NBN satellite launch may not deliver what it promises

AustraliaCrikey — One of the most powerful forces in the world today, disruptive new technology, will destroy all of the hopes that rode into space this morning on the rocket that launched the first of two NBN National Broadband Network satellites toward geostationary orbits. Even the national broadcaster the ABC made this clear as it streamed the live launch of the first of two Sky Muster space based platforms from French Guiana.


NBN takes aim at satellite broadband leechers

AustraliaIT News — NBN will equip itself with network monitoring tools to combat the potential for leechers sucking up high amounts of bandwidth on its soon-to-launch long-term satellite service. The network builder today published a request for information from suppliers of deep packet inspection technology, which it said would allow it to “enhance its capacity planning, offer new services and improve congestion management”.


Telstra: No NBN regrets for Andy Penn

AustraliaThe Australian — While Telstra was involved in installing the first 1000 nodes and is carrying out about 60 per cent of the network planning and design work, Mr Penn said the telco had decided not to get involved in construction despite having preliminary talks with NBN Co. “We are were only going to do it on a basis that commercially works for us and that particular set of arrangement didn’t work for us,” Mr Penn told The Australian.


NBN awards second set of FTTx build contracts

AustraliaNBN has handed six contractors deals for the second set of network deployments supporting its multi-technology mix. The list of contractors includes SA Power Networks in the Northern Territory and South Australia, QC Comms in the Australian Capital Territory and parts of New South Wales, with Lend Lease also joining it in NSW. Service Stream and Decon scored deals for additional NBN FTTx builds in Victoria.


NBN forced to spend big to overhaul inadequate IT systems

AustraliaIT News — The cost of replacing an inadequate workforce management system contributed to a blowout in NBN’s IT capital expenditure budget, the network builder has revealed. During a recent senate hearing, ‎NBN networks boss JB Rousselot said the company’s IT capex had increased from $900 million to $1.6 billion in the three years prior to the December 2013 revised strategic review.


NBN’s fibre-to-the-node services go live

AustraliaIT News — NBN has launched its first live services for end users on fibre-to-the-node technology, claiming most ADSL users won’t need an on-premises appointment to switch over to the network.  The FTTN go-live follows an end user trial in Belmont, NSW, that covered 43 homes, all of whom were Telstra retail customers. Around 384 premises are served by each FTTN cabinet.


Australia emerges as source for DDoS attacks

AustraliaAustralia has appeared in content delivery network provider Akamai’s top ten list of sources for denial of service attacks for the first time, as high-speed broadband connections become more commonplace. Akamai’s State of the Internet report saw Australia enter the top ten DDoS source list in the second quarter of this year with around four percent of attacks globally, putting it on par with larger countries such as Germany, Russia and Korea.


Exetel signs wholesale NBN deal with Optus

AustraliaIT News — Exetel has signed a two-year deal to purchase NBN carrier aggregation services through Optus Wholesale. Under the deal, Exetel will be provided access to all NBN 121 POIs (points of interconnect) through Optus Wholesale, including backhaul. The arrangement means Exetel can avoid the costs of servicing all 121 POIs on its own. For each region an RSP such as Exetel wants to serve, it needs to purchase a physical port at the POI to connect its backhaul to the NBN network.


ACCC approves Optus HFC NBN deal

AustraliaIT News — The competition regulator has given the go-ahead to Optus’ agreement to transfer its HFC cable network to the NBN, clearing one of the final regulatory roadblocks to the rollout of the Coalition’s multi-technology mix network. The approval also comes two months after the ACCC gave its approval to Telstra’s revised definitive agreements to hand over its copper and HFC networks to NBN.


NBN to offer TV connections through fibre for greenfields

AustraliaIT Web  — NBN will give developers the opportunity to ditch aerial cables for free-to-air television in their greenfields developments by offering the infrastructure through fibre. The national network builder today revealed it was working on a TV infrastructure offering for new developments, which it is planning to make available in the first quarter of next year. NBN would charge for the service on top of the fees it levies on developers to connect their apartment blocks and estates with fibre.


NBN lumped with new data sharing rules despite opposition

AustraliaIT News — The national network builder will soon be controlled by a new license condition dictating how it shares information on the rollout with retail service providers, despite protestations against the move. Earlier this year the government asked the ACCC to consult with the industry on whether to introduce a new carrier licence condition for NBN (formerly NBN Co), which would govern the rollout information it provides to RSPs.


Thicker NBN aerial cables to face community opposition

AustraliaThe federal government is likely to face opposition over its proposal to increase the thickness of overhead cables erected as part of the national broadband network “to the size of your wrist” without requiring local or state planning approvals. Under schedule three of the Telecommunications Act and related regulations, carriers currently have limited immunity from local, state and territory planning and environmental laws when installing overhead cables with a diameter of 30mm or less.


NBN on track to reach million premises milestone

AustraliaAustralia’s national broadband network builder is on track to meet its target of delivering one million serviceable premises and reaching $150 million in telecommunications revenue by the end of the financial year. The company today said its serviceable broadband footprint had reached nearly 900,000 premises as of the end of the March quarter. NBN’s telecommunications revenue cracked $100 million for the March quarter to reach $106 million, its strongest result to date.


Govt outlines planned telco tax for satellite, wireless NBN

AustraliaA government research bureau has suggested a new levy on Australia’s biggest telcos to help fund the satellite and wireless components of the national broadband network. In its response to the Vertigan review last December, the federal government said it would task a newly-formed research group within the Department of Communications with looking into alternate ways to fund the rollout of the NBN to unprofitable regional and remote areas.


NBN considers extra charges for regional satellite users

AustraliaThe national broadband network builder is proposing to charge service providers for instances when end-users miss appointments, make late cancellations or want to reactivate their service. NBN today released a list of proposed charges for the LTS – which is scheduled to launch commercially in the second quarter of next year – as part of industry consultation on the fees. A $15 reactivation fee will be charged to cover the cost of each individual reactivation.


TPG beats NBN in court battle over FTTB, from AU

AustraliaTPG has successfully defended itself against NBN (formerly NBN Co) over misleading and deceptive conduct claims arising from its rollout of fibre-to-the-basement. In October last year NBN took Pipe Networks’ parent company TPG to court in NSW over its plans to use the power supply in apartment blocks to roll fibre into the buildings. NBN had claimed the telco was misleading strata managers and building owners by informing them it was legally able to access and draw power from existing sockets.


NBN Co reveals active service dates for 1000-node trial sites

AustraliaNBN Co will start offering active services to premises within its 1000-node construction trial of fibre-to-the-node technology from September. Last June, the network builder announced it had partnered with Telstra to test out the planning, design and construction of FTTN in 1000 nodes across Queensland and NSW. The pilot has been designed to inform the best way to tackle a large-scale rollout of FTTN, which has become the default access technology of choice under the Coalition’s multi-technology mix NBN.


NBN Co to start second FTTN trial, from AU

AustraliaNBN Co has embarked on a second trial of fibre-to-the-node technology for 200 end-users to test the network ahead of the commercial launch of an FTTN product. The trial follows NBN Co’s first pilot of FTTN technology at NSW’s Umina Beach. In a test agreement published today – as first reported by NBN watcher jxeeno – NBN Co revealed it had begun work on a new FTTN trial on March 31. The trial will run until November 31 unless extended, the company said.


NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless, from AU

AustraliaNBN Co will next month begin a trial of faster speeds on its fixed wireless network in regional areas, offering retail service providers a new speed tier of up to 50Mbps down and 20Mbps up. The trial represents a doubling of the highest wholesale speed tier – capped at 25Mbps – currently on offer for those selling services on the fixed wireless network. The new pilot speeds will be available to all customers on the 25Mbps plan, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the CommsDay Summit in Sydney today.


Telstra, NBN Co resolve $200m pricing fight

AustraliaTelstra and NBN Co have settled a pricing dispute worth $200 million out of court after pulling out of scheduled court hearings this week. A Telstra spokesperson today confirmed the pair had reached a “commercial resolution” on when the consumer price index for payments covered by the 2011 definitive agreements should kick in. The difference between the dates at which NBN Co and Telstra argue the CPI should apply is worth around $200 million. The Telstra spokesperson declined to comment on how the issue had been resolved.