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Friday, 14 December 2018

NBN says 1.3 percent of FttN lines sit below 25Mbps after co-existence ends

The company has also revealed that it has purchased 27,600 kilometres of copper cable.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vocus’ newest subsea cable hit by fault

Vocus has confirmed a fault on its Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) system.

Source: Computerworld

Coalition of ‘challenger’ telcos campaigns against TPG-Vodafone merger

Telecommunications coalition Commpete has welcomed a decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to seek further input before greenlighting the merger of TPG and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA).

Source: ARN

NetComm launches NBN-ready modem with 4G backup

ASX-listed networking company NetComm Wireless has unveiled a new dual-mode gateway device that can be used to connect to the NBN or to New Zealand’s Ultra-Fast Broadband network.

Source: Computerworld

Foxtel hit with $25k fine for telemarketing breaches

Broadcast giant Foxtel has been caught in a crackdown on compliance with telemarketing laws and fined $25,200 for breaching requirements for telemarketers to end a call immediately when asked.

Source: iTWire

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Telstra accuses NBN of charging too much for internet access

Telstra slams the National Broadband Network for doubling the cost of internet access, but NBN Co rejects the allegations and points to improved services.

Source: ABC News

NBN Co reveals 58 percent of HFC network still unserviceable

NBN Co has revealed that 58 percent of its hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) footprint remains unserviceable, seven months after the sales freeze on connections was lifted.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG, Vodafone $15bn merger met with ACCC 'concerns'

TPG and Vodafone are yet to convince the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of the merits of their proposed $15 billion merger.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG and Vodafone plunge as ACCC signals intent to block their merger

Red flags are raised about TPG's plan to merge with Vodafone, leaving open the possibility that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission may block the deal.

Source: ABC News

Vodafone says working closely with ACCC on merger issues

Vodafone Hutchison Australia says it has engaged closely with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about its proposed merger with TPG Telecom, providing significant information about the consumer benefits and challenges faced by providers.

Source: iTWire

Telstra launches revamp of services for small business

Telstra has unveiled a major revamp of its support for Australian small businesses, including a new mobile and tablet plan with no lock-in contract and no excess data charges in Australia.

Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Govt estimates fixed voice users in NBN satellite and wireless areas

The government has offered a glimpse of the number of fixed voice services that remain active in the NBN fixed wireless and Sky Muster footprints.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra announces T22 small business plans

No lock-in contracts, 24/7 IT support, more small business specialists, unlimited data broadband plans, and Telstra Business Technology Centres have been announced under the telco's new small business offerings.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co technicians missed 430 appointments a day

NBN Co’s technicians missed an average of 430 appointments a day in the year to June 30 this year.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra CEO: No free emergency texts for Queensland

Telstra provides emergency alert text messages to Queensland residents as part of a commercial contract with the state government, with CEO Andy Penn saying it will not do so for free.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC launches pricing inquiry for Telstra copper regulation

The ACCC is considering whether to price Telstra's regulated copper and ADSL services in reference to pre- and post-NBN completion periods.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Competition watchdog prepares for new ruling on Telstra wholesale prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a preliminary consultation on the pricing and non-price terms and conditions of access for a range of services delivered over Telstra’s copper network.

Source: Computerworld

ACCC prepares to gather more NBN data from telcos

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued new rules for Internet service providers (ISPs) that will require them to periodically hand over to the ACCC a range of data relating to services on their networks.

Source: ARN