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  1. Kelpie

    Switching NBN Provider

    How easy is it to change nbn provider? Is it like the UK where you choose a new provider and they deal with the switching or do you need to cancel one, choose a new provider, and hope that it all aligns?
  2. Its OFFICIAL!! I'm always hearing the PIO poms and "aussies" whinging about their broadband. Now I understand why.
  3. NewYearNewLife

    Landline and Broadband providers QLD

    Hi We are just about to move to the Gold Coast and have a couple of questions about finding a good broadband and home phone provider. We've bought a house with an existing landline which is probably no longer connected. Do we have to get Telstra to hook us up or as the house is apparently within an NBN area can we just go with a new provider for Broadband and home phone? Do you even need a landline anymore? Here in the UK we have had everything (phone,broadband,mobile and TV) through Sky but I'm not sure if there is as much benefit over there. FOXTEL seems expensive and with Netflix and Amazon Prime available we can probably get what we need, TV wise, from those. But would anyone recommend a company that do phone, mobile and broadband as a package? Ideally we'd find a company that did a family plan for mobile so we could share the data across several phones.Is that possible? All help and advice gratefully received. Cheers in advance!
  4. MORE housing estates in Victoria will be fitted with high speed broadband this year than in any other state, according to a rollout schedule recently released by NBN Co. At least 49 new estates across Victoria's metropolitan and regional areas will be fitted with fibre-optic cable, compared with 42 estates in New South Wales and 20 in Queensland. Government-owned NBN Co will install fibre in these estates - known as ''greenfields'' - free of charge and much earlier than in planned rollout sites such as South Morang, Bacchus Marsh and Tullamarine This means thousands of households will be using NBN Co's fibre within months, some as early as February, with 4636 premises in greenfield estates to be connected this year. These houses will not have access to any other fixed telecommunications. Locations include The Chase in Alfredton, Highlands in Craigieburn, Ambrosia Estate in Cranbourne West and Mernda Villages in Mernda. A spokesman for development company Stockland confirmed ''NBN has laid and is in the process of commissioning fibre cabling at Mernda and Highlands estate [in Craigieburn]''. Regional towns are also listed, including Whenby Grange in Wodonga, The Boulevard in Shepparton, and Yorkdale in Ballarat suburb Delacombe. When NBN Co published its initial greenfield construction plan in October last year there were 20 Victorian housing estates with 1780 premises. But the number increased to 49 estates with 4636 premises by the time a revised list came out on December 12. While this means NBN Co's rollout locations are driven by developers rather than pure engineering needs, it is faster and cheaper to roll out fibre in unoccupied estates than to install copper wires that would be replaced within years.
  5. The Pom Queen

    Telstra Shareholders to say yes to NBN

    TELSTRA shareholders are set to say yes to the telco giant's $11 billion deal with the Federal Government on the national broadband network. A vote in favour would be one of the last remaining steps in determining Telstra's participation in the NBN, and would be a move closer towards the closure of the fixed-line copper network. CBA Institutional Equities analysts Alice Bennett and Nathan Burley said shareholders were expected to give the deal the tick of approval at tomorrow's annual general meeting. "We expect shareholders to vote clearly in favour of co-operation with the NBN and for structural separation," the pair said in a research note dated October 14. Telstra chief executive David Thodey was also confident of a positive result. "The response from both the institutional shareholders and generally the retail base has been very positive," Mr Thodey told ABC Television's Inside Business on Sunday. Negotiations with the federal government and NBN Co took almost two years to arrive at what Mr Thodey earlier this year described as possibly the most complex transaction in the history of corporate Australia. NBN Co is the government-funded company charged with building and operating the network. Under the deal, Telstra will progressively decommission its copper-based network, and allow NBN Co to access its pits, manholes and exchanges, and sell some infrastructure. In return, Telstra will receive $11 billion from the federal government, with the financial benefits to come over a period of 30 years. The Telstra board, as well as a number of corporate advisory firms and the Australian Shareholders Association, have recommended a yes vote. Independent advisory firm Grant Samuel concluded in a report that the deal was the best possible outcome for Telstra shareholders, as it added $4.7 billion to the telco's value. Grant Samuel said in the report the implementation of the NBN would strip $11.6 billion from Telstra's cashflows and revenue. However, that would be more than covered by the eventual value of its transaction with the federal government and NBN Co, estimated by Grant Samuel to be $12.8 billion, plus $3.5 billion in costs avoided by not competing with the NBN, the firm said. The final step was the outcome of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) review of Telstra's structural separation undertakings (SSU). The ACCC was yet to rule on the undertakings but said in August that it could not accept a crucial aspect of the SSU, saying the telco had no compliance plan for its commitment to structurally separate its two arms from 2018. Telstra and the ACCC have been meeting over the issue and the CBA Institutional Equities' analysts said they expected the parties to reach an agreement. "We anticipate that ACCC approval will not come until November, but remain confident agreement will be reached with changes requiring minimal cost to Telstra," Ms Bennett and Mr Burley said. The structural separation was due to be completed by 2018 and involved the telco giant splitting into two entities, a retail arm and a wholesale arm. Telstra closed up four cents at $3.11. *
  6. Guest

    New Tassie NBN rollout

    THE National Broadband Network will push deep into Tasmania's largest cities, with fibre to pass another 90,000 Tasmanian homes, Prime Minister Julia Gillard will announce today. The biggest tranche of the network rollout in Tasmania so far will also create 800 new jobs. The new rollout will extend the network's reach in Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart, with construction peaking in 2015. The $40 billion high-speed broadband network was first rolled out in Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton. Stage two, which is nearing completion, passes 11,000 homes in Deloraine, Kingston Beach, George Town, Sorell, South Hobart, St Helens and Triabunna. The Federal Government-funded network is the largest infrastructure project in Australian history and is intended to deliver internet connections of up to 100 megabits per second to 90 per cent of Australian households. Ms Gillard said the NBN would boost economic benefits to the state and national economies. "The NBN will create jobs, boost productivity, provide new and improved online health and education services and improve government service delivery," she said. "Just the rollout itself will have a significant impact in Tasmania, with new direct jobs and vast opportunities for businesses providing additional supplies, transport and other services." Ms Gillard said the NBN would form the backbone of the Australian telecommunications network for decades to come. Recent economic reports have estimated that by 2016 the internet will contribute $70 billion per annum to the whole of the Australian economy. The NBN also will enable more people to work from home, which will cut travelling time and carbon emissions.
  7. I am interested in what other folks think of the $37B (minimum) plan for the NBN. I rekon there are much better things the spend that sort of cash on. If you had $37B to spend, and were (un)fortunate enough to be Julia Gillard, what would you spend it on?
  8. Petals

    NBN Fibre Optic way to go

    Been discussions about our new roll out. Well the Germans seem to have found out that its pretty fast stuff. "Scientists have set a new data speed record using just a single laser to transmit the equivalent of 700 DVDs in one second. They say their discovery will not only help to fulfil the world's burgeoning high-capacity bandwidth needs of cloud computing and 3D-high definition TV, but provide an environmentally-friendly way of transmitting data over long distances. Earlier this year, Japanese scientists set a world record sending 109 terabits per second using multiple lasers. But the data rate of 26 terabits per second reported by the group of German, Swiss and UK scientists in today's Nature Photonics is the largest line rate ever recorded using a single light source." Whole article is on ABC science report which you can have sent to you each week if you like, being interested in all things I know nothing about I subscribe to it. Foot in mouth on radio in Sydney yesterday though bit of a laugh. :laugh: