Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • NT govt unloads on NBN satellite, pushes for fixed wireless

    The Northern Territory’s government has called for fixed wireless instead of satellite to be used to deliver broadband to remote communities in the NT, accusing NBN’s Sky Muster service of delivering “poor performance”.

    27 March 17 10:57 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Twilio's enterprise play: Champion devs, woo their bosses

    ​Twilio’s APIs are behind some of the essential features of Australia’s most popular apps. Increasingly, when a developer wants to add SMS functionality (like when an Uber driver messages that they are waiting outside) or the ability to voice call (like with Airtasker) into their software, they have used Twilio’s building blocks to do so.

    22 March 17 10:00 Written by George Nott
  • TPG registers NBN growth

    TPG and its subsidiary iiNet added 112,000 NBN customers in the first half of FY17, the telco reported today.

    21 March 17 10:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Groups call for better bush telco services

    The Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition — which brings together 17 organisations including the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and a range of groups representing regional and rural communities and businesses — has called for a shake-up of the telecommunications sector.

    20 March 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optus hit by SMS problem

    Optus has confirmed that a problem is affecting SMS messages sent between its mobile subscribers and those on Telstra’s network.

    17 March 17 13:48 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • The FCC chief's call to action could push 5G along faster

    U.S. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged his agency will respond more quickly to new technology proposals, a move that might influence the direction of 5G development around the world.

    16 March 17 08:55 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • Vodafone voice services hit by outage

    Vodafone has confirmed that some of its customers are suffering problems with their mobile voice services.

    15 March 17 13:39 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • US FCC to probe AT&T 911 call outage

    AT&T’s mobile subscribers in some U.S. states were not able to make 911 emergency calls late Wednesday, leading to complaints from law enforcement agencies in various parts of the country.

    09 March 17 18:45 Written by John Ribeiro
  • Optus teams with Cisco for managed business communications services

    Optus has announced a range of Cisco-based business services covering contact centre, collaboration, managed Wi-Fi and video-conferencing to be provided under what the two companies say is a new intensive collaboration to deliver the workplace of the future.

    08 March 17 09:48 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wholesale ditching of FTTN not an option, NBN argues

    NBN’s fibre to the node rollout is capable of being upgraded to fibre to the curb (FTTC) down the track, but any decision to ditch the current deployment of FTTN would impact the rollout’s speed and the company’s financial health, NBN executives have argued.

    08 March 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Voice outage hits Vocus

    A problem with Vocus’ voice wholesale platform downed services for the telcos’ customers, the company has confirmed.

    03 March 17 11:09 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NBN sees potential for more pricing changes

    NBN is continuing to explore opportunities for changes to its pricing model, the company’s chief customer officer, John Simon, told a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday.

    01 March 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government commits to funding ACCAN

    The government has announced it will continue to fund the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) following a review of consumer representation on telecommunications issues.

    28 Feb. 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telstra bets big on LTE-Broadcast

    Telstra will this year launch a range of services based on LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B) ahead of a national rollout of the technology in 2018.

    28 Feb. 17 06:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Customers up, losses down for Vodafone

    Vodafone Hutchison Australia has reported a loss of $241.8 million for the 12-months ending 31 December — a 40 per cent improvement on last year’s results for the joint venture between Vodafone and Hutchison Telecommunications Australia, when it reported a loss of $430 million.

    23 Feb. 17 16:07 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optus launches commercial 4.5G service, trials pre-5G technology

    Optus has announced the upgrade of its mobile network to the LTE-Advanced Pro standard (aka 4.5G) in the area around its headquarters in Macquarie Park, Sydney, saying the technology will be rolled out to provide 70 per cent coverage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide over the next 12 months.

    22 Feb. 17 14:30 Written by Stuart Corner
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