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Tuesday, 9/2/2016


Major Telstra mobile outage hits nationwide, with calls and data affected

A widespread interruption to Telstra mobile service is being felt across the country, with thousands taking to social media to complain that calls are unavailable, as well as 2G, 3G and 4G data.

Source: SMH


TPG international cable system out for a month

Australia’s number two broadband provider TPG has suffered a major outage of its international cable that connects Australia to the outside world. What’s more, the outage is not expected to be repaired for at least a month, with 7 March the estimated fix date.

Source: iTWire


The NBN Is Making Australia's Country Towns More Appealing

Kiama (NSW), Ballarat (VIC), Toowoomba (QLD), St Helens (TAS), Victor Harbour (SA), Mandurah (WA) and Howard Springs (NT) are highlighted as potential boom towns for the latest lifestyle movement, identified in research from a report commissioned by NBN.

Source: Gizmodo


Monday, 8/2/2016


Optus is most complained-about telco

Optus has recorded more new complaints per user in the last quarter than either Telstra or Vodafone.

Source: CRN


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.

Source: Computerworld


TPG submarine cable outage expected to last a month

A fibre fault in the Sydney-Guam submarine cable will persist until March, according to TPG, with the Southern Cross Cable and Australian-Japan Cable system to be used as substitutes.

Source: ZDNet Australia


ACCAN wants reduction on NBN pricing

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has raised concerns about the affordability of nbn services in the wake of Friday’s announcement by the broadband network of its financial results for the six months to the end of last December.

Source: iTWire


Ovum ‘encouraged’ by NBN progress

Research analyst firm Ovum says the growth in the number of  ‘premises ready for service’ from the nbn is encouraging, with figures released by NBN Co on Friday showing the number of premises has more than doubled in 2015 to 1.67 million, with growth accelerating in 2H15.

Source: iTWire


Regional spectrum will help enhance 4G services: Telstra

Telstra says the 57 blocks of spectrum covering 12 regions across Australia it secured at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) auction last week will be used to enhance the delivery of 4G mobile services.

Source: iTWire


Australian PPC-1 cable cut, out of action until March

The PPC-1 Australian submarine cable running between Sydney and the United States island territory of Guam has been fully severed, with the repair estimated to take around a month to complete.

Source: iTnews Australia


Friday, 5/2/2016


nbn chief confident on track to 8 million connections by 2020

Bill Morrow, CEO of the National Broadband Network, is buoyant about the nbn and the progress his team are making in the progressive rollout of the fast broadband network across Australia.

Source: iTWire


Government Just Sold $543 Million Of Mobile Spectrum

The results of the Federal Government’s recent auction of a large chunk of the 1800MHz band of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum have been announced: Telstra and Optus each spent nearly $200 million on securing more bandwidth, while TPG and Vodafone also splashed out with multi-million dollar investments. The 2015 auction should see Australia’s 4G networks in regional areas get faster and cover wider areas.

Source: Gizmodo


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.

Source: Computerworld


nbn co faces EBITDA loss of $866 million for 2016 first half results

nbn has released the financial results for its first half 2016, ending December 31, 2015. The company reported an EBITDA loss of $688 million, from $497 million the same time last year.

Source: ARN


Telcos splash $543m on 1800 MHz spectrum

Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vodafone have emerged as the winners of the Australian Communications and Media Authority's $543.5 million 1800 MHz spectrum auction.

Source: iTnews Australia


NBN reports AU$1.2b loss for FY16 first half

NBN has grown its revenue by 152.3 percent, to AU$164 million, but with a net loss of AU$1.24 billion for the six-month period.

Source: ZDNet Australia