Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Time to ditch the USO, Productivity Commission says

    The current Universal Service Obligation under which Telstra receives a subsidy to ensure every Australian has access to basic telephony services is “anachronistic and needs to change,” argues a draft report released by the Productivity Commission.

    06 Dec. 16 16:17 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Mobile networks to boost drone capabilities

    The federal government will shortly be facing a string of complex technical and political decisions, with the development of proposals to adapt local mobile phone networks as a continent-wide air traffic control system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    01 Dec. 16 09:25 Written by Christopher Jay
  • Government to scrap telco-specific competition laws

    Communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield has announced that the government will push ahead with the repeal of laws intended to prevent anti-competitive conduct in the telco sector.

    24 Nov. 16 11:14 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optus profit drops

    Keen competition and an investment in sports content as part of the company’s move to become “a mobile-led entertainment brand” took their toll on Optus’ Q2 results.

    10 Nov. 16 13:57 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • UTS researchers working on 5G, and beyond

    Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney are at the cutting edge of research in mobile communications technologies that will boost the capacity of future networks.

    27 Oct. 16 10:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone finally makes its NBN play

    Vodafone has confirmed it is preparing to enter the National Broadband Network market, with the company’s CEO — Iñaki Berroeta — saying that the telco intends to offer its first fixed-line broadband services before the end of next year.

    19 Oct. 16 13:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optus and Nokia work together on 5G

    Optus has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nokia for collaboration on the development of 5G.

    06 Oct. 16 14:38 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • ACCC gives the tick to Telstra IT systems fix

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has signed off on the results of a Telstra IT systems remediation program intended to bring the telco into line with its Structural Separation Undertaking (SSU) obligations.

    04 Oct. 16 11:42 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • MyNetFone strikes MVNO deal with Telstra

    MNF Group, whose brands include MyNetFone and voice carrier Symbio Networks, will begin offering 3G and 4G services using Telstra’s mobile network.

    04 Oct. 16 10:25 Written by Rohan Pearce