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Friday, 9/10/2015

NBN complaints up 70 percent for the year

While overall telco complaints were down 10.5 percent, consumer complaints about NBN services skyrocketed by almost 70 percent.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus, iiNet, M2 skyrocket in TIO complaint numbers

Consumer complaints to the Telecommunications Ombudsman about Optus were up by over 30 percent, while iiNet's numbers were up by 26 percent, and M2's by almost 75 percent.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telco complaints fall but still “huge”

Australians made more than 124,000 complaints about their mobile, internet and landline services last financial year with NBN one of the worst offenders.

Source: The Australian

ACCC slashes Telstra’s fixed line services charges

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released its final decision on the prices other operators have to pay to use Telstra’s (ASX:TLS) copper network in providing telecommunications services to consumers.

Source: ARN

ACCC overrules Prime Minister Turnbull to cut Telstra phone, internet prices

Telstra is considering its legal options after the competition regulator ordered the telecommunications giant to slash its wholesale network prices by 9.4 per cent in an effort to make phone and internet services cheaper.

Source: SMH

Thursday, 8/10/2015

Draft legislation for GST on digital purchases unveiled

The Australian government will begin taxing ebooks, streaming services, apps, games, and music downloads should its legislation pass Parliament.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACMA directs telcos to comply with industry code

The telco industry regulator in Australia has given six telcos directions to comply with the Telecommunications Protection Code.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Amended 'Netflix Tax' Released

Not just focused on streaming providers, the exposure draft of the bill covers GST on digital goods and services sold by overseas vendors in Australia. Netflix will be paying up of course, but so will sellers of e-books, music, apps and other downloaded purchases.

Source: Gizmodo

Superloop spends $5.8 million on ApexNetworks

​ASX-listed dark fibre infrastructure provider, Superloop, has acquired Brisbane-based network solutions and services provider, ApexNetworks (ApexN) for $5.8 million.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 7/10/2015

Has Video Streaming Spiked Our Internet Traffic By 40 Per Cent?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released their latest internet data figures and downloads way up compared to last year, or even 6 months ago. Should we blame Netflix? Their official arrival down-under in March likely made a big contribution, but of course they are not the only player in the streaming game.

Source: Gizmodo

Telstra's retail boss to step down

Telstra’s retail group executive Gordon Ballantyne will leave the company in December.

Source: CRN