Well, the ACCC have put the hard word on ISPs regarding the way they report the speed of their services. With all the recent marketing hype about ADSL2+ and HSDPA and the claims regarding their performance, it’s not surprising they have tried to regulate advertising in some way.
As usual, the use of the term “up to” in marketing is the culprit here. But it’s one to say “save up to 50%” at a retail store, and another again to talk of bandwith “up to 24Mbps”. The issue is that most customers don’t understand the way the internet works
Here’s another phenomenon that might just take the world by storm, or at least explode like some social networking sites. The twitter (also here and here) is a very short message that tells a community of people what you are doing at the moment. Continue reading
If you ask any prominent Australian telco analyst, she will tell you of the proliferation of VOIP providers here. The pattern in Australia is that the distribution of resellers (both in VOIP and other resale) is skewed, not using the 80:20 rule, but more like the 98:2 rule. There are many many very small providers, some turning over just thousands of dollars per month.
So when a company like Vonage starts to hedge its bets and go the MVNO route, everyone else should be taking notice. Continue reading
Well, it’s nice to be back after the break (what break?). There are some exciting developments planned for Quack in the new year, so “watch this space”.
A friend was kind enough to forward me an e-mail promoting yet another Continue reading