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Monday, 10 December 2018

Facebook, Google face crackdown as ACCC calls out their market dominance

The internet media giants would be required to make it clearer to consumers how their private information is used, get proper consent and face significant penalties for breaching privacy laws, according to a report by the consumer watchdog.

Source: ABC News

Ban Chrome as default browser, limit Facebook user data harvesting: ACCC crackdown

Google and Facebook are facing a raft of tough new anti-monopoly laws that heavily constrain the way they collect data on users and ban the default setting of browsers like Chrome on new devices under a suite of recommendations released by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Source: iTnews Australia

Telcos fork out big for 5G in NSW-QLD regional corridor

Fierce demand for regional 5G spectrum created a windfall for the federal government as major telcos forked out up to 50 times above the reserve at a recent auction.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus prepares for 5G expansion with spectrum acquisition

Australia’s second largest telco Optus has acquired new regional licences for its customers in the 3.6 GHz spectrum band, earmarking them for the delivery of its 5G telecommunications services.

Source: iTWire

Penn says Telstra set to lead in 5G capabilities

Securing between 30-80 MHz nation-wide in the 3.6 GHz spectrum will ensure that Telstra plays the leading tole in bring 5G capabilities and super-cast connections to Australians in both urban and rural areas, the company's chief executive Andrew Penn says.

Source: iTWire

Australians keep their options open on broadband, mobile and home phones: survey

Australians considering switching their service providers for fixed broadband, mobile phone, home phone, electricity and gas are all far more likely to visit comparison websites in an average four weeks than the typical Australian, according to a new report.

Source: iTWire

Telstra wins big in 5G spectrum auction with $386M bid

Telstra has scored the biggest chunk of 3.6 GHz band 5G following a spectrum auction held last month.

Source: ARN

Vodafone says spectrum buy boost to 5G preparations

Vodafone Hutchison Australia chief executive Iñaki Berroeta says the company's "significant spectrum investment", along with TPG Telecom, has delivered one of the key pieces in its 5G preparations.

Source: iTWire

Telstra heads four companies in buying 5G spectrum

Telstra has picked up the largest number of lots in the 5G spectrum auction organised by the Australian Communication and Media Authority in the 3.6 GHz band.

Source: iTWire

Telstra, Optus, TPG-Vodafone win 5G spectrum

Telstra paid AU$386 million for 143 lots; Optus paid AU$185 million for 47 lots; the TPG-Vodafone Australia joint venture paid AU$263 million for 131 lots; and Dense Air Australia paid AU$18.5 million for 29 lots.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Queensland government seeks broadband boost with ‘FibreCo Qld’

The Queensland government will establish a new entity dubbed FibreCo Qld to help provide cheaper backhaul in regional areas of the state for telcos.

Source: Computerworld

Qld govt sets up FibreCo to offer internet backhaul

The Queensland government is setting up a state-owned entity called FibreCo Qld that will open up 6000km of existing fibre optic backhaul cabling to carry residential internet traffic.

Source: iTnews Australia

Friday, 7 December 2018

NBN Co rebates are 'weak incentive' for fixing faults

The NBN Co is still not being incentivised enough to fix service, submissions to public inquiry have argued.

Source: ARN

NBN Co may have to pay users stuck in congested wireless cells

NBN Co is facing the prospect of paying rebates to users in congested wireless cells, as well as daily rebates where any network connection is dogged by a fault for a long time.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACCC launches inquiry into NBN rebates

The ACCC is seeking feedback on NBN's long-term rebate framework.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC scrutinises whether telcos get enough data from NBN Co

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s inquiry into NBN Co’s wholesale service standards has entered its “next phase,” the ACCC said today.

Source: Computerworld

Australia passes bill to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data

Australia's parliament has passed a bill to force tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to encrypted data.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 6 December 2018

ACCC to continue regulating backhaul

With the NBN creating "some degree of uncertainty", the ACCC has decided to continue regulating backhaul, but has said there is enough competition at 137 metro and 27 regional exchanges.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Encryption bill: compromise a result of bullying, claims IA

The compromise encryption bill drafted by the government and Labor demonstrates just one thing – that bullying pays off, the head of Internet Australia, Dr Paul Brooks, claims.

Source: iTWire

Origin energises customers with broadband service launch

Power company Origin has launched a new broadband service for its customers who have their gas and electricity services with Origin already.

Source: iTWire