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One in ten fibre to the node NBN connections is reporting faults



An NBN FttN node getting a Nokia line card installed

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The National Broadband Network has broken down by technology the 501,600 service faults it received during the 2018-19 fiscal year, with fibre to the node being the most faulty.

For fibre to the node/basement (FttN/B), the percentage of faults versus activations is running at 10.82%, for hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) it’s 9.3%, fibre to the curb (FttC) is sitting at 7.56%, fixed wireless is 8.4%, satellite is 6.54%, and fibre to the premises (FttP) has the lowest percentage with 5.88% of activations reporting faults.

“This number includes instances of reported speed or performance issues, end-user equipment issues, weather, or cases where the service did not work after activation,” NBN told Senate Estimates via an answer to Questions on Notice.

Earlier in December, NBN revealed its total number of 501,600 service faults across 5.5 million services active on its network as of June 30.

At the same time, the company also broke down its active services as of October 31 by technology. Of the 6.2 million active services, 877,000 were on brownfields FttP, 473,000 had greenfields FttP, 2.85 million received FttN/B, 1.25 million had HFC connections, and 353,000 used FttC. Beyond fixed line connections, 296,000 premises had fixed wireless and 97,000 were connected via satellite.

NBN also said this week that as of November 5, it has purchased almost 43,000 kilometres of copper cable. The cable is typically used for linking existing pillars and new nodes, NBN said.

“This also includes a significant proportion of specialised copper cable used in the FTTC network construction for short extensions of copper lead-in cables to the FTTC DPU location,” the company said.

Over 10% of NBN’s footprint remains in the service class zero (SC0) categorisation, it said in response to another question.

As of the end of October, 257,552 premises on HFC, or 10.3% of its footprint was SC0, 8% or 37,493 premises on FttB were SC0, almost 36,000 or 4.6% of the FttC network was SC0, 24,443 or 1.6% of the FttN network was SC0, and 3,413 or 0.2% of FttP was categorised as SC0.

See also: New Zealand 100Mbps fibre plans delivering 99% of promised speeds

NBN noted the high HFC numbers were due to extra work needing to be done on those connections, and the pause it put on HFC in November 2017.

In fixed wireless areas, NBN said its take-up rate in places that have been declared ready for service after 18 months has been 45.6%, and after a further six months, it increases to 46.3%.

“It is important to note that NBN has always forecast a lower take-up in fixed wireless and satellite areas where there is no mandatory disconnection of the legacy services,” the company said. “The original forecasts were for take-up to be less than 25%.”

For the fiscal year to June 30, NBN revealed it spent AU$50 million on advisors and consultants.

“As part of its commercial business operations, NBN Co engages individual contractors and external legal and management consulting services from time to time,” it said.

“Given the large scale but finite timeframe of the nationwide rollout, a consultant can be a more appropriate commercial and specialist choice for shorter-term that would not justify extra headcount.”

See also: Australia’s NBN a hell of an achievement: Malcolm Turnbull

As of December 9, the company overall had 5,927 employees, and 559 contractors, with 590 employees and 144 contractors in its IT division.

NBN added that 3,000 premises that previously had FttN connections have been overbuilt with FttP connections.

Last month, NBN introduced a number of pricing changes, which included the introduction of 100/20, 250/25, and 1000/50Mbps speed tiers, allowing retailers to pool unused CVC on a national basis, and deciding to add an allowance for TCP/IP headers above its layer 2 remit.

Responding to a Question on Notice, NBN described the new plans as “win/win” for its revenue growth, retailers, and consumers.

“These changes will increase more predictable RSP costs (AVC) and decrease less predictable RSP cost (overage). NBN Co is reducing the price of 100+ plans while configuring them with generous inclusions that can be pooled across all other tiers,” it said.

“The end result is ARPU growth that’s more predictable and sustainable for both RSP and NBN Co, as well giving customers the opportunity to get the most out of their NBN connection.”

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This Bugatti Divo Lady Bug’s geometric paint job is truly one-of-a-kind



The Bugatti Divo is a Chiron for the racetrack, but this Lady Bug version with its diamond-shaped fading patterns is best appreciated while the car is stationary. As if the Divo is not outrageous enough, one lucky customer in America wants to push the boundaries further. And as expected, Bugatti pulled it off, although it took quite a while to iron the challenges of creating an exclusive, one-off Lady Bug paint job.

“Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made ‘Lady Bug,’ Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship.”

Creating Lady Bug’s geometric-dynamic algorithmic fading pattern seems easy on paper. Given the Divo’s three-dimensional sculpted body, the 2D digital patterns became distorted upon application to the car’s body, which is not good enough if you’re paying upwards of $5-million for a track-ready version of the Bugatti Chiron.

“The Lady Bug was an exceptional challenge and, at the same time, an unforgettable experience. Due to the nature of the project, where a 2D graphic was applied to a 3D sculpture, we were close to giving up,” said Jörg Grumer, Head of Color & Trim at Bugatti Design. “However, it is our profound conviction that we should never give up and that our foremost motivation should always be to make the impossible possible for the customer.”

The entire project took two years to complete as Bugatti CAD modelers simulated and created a diamond pattern design with around 1,600 individual diamonds in six-meter long transfer films. Each diamond (yes, all 1,600 of them) is checked and realigned in the body to rule out any distortions.

The designers spent countless hours rehearsing the application procedure on two test vehicles before the moment of truth.

“Every maneuver had to be exactly right in this painstaking task; therefore, we decided to do another rehearsal before the final stage of work. Because there could only be one attempt on the customer’s car, and that had to be perfect,” said Dirk Hinze, an expert in customization and surfaces at Bugatti.

The final step is applying the paint finish before painstakingly peeling away each diamond. The base color, Customer Special Red, is contrasted with graphite and clear coat to invert the pattern. According to Bugatti, it took the paintwork artist two weeks to sand, smooth, check, retouch, and re-sand every millimeter of the body surface.

The result is a one-of-a-kind Bugatti Divo Lady Bug, the only one in existence. It has a standard 8.0-liter W16 engine pumping out 1,479 horsepower. Since the Divo weighs less and has more downforce than a regular Chiron, it goes around the Nardo handling circuit a full eight seconds faster than the former.

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Hot Wheels Red Line Club vehicles no longer limited to members



In the year 2021, the Hot Wheels Collectors Club will expand with a digital option for memberships. With said membership, Hot Wheels will release the 2021 Red Line Club ’70 Boss 302 Mustang. This year’s Hot Wheels Red Line Club die-cast car will be the first to be offered without the membership limit, allowing “a more inclusive opportunity for fans 18+ to join the collector community and have access to the highest-quality cars.”

The Hot Wheels Red Line Club vehicles released over the past few years have become relatively sought-after and valuable – so long as they’ve been kept in good condition and are put up for auction and/or direct sale at the right time. In any case, Hot Wheels Red Line Club vehicles are some of the most extravagant collectable items released by Hot Wheels.

Hot Wheels Red Line Club vehicles released in the past were only initially made available to “a limited number of Hot Wheels Collectors members.” Now they’re expanding availability. “For the first time ever, Hot Wheels Collectors will lift its membership limit completely” for hot Wheels Red Line Club die-cast vehicles.

Of course there are still OTHER reasons why a person might want to join the Hot Wheels Collectors Club, like members-only forums, voting privileges, “exclusive content” and “excusive items.” Members also get “priority access to sales.” Take a peek at the Hot Wheels Collectors membership page to see what’s up with perks and the Red Line Club vehicle(s) coming next.

Does this lifting of restrictions on the Red Line Club car line affect you or your outlook on the vehicle line as a whole? Take a peek at the timeline below for more information on other recent Hot Wheels releases and stories from recent weeks on the state of Hot Wheels in our larger-sized world today.

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Lunaz adds classic Bentleys to its lineup of electrified British cars



British electric-conversion specialist Lunaz adds classic Bentleys to its lineup after dabbling with electric versions of vintage Rolls-Royces, Jaguars, and Range Rovers. Lunaz claims its 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur is the “definitive Gran Turismo” and is the world’s first electric classic Bentley.

It starts with factory original and coach-built bodies of a Bentley Continental S1, S2, or S3 manufactured from 1955 to 1965, in a coupe and four-door Flying Spur body style. Visually, Lunaz has retained all the classic lines and creases of the original body, hammered and carved to perfection by Mulliner Park Ward. The only visual mod is the paint, custom-chosen by the buyer, of course.

Underneath that gorgeous body, though, is a different story. All the vintage bits and pieces are giving way to modern components. You won’t find a 6.2-liter V8 Bentley engine under the hood, and all the suspension and brake parts are new. Lunaz failed to discuss the powertrain specifics, but we’re assuming the Bentley will carry the same electric drivetrain as the firm’s very own electric Rolls-Royce Phantom V and Silver Cloud.

Powering the electric motors is a 120 kWh battery pack with enough energy to cover 300 miles of range. It also has modest oomph to push the Bentley from zero to 60 mph in under five seconds, not bad for an unassertive vintage British car.

Meanwhile, the interior is as British as a cup of tea. All the leather and walnut trim are there, with each piece carefully hand-restored to match the original. Lunaz also gave its classic Bentley a new retro-style infotainment screen and climate control system. Also, electric power steering is now standard.

After building its first customer car, Lunaz is now accepting orders for its limited run of electrified S1, S2, and S3 Bentley Continental variants. And as expected, the sub-$500k (£350,000) base price is sure to leave a gaping hole in your bank account. Nobody said a vintage electric Bentley would come cheap, right? Also, the build slots are ‘extremely limited,’ so better act quickly.

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