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A Series of Tubes #120: Your guided walk through the NBN forest!

November 29th, 2010

This week’s A Series of Tubes is an NBN special. With the “Telstra separation” legislation finally through parliament, it’s a good time to look at a host of NBN questions: was the business case document worth the wait? Is there a black hole in the NBN business case?
A Series of Tubes talks through these issues [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #119: Ruckus Wireless talks 802.11n streaming; Still talks OECD paragraphs, privacy and crowdsourcing

November 17th, 2010

A funny thing happened in the last week or so. After discussing 802.11n IPTV streaming with Internode engineer Mark Newton, I started asking around various WiFi vendors for an engineer to discuss the issue with. My interest was sparked by the ongoing urban myth that we’ll all have to rewire our homes when the NBN [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #118: Karl Horne of Ciena on current and future bandwidth; Stilgherrian on NBN scare stories, the USO and the ACCC

October 25th, 2010

Whether or not you believe the country needs the NBN, nobody doubts that the Internet remains in the grip of a long bandwidth explosion. Like the universe, ongoing inflationary expansion is the norm. So this week A Series of Tubes talks to Ciena portfolio director Karl Horne about that company’s views on traffic growth and [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes: Back again with i3 Group’s Elfed Thomas on Brisbane’s Sewer Fiber, Stilgherrian on networks, fibre speeds and Win Mobile 7

October 18th, 2010

To all Tubes listeners, my sincere apology for the long absence. This year has been one of the most difficult on record, due to illness in the family, and I simply haven’t had as much time as I would wish. But we’re back now!
Stop laughing, this is serious: I realise that the combination of optical [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #115: Ciena Networks on the gigabit NBN; Stilgherrian on opposition comms policy

August 15th, 2010

Whether or not NBN Co was playing politics when it announced that it would configure the NBN with gigabit ports, one thing is certain: the technology is certainly here and now, and given the life cycle of technology, the pre-rollout upgrade probably isn’t a bad idea. A Series of Tubes speaks with Anup Changaroth of [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #114: Geoff Houston on IPv4 exhaustion; Stil on the iiNet / AFACT appeal, Google Wave and politics

August 6th, 2010

It really is happening, although the widespread sense of panic isn’t sufficient to stir people as much as a couple of pink batts.
We’re getting close to exhaustion of the IPv4 address space: only a relative handful of 14/8 blocks remain in IANA’s unallocated address pool, and as listeners will hear, some address blocks are being [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #113: IPscape on Twittering Customer Support; NBN, Pacific Fibre with Stilgherrian

August 2nd, 2010

Like many things, it would be easy to put the notion of Twitter as customer service channel into the “believe it when I see it” basket.
But take another look: a great many companies have learned that it’s best to respond quickly to someone complaining about a product or service – usually with a #Bad(company name) [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #112: Internode’s John Lindsay; Steve Chung of Ruckus Wireless; Stilgherrian

July 20th, 2010

If you thought peace had broken out in telco-land with the NBN finally moving forward, think again. The copper will be around for some years yet, and with it will be the ongoing wrangles over access to copper-based services. Last week, iiNet and Internode launched action in the ACCC over wholesale access to Telstra’s ADSL2+ [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #111: We’re back with Stilgherrian on “Ozlog”, Spence and Spenceley on Vocus Edit Link

June 17th, 2010

Mostly, journalists use the expression “a long illness” as a code word for “cancer”. Not in this case: the gap in the Tubes was the result of my wife’s long illness, now under control, which had her in RPA hospital in April, May, and into June. But all’s well that ends well!
In A Series of [...]

 
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A Series of Tubes #110: Peter Kazacos talks outsourcing for SMEs; Stilgherrian on censorship and comment spam

March 28th, 2010

Peter Kazacos has been in the Australian IT industry a long time. He founded and built Kaz Computing into one of the country’s strongest locally-owned outsourcing operations – something confirmed when Kaz Computing was later acquired by Telstra. Now, as the result of the acquisition of his company Anittel by Hostech (along with several other [...]

 
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