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Telstra mobile base station officially opened in Dungowan

08 Jun 2018
TelstraNews

Data is finally flowing, and mobile phones ringing at Dungowan following the installation of a mobile base station on Nundle Road.

The tower has been a long time coming for local residents, with Member for New England Barnaby Joyce coming out of sick leave to cut the ribbon at the official ceremony alongside Telstra area general manager Mike Marom.

“This is an important moment for residents, businesses and visitors in Dungowan who can now make, receive mobile calls and access high speed mobile broadband using Telstra’s latest 3G and 4GX services,” Mr Marom said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (northerndailyleader.com.au)

Victorian couple quoted up to $1.2m to connect to NBN Co's fibre service

07 Jun 2018
NbnNews

A couple living less than 100 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD has been told they will have to pay up to $1.2 million to get the National Broadband Network's best service connected to their home.

Alistair Stewart, an IT consultant who often works from his Jam Jerrup home south-east of Melbourne, wants to upgrade to the NBN's fibre optic technology because he is unhappy with its wireless service.

But the company in charge of rolling out the service, NBN Co, have told him that because his house is 7 kilometres from the nearest connection, he would be charged between $800,000 and $1.2 million for the installation.

Mr Stewart, who revealed the issue to Jon Faine on ABC Radio Melbourne, said he was shocked by the figure.

"Outrageous, absolutely outrageous," he said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (abc.net.au)

25Mbps does not qualify as ‘very fast broadband’: WA govt

07 Jun 2018
NbnNews

The Western Australian government has called for changes to the statement of expectations that governs the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The current statement of expectations was issued by the federal government to NBN in August 2016.  The statement sets as a key goal of the NBN rollout “ensuring that all Australians have access to very fast broadband”. Fulfilling that goal will include providing peak wholesale download speeds of 25 megabits per second for all premises and at least 50Mbps for 90 per cent of fixed-line premises “as as soon as possible”.

“nbn should ensure that its wholesale services enable retail service providers to supply services that meet the needs of end users,” the statement of expectations says.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Asus, D-Link and Huawei devices also targeted in global malware campaign

07 Jun 2018
InTheNews

Cisco cyber intelligence unit Talos has found that the actor behind the global VPNFilter malware campaign also targeted Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE devices.

On 23 May, Talos warned that hackers had infected at least 500,000 networking devices in 54 countries. At the time, the known affected vendors were Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link.

Small and home office (SOHO) and QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices were the targeted devices.

Now Talos believes the actor, which it claims is likely state-sponsored or state-affiliated, has also targeted the devices of six additional vendors, including Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE.

To continue reading the article: click here. (arnnet.com.au)

Telco industry calls for regulatory restraint over new NBN complaints rules

07 Jun 2018
NbnNews

Telecommunications industry group Communications Alliance has welcomed the introduction new complaints-handling rules but called for the Australian Communications and Media Authority to “exercise some understanding” while service providers push to become compliant.

The ACMA in December detailed a range of new rules it planned to introduce for telcos. A particular focus is trying to combat the poor end user experiences when migrating to the National Broadband Network that have helped drive up NBN-related complaints.

The new rules, which commence on 1 July, outline new procedures for complaints handling and record-keeping. Infractions could lead to court-imposed fines of up to $250,000.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

NBN so bad, users want old internet back

07 Jun 2018
NbnNews

 AT LEAST seven Telstra router boxes, countless buck-passing phone calls (sometimes from the landline if it's actually working), hundreds of reboots and dropouts and several technician inspections later, Melbourne home internet user Peter Hall has just one wish.

He's tired of the blame game, the promises and the handballing.

He's done with the National Broadband Network (NBN). He just wants his internet to work. Or his old cable connection back.

"It's a disgrace," says the Melbourne mature-age student.

"NBN stands for Nothing But a Nuisance. I don't care whose fault it is. I just want it to work, or my old internet service back." He's not alone.

To continue reading the article: click here. (thechronicle.com.au)

AusCERT 2018 - Hunting fraud in telecom networks

07 Jun 2018
InTheNews

We don't often think about how our mobile phone calls are rated between countries. But understanding how that happens is something carriers and telecommunications services think about constantly. And it turns out criminals also think about this.

Vladimir Wolstencroft, the head of security research at Twilio, has looked at this closely and has found a new type of crime, called "interconnect bypass" is being used to defraud telecommunications providers of funds and to potentially capture our personal call and SMS data.

This happens using a device called a SIM box. This is a GSM gateway that can hold SIM cards and has a HTTP interface as well as antennae. It can be used to defraud telecom providers by capturing calls and redirecting them over the public internet rather than carrier networks, to capture data from mobile phone users or to compromise PBX systems.

To continue reading the article: click here. (cso.com.au)

Thieves steal more than 50 batteries from mobile phone towers in Geelong

06 Jun 2018
InTheNews

MORE than 50 mobile phone batteries weighing up to 80 kilograms each have been stolen from isolated mobile phone towers in the Geelong region since the beginning of May.

Geelong police believe a group of offenders are responsible for the theft of batteries at Cressy, Fyansford and Buckley. Officers believe the incidents could be linked.

Between May 5 and 6 offenders broke into the mobile base station at McCurdy Road, Fyanfords and stole 24 batteries.

On May 31 offenders broke into a Cressy mobile station and stole 12 industrial batteries.

To continue reading the article: click here. (geelongadvertiser.com.au)

ACCC could monitor performance of NBN fixed wireless service

06 Jun 2018
NbnNews

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it engaged in a “few exploratory talks” with the federal government about expanding its broadband monitoring project to cover NBN fixed wireless services.

However, the move would cost $6 million over four years and the government has yet to indicate whether it will back the expansion.

The ACCC in March released the first results from the program, which assesses the performance of NBN connections across a variety of retail service providers (RSPs), locations and technology types.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Aussie Broadband may have to cut some NBN users loose

06 Jun 2018
NbnNews

Can’t afford to operate in two price constructs.

Aussie Broadband will have to cut loose any customers that can’t afford to shift to NBN’s new price model, encouraging them instead to churn away to a handful of other providers.

Managing director Phil Britt told an NBN joint parliamentary committee hearing in Melbourne that Aussie Broadband did not have the scale to support customers with plans on two different NBN price models.

As iTnews has reported over the past month, RSPs are being forced to make hard decisions on how to service their NBN customer bases.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

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