Predictions that Australians' thirst for broadband internet will demand gigabit-per-second speeds by 2030 led the news about the NBN in the past week.
There was also coverage of NBN Co's work to make it faster for ISPs to set up a user on the NBN, and commentary from a key person involved in building NBN facilities on why so much of the equipment and know-how is being sourced within Australia.
We also read that people are packing their house up and moving to Willunga, South Australia, to get connected to the NBN!
Here's some of the great coverage we've been reading.
NBN Co and Australia's internet service provider community will spend this weekend testing a system that aims to dramatically reduce the delay consumers face when signing up to a broadband service. From March 17, the Government-owned wholesale network will invite ISPs to test integration of their internal systems with a business-to-business gateway that will automate provision of new broadband services to customers.
Recently I've had some insight working on a key component of the National Broadband Network (NBN), helping to build the computer facilities through which all NBN internet traffic will pass around the country.
ABC Radio's Mark Colvin travels to Kiama Downs, NSW to hear from the residents what they think of the National Broadband Network.
People are moving to Willunga, South Australia, to connect with the National Broadband Network with the town having the highest take-up in the country.
When it comes to selecting IT platforms and partners to support its business mission, the Federal Government-owned National Broadband Network Company faces a somewhat unique set of problems and opportunities.
A story ran in The Australian early this week, stating boldly that a school in South Australia was facing a bill of $200,000 to secure an NBN connection. It was a heck of a headline — but as it turns out, it wasn’t the case at all.
... and something quirky to end this week's news wrap!
Twenty years ago, Telecom Australia (it was still one year away from becoming Telstra) released a promotional video showing the wonderful world Broadband. The video is set four years in the future – the technologically advanced time of 1996 – deals with how one man used the power of broadband to... well, we won’t spoil it for you.
When we talk about speeds delivered over the National Broadband Network, we are referring to the wholesale speed to telephone and internet service providers. The speed you can achieve, and services you can use, on your individual connection will depend on many factors including the services you subscribe to, the software and communication protocols you use, quality of your equipment and connection to your home/business, the broadband plans offered by your telephone or internet provider and how it designs its network to cater for multiple users.