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  • Telstra wins National Cancer Screening Register contract

    Telstra Health has won a five-year contract with the Department of Health that will see the healthcare wing of Australia’s largest telco establish and operate the National Cancer Screening Register.

    26 May 16 10:08 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telcos back blackspot funding

    Telcos have welcomed election pledges by the Coalition and the opposition that will see an additional $60 million allocated to the mobile blackspot program.

    24 May 16 13:27 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optus to launch SMB stores

    Optus will launch 126 new small business specialist stores, the telco announced today. In addition, the company will launch a dedicated SMB call centre in Adelaide.

    16 May 16 15:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telstra earmarks $50m to reduce mobile outages

    Telstra will spend $50 million on measures to prevent a repeat of a string of high-profile outages of mobile services that took place earlier this year.

    02 May 16 09:53 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Vodafone prepares to roll out 4G to MVNOs

    Vodafone will make 4G services available to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) over the next few months, the telco has confirmed.

    29 April 16 09:46 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telstra opens up 4G services

    Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) will now be able to sell 4G services on Telstra’s network, the telco has announced.

    29 April 16 08:20 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Vocus strikes new deals with Optus, Telstra

    Vocus has struck new wholesale deals with Optus and Telstra, the company announced today. The agreements are both successors to arrangements M2 had with the telcos that were due to expire later this year.

    18 April 16 13:22 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government slammed over data retention funding delay

    It’s close to a year since the Coalition government with the support of Labor pushed the data retention legislation through parliament, and the regime kicked in in October. However, telcos remain in the dark about how much funding they will receive to compensate for the cost of implementing the regime, according to Communications Alliance.

    12 April 16 13:22 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Competition concerns over Telstra role in NBN HFC rollout

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that Telstra may potentially have unfair advantages when it comes to selling services on the hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) portion of the National Broadband Network.

    11 April 16 10:55 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telstra scores $1.6b NBN HFC contract

    Telstra has been awarded a mammoth NBN contract for work on the telco’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, which is being incorporated into the National Broadband Network.

    11 April 16 08:54 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Australian fibre connections double in a year

    The technology mix of the National Broadband Network has begun to tilt towards fibre to the node (FTTN), but figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that fibre to the premises (FTTP) was the fastest growing Internet access technology in the 12 months from December 2014 to December 2015.

    06 April 16 13:38 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Optus calls for rethink of NBN pricing scheme

    The changing usage patterns of Australian broadband customers means that one of the key revenue streams for NBN — the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) charge — needs a major rethink, according to Optus’ head of regulatory affairs, David Epstein.

    06 April 16 10:50 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Vodafone completes rollout of 4G across its network

    Vodafone has completed rolling out 4G across its network the telco said today. All of the telco’s 850MHz spectrum has been re-farmed to help boost 4G coverage.

    04 April 16 17:32 Written by Rohan Pearce

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