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Sun, 12th May 2024

VRA NSW beefs up radio network, adding LTE and satellite backhaul

VRA Rescue NSW has introduced LTE and satellite backup to its radio network in a bid to make its connectivity “bulletproof” during an emergency.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus desperately needs a reset. Here’s what comes next

Australia’s second-largest telco is priming for a much-needed reboot after suffering the nation’s worst data breaches and telecommunications outages.

Source: SMH

Thu, 09th May 2024

Meta's oversight board backs takedown of Australian voter fraud posts

Meta's oversight board upheld a decision to remove two Facebook posts calling for Australians to vote multiple times in an indigenous rights referendum, but noted the social media giant had not adequately explained its ban on encouraging voter fraud.

Source: iTnews Australia

Aussie Broadband gets clearance to hold more Superloop shares

Aussie Broadband has received Singaporean regulatory approval to own up to a 19.9 percent stake in rival internet provider Superloop, a month after it was forced to sell 38 million shares.

Source: iTnews Australia

Wed, 08th May 2024

Origin Energy's migration to Superloop to complete by October

Origin Energy’s 130,000 broadband customers are set to be fully migrated from Aussie Broadband to Superloop-based services by October.

Source: iTnews Australia

Mon, 06th May 2024

Telstra extends 3G cut-off deadline

Telco giant Telstra has extended the 3G network switch off deadline by two months.

Source: SMH

Optus appoints NBN boss as chief executive six months after outage

After nearly a decade at NBN Co, Stephen Rue will take on the job of repairing Optus’ reputation.

Source: SMH

Sun, 05th May 2024

NBN Co CEO Stephen Rue to lead Optus

NBN Co is losing its CEO of almost six years Stephen Rue to Optus as the telco looks to “reset strategy and rebuild customer trust”.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra delays 3G network shutdown amid concerns about access to emergency calls

The telco will postpone the closure of the 20-year-old network until August 31 to give Australians more time to upgrade their handsets amid concerns about access to emergency services.

Source: ABC News

Wed, 01st May 2024

NBN Co hits 6050 fibre upgrades a week in the first 17 weeks of the year

NBN Co is starting to show signs of scale and consistency in its fibre connect program, completing connections for over 100,000 premises in the first 17 weeks of the year.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG chief warns telcos are an essential service only when it suits

Australia’s telcos are increasingly positioned as essential service providers while being squeezed by high operating costs and regulatory and policy settings, TPG Telecom chief Iñaki Berroeta has said.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tue, 23rd Apr 2024

Musk decries Australian court 'censorship' of X terror posts

Elon Musk lashed out at Australia's prime minister after a court ordered his social media company X take down footage of an alleged terrorist attack in Sydney, and said the ruling meant any country could control "the entire internet".

Source: iTnews Australia

Melbourne's free city wi-fi poised for major upgrade

Melbourne’s free city wi-fi is set for an upgrade, almost a decade after it was first piloted by iiNet.

Source: iTnews Australia

Sun, 21st Apr 2024

X calls takedown orders over Sydney stabbing video "unlawful"

X has flouted orders to remove footage of a stabbing at a church in Sydney’s south west last week, saying Australia's eSafety watchdog has no authority to block Australians’ posts from its global userbase.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tue, 09th Apr 2024

Government launches broadband initiative to provide free connection to families in NSW

The School Student Broadband Initiative, launched by the Albanese Government and backed by the Minns Government, is set to provide free broadband connection at the end of 2025 to thousands of families based in New South Wales.

Source: iTWire

Telstra urges users to check their phones' compatibility before 3G closure

Telecommunications company Telstra developed an SMS tool to let users check if their phone needs an upgrade as the telco's 3G network is scheduled to close on 30 June 2024.

Source: iTWire

3G shutdown to affect more customers' access to Triple Zero

More than a million phones could be impacted by 3G network shutdowns later this year, a telecommunications working group set up to monitor the closures has told communications minister Michelle Rowland.

Source: iTnews Australia

Sun, 07th Apr 2024

More than a million older mobile phones at risk of being blocked from making triple-0 calls

The 3G network is closing and there are concerns Australians with older 4G phones may also be caught out because of the way the phones are configured.

Source: ABC News