Mark Gregory

Can Australian telecoms be made more affordable?

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Access to telecommunications at affordable pricing has been the 'Holy Grail' for many Australians, particularly in regional and remote areas, and there are still many hurdles that need to be crossed.

The NBN blowout and the blame game

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The $15 billion cost blowout and further rollout delays highlighted by NBN Co are an exercise in allowing the Coalition to get the bad news out of the way and hope for better news before the next election.

Labor at NBN crossroads

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Rather than focus on spin Labor might want to tackle the tough questions that need to be answered before it releases its revised NBN policy, which looks doomed no matter what it contains.

Can NBN's hiring spree get the job done on time?

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The challenges of rolling out the Coalition's MTM network aren't going away in a hurry and NBN will need every bit of help it can get to hit its 2020 target.

Telcos caught in a security firefight

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Cyber security is a major issue but is the Coalition using it as a smokescreen to grab unparalleled legislative control over the telecommunications industry?

The Coalition's latest assault on telcos

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The Coalition government’s proposed national security amendment to the Telecommunications Act is an ill-conceived exercise that once again threatens to impose onerous conditions on the telecommunications industry.

NBN network design dissected

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Forced to utilise a lowest cost rollout approach the company building the NBN finds itself adopting technologies and a network design that will be outdated even before the rollout is completed.

No fix to NBN construction pain

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NBN is now facing a self-imposed shortage of workers with the skills needed to rollout the obsolete FTTN VDSL2/vectoring technology and there's no easy solution in sight.

Have the copyright bullies pushed too hard?

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Media companies may deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement but bullying consumers is only going to make things worse for all concerned.

The secret trade deal that rewrites Australian telco rules

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The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) could potentially have a dramatic impact on our telecommunications sector.

The NBN endgame

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When the NBN is finally finished in 2020 don’t be surprised when you get far less than what you anticipated.

NBN's FTTN confusion makes any guarantees pointless

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Here's why NBN's Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) customers are likely to get no better than 12Mbps/1Mbps speeds during the 18 month transition period from the old network to the new one.

NBN, British Telecom and turning back the clock

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NBN is keen to learn British Telecom's FTTN secret sauce but this is a recipe not worth learning.

Is an NBN compromise still possible?

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The telecommunications industry needs to push for a rollout approach that satisfies both sides of the NBN debate. There's still time.

How Netflix mania helps NBN

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The media streaming boom provides NBN with an opportunity to reduce CVC charges while continuing to increase revenue. But it needs a rethink on its product pricing.

Keeping the lid on NBN discontent

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No news is good news, as far as Malcolm Turnbull is concerned, but how long can he keep the inherent weaknesses of the Coalition’s multi-technology mix NBN out of the limelight?

Turnbull's piracy crackdown and the fate of VPNs

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The Abbott government's war on piracy looks set to deliver maximum pain for very little gain.

NBN Design Rules go MIA

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Transparency may be the new motto at NBN Co but the company has slowly but steadily reduced the technical information available to the public about how the network is to be built.

Why the NBN can do without fibre-to-the-node

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NBN Co boss Bill Morrow has an opportunity right now to prevent one of the greatest technology disasters in Australian history by moving beyond the obsolete FTTN technology to an option that provides cheaper G.Fast and self-install fibre-to-the-premises.

Abbott's copyright kowtow a step backwards

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The Abbott government has introduced copyright laws into parliament that appear to have the sole purpose of stamping out the consumer rebellion against delayed access to content and rip-off prices.

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