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Aussie Broadband kicks off network upgrade

Aussie Broadband has announced an upgrade of its nationwide core network, as well as purchasing international capacity across subsea cables, with both projects to be complete by late April. The National Broadband Network (NBN) retail service provider said it would be using Cisco’s ASR9K and NCS5500 platforms for the core ...

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T-Mobile Q4 strong as net adds continue to outpace rivals

T-Mobile’s momentum continued in the fourth quarter as the company reduced churn rates for its existing customer base and delivered 2.4 million net adds in the fourth quarter. The wireless carrier, which calls itself an uncarrier, reported fourth quarter net income of $640 million, or 75 cents a share, down ...

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TPG keeps top spot for download speeds in fourth NBN report

TPG has held onto first place in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) broadband speed-monitoring report, delivering 87.3 percent of its maximum plan speeds overall and 86.1 percent during busy hours for downloads in the final quarter of 2018. The National Broadband Network (NBN) speed report saw Aussie Broadband ...

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5G New Radio: The technical background

Although 5G is being heavily marketed as a new technology, it’s neither particularly new nor a single technology. If mobile technology were a long-running TV series, 5G is a mid-season reboot, with new characters introduced alongside the old, new plot arcs complementing existing storylines, and a publicity drive that rather ...

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Tonga has cable connection to outside world restored

Tonga’s two-week period without a working subsea cable to Fiji has ended. The cable had originally fallen over on January 20, and a second fault was subsequently found; however, RadioNZ reported on Saturday that the connection to the main island has been restored. On Friday afternoon, the Tongan government had ...

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5G: A transformation in progress

Analogue mobile phones first appeared in the early 1980s, and were used for voice calls only (imagine that!). Second-generation (2G) digital mobiles made their debut a decade later with GSM, offering text messaging (SMS) as the ‘killer application’ on top of voice services, becoming the dominant technology worldwide. A roughly ...

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