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Fri, 15th Jan 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+ & S21 Ultra on sale January 29 with prices starting at $1,249

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S21 family of smartphones. Here's everything you need to know.

Source: WhistleOut

Thu, 14th Jan 2021

Telstra says it has half of all Australians covered by 5G

Telstra said on Thursday it was able to provide 5G coverage to half of the Australian population where they live. The company added it planned to hit 75% population coverage by the middle of the year.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Wed, 13th Jan 2021

NBN Co cuts average number of users per wireless cell to 19

NBN Co said it has reduced the number of users per fixed wireless cell from “historical levels of around 60” down to 19 “on average”.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN approaches 1Gbps using mmWave 5G over distances of 7 kilometres

The company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has laid claim to a world record for long-range millimetre wave transmission, saying it hit "close to 1Gbps" across a distance of 7.3 kilometres.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Leading Edge enters into wholesale broadband agreement with NBN Co

Data centre network provider Leading Edge Data Centres has entered into a wholesale broadband agreement with NBN Co for facilities access service.

Source: ARN

Tue, 12th Jan 2021

nbn claims '5G long-range transmission world record' for fixed wireless

Claiming a "world-record" for long-range 5G transmission using mmWave technology, Australia's government-owned National Broadband Network company is actively developing "new options to further optimise the performance and customer experience of the nbn Fixed Wireless network".

Source: iTWire

Wed, 06th Jan 2021

Save $10 per month on NBN 100, NBN 250, and NBN 1000 plans on Internode and iiNet

Sibling telcos Internode and iiNet are both slashing $10 per month from their fastest NBN plans. This means you can save $10 per month on NBN 100, NBN 250, and NBN 1000 plans with either provider for their first 12 months. The plans are contract-free, so you're always able to leave after your discount expires.

Source: WhistleOut

Tue, 05th Jan 2021

Qualcomm takes 5G down to budget phones with Snapdragon 480

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its lower-tier Snapdragon 480 5G, the successor to the 460 used in phones such as the Nokia 3.4.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Mon, 04th Jan 2021

Optus, Telstra, TPG press for 'partnership' in $22m 5G test case race

Optus has asked the government to make partnering with a telco a prerequisite to secure funding under a forthcoming $22.1 million program to find new enterprise and industrial use cases for 5G.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tue, 22nd Dec 2020

NBN Co a 'low' threat of overbuilding in greenfields estates

NBN Co is considered a “low” threat of using new powers to overbuild other networks in new housing estates in the short to medium term.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC chief Sims says Google and Facebook draft laws 'fair'

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman (ACCC) Rod Sims said proposed laws that will make Australia the first country in the world to force Google and Facebook to pay for news were fair and critical for the survival of the media industry.

Source: iTnews Australia

felix mobile increases unlimited data speeds to 20Mbps

felix's all you can eat plan is now capped at 20Mbps, rather than 5Mbps.

Source: WhistleOut

Mon, 21st Dec 2020

TPG offered sliver of hope in bid to overturn NBN protectionism

TPG Telecom’s bid to be allowed to roll out fixed-line infrastructure that competes with NBN Co again remains a live - albeit limited - possibility after the competition watchdog left the door open to future small-scale proposals.

Source: iTnews Australia

SpaceX Starlink picks up Australian 5G mmWave spectrum

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced on Friday it had offered the first round of its new area-wide apparatus licences to communications providers looking for 5G millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Fri, 18th Dec 2020

5G mmWave licence applicants named

​Opticomm, Optus, Starlink, Telstra and Field Solutions Group are among the 15 applicants in Australia that have been offered a licence in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands by the ACMA.

Source: ARN

Wed, 16th Dec 2020

Facebook privacy app spied on users for market research, ACCC says

The consumer watchdog is taking the social media giant to court over a security app that fed insights and data back to Facebook.

Source: SMH

ACCC takes court action against Facebook over VPN service

Australia's competition watchdog accuses the social media giant of acting "completely contrary to the promise of protection" by using its VPN service to log details of users' online activity.

Source: ABC News

Telstra sells Velocity, South Brisbane fibre networks for $140m

Telstra has finally found a buyer for its residential fibre networks with Uniti Group set to pay $140 million for the Velocity estate and South Brisbane assets.

Source: iTnews Australia