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Thu, 02nd Jul 2020

Optus commits to digital core upgrade

Optus is set to upgrade its core business systems to SAP’s S/4 HANA, creating a “digital core” that could help it enable new capabilities at the edge like predictive maintenance for cellular towers.

Source: iTnews Australia

Woolies hit with AU$1 million spamming fine

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has hit Woolworths Group with a fine of AU$1,003,800, the largest it has handed down, due to five million breaches of the Spam Act 2003 made between October 2018 and July 2019.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone joins NBN 250 and Ultrafast club

Vodafone is the latest RSP to give customers the option of NBN Co's recently announced 250Mbps and 500-1000Mbps services.

Source: iTWire

TransACT builder says best option for NBN is to remain in government hands

The best way forward for the national broadband network is for it to remain in government hands and be managed for strategic advantage, rather than commercial gain, a network expert has told iTWire.

Source: iTWire

Wed, 01st Jul 2020

NBN now obligated to provide a minimum 25Mbps connection to Australians

With the calendar shifting to July, the Statutory Infrastructure Provider (SIP) obligations on NBN have entered into force.

Source: ZDNet Australia

New legislation ‘guarantees’ broadband access for all Australians, says Government

New legislation has just come into force in Australia, enshrining in law access to broadband services for all Australians regardless of where they live, and which the Federal Government says "guarantees" broadband access for everyone.

Source: iTWire

Aussie Broadband board gets pre-IPO makeover

RSP Aussie Broadband has appointed a new chair and two replacement directors.

Source: iTWire

Tue, 30th Jun 2020

MyRepublic is the latest telco to sell an NBN 250 plan

MyRepublic has followed Aussie Broadband and Superloop in launching an NBN 250 plan, making it one of the few telcos offering customers plans with speeds that faster than 100Mbps.

Source: WhistleOut

NBN Co expects to sustain some of its traffic uplift

NBN Co is expecting to sustain some of the uplift in the amount of traffic running across its network post-COVID, a prediction that could make it harder for the company to completely wind back bandwidth bonuses laid on since March.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra ditches 5G fee for users not on lowest tier plan

The prospect of users having to pay AU$15 a month for 5G access on the Telstra network,

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra sets $65 a month as minimum spend to get 5G access

Telstra is set to reshape the way it sells 5G services once a year-long free trial wraps up today.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus runs mmWave 5G tests in Sydney

Optus is testing 5G millimetre wave (mmWave) technology at four locations in Sydney, months after suggesting the technology could bring speeds in excess of 20Gbps.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telco credit assessments under scrutiny by ACMA

Australia’s telecommunications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) says a study it commissioned shows telco in-store sales staff may not be adequately checking that customers have the capacity to pay for the services they are purchasing.

Source: iTWire

Telstra announces ‘major refresh’ of T22 mobile plans, new pricing

Telstra has launched a range of new “radically simplified” post-paid mobile plans which it says will give consumer and small business customers data increase of up to 30GB, as part of a refresh of its T22 strategy which was introduced last year in a move aimed at simplifying the telco’s operations and product sets, improving customer experiences and reducing its cost base.

Source: iTWire

Mon, 29th Jun 2020

Matt spent $11,000 to get an upgraded NBN connection, then his neighbours connected to it for free

Sick of his internet dropping out, software developer Matt Hall paid to have the NBN to his home upgraded. He didn't realise that he was also paying for his neighbours to get cheap access.

Source: ABC News

Department of Finance dismisses idea of discretionary NBN write-down

The Department of Finance has attempted to pour cold water on the idea of writing down the value of the National Broadband Network, stating that any movements in value are dictated by accounting standards.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co may have its costs examined in the back half of 2020

NBN Co could wind up having its costs examined in more detail in the back half of the year following a call by Telstra for greater scrutiny.

Source: iTnews Australia

Fri, 26th Jun 2020

COVID has shown Australian broadband can handle working from home: Dept of Comms

The performance of Australia's networks during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly the National Broadband Network, has shown the network itself is not the issue for remote working to continue once pandemic restrictions are lifted, a departmental official said on Friday.

Source: ZDNet Australia