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Wednesday, 1/7/2015


NBN to offer TV connections through fibre for greenfields

NBN will give developers the opportunity to ditch aerial cables for free-to-air television in their greenfields developments by offering the infrastructure through fibre.

Source: iTnews Australia


Tasmanian NBN contractor Visionstream sheds 60 jobs

About 60 workers are being laid off by Visionstream, the company charged with overseeing the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Tasmania.

Source: ABC News


1800 number calls free of charge, for most, from today

Calls to 1800 numbers are free of charge from today with most of the major mobile phone operators including Vodafone, Optus and Telstra to stop charging for the calls. Some operators, however, have not yet said they will offer the free calls.

Source: iTWire


ACCC recommends more information sharing by NBN

NBN would be compelled to share more information about the rollout of the National Broadband Network with retail service providers (RSPs) under a recommendation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Source: Computerworld


Quickflix rejigs business model

Under pressure from Netflix and other new entrants, struggling streaming pioneer Quickflix has revamped its distribution arrangements.

Source: iTWire


Tuesday, 30/6/2015


NBN needs to be more transparent to retailers: ACCC

In order to ensure that Telstra doesn't have a competitive advantage during the NBN rollout, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has said NBN needs to offer more information to its retail rivals.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Inabox signs $3.6m deal with Total Telecom

Wholesale telecommunications and cloud services provider Inabox Group, has signed a $3.6 million deal with Total Telecom Group to migrate 3000 end user customers’ PSTN services to Inabox’s wholesale aggregation solution.

Source: iTWire


Optus set to be first with voice over wi-fi

Optus is set to take the lead as the first Australian carrier to deliver a commercial voice over wi-fi service to its consumers.

Source: iTnews Australia


NBN lumped with new data sharing rules despite opposition

The national network builder will soon be controlled by a new license condition dictating how it shares information on the rollout with retail service providers, despite protestations against the move.

Source: iTnews Australia


Fibre broadband adds 3 per cent a US home's value

The availability of really fast broadband in your neighborhood could increase your home's value by more than 3 percent.

Source: Computerworld


Telecoms booming, traditional publishing declining, show ABS numbers

The latest data from the ABS gives us an industry snapshot that is already 12 months old, but it confirms what we all suspect – print is in decline and telcos are booming.

Source: iTWire


TIO chief Cohen calls it quits

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has lost its dispute resolution chief Simon Cohen, who has returned to a role in the Victorian government.

Source: iTnews Australia


Monday, 29/6/2015


Competition watchdog slashes Telstra wholesale broadband prices

Customers stuck on the Telstra network during the migration to the NBN should not be forced to pay higher prices, the ACCC has said, slashing Telstra's fixed wholesale internet prices by 9.6 percent.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Telstra to take wholesale price hit

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is eyeing a 9.6 per cent drop in prices that operators pay to use Telstra’s copper network to provide telecommunication services.

Source: CIO Australia


Amcom CEO Clive Stein steps down

On the back of its successful arrangement to merge with Vocus Communications, Amcom Telecommunications’ CEO, Clive Stein, will be stepping down.

Source: ARN


Logical: CCC members super trumpet ACCC price cuts

With CCC member carriers always complaining about Telstra, the latest price reductions logically mean ACCC’s draft price reductions are sensible and reasonable.

Source: iTWire


Telstra hits back at ACCC over wholesale price cuts

Telstra has described as "disappointing" a draft decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that will see a significant drop in the prices the telco charges for a number of wholesale services on the copper network.

Source: Computerworld


ACCC draft fixed line services decision revises access prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a further draft decision on the prices other operators will have to pay to use Telstra’s copper network in the provision of telecommunications services to consumers.

Source: ARN


VoLTE and ViLTE storm coming, radical simplification advised

Speakers at the LTE World Summit 2015 have warned of VoLTE and ViLTE issues while separately, radical simplification has been advised for LTE operators.

Source: iTWire


Telstra faces a 10 percent wholesale price drop

Telstra is facing a potential 10 percent mandated drop in the fees it charges wholesale partners to access its fixed-line copper network after the competition watchdog moved to ensure end users don't suffer "absurd pricing".

Source: iTnews Australia


My Net Fone successfully completes $15m equity placement

My Net Fone has successfully completed a significantly oversubscribed $15 million equity placement to fund growth initiatives.

Source: ARN