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Fri, 10th Jul 2020

Optus offers wholesale partners VoLTE and WiFi calling

Optus is now offering wholesale partners on the Optus mobile network Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and WiFi calling on its 4G network.

Source: ARN

Data demand on National Broadband Network still at pre-COVID 19 levels, says NBN Co

Demand for data on the National Broadband Network remains above pre-COVID 19 levels, with downloads on the network at peak levels, according to the latest report from the operator of the network, NBN Co.

Source: iTWire

Thu, 09th Jul 2020

Telstra to have Australian agents answer all inbound calls from 2022

Telstra is set to permanently change the way it provides customer service post-COVID, with an aim to route all inbound voice calls through Australian call centres by sometime in 2022.

Source: iTnews Australia

Vocus fibre cable cut in South Australia

Vocus technicians are working to repair a broken fibre cable in South Australia that appears to be causing east-west connectivity problems for some internet users.

Source: iTnews Australia

Wed, 08th Jul 2020

NBN Co to axe 800 jobs in major restructure

NBN Co is planning to shed at least 800 jobs as part of a major overhaul of its business structure.

Source: ARN

NBN Co's final build push includes 25k premises that fell through the cracks

NBN Co has revealed 25,000 premises in smaller new housing developments remain unconnected to the NBN after June 30 due to an apparent mix-up in the implementation of government policy.

Source: iTnews Australia

Physical location of video conferencing servers key to Australian performance: ACCC

The relationship between a user's physical location and that of the servers used for their video conferencing service of choice is, unsurprisingly, the key to low latency and a better experience, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Tue, 07th Jul 2020

Optus looks to spend $1.5m on transportable 4G small cells

Optus is set to invest $1.5 million in a fleet of transportable small cells that are lighter and easier to deploy in disaster zones than the telco’s current fleet of satellite cells on trailers or SatCats.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN launches satellite backup for business customers

The company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia has launched a satellite backup service for business services.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Australia linked to Japan and the US via new submarine cable system

Australia has been linked up to the Japan-Guam-Australia North Cable System (JGA North) with a 24 terabits per second (Tbps) connection.

Source: ARN

Mon, 06th Jul 2020

Optus, Telstra to build 21 new mobile towers in regional NSW

Telstra and Optus will build 21 new mobile phone towers in southern NSW using a $50 million fund established by the state government to improve internet connectivity in under-served regions.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co will have 22,000 premises still awaiting infrastructure after this year

NBN Co is now forecasting it will only have around 21,800 brownfields premises unable to connect to its network post-2020.

Source: iTnews Australia

Sun, 05th Jul 2020

Australia's broadband network in a diabolical position after 'completion', says expert

An academic, who was part of the advisory panel for the NBN for the Labor Party, says Australia is now in a diabolical position as far as its broadband network goes, despite all the self-congratulatory rhetoric about how the network has been delivered on time and how it is holding up under the strain of extra traffic due to people working from home.

Source: iTWire

Thu, 02nd Jul 2020

Telstra gets two more years to upgrade or sell its residential fibre networks

Users in Telstra fibre areas face up to two more years with limited retail choices and service quality issues after the government decided Telstra could stay exempt from rules that would otherwise force it to make its fibre areas wholesale only and open access.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus signs contract for Ku-band sixth satellite to launch in 2023

Australian telco Optus announced on Thursday it has signed a deal with Airbus Defence and Space for a new OneSat satellite, that will be known as Optus 11, which is set to cover Australasia when it is launched in 2023.

Source: ZDNet Australia

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