While NBNCo would like us to all wait patiently for their trucks to roll along our streets and connect us to the national network, the reality is that a combination of impatience and mixed reports of network performance have many people considering the alternatives. While the NBN garners lots of attention and a connection to your home is mandatory, you don't actually have to use that connection. There are alternative services that mean you can sidestep signing up with the NBN/RSP combination. Here are some of the alternatives.
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As the troubled NBN project continues to roll out, other companies are stepping up to fill the need for customers who want faster connections or don't want to wait for the NBN to arrive in their suburb. One of those companies is Uniti Wireless - and it's coming to most major cities in Australia.
As a teenager in the early 2000s, I was a member of a large, passionate and loosely affiliated community of Harry Potter lovers (known, like other, similar communities, as a fandom), mostly gathered on LiveJournal. We discussed the books and characters; we wrote fanfiction and long diatribes about the movie adaptations; and we formed friendships and relationships with one another from behind our keyboards.
History is littered with grandiose statements that seemed reasonable(ish) at the time but were proven to be completely ludicrous. There's the statement made by Bill Gates that 640K of memory ought be enough for everyone and Thomas John Watson, the Chairman of IBM saying there was a market in the world for just five computers. And now, NBNCo has come up with their own version - the 100Mbps speed limit.
This week the ACCC released its second report on real-world NBN speeds, and the results are good. Well, pretty good; and it's clear that some providers are doing a better job of maintaining average speeds than others.
Last year, I spent a chunk of time playing around with different browsers. Microsoft Edge, much to much dismay, got a run for a couple of weeks. I mucked around with the early days of the Firefox Quantum beta. And then, just like everyone else, I went back to Chrome.
But even though I returned to the home of Google, I've still been angling for something different. And over the last few weeks, I found myself using Firefox more and more, until the browser finally became my default option across all platforms.
I recently moved house and faced a ten-day internet hiatus thanks to a skinny conduit and living in a suburb on the arse-end of the NBN rollout. Despite my obvious disappointment, this actually turned out to be a great time to test out life without fixed-line internet.
At the end of 2016, we published a complete list of the Australian suburbs that were getting their internet upgraded to the NBN in 2017. Fast forward to 2018 and the rollout plan has changed significantly. Read on to find out when your area will be getting connected.
Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google Spaces, a service that most of us never knew existed to begin with. Let's take a tour of some of our favourite services Google's killed off over the years.
One of the most common gaming gripes in Australia is our internet. And while some are lucky enough to have reliable fibre connections, plenty of gamers either don't have access to fibre, or even reliable copper.
Mobile internet is always an option, but anyone who's tried to game on 4G knows that the connection and bandwidth is often unstable. The future 5G network plans to change that - and to demonstrate, Telstra held a showcase at their innovation centre in the Gold Coast with some Counter-Strike.