Telecommunications News, Features, and Interviews

  • Call for NBN corporate plan to be audited

    Labor has requested the auditor-general scrutinise NBN’s corporate plan in the wake of an S&P analysis of the National Broadband Network that argued a write-down of the network “appears inevitable”.

    27 July 18 11:02 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Plenty of life yet in 4G, telcos say

    Although Australia’s mobile network operators are gearing up for the launch of services based on the next-generation 5G standard, they are continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible with 4G.

    26 July 18 15:05 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • S&P analysis raises prospect of NBN write-down

    An analysis of Australia’s NBN rollout released by S&P Global Ratings has raised the prospect of a potential write-down of the value of the new network.

    25 July 18 15:13 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Government close to finishing rewrite of Radcomms Act: Fifield

    The government is in the “final stages” of rewriting the key legislation that governs the allocation and use of wireless spectrum in Australia, communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield said this morning.

    25 July 18 13:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Vocus finishes laying Australian Singapore Cable

    Laying of the Australia Singapore Cable has been completed and electrical systems are now being installed and tested as part of a make-ready phase for the project.

    23 July 18 17:00 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Hawaiki cable comes into service

    The US$300 million, 15,000km Hawaiki submarine cable linking Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and United States has gone into commercial service after a 27 month construction by TE SubCom.

    20 July 18 13:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Telstra eyes redundancies in enterprise sales and service teams

    Telstra says it has proposed changes to its operating model across its enterprise sales and service teams that, if implemented, will see a 110 net reduction in headcount as well as cuts to some local and international contractor.

    18 July 18 15:49 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Entertainment companies join forces in major push to block pirate sites

    Village Roadshow Films and a group of film studios have been joined by Hong Kong company Television Broadcasts Limited (and subsidiary TVBO Production Limited) as well as Australian entertainment distributor Madman Entertainment Pty Limited in a push to significantly expand the range of piracy-linked sites blocked by major Australian ISPs.

    17 July 18 10:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Telstra turns on LTE broadcast technology

    Telstra has turned on LTE broadcast technology throughout its network, enabling real-time data to be multicast to all users on a cell site instead of each user requiring a separate strea

    12 July 18 13:50 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Hammer blow for Huawei as 5G ban looms in Australia

    ​Australia is preparing to ban Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment for its planned 5G broadband network after its intelligence agencies raised concerns that Beijing could force the Chinese telco to hand over sensitive data, two sources said.

    12 July 18 08:31 Written by Reuters
  • Government bucks ACCC advice on 5G spectrum limits

    The government is pushing forward with the auction of spectrum expected to play a key role in the first wave of services based on the new 5G mobile standard.

    11 July 18 15:56 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Russia's data retention scheme hits snag

    Russian telecoms operators will have to use foreign technology to comply with a law on storing data, two industry sources with knowledge of the matter said, even though Vladimir Putin told his government to ensure local companies produced the equipment.

    10 July 18 09:25 Written by Reuters