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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Telstra's 5G add-on for new mobile plans costs AU$15 a month

Customers signing up to yet-to-be-released mobile plans will receive free 5G connectivity for at least 12 months.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra begins selling its first 5G device

Telstra has begun selling its first commercial 5G device, an HTC-manufactured mobile hotspot that also supports 4G. The company's CEO also revealed today that Telstra would charge many of its customers a premium to receive 5G connectivity.

Source: ARN

Telstra launches Australia's first 5G mobile hotspot, also supports 4G but no 3G

The HTC 5G Hub can be ordered today, delivering 5G speeds in active areas, and working as a 4GX modem elsewhere (although no 3G capabilities are within), with Telstra saying it isn't just Australia's first 5G/4GX media hotspot, but the world's, too.

Source: iTWire

Samsung to deliver Galaxy S10 5G, its first 5G device, from May 28

Set to be available via Telstra and Samsung's own Experience Stores from May 28, and a free upgrade for select Telstra S10+ customers earlier this year, the S10 5G will also feature a 6.7-inch screen, bigger battery and the promise of "an incredible camera experience".

Source: iTWire

Optus lures travellers with roaming add-ons

Optus has launched a new suite of international usage and roaming add-ons on selected prepaid plans targeting travellers.

Source: iTWire

Telstra to offer free 5G connectivity for first year

Telstra will offer 5G connectivity free to all customers with a compatible device for at least a year, marking its aggressive entry into the next-generation cellular space.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

TIO on shakeup path, starting with its own board

The first signs of progress in a proposed shake-up of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) are emerging, as the ombudsman begins consulting on the removal of alleged industry influence.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC starts breaking out Vodafone NBN customer connections

Vodafone Australia is sitting around the level of Aussie Broadband and MyRepublic in the latest ACCC Wholesale Market Indicators Report.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co registers drop in entry-level services

The proportion of households with services at the slowest NBN speed tier decreased during the first quarter of the year, with the number of 12 megabits per second (Mbps) services also dropping in absolute terms, according to figures released today by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Source: Computerworld

NBN Co's 12Mbps user base falls below one million

NBN Co is servicing 166,569 fewer premises on the lowest 12Mbps tier than just three months ago, with Vocus and TPG seeing particularly large falls in their 12Mbps user bases.

Source: iTnews Australia

Three-fifths of NBN users now on higher speed plans: ACCC

Nearly 60% of the 5.2 million Australian households connected to the NBN at the end of March are on plans that offer 50Mbps or higher download speeds, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says in its quarterly Wholesale Market Indicators Report.

Source: iTWire

NBN Co targets July for bursty Sky Muster services

NBN Co is set to make its Sky Muster Plus satellite service - capable of bursting above 25Mbps - generally available in July following commercial trials that start this month.

Source: iTnews Australia

Game and shame: Internet providers called out again on NBN speed claims

Internet providers are under renewed pressure to scale back their advertised “typical” evening speed claims for NBN services following the release of a new metric that shames alleged under-performers.

Source: iTnews Australia

Monday, 20 May 2019

Australian telcos blindsided by US trade war hit to Huawei

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are trying to work out the implications of the latest hit to Huawei, this time through the Android operating system.

Source: SMH

Add a recovery phone number to block automated hijack attempts: Google

Study finds adding a phone number to a Google account blocks all automated attempts, 99% of bulk attacks, and 66% of targeted attacks.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus claims 100Mbps average speeds on 5G fixed wireless

Optus is set to invite more customers to connect to its 5G precursor fixed wireless service after getting the first crop of users to achieve average speeds of 100Mbps.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus to offer 5G to selected users, top speed 295Mbps

Australia's second biggest telco Singtel Optus will give select customers in five suburbs the opportunity to sample its 5G Home Broadband product by the end of the month.

Source: iTWire

Indigo consortium's subsea cables 'about to go live'

The Indigo consortium’s subsea cables connecting Singapore-Perth and Perth-Sydney are “about to go live”, entrepreneur Bevan Slattery says, adding a new route option for Australian internet traffic.

Source: iTnews Australia