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Friday, 29 March 2019

Rats, cables and NBN: One journo's tale of 48 days without internet

This is the story of an exhaustive battle to remain connected to the internet via ageing infrastructure, two rat attacks along the way and the bumpy transition to the NBN, writes Malcolm Sutton.

Source: ABC News

Small ISP attempts to undercut the rest on 100/40 NBN plans

South Melbourne-based NBN provider Tangerine Telecom is claiming to offer the cheapest 100/40 plan, offering a price of $69.90 for the first six months. The ISP has now said that this plan includes unlimited data.

Source: iTWire

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Optus funded to build 49 new mobile sites in blackspot program

Optus says it has successfully secured funding to build 49 new mobile sites as part of Round 4 of the Federal Government's mobile black spot program.

Source: iTWire

Telco sales practices called into question by ACCAN

Telecommunications customer service representatives are being encouraged to concentrate on selling over service, with the result that consumers are confronted by questionable sales tactics.

Source: iTWire

Why the fax machine refuses to die

The fax, with its 170 years of history, is a symbol of obsolete technology long superseded by computers — but it's far from dead. So who is keeping it alive?

Source: ABC News

Aussie Broadband releases support app on iOS, Android

Small ISP Aussie Broadband has launched a support app for its customers and created a matching version on its online portal.

Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

NBN Co makes final move to kill off 12Mbps broadband plans

NBN Co is putting the squeeze on the quarter of its user base that have not yet upgraded to more expensive plans by making their existing services even more congested or costly.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Morrison flags new laws to stop social media platforms being 'weaponised'

Scott Morrison is foreshadowing tough new criminal laws to crack down on social media companies which fail to quickly remove footage like that streamed by the gunman in the New Zealand massacre.

Source: Computerworld

Apple enters video streaming, updates news, game and payment apps

Apple lifted the curtain on Monday on a television and movie streaming service that will allow users of its 1.4 billion gadgets worldwide to stream television shows and movies, both Apple originals and those from other creators, in a first step to challenge streaming video leaders Netflix and Amazon.

Source: iTnews Australia

Monday, 25 March 2019

CA wants stronger, enforceable protections for telecoms consumers

The telecommunications industry lobby group, Communications Alliance, has told the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) it wants stronger, enforceable protections for Australia’s telecommunications consumers.

Source: iTWire

Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone fail to provide information to consumers with disability

According to an ACCAN research project, telcos failed to provide information about products catered for consumers with disability when reasonably required 50 percent of the time.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Comms authority warns Australian telcos over disability information failures

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have been warned for failing to provide disabled consumers with adequate guidance about suitable products and services.

Source: ARN

NBN Co warns against scammers impersonating its staff

NBN Co, the firm rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has warned customers not to be taken in scammers who try to impersonate its officials.

Source: iTWire

Optus stopping Braille bills, looking for alternatives

Singtel Optus will stop issuing bills in Braille to visually-impaired customers as it is moving to a new billing platform, the telco says.

Source: iTWire

EU to drop threat of Huawei ban but wants 5G risks monitored: sources

The European Commission will next week urge EU countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks but will ignore US calls to ban Huawei, four people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Source: iTnews Australia

Friday, 22 March 2019

Telstra wins rights to Belong trademark after court case

Australia's biggest telco Telstra has prevailed in a Federal Court trademark case against an energy firm known as Belong Energy which was founded late in 2018.

Source: iTWire

MNF Group sells fixed line residential broadband customer base

Sydney-headquartered MNF Group has entered into an asset sale agreement that will see the publicly-listed company sell its fixed line residential broadband customer base to Southern Phone.

Source: ARN

Thursday, 21 March 2019

NBN Co's on-time connections slip to 84 percent

NBN Co is likely to face fresh questions over new installations after revealing it meets agreed timeframes only 84 percent of the time, compared to 97 percent of the time just four months ago.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG-Vodafone merger decision set for May

May 9 will see the ACCC’s draft decision be finally handed down on whether TPG and Vodafone will be allowed to merge.

Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC sets 9 May as decision day for TPG-Vodafone merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will hand down its final decision on the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia on 9 May.

Source: iTWire