Annual Telco Embargo 2020-21 | What You Should Know

Annual Telco Embargo 2020-21 | What You Should Know

End of year is coming, and with it comes the Telco Embargo

As we approach the end of the year, we also approach a period where major Telcos including Telstra stop setting up phone lines over the holiday season. This information is especially important if you’re thinking of moving offices as it makes it doubly important that you contact us well in advance to make sure the new lines get installed before the date of the embargo. With that in mind we have created this page with all the information you need to know for the Telco Embargo this summer.

What does the embargo mean for my business?

The annual Telco embargo is a period (this year, December 14, 2020 to January 14, 2021) during which telecommunications carriers won’t be providing new copper, fibre, nbn, or broadband cabling and connections. Additionally, network reconfigurations, relocations and hardware or software upgrades on their networks won’t be carried out. This is especially important if you are planning on relocating offices and need to set up your internet and phone systems before the deadline.

How do I avoid business interruption or other aversive impacts?

First and foremost, if you’re relocating offices, this information is especially important for you. Make sure you plan ahead and connect any new phone lines, and set up networks before the deadline (again, December 14). It is especially prudent to contact Key Technologies as early as possible to ensure the process is as easy and non-laborious as it can be.

There is likely to be a high volume of orders so it is especially important that you contact us as soon as possible.

Will support services be affected?

Support and maintenance services will thankfully be operating as usual during the embargo period, though you should be mindful of the fact that there will likely be fewer admin and technical staff working during this period (especially Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day) so service delays are to be expected.

How will Key Technologies services be affected?

For the most part Key Technologies will be running as usual, although with fewer staff onboard. So make sure to contact us early to get ahead of the curve.

Call us on: 1300 755 615
Or email us: info@keycomm.com.au

Annual Telco Embargo 2019 | What You Should Know

Annual Telco Embargo 2019 | What You Should Know

Annual Telecommunications Network Embargo

Telecommunications Embargo

It’s that time of the year again for Brisbane Telecommunications

As we approach the end of the year, we also approach a period where major Telcos including Telstra stop setting up phone lines over the holiday season. This information is especially important if you’re thinking of moving offices as it makes it doubly important that you contact us well in advance to give yourself the best chance of having the new lines installed before the date of the embargo. With that in mind we have created this page with all the information you need to know for the Telco Embargo 2019.

Get your orders in before October 25th to minimize the risk of delays!

Please be aware, customers submitting an order after the end of October will likely have to wait until the end of the embargo (plus normal wait times) before their order is finalized.

What does the embargo mean for my business?

The annual Telco embargo is a period (December 13, 2019 to January 6, 2020) during which telecommunications carriers won’t be providing new copper, fibre, nbn, or broadband cabling and connections. Additionally, network reconfigurations, relocations and hardware or software upgrades on their networks won’t be carried out. This is especially important if you are planning on relocating offices and need to set up your internet and phone systems before the deadline.

How do I avoid business interruption or other aversive impacts?

First and foremost, if you’re relocating offices, this information is especially important for you. Make sure you plan ahead and connect any new phone lines, and set up networks before the deadline (again, December 13). It is especially prudent to contact Key Technologies as early as possible to ensure the process is as easy and quick as it can be. You may also want to check out our articles on managing phone lines and internet services during the move.
There is likely to be a high volume of orders so it is especially important that you contact us as soon as possible.

Will support services be affected?

Support and maintenance services will thankfully be operating as usual during the embargo period, though you should be mindful of the fact that there will likely be fewer admin and technical staff working during this period (especially Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day) so service delays are to be expected.

How will Key Technologies services be affected?

For the most part Key Technologies will be running as usual, although with fewer staff onboard. So make sure to contact us early to get ahead of the curve.

Call us on: 1300 755 615
Or email us: info@keycomm.com.au

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ISDN Cut-offs and nbn: How not to get left behind!

ISDN Cut-offs and nbn: How not to get left behind!

Date
30 June 2018Services will not be available for purchase by new customers.
30 June 2018Services will not be available for purchase by existing Telstra customers who already receive the services as at that date. However, such existing customers will continue to be able to make configuration, software and record changes to services for each of the services, as outlined in Required Measure 5(D)).
From 30 September 2019
  • services will be disconnected in areas where the area’s rollout region disconnection date falls on or before 30 September 2019; or
  • for areas in which the rollout region disconnection date falls after 30 September 2019, services will disconnect as per the rollout region disconnection timetable.
By 2022the final exit date for any services that have not been disconnected in accordance with the above will occur by 2022. We shall communicate the date in due course.
Small Business Tax Deduction

Small Business Tax Deduction

There is no better time for small business customers to invest in the tools that will help them to achieve their big ideas.

Budget 2017 – Small Business Tax Deduction of $20,000

Government announced an extension to the 2015-16 Budget measure providing an instant asset write-off provision for small businesses.

New laws have passed that allow small businesses to claim an immediate deduction for assets they start to use – or have installed ready for use – provided each depreciable asset costs less than $20,000. This will temporarily replace the previous instant asset write-off threshold of $1,000.

This measure starts 7.30pm (AEST) 12 May 2015 and will end on 30 June 2017.

The balance of the general small business pool is also immediately deducted if the balance is less than $20,000 at the end of an income year that ends on or after 12 May 2015 and on or before 30 June 2017 (including existing general small business pool).

The current ‘lock out’ laws will also be suspended for the simplified depreciation rules (these prevent small businesses from re-entering the simplified depreciation regime for five years if they have opted out) until the end of 30 June 2017.

Assets excluded from these depreciation rules include horticultural plants and in-house software allocated to a software development pool. In most cases specific depreciation rules apply to these excluded assets.

Assets that cost $20,000 or more (which can’t be immediately deducted under other provisions) are deducted over time using the general small business pool. Under the pooling mechanism a deduction for 15 per cent of the cost is allowed in the first income year with a diminishing value rate of 30 per cent deduction on the opening pool balance allowed for each income year thereafter. This includes the purchase of a business phone system.

It’ll be extremely tax effective for small businesses to purchase phone systems before end of this financial year.

With the End of Financial Year fast approaching, small business customers should look to take advantage of this tax deduction scheme and purchase Panasonic Phone systems before 30th of June 2017. You can also look at upgrading the phone system to Panasonic KX-NS700/1000 this financial year and claim immediate tax deduction.

Information gained from the ATO website.
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Telstra’s Gigabit LTE testing brings on unbelievable speeds for mobile internet

Telstra’s Gigabit LTE testing brings on unbelievable speeds for mobile internet

If there is anything that can make our inner “nerds” very happy, it is the possibility of faster internet!

TELSTRA has tested their world’s first Gigabit LTE mobile network capable of unprecedented mobile broadband speeds.

LTE technology

Published on: Feb 2, 2017

The new LTE technology – which stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is a term used to denote improvements in mobile broadband – means Telstra’s network will soon be capable of download speeds of up to one gigabit per second. Now wouldn’t that be great!

At such speeds users could download an hour-long high definition TV show on their phone in less than 20 seconds.

In partnership with Netgear, chip maker Qualcomm and infrastructure provider Ericsson, the Telstra network will allow its customers to receive downloads speeds of up to 1Gpbs and upload speeds of 150Mbps over its 4G network.

By comparison, the top home broadband packages currently offered by the NBN reach speeds of up to 100Mbps, about one tenth of the peak speeds Telstra says its new mobile network can achieve in “laboratory-like” conditions. However the NBN’s fibre connections will soon boast reliable 1Gbps fixed line connections and be much cheaper than mobile broadband.

Telstra impressed media and industry members in Sydney when it tested the network and unveiled a new router to let customers tap into the super fast speeds.

Nighthawk M1 mobile router

Netgear and Telstra launched the world’s first Gigabit LTE device, the Nighthawk M1 mobile router.

According to Telstra, the pocket sized device will allow customers to download a 300MB hour long TV episode in as little as 16 seconds and a 3GB HD Movie in as little as three minutes.

The Nighthawk M1 device uses one SIM card and uses multiple 4G bands. It can connect up to 20 devices to the internet at once and will be available in late February for $360 upfront or on a range of plans.

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 device can be used to deliver download speeds up to one gigabit per second from the mobile network.

In a demonstration for assembled media on Monday to demonstrate the new technology, a computer was connected to Gigabit LTE and performed several tests on speedtest.net, reaching speeds of 900Mbps.

“We showcased the incredible customer experience a gigabit class LTE mobile device and network can deliver,” Telstra’s device management director Andrew Volard said in a blog post yesterday.

“It’s going help people further embrace a new breed of mobile applications and experiences including immersive virtual reality, connected cloud computing and rich entertainment,” he said.

“And it brings us one step closer to introducing 5G in Australia.”

However there is a few things to iron out. At this stage the speeds have only been delivered in “laboratory-like” conditions and, as Telstra admits, will likely be considerably slower in the real world.

It’s understood that Telstra has begun to launch part of the network in selected Australian capital city CBDs but it won’t be available throughout Australia for some time.

And mobile users will definitely need a bulked up mobile data plan if they intend on taking advantage of the improved broadband, as Telstra has indicated that mobile downloads may cost significantly more than those from a fixed line connection.

Telstra said it will look to make gigabit LTE technology available on more devices, including smartphones, sometime this year.