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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.

Optus says renewal of USO deal ignores reality

Despite PJCIS' recommendations, CA chief says bill still flawed

Govt retains arrangements for Universal Service Guarantee

Encryption bill: final parliamentary panel hearing cancelled

Basslink says new report supports its claim on cable failure

Encryption bill powers 'may clash with parliamentary privilege'

Encryption bill powers 'may clash with parliamentary privilege'

Encryption bill powers 'may clash with parliamentary privilege'

Ericsson report says 5G will cover 40% of population by 2024
Swedish telecommunications multinational Ericsson says it expects about 40% of the world's population to be covered by 5G by 2024, with 2019 being the year that the technology takes off.

Sydney contactless payment trial extended to metro trains

Telstra fixed line services to be regulated until June 2024
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to extend the declaration of Telstra's six fixed-line telecommunications services until 30 June 2024.

US lobbying allies to stop using Huawei equipment

Dutton accuses Labor of dragging feet on encryption bill

S&P sees aggressive 5G buildout in US, Asia-Pac in 2019
Credit ratings agency S&P Global Ratings is taking a cautious approach to 5G, saying its telecommunications ratings for 2019 do not fully incorporate 5G-specific costs or revenue assumptions.

House NBN panel asks Govt to change regional broadband levy

NBN Co ARPU still stuck as losses continue to mount

Telstra BGP routing error hits other Australian ISPs

Government keeps TIO and touts further telco consumer protections
The Australian Government has made recommendations to further protect telecommunications consumers, including a strengthening of role of the Telecommunications Ombudsman.

Optus boosts investment in SA network by another $23.6 million

More residents on high-speed NBN 50+ plans says ACCC

NBN Co boosts wholesale data allowances for satellite users

Optus half-year profits fall by a fifth due to NBN migration charges

Global smartphone shipments down by 7% in Q3: Canalys
Smartphone shipments fell by 7% in the third quarter of 2018, the fourth straight quarter of declines and the worst third quarter showing since 2015, the technology analyst firm Canalys says.

Broadband: Australia cheapest in Oceania, but still pricey

TPG top of the pops in ACCC's third broadband speed test

Optus staff told to please customers or face sack: report
The head of Australia's second biggest telecommunications company has told staff that they would be fired if they upset customers, a report claims.

NBN Co continues to rack up losses with broadband rollout
Losses continue to mount in the rollout of Australia’s national broadband network, with an after tax loss of $4780 million for the 2018 financial year, still two years out from scheduled completion in 2020.

ACCC chief wary of competition issues in 5G, NBN rollouts
It is critical that the rollout of 5G in Australia is done in a way that promotes competition and works for the benefit of consumers, according to the chief of the competition watchdog, Rod Sims.

NBN Co launches gigabit connections for business
The NBN Co has announced a new wholesale enterprise offering which will provide symmetrical speeds of 1Gbps, and will include a point-to-point fibre connection.

Sumo partners with Optus on launch of telco services

FttH alternative needed for higher broadband speeds: NetComm

Telstra signs 5G deal with Ericsson, tech rolled out in three cities
Telstra has announced that Swedish telecommunications supplier Ericsson will be its main partner in rolling out 5G, with an agreement signed by the two companies on Wednesday.

NBN Co chair rules out write-down, says network could sell for $50b

Increased competition to boost Internet interconnection market: ACCC

ACMA probe of triple zero failure finds Telstra in breach

S&P says 5G no magic bullet to solve telcos' NBN issues

Govt to amend copyright act to block infringing sites

Telstra shareholders bite back, reject executives' bonuses

Telstra shareholders bite back, reject executives' bonuses

Telstra profits down as NBN, increased mobile competition impacts business

Labor not ruling out writedown of NBN: Rowland
The Australian Labor Party is keeping open the option of writing down the value of the national broadband network if it were to win the next federal election, according to Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland.

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Bloomberg says big US telco hit by China hardware tampering

Basslink refers Hydro Tasmania dispute to arbitration

Telstra may cut mobile prices to keep market share
Telstra may reduce the prices for its mobile plans so that it keeps its existing share of the market as competition grows, according to a new report.

Broadband provider sees NBN Co move pushing up prices
The NBN Co has issued a blog post warning that congestion on the broadband network may "fluctuate" as it forces providers to choose between the original pricing and the new "bundled" pricing system.

ECONOMUSE: 2018 review of retail broadband pricing
The review of September 2018 prices shows that there has not been much movement on the major issues identified with retail broadband prices - wholesale pricing still a problem.

Full 5G implementation at least two years away, says Ruckus chief
Despite all the hype about 5G at the moment, a full implementation of the technology specification is at least two years away, according to Carl Jefferys, ANZ country manager for Ruckus Wireless.

Australia bid to push Huawei out of PNG cable project
Australia, along with Japan and the US, is once again trying to elbow out Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from building a cable system, this time an internal one in Papua New Guinea.