Twisted Wire

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

Labor, Coalition closer than they think

Liberal MP Paul Fletcher says the Labor approach to broadband policy has been driven by politics. Well, as they say, it takes two to tango.

Structural separation for dummies

The significance of the Telstra structural separation undertaking (SSU) seems to have missed many people. This week Twisted Wire tries to explain why it’s so important.

Wireless and Ruddless

This week we look at how the National Broadband Network (NBN) connection in your home will work — and look at the impact the Labor leadership challenge could have on plans for the new network.

Can we trust telcos on consumer rights?

The Communications Alliance has presented the industry’s Consumer Protection Code, but will it be accepted by the regulator? Not if Teresa Corbin has her way.

The TV Now aftermath

The football codes seem to have won over the prime minister on copyright reform. On Twisted Wire this week, we ask, “isn’t it all a bit of a knee-jerk reaction?”

Optus wins on TV Now, Telstra to lose on DSL

Twisted Wire looks at the AFL and NRL loss in court over how Optus store TV content in the cloud. There’s also the battle to declare Telstra’s wholesale DSL. We know who will lose that one too.

Vivid’s wireless windfall

Senator Stephen Conroy’s undertaking on the pricing of wireless spectrum renewals seems to offer a very favourable deal to Vividwireless. What’s going on?

The $4bn digital dividend

Later this year the Australian Communications and Media Authority will auction off some of the spectrum facilitated by the digital TV switchover. On Twisted Wire we look at how it will be sold, who will bid and how much they can expect to pay.

Too few players on NBN’s level field?

Michael Malone, Simon Hackett and Mike Quigley discuss whether the structure of the National Broadband Network forced Internode’s sale to iiNet.

NBN: 4K down, 7 million to go

This week, the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) rather foolishly announced that it had achieved 4000 connections — when its own corporate plan had 35,000 connections by last June. No wonder they got hammered by the press.

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