Twisted Wire

A weekly podcast on the tangled mess that is the Australian telecommunications industry

Multicasting in a unicast world

If we’re all watching on-demand videos, should we care how expensive NBN Co’s multicast product is?

Put out by the top hat

Will existing regulation cover Telstra’s implementation of Top Hats across the country, or indeed any new technology ahead of the NBN?

Crazy time to launch an ISP?

With the continuing consolidation of the Australian telco industry, it’s a big gamble to start a new ISP, even in an NBN world.

Is your phone watching you?

Your telco is in a position to know everything about you. But does that mean we should be afraid?

Igniting our digital future

The US White House announced the Ignite initiative last week — a public private partnership to develop applications that take advantage of high speed connectivity. Do we have similar plans here?

Mobile’s low-cost opportunity

How will the emergence of low-cost mobile virtual network operators, like Amaysim, impact the operating margins of the big carriers? Is it a threat or an opportunity?

No margin for profit

It’s been known for a while that smaller ISPs are struggling to make money. Latest figures from Market Clarity help to explain why.

The economics of e-commerce

Australians buy a lot online, but much of it comes from overseas. Will that ever change? Or is geography against us once again?

Australia’s distant cloud

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide fat pipes into our homes, creating an appetite for more content, more quickly. Yet, 80 per cent of what we consume resides in the US. Won’t we hit capacity problems?

CT, phone clone

Craig Thomson says his phone might have been cloned, and that’s why it appears that he made phone calls to brothels. Is it a realistic line of defence?

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