NBN Co expects Telstra deal to be signed by Christmas

“We do have an obligation set by the Government that 90 percent of the fixed-line footprint will be at 50Mbps and no-one will be less than 25Mbps,” CEO Morrow said.

“We are working through all of those issues and trying to understand how many homes will fall below 50Mbps and 25Mbps and what alternative solutions we’ll be able to provide them.”

Obligation to provide 50 Mbps. half the speed of the high end FTTP offerings, and so much slower then the possible speeds over fibre. Crappy.

via NBN Co expects Telstra deal to be signed by Christmas – Telco/ISP – News – iTnews.com.au.

The NBN phony war is over

The Coalition’s plan for a better National Broadband Network (NBN) was announced in April 2013 and it has taken just 18 months for the extent of the damage that will be caused by the government’s flawed broadband plan to become known.

A scathing look at the FTTN/MTM. Well written, definitely worth checking out.

via The NBN phony war is over | Business Spectator.

NBN fibre-to-the-node trial reveals slower speeds

In contrast to NBN Cos initial trial results, iiNet has revealed that one customer was only able to get 50Mbps on their trial fibre-to-the-node service.

I only see this getting worse as more FTTN trial users are added and average speeds continue to fall.

via NBN fibre-to-the-node trial reveals slower speeds | ZDNet.

XtremIO XIOS 3.0 Requires Destructive Upgrade

News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to change the on-disk de-duplication block size from 4K to 8K in order to ensure metadata can be managed efficiently.

Oops.

via XtremIO XIOS 3.0 Requires Destructive Upgrade | Architecting IT Blog.

Customers to provide the hotspots in Telstra’s new Wi-Fi plan

Telstra’s plans to rollout Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network over the next five years involves asking existing customers to allow part of their broadband connection to be used as hotspots.

Sure, feel free to use as much of my bandwidth as you like, i have an abundance of bits.. oh wait..

via Customers to provide the hotspots in Telstra’s new Wi-Fi plan.

Broadband prices could rise as Telstra lobbies for fixed-line price increases

Telstra has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for permission to raise charges for access to its wholesale fixed-line phone and internet services by 7.2 per cent from 2015, partly as compensation for the rise of the NBN.

Come on ACC, Telstra really need this, they are hurting! throw them a bone!

via Broadband prices could rise as Telstra lobbies for fixed-line price increases.

We Need To Talk About Upload Speeds

It’s pretty ridiculous that I can get superior speeds with a handheld battery-powered gadget connecting wirelessly to a tower an entire kilometre away than I can through the physical line running directly from the phone socket in the wall to a Telstra exchange down the road, isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I love mobile data — and I use plenty of it — but what it does best is throw into sharp relief the fact that the wired parts of Australia’s internet stretching into people’s houses haven’t exactly kept up with the times.

Upload speeds as they stand are a joke currently, and if FTTN pans out the way most expect it to, it will continue to be a joke. Under FTTP we could have easily upgraded to 1000/400 and had some serious bandwidth available – both up and down.

via We Need To Talk About Upload Speeds | Gizmodo Australia.