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Friday, 6/3/2015


MWC: 5G in 2020, and the rise of the machines

While 4G was about offering increased capacity and speeds for data-hungry users, vendors, telcos, and regulators are working to ensure that 5G is all about coping with the rise of connected machines.

Source: ZDNet Australia


ACCC: comms prices fell 2.7% in 2013-14, consumers benefit

The average real prices of landline and mobile voice calls have fallen by around 50% since 1997-98, comms prices were down 2.7% in 2013-14.

Source: iTWire


Telstra offers customers access to metadata for $25

Telstra will allow its customers to access the metadata the telco stores on them for a fee ranging upwards from $25.

Source: iTnews Australia


Cost of telco services falls while NBN plan prices rise

The price of mobile, broadband and fixed-line voice services is continuing to decline in Australia, while the cost of plans for the national broadband network increases, the competition regulator has revealed.

Source: iTnews Australia


Telstra to allow customers to access their own metadata

Australia's largest telco will allow its customers to access the metadata they generate. Telstra said this morning that its customers will get the same access to their personal data that law enforcement organisations could request from the telco.

Source: Computerworld


Google to become Australia’s next cut price mobile data player?

Search giant Google shook up the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week when the company officially confirmed that it intends to sell mobile data plans in the US. The question is whether Google will join other MVNOs, such as Boost, Amaysim and Aldi, and sell cut price mobile plans in Australia.

Source: iTWire


Thursday, 5/3/2015


Journalist metadata could get special treatment

Law enforcement agencies may be required to treat journalists’ metadata with special care under the federal government’s controversial data retention scheme.

Source: iTnews Australia


​Calls for independent oversight of Australia's website blocking laws

The parliamentary committee inquiring into the laws allowing Australian government agencies to block websites has received calls for an independent party to oversee the scheme.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Govt report pins Australia's future on technology, but ignores NBN

Technology and innovation will be at the centre of Australia's continued productivity over the next 40 years, according to the Treasury Department's latest Intergenerational Report.

Source: ZDNet Australia


5G talk heats up, but launch still far off

The 5G hype machine hit a fever pitch this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but wireless services based on the still-to-be-formalised wireless standard are not expected to launch in any markets until 2020 at the earliest.

Source: Computerworld


Telstra joins 4G broadcast group

Telstra is one of the few vendors to join a new group of telco vendors, mobile operators, content providers and device manufacturers to share best practices in LTE Broadcast.

Source: iTWire


Wednesday, 4/3/2015


Bipartisan support sees Senate pass online anti-bullying laws

The Australian government's proposed legislation to establish a children's e-safety commissioner in a bid to help combat online bullying has passed the Senate.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Australia's online retail sales slow to AU$16.6b year on year

Unlike last December, when the total Australian online retail sales index reached 11.9 percent year on year, the total online retail sales index for January 2015 was more subdued, due to a slowdown in domestic sales.

Source: ZDNet Australia


NBN Co fibre-on-demand product due this month

By the end of March, NBN Co will launch its fibre co-contribution and fibre-on-demand products, Senator Mitch Fifield has said.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Abbott wants data-retention law passed this week

​Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants the government's proposed mandatory data-retention scheme passed into law this week.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Data retention: 'A couple of issues which do require more work' says Shorten

Labor leader Bill Shorten today told journalists there were some issues with the government's proposed data retention legislation but none of them "are too hard to work out".

Source: Computerworld


European group wants 5G to be 100x faster than 4G

5G should go 100 times faster than 4G, connect 1,000 times as many devices and carry 1,000 times as much traffic in a given area, a European Commission group says.

Source: ARN


Telstra leads tech advances by taking risk: Thodey

Telstra CEO David Thodey has said the incumbent has maintained its leadership position in mobile technology advances through risk-taking, and putting its investments on the line.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Optus to release own brand ‘Cash by Optus’ smartphone

Optus has used the Mobile World Congress to announce a planned extension to its Cash by Optus mobile payments system which includes a credit card on a smartphone.

Source: iTWire