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  • NBN quizzed over FTTN complaints

    The electorate offices of Labor MPs in the Macquarie and Newcastle areas are being “flooded with complaints about fibre to the node”, the architect of the original all-fibre blueprint for the National Broadband Network, Senator Stephen Conroy, said yesterday during a Senate Estimates hearing.

  • Telstra offers free data day to customers after mobile outage

    Telstra’s mobile customers will be given a day of quota-free mobile data after a massive outage took down 3G and 4G mobile services earlier today.

  • Telco complaints drop

    A year-on-year comparison of complaints about telecommunications services show a significant drop in the December quarter, according to the latest ‘Complaints in Context’ report issued by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and Communications Alliance.

  • Telcos line up with ACCC against Telstra

    Three more telcos have been added as respondents to Telstra’s legal action against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

  • Telstra and Optus snap up 1800MHz spectrum

    Telstra and Optus between them picked up the majority of regional spectrum on the block in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s 1800MHz auction.

  • NBN revenue continues to climb, with fibre still key

    NBN’s revenue has continued to soar as the National Broadband Network rollout continues, but despite the pivot to a ‘multi-technology mix’ (MTM) after the 2013 election it has continued to be fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections that contribute the lion’s share.

  • Vodafone CEO laments ‘missed opportunity’ to boost regional telco competition

    Vodafone’s chief executive, Iñaki Berroeta, has described the USO scheme, under which Telstra is subsidised to guarantee access to basic telecommunications in regional areas over the copper network, as “hugely inefficient” and “obsolete”.

  • Telstra Wholesale head steps down

    Stuart Lee will step down as Telstra Wholesale group executive from 31 March, the telco announced today.

  • TSSR: Concerns persist over government’s telco security reforms

    The government’s second attempt at a draft bill intended to strengthen the security of Australia’s network infrastructure has had a better reception among industry stakeholders, but major telcos have expressed continued reservations about the ‘Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms’ (TSSR).

  • Verizon told to remove huge Super Bowl ad in San Francisco

    Verizon has been told it must remove huge ads that are blanketing two sides of a building in downtown San Francisco a stone's throw from the city's Super Bowl celebration.

  • TIO to review funding model

    KPMG will assess the funding model employed by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, the telco watchdog announced today as its revenue drops on the back of decreased complaints from consumers.

  • M2 shareholders vote for Vocus merger

    M2 shareholders have overwhelmingly backed a merger with Vocus Communications. More than 99 per cent of votes endorsed the deal at a shareholder meeting today.

  • TSSR: Industry concerns over telco security legislation remain

    Although telco industry organisations welcomed the federal government’s attempt at redrafting a bill intended to boost the security of Australia’s telco infrastructure, concerns remain about the second version of the innocuously named Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.

  • Data retention: EFA calls for govt to reject orgs seeking ‘metadata’ access

    Civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Australia has called on Attorney-General George Brandis to reject the majority of the organisations that have sought ongoing authorisation to access telecommunications data without a warrant.

  • Telstra warns of potential for NBN ‘mission creep’

    Telstra has indicated it is concerned about a government bill that would allow the communications minister to alter NBN’s line-of-business restrictions, which are intended to ensure it remains focussed on being open access, wholesale network​ provider.

  • Telstra could benefit from proposed changes to NBN rules: Macquarie Telecom

    Macquarie Telecom has joined Optus in expressing concerns over a government bill that would alter some aspects of the regulatory oversight of NBN and wind back constraints on the government-owned company that is rolling out the National Broadband Network.

  • Optus calls for changes to NBN bill

    Optus has called for changes to be made to a government bill intended to implement a number of recommendations of the Vertigan review into the National Broadband Network.

  • Microsoft buys technology from Australia's Event Zero to improve Skype for Business

    Microsoft announced Wednesday that it has acquired the technology assets from Event Zero to improve the management capabilities of its Skype for Business VoIP product.

  • Government mulls expanded copyright safe harbour

    Draft amendments to Australian copyright law unveiled late last year by the government would expand the ‘safe harbour’ scheme that limits the liability of Internet service providers for copyright infringement.

  • Concerns remain over data retention funding shortfall

    Internet Australia has reiterated concerns over the gap between the expected cost to the telecommunications sector of implementing data retention and the government funding being made available to telcos and ISPs.