Telstra Suffers Nationwide Broadband Outage

Vodafone was not the only broadband provider to suffer an outage this week after a planned change in the international gateway that Telstra uses caused a nationwide internet outage. 

Telstra still does not have an exact explanation for why its fixed line and wireless broadband connectivity went down but a spokesperson said the outage happened after its staff changed the international gateways it was using to carry international broadband data.

The spokesman said the outage, which affected the ability for Telstra customers to access websites hosted overseas was fixed after the recent change was rolled back.

The outage was reported to have begun around 7.50 am and affected all of Telstra’s broadband services, including ADSL, ADSL2+, Naked DSL, Cable and Mobile Broadband internet connections.

Free Kiosks for Seniors

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, has unveiled the first of the Australian Government’s free internet kiosks for seniors.

Under the Australian Government’s Broadband for Seniors initiative, $15 million is being invested over three years to install up to 2000 kiosks across the country.

Forty-two kiosks are already operating, with many in regional and rural areas. Over the coming months hundreds of kiosks will be online across the country.

Currently only one in five Australians over the age of 65 years currently uses the internet.

The Broadband for Seniors program hopes to bring older Australians together to learn about computers and share their experiences, giving them the confidence to get online.

The kiosks are accessible to all seniors, including older citizens with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, through the use of specific language software and assistive technology.

National Network Catapults Australian Internet

The Federal Government’s proposed National Broadband network is tipped to catapult the country from 21st to 8th place on the world’s most fibre broadband-enabled countries worldwide by 2013, according to analyst Strategy Analytics.

The National Broadband network promises an extensive Fibre-to-the-home fibre optic network boasting broadband internet speeds up to 100mbps to 90% of Australian homes and businesses. The network will be build across the country over the next 8 years with the first network to be built in Tasmania, where internet speeds are currently the slowest in the county.
The broadband speed rankings, released by Strategy Analytics show that eight of the world’s top ten most fibre broadband-enabled countries are Asian and Eastern European. At the end of 2009, 51 percent of South Korean households will have a fibre connection, making it the most fibre-connected country worldwide.

Currently the fastest broadband internet speeds available in Australia are ADSL2+ speeds up to 24,000kbs. ADSL2+ enabled exchanges are growing fast as Australian internet service providers are constantly upgrading their infrastructure to provide high-speed broadband to more customers.