Twisted Wire

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

NBN is too expensive at $80 retail average

Malcolm Turnbull says the NBN is offering no cut-price nirvana. He’s right — the average wholesale price of $52 could translate to a retail price of around $80 to $85.

No content future for ISPs

As internet service providers (ISPs) accept lower margins from access provision, the battle is on to find a sustainable alternative revenue source. But it won’t come from content provision.

All change in the cut-price telco world

As two major low-cost mobile providers set themselves up in Australia, Channel 7 is out to buy the rest of cut-price IP phone provider Engin. So what’s going at the cheap end of the industry?

NBN Co, ‘tell us the price’

So far the government and the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) have called for our support for a scheme that is scant on detail.

The killer app for the NBN: voice

There’s been a multitude of wild ideas about how the NBN will change our lives — but one big difference will be in how we make phone calls.

Conroy, ‘poo or get off the pot’: Oakeshott

The NBN was one of the reasons Independent MP Rob Oakeshott sided with Labor. Now he sees the Coalition’s position has changed and he’s concerned about the lack of reliable information from the government.

54% fibre and counting

Using a fibre connection in Japan is the most common way of accessing the internet. Why are we so far behind?

Malcolm turns bullish on Telstra split

In this edition of Twisted Wire, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that a split of Telstra is long overdue and his personal preference is for a structural separation.

Free broadband will help the NBN’s case

Some of the major benefits to society from a ubiquitous broadband network will come from government services, including health and education. That means access to these services needs to be free, so everyone is able to make use of the channel, displacing other, more costly, ways of interacting.

Broadband tales from the bush

Are folks in regional Australia really suffering from a dilapidated infrastructure controlled by an uncaring monopoly?

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