Mark Gregory

Missing the national Wi-Fi boat

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A lack of a government foresight and dithering by NBN Co has led to a missed opportunity to utilise the NBN as infrastructure of choice for nationwide Wi-Fi rollouts.

The NBN fibre cost shock

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Malcolm Turnbull's re-election commitment to provide a pathway from copper to fibre has been achieved but the cost of paying to have the fibre rolled to the premise has blown out to a fearsome and prohibitive extent.

NBN and USO: Searching for a better alignment

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The Coalition government is putting its weight behind a broad public debate about the provision of the Universal Service Obligation and it's a discussion we need to have .

Mumbo-jumbo accounting clouds NBN rollout cost

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What's the point of telling Australians how much it would cost per premises to rollout a full-fibre NBN without providing the equivalent cost for HFC and Fibre-to-the-Node? And where did the operations, maintenance and upgrade costs go?

NBN will suffer under telcos' lack of vision

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The telecommunications industry has demonstrated an astounding lack of strategic vision for decades now, and the NBN is no exception.

TPG back on its fibre horse

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Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to slow TPG Telecom’s FTTB rollout evidently couldn’t keep the telco down for too long,

NBN: The good, the bad and the downright unfair

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To get a better understanding of what we will receive after spending a large part of $43 billion on what's ultimately a minor upgrade to existing infrastructure, we need to investigate NBN Co’s product technical specifications.

Would a future Turnbull government be better for the NBN?

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Tony Abbott’s continued survival just might be the best chance we have of bringing a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP)-focused NBN back on the agenda.

The TPG tangle could get messy for Turnbull

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The Coalition's bid to prop up NBN Co's viability has the telcos in a tizz but it doesn't stop TPG Telecom from benefitting from the chaos.

NBN's road to 'bare-minimum broadband'

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It's going to take a lot of hard work for the government to stay the course with the MTM NBN. Even if everything goes to plan, we are going to end up with a network that will barely meet the standard definition of broadband.

Curtain rises on NBN's second act

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Telstra chief executive David Thodey and NBN Co boss Bill Morrow may have been beaming as the reworked deal was finally signed but it will be interesting to see how long before the bonhomie gives way to acrimony.

The year the NBN stood still

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NBN Co has got a few things right in 2014 but for the government and particularly Malcolm Turnbull, the year will be remembered as the one in which Australia was consigned to the broadband back blocks.

Rescuing Turnbull's NBN

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The Coalition government’s vision of a second-rate broadband network provides NBN Co’s engineers with an interesting challenge. Is it possible to overcome the network's limitations?

Telstra's Wi-Fi play demands stricter scrutiny

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The telco's bold plan to build a national Wi-Fi network may seem innocent enough but it raises some vexing issues for its rivals and regulators.

The NBN twilight zone

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The Coalition's multi-technology mix NBN poses technical and rollout coordination challenges that could well leave quite a few premises out in the cold.

NBN and net neutrality: What it means for Australian consumers

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In the next decade the NBN will become the dominant medium for content distribution and without net neutrality laws the larger service providers will make merry and further entrench their dominance.

Time to end the NBN spin cycle

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It’s critically important that NBN Co is allowed to continue the rollout without the shackles of ideological persuasion, dubious timelines and an opacity that emboldens its many critics.

NBN Co's great gamble

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HFC might be able to give NBN Co a boost in connection numbers at the right time but it won't be easy or cheap.

What's good for Telstra is good for NBN Co

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The draft carrier licence condition released by the government penalises the industry in favour of Telstra and NBN Co. With the fate of both entities closely intertwined Telstra's rivals are running out of options.

The NBN phony war is over

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Breaking Telstra's dominance was never going to be easy and the Coalition's NBN 2.0 has inevitably compounded the problem. With its rivals up in arms how is the Telstra split going to play out?

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