Mark Gregory

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.

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.

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