CrossTalk was a weekly half-hour telecommunications podcast produced for the industry journal CommsDay.

NBN Migration – still not right?

The government has outlined a framework for migrating customers to the NBN. Isn’t it a bit late for that?

Will the NBN keep up with demand?

Is the NBN able to cope with the rising demand. Will it still be paying off its business case by the time the demand for faster speeds means there’s a need for more investment?

New law will see Government get to grips with network design

The Attorney General (AG) has circulated draft legislation that will give the Government greater control over how networks are designed and maintained. Do they really have the expertise for that level of control?

ACCC not sold on Telstra’s Double Dipping

The ACCC has revised its decision on access pricing, saying wholesalers should be paying more than 9.6 percent less to Telstra. But the bigger concern is the cost of backhaul.

The Internet of What Things?

The Internet of Things is going to be big, but is it going to be useful. And how many of the ideas being showcased are commercially viable? And what of privacy?

Broadband and mobile are growing, but is it fast enough?

Australia’s broadband is growing slower than most OECD countries. We are paying a premium, but not getting the service. Why is that?

Will new contracts fix NBN’s rollout problems?

NBN’s history has been blighted by poor relationships with construction contractors. Has the new team fixed the problem?

Copyright law will help the Government’s website blocking

A government review has concluded that there are only minor changes needed to how agencies enforce website blocking, but it seems to ignore the impending changes to copyright law.

Hong Kong Takes Fibre to the Curtain

Hong Kong Telecom is offering many new services facilitated by its rolllout of fibre broadband, which now reaches 80 percent of households. Is this a model Australia needs to consider?

Time for a rethink on the USO?

Should the USO be the responsibility of the NBN. Or should we go one step further and do away with it altogether, particularly as more people are moving to mobile and ditching their landlines.

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