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Samsung puts distance between itself and rivals in EU

NBN Co launches Sky Muster Plus satellite ‘unmetered data’ wholesale service
NBN Co has launched its Sky Muster Plus wholesale service which allows homes and small businesses in the NBN satellite footprint to access unmetered data for essential online activities.

Huawei Australia CEO reaffirms commitment to Australia despite 5G ban 

Australia Post set to undertake telecommunications ‘transformation’

‘Underperforming’ broadband services still a problem: ACCC

Activist group launches campaign against Apple censorship in China

Australia smartphone end user shipments plummet in 2019

S&P delivers slap to Singtel and Optus with negative outlook

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Mobile operator revenues to reach US120 billion by 2024
Revenue opportunities for mobile operators, outside of voice, messaging and mobile data termination, will reach US$120 billion by 2024 - up from US$67 billion this year, according to a new report.

5G Huawei ban based on incorrect technical advice: Ovum

Can 5G save the smartphone market from commoditisation?

5G demand drives market growth for Nokia
Finnish telecommunications equipment vendor Nokia says strong demand for 5G has driven growth in its business for the second quarter and helped the company achieve “compelling results’ for the full year 2019.

NBN Co signals focus on improving consumer experience: Rowland
NBN Co has signalled renewed focus is needed to address in-home issues impacting on customer experience with the national broadband network, according to the Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland.

Telstra, Ericsson claim first 5G standalone call in Australia

Consumer complaints about telcos continue to fall
Consumer complaints to Australia’s telcos have fallen by 12% in the three months between April and June this year – the lowest rate for the quarter since 2016.

ISP backs NBN Co's efforts to make gigabit speeds possible on HFC
The NBN Co's efforts to make it possible to get gigabit speeds on HFC will help alleviate the scaling problem that exists due to the pricing model for CVC, according to the head of a small ISP.

AIIA urges govt to make changes in encryption law

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NBN Co says speed trials demonstrate ‘gigabit future’ of HFC network

UK tech panel finds no evidence for complete Huawei ban

Huawei planning big staff cuts in US: report

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Comms minister Fletcher says MTM right model for NBN

Mobile complaints low, voice over NBN complaints high

NBN Co 'should have supplied modems for all connections'

Cloud provider Vault says tech exports affected by encryption law

ACMA NBN modem testing shows 5GHz band better for Wi-Fi
A test of 43 modems used on fibre-to-the-node and fibre-to-the-building NBN connections indicates that use of the 5GHz band is much better than 2.4GHz when it comes to Wi-Fi throughput.

Vocus Group to operate as three independent business units
Australia's fourth largest telecommunications company, the Vocus Group, has announced that it will be simplifying its business into three independent business units.

NBN Co exceeds targets for connected, activated premises
The Australian national broadband network builder NBN Co has exceeded its connection targets for the financial year 2019, connecting more than 1.1 million premises in the three months to 27 June.

NBN Co exceeds targets for connected, activated premises
The Australian national broadband network builder NBN Co has exceeded its connection targets for the financial year 2019, connecting more than 1.1 million premises in the three months to 27 June.

Telstra upgrades network to handle speeds of up to 100Gbps
Telstra has upgraded all its networks and its points of interconnect to the national broadband network so that they can handle traffic at speeds of up to 100Gbps.

New rules give stronger protections to consumers: ACMA
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), says telco consumers will now be better protected under new consumer protection rules it has just introduced.

Five more years of wholesale mobile voice regulation: ACCC

Audit office casts doubts on NBN Co ability to repay $19.5b govt loan

Victoria to ban mobiles in state schools from 2020

NBN Co launches ‘solution finder', new wholesale discount bundles
National Broadband network provider NBN Co has launched a “solution finder” online tool which it says is designed to help businesses find the right broadband plan for their needs.

US 5G equipment move 'could hit' Nokia, Ericsson operations

Apple explores shifting production out of China: report

NBN Co set to issue wholesale pricing review paper
Australian national broadband provider NBN Co is set to issue a wholesale pricing review to a number of telecommunications providers on Thursday in a bid to quell disquiet in the industry.

ACMA calls for feedback on emergency call services regime

Huawei founder says US bans will cost company US$25B

AGL Energy pulls out of bid for Vocus Communications
Australia's fourth largest telecommunications operator Vocus Communications has lost another suitor, with AGL Energy announcing on Monday that it had withdrawn its non-binding, indicative proposal to acquire the firm.

Broadcom says Huawei ban will mean US$2b less in revenue

TIO launches new website with ‘easier access’ for complaints

Energy firm AGL seeks to buy Vocus for $3b
Vocus Communications has received another takeover offer, this time from AGL Energy, which has made a bid to buy all the shares in the company for $4.85 a share, meaning that the total bid would come to a shade over $3 billion.

Russian carrier MTS signs 5G deal with Huawei
Russian telecommunications operator MTS has signed a 5G deal with Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, with the network to be developed over the next year.

Trade war: Cook does not fear that China will target Apple
Apple chief executive Tim Cook says he does not anticipate that China will target Apple as a means of retaliating for US actions in the ongoing trade war.

Swedish firm EQT Infrastructure ends takeover talks with Vocus
Swedish private equity firm EQT Infrastructure has ended talks with Vocus Communications over a possible takeover which valued the company at A$3.3 billion, the Australian firm says.