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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operator Vocus Communications has lost another suitor, with AGL Energy announcing on Monday that it had withdrawn its non-binding, indicative proposal to acquire the firm.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.

Telstra makes big cuts in payphone call rates
Telstra has announced that it would be sharply reducing the rates for calls placed from its 15,500 public payphones across the country.

US-China trade war set to hit global smartphone market
The global smartphone market faces another challenging year in 2019, with the US-China trade war the factor that will have the biggest say on whether the market returns to growth or not, the research firm IDC says.

Indigo subsea cable linking Australia with SEA commissioned
The INDIGO subsea cable system linking Australia with the Southeast Asian region has been commissioned and is ready for use by consortium members, following completion of the Singapore to Perth to Sydney cables.

5G playing a big part in changing retail sector, consumer shopping habits
The emergence of 5G and the use of smartphone cameras and other devices is set to bring significant change to consumer shopping habits and the retail sector, according to newly released research.

Vocus gets A$3.3b takeover offer from Swedish equity firm

ACCC publishes guide for problem-plagued NBN fixed wireless broadband customers

ACCC publishes guide for problem-plagued NBN fixed wireless broadband customers

Optus outage puts services on the blink, US-based sites hit
Australia's second biggest telco, Singtel Optus, has been hit by a serious outage that has been affecting a number of services for the past day.

Telstra launches Australia’s first 5G mobile hotspot
The HTC 5G Hub can be ordered today, delivering 5G speeds in active areas, and working as a 4GX modem elsewhere, with Telstra saying it isn't just Australia's first 5G/4GX media hotspot, but the world's, too.

Three-fifths of NBN users now on higher speed plans: ACCC

Google cuts off Huawei access to Android and Playstore

US parts ban a setback for Huawei; American firms could suffer too

No need for dark fibre, NBN aggregation providers to report to ACCC

Optus annual profits plunge, but rebound for the quarter
Australia’s second largest telco Optus has suffered a drop in net profits for the year ended 31 March, with profits plunging by 15.8% on the previous year.

Vodafone NZ acquired by Infratil, Canada’s Brookfield
Vodafone New Zealand has been bought by a consortium of long-term investors, New Zealand-based Infratil, and Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management for €2.1 billion (NZ$3.59 billion).

Optus reveals first 50 Ericsson 5G site locations
Optus has revealed the list of the first 50 5G site locations to be built by Ericsson across Sydney and Melbourne as part of its multi-vendor 5G rollout.

NZ fund Infratil in talks to buy Vodafone New Zealand
New Zealand infrastructure fund Infratil says it is in talks with the Vodafone Group to buy the company's New Zealand business, along with another unnamed party.

ACCC says it opposes TPG-Vodafone merger

5G potential ‘dispels myth’ on the value to consumers: report

ACMA warns telcos for ‘not helping’ vulnerable customers

TPG, Vodafone will make concessions to ensure merger: analyst

ACCC wants continued regulation of wholesale mobile services
Australia’s competition watchdog, the ACCC, has proposed that the country’s wholesale mobile voice services should continue to be regulated for a further five years.

British defence minister sacked over Huawei policy leak
British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been sacked for leaking information about the UK's policy on Huawei which was decided at a meeting of the country's National Security Council on 23 April.

No info-sharing if you use Huawei, US tells UK

China envoy urges UK to act 'independently' on 5G suppliers

UK gives Huawei green light for 5G role: report
British Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly agreed to let Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies play a role in the rollout of 5G networks in the UK.

Despite US pressure, Huawei revenue continues to rise

Australia lags in take-up, penetration of FttH in APAC region
Australia lags well behind Asia Pacific markets like Singapore, China and South Korea in the take-up and penetration of fibre to the home/building (FttH/B) services, according to a newly published report.

Call for NBN Co board resignation over ‘failure to deliver’ on core mission

‘Credential abuse’ via ISPs main attack source in Australia

China tells Australia that 5G ban may breach WTO rules
China has told Australia that its restrictions on 5G technology are discriminatory and likely to have broken global trade rules drafted by the World Trade Organisation.