Vodafone has called for an increase to the funding being made available through the federal government’s mobile blackspot program.
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Vodafone is preparing to offer Voice over Wi-FI – VoWIFI – to its customers “shortly”, the telco’s CEO, Iñaki Berroeta, yesterday told the CommsDay Summit in Sydney.
Vodafone has lauded a recommendation contained in the newly released Australian Infrastructure Plan that advocates the government look at alternatives to the existing Universal Service Obligation (USO) arrangements.
The Australian Infrastructure Plan endorses the eventual break up of NBN into separate business units as part of the process of privatising it.
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”.
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