion. But what have we learned this week?

At the end of December 2012, 34,500 people had connected to the NBN. That number is up considerably from June 2012, when the figure was 13,600. The vast majority of those users to date (23,100) are on satellite, which has the advantage of being instantly available to qualified users if they install suitable receivers. By June 2013, NBN Co is predicting those scales will have tipped, with 54,000 fibre connections against 47,700 satellite and wireless broadband connections. But that’s a prediction, not a current number.

Actual adoption is very different again from potential access. Earlier this month, NBN Co said that it had begun construction in areas with a potential reach of 784,592 premises. By June this year, it is due to have actually passed 286,000 premises — just under 10 times the number of active internet connections right now. The takeup total will presumably be higher at that point, but it will be a long time before it even approaches 50 per cent at this rate.

Read More: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/01/understanding-nbn-takeup-and-the-coalition-real-solutions-broadband-statement/

NBN rollout on track

NBN Co, the government owned organisation responsible for building the NBN says that it has exceed its target to have construction commenced or completed in areas covering 758,000 premises before the end of 2012.

The total number of premises was 784,592 by year end, although NBN Co notes that construction commencement is measured when the company issues instructions to its contractors for a Fibre Service Access Module (FSAM), not when the contractor actually starts laying fibre.

The company did not say how many users had been connected to the NBN, which so far have been a disappointment. The company says it usually takes 12 months from the start of work until homes and businesses can connect.

In December last year, Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy said the take up rate was around 25%, or 1 in every 4 people. Opposition MP, Malcolm Turnbull has criticised the government suggesting that 75% of people haven’t been convinced to switch over, and the take-up rate is well below the NBN’s corporate plan released in 2010.

For telecommunications companies including the big four, Telstra Corporation (ASX: TLS), Optus – owned by Singapore Telecommunications (ASX: SGT), TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) and iiNet Limited (ASX: IIN), the NBN offers an opportunity to provide faster services to their customers, but also a complication.

With wireless broadband services becoming ever popular, and the speed of 4G networks even outpacing copper ADSL broadband, users may opt to pass on fixed broadband, and use wireless instead. Despite the NBN’s predominantly fibre broadband being able to offer much higher speeds, users may choose the flexibility of wireless over speed.

Read More: http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/motley/8591964/nbn-rollout-on-track

Optus acquires Vividwireless for $230 million

Optus is planning to buy wireless (WiMax) broadband provider Vividwireless from parent company the Seven Group.

In a deal believed to be worth $230 million, Optus intends to create the foundation for a new 4G mobile broadband network that will consist of LTE-TDD technology.

Providing Optus with a significant increase in network capacity, the new network will serve wireless broadband to households and businesses with Internet download speeds ranging from 25Mbps to 87Mbps and will be integrated into Optus’ 1800MHz network.

It’s been made evident that the purchase is primarily about acquiring the 4G WiMax spectrum that Optus so desperately needs if it’s seriously going to compete with the likes of Telstra’s 4G network.

The deal is understood to involve all of Vividwireless’ business arms including their customers, spectrum licences and wireless network.

Read more at Delimiter – Optus buys Vividwireless for $230m

Regional residents oppose NBN wireless towers

Australian regional councils that do not allow the NBN Co’s fixed wireless towers will have to resort to slower Satellite services for broadband connectivity on the upcoming national broadband network.


Many residents who reside in Yendon, about 16kms out of Ballarat Victoria, complained to their local council about the introduction of fixed wireless towers due to potential radiation concerns. Some scientist believe that radiation levels emitted from these towers are too high so they should be kept well away from permanent residential areas.


Installation recommendations of wireless tower locations state they shouldn’t be erected within 500 meters of a school, however the proposed locations for Yendon are believed to be within 150 meters of the closest occupied house while a further two houses are located an additional 50 meters after that.


Although plans for the NBN’s fixed wireless service extend to only 4% (which you can also compare at Youcompare) of houses and businesses in some regional areas, it’s still represents a large proportion of the population and appears to be another hurdle for the NBN Co to climb over.


Read more at theage.com.au – Tower ban regions face slower broadband

Smart appliances and gadgets of the future

The evolution of the Internet has essentially taken mankind beyond the realm of imagination. I mean who would have ever perceived a world that used wireless broadband communication technology to stream video images 100 years ago. 2012 is no different as the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas certainly gave us a lot of further exciting and innovative gadgetry and automated appliances to look forward to.


At the CES 2012, onlookers were cheering the unveiling of the Samsung’s Smart Washing Machine – designed for busy people who are always on the go. Samsung’s hi-capacity WF457 front load washer is Wi-Fi enabled which allows you to access your laundry washer remotely. It gives you complete access and control of your washing cycles and at the same time can reduce your wash time to up to 25% because of the SpeedSpray feature. The Samsung WF457 is estimated to use only 96kW/h of electricity and reduce water consumption by 70% which is good news for everyone.


Other amazing appliances that made waves at CES 2012 were LG’s Internet fridge and smart oven. Loaded with the right software these appliances can actually communicate tasks to each other. Talk about taking automation and convenience on a whole new level! LG’s classy French Door Refrigerator is equipped with touch screen LCD panel which can take advantage of a smartphone app for easy food monitoring in terms of expiry dates, fridge capacity levels or storage information. And just when you thought you’d seen the best already, LG revealed somethine else they had up their sleeve. After loading all food stuff inside the fridge, the unit would then analyze everything inside and make recipe suggestions. Wow! A fridge that can almost cook for you? The fridge can then pass this information on to the Smart Oven with cooking instructions. Its conveniently large with 6.2 cubic foot capacity and freestanding so it can accommodate for your everyday cooking and baking needs.


Cool features included in these appliances consist of smart access, smart adapt and smart diagnosis. Smart access simply means you can check the status of that appliance via a smartphone app while smart adapt allows homemakers to send actual or desired cooking times to the oven, and of course, via their smartphone. Finally, smart diagnosis makes detecting problems easier and simpler. A great example of smart diagnosis is LG’s Smart Washing Machine. Like the WF457, LG’s smart washer is also Wi-Fi ready and can be accessed by smartphones and smart TVs. Users can actually monitor their washing time thereby eliminating tiring trips to the laundry area just to check whether it’s done or not. If you compare these great features to your those on your traditional washing machine, they’re almost like a quantum leap apart.


Smart this and smart that – are they really all that smart or perhaps just convenient and practical? Well one thing is for sure, the automation and convenience that these smart appliances are now offering definitely does make for more efficiency. And if these smart appliances are just the tip of the iceberg, I’d certainly like to know what’s just around the corner, or more to the point, on show at the next year’s CES in 2013 because its surely going to be a blast.

Unwired National Network Next Year

Wireless internet company ‘Unwired’ plans of deploying a national WiMax network in all metropolitan areas have taken a nose dive as parent company, the ‘Seven Group’, stated that commercial services might be still up to one year away.

After two delays already, Unwired is now aiming on expanding their WiMax infrastructure beyond Melbourne and Sydney into other capitals but maintain they wish to roll out the new wireless network ‘right’ opposed to ‘rushed’. It’s believed the WiMax network improvements have been now set back to late 2008 or early 2009.

The wireless internet company’s media parent, Seven Group, said it had begun testing the new network but commercial services might still be up to a year away.  A Seven Group spokesman said trials currently under way would enable the company to build a financial structure for the project that was expected to proceed “in the current financial year”.

“We’re very pleased with the technology and the opportunities with Unwired. We’ll do it right, not rushed,” the spokesman said.

source: australianit.com.au

Wireless Broadband Explained

We often receive enquiries from those who are new to broadband or don’t fully understand how wireless broadband technology operates. In this short article, I’ll endeavour to explain the fundamentals of wireless broadband in an attempt to help out novice users and in effect, assist them toward making an informed choice.

Let’s start with a rundown on wireless broadband and the benefits and disadvantages of using this type of technology.

If there’s one word that best describes wireless broadband, it’s ‘convenience’. The mobility and flexibility that wireless broadband offers is perhaps the main reason behind most decisions for acquiring this type of service. What’s more, wireless broadband access has the additional bonus of just that, a ‘wire-less’ environment. Assuming you have a laptop (notebook) which has a built in battery and are in your wireless broadband providers’ coverage area, you will have the ability to use the internet almost anywhere. E.g. Cafés, Car, Bush, Park, Backyard.

At this point in time fixed (cable) broadband internet technology types such as ‘ADSL2+’ and ‘Cable’ are still considered much faster than wireless here in Australia. For example, current accessible broadband speeds for fixed internet connections are up to 30Mbps which is near 20 times the speed of common wireless connectivity (1.5Mbps). Installation difficulties and especially unsecured network protection can act as a deterrent for some prospective broadband buyers. Maintaining a stable connection is also another area of concern, as drop outs or black spots (areas with with no coverage) can become extremely furstrating.

Wireless environment (absence of network leads)
Ability to roam around without limitations
Convenience of use anywhere and everywhere

Limited Speeds (considerable slower than fixed line broadband)
Stability/Black Spots (drop outs and areas with no coverage)
Value-for-money (can be considered expensive for a quality service)
Installation/Network Protection (difficulties to install and security/intrusion threat)

Understanding Wireless Broadband Options
There are many people who just want a ‘wireless environment’ at home so they can roam from room-to-room or relax by the pool whilst surfing the net on their laptop (sound like you?). From various enquiries that I receive here at Broadband Guide, it appears that a significant amount of people also think they need to acquire a ‘wireless’ broadband plan to have a wire-free environment. Well have I got news for you! A wireless home (house/backyard/back shed), or a small area such as this, can be made wireless by simply using a wireless modem. Yes, most of you know this, but some of you don’t!

For example, users have the ability to join up on a Cable or ADSL2+ broadband plan and purchase a wireless modem and thus create a wireless home environment. Whereas true mobile wireless plans gives you the same ability, however, with the correct hardware such as a wireless PCI card or USB adapter/modem, this type of plan additionally gives you the ability to roam anywhere within your providers’ coverage area with internet access.

Final Word
Wireless Broadband isn’t for everyone. Sure it’s can be very convenient, however do you really need it? When taking into consideration the disadvantages like slower speeds, expense or drop outs, and not making full use out of it’s mobile nature, the novelty may soon wear off.  On the other hand, if it’s the freedom of internet access anywhere, for work or leisure, then wireless broadband could be the internet technology type for you.

Compare wireless broadband plans and bundles right here at Broadband Guide. http://broadbandguide.com.au/wireless

Clearwire Google Intel Comcast WIMAX Broadband

If the U.S. is a yardstick for things to come in the Telecommunication sector, than XOHM WiMAX Wireless Broadband could be ‘it’ for Australian Mobile Networks down the track.

Comcast, Intel and Google recently contributed around $3 billion to deploy a WiMAX mobile Internet Network in Chicago among other regions, and for these ‘big boys’ to show this much commitment, theres obviously some kind of potential behind the technology.

WiMAX (or Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is still currently a questionable standard of telecommunications technology that supposedly offers uninterrupted broadband wireless Internet access to subscribers anywhere in that respective area. Mobile Phones, Personal Computers and other forms of communication devices are all compatible with WiMAX and unlike the WiFi standard, it apparently offers greater coverage and quality of service.

For the time being though, all eyes will be on Chicago as it embraces WiMAX as a Broadband alternative, and although it mightn’t be the preferred option for all Broadband users out there, it will certainly be closely monitored by many for it’s potential as a mainstream Wireless alternative of the future.

Source: Suntime.com

Google Wi-Fi steriods to provide free Broadband?

Recent world wide breaking news suggests that Google could be gearing up to provide free Broadband ‘android’ services in the not so distant future. Early indications have stated that Google is currently lobbying the United States FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in a bid to allow more personal devices to use the Internet and access so called ‘TV white space’ to transmit Broadband services.

Google’s Telecommunications counsel ‘Richard Whitt’ has coined the expression ‘Wi-Fi on Steroids’ or Wi-Fi 2.0, when referring to the respective technology that can potentially offer gigabits-per-second speeds. If successful with the bid, the U.S. could be using the proposed service as early as 2009 with Australians possibly being able to access a similar service by 2013 when our analogue TV broadcasts cease transmissions.

Read more at News.com.au

Mobile Broadband usage on the up

If following trends in other countries is anything to go by, then many Australians are likely to be using Mobile Broadband more extensively in the future.

Mobile Broadband Internet consumption in the U.S. has risen by 154% in just one year. In 2006, there were 850,000 people roaming around wirelessly with Mobile Broadband whilst at the same time the following year this figure increased to 2,168,000! 

This ascent in Mobile Internet usage suggests there’s been a significant rise in mobile & wireless technology development along with mobile Providers offering respective services, and in fact it’s the latter of which that’s apparently the driving force behind the sudden increase in Mobile Broadband popularity.

Mobile Wireless Providers in the U.S. have been offering higher download limits, lower costs and faster speeds which is currently being witnessed by Wireless Broadband Providers here in Australia. If this trend is anything to go by, expect cheaper mobile Broadband services to come our way in 2008.

The finding is quite remarkable in the context of the relatively mature US internet market, and suggests much faster speeds, higher download limits and lower costs introduced by mobile broadband providers in countries like the US and Australia over the past year are having an impact.

Keep an eye out for cheap mobile broadband deals right here at Broadband Guide. http://broadbandguide.com.au/mobile-broadband/plans

Source: SmartCompany.com.au

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