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GSMA seeks to discuss Huawei issue at next board meeting

CEPU blames Penn for lack of upskilling

Optus 5G launches 50Mbps down, 20Mbps up, $70 unlimited
Optus has launched its fixed 5G wireless service, with three sites live now in January 2019, and 1200 to be delivered by March 2020, but a number of quarters are asking if 5G is safe.

NetComm launches 5G fixed wireless self-installation tech

TPG drops mobile network plan due to Huawei ban

Indigo completes installation of new subsea cable system

NBN Co's 100Mbps move suits ISPs offering contracts: claim

NBN users told to check if they are entitled to refunds

MyRepublic discounts 100Mbps plans after NBN Co pushes speed tier
Small ISP MyRepublic has announced a new push to sell 100Mbps plans, with a discounted plan of $79.95, a drop of $10 from existing prices, for an unspecified limited period.

Iridium Certus goes live as $3 billion satellite constellation completed

German industry group says evidence needed for Huawei ban

Telstra promises to have subsea cable clients restored in minutes

Many Australians seek to change Internet plans after Xmas
Product comparison firm iSelect says it has seen an average increase of about 40% in the number of Australians inquiring about changing their Internet plans after the festive season.

Optus makes 5G data call on 60 MHz in C-Band
Australia’s second largest telco, the Singtel-owned Optus, says it has taken another significant step towards its commercial launch of 5G by making a 5G data call on 60 MHz using 3.5 GHz spectrum.

Home Affairs perpetuating myths about encryption law: CA chief

Australian 5G will cost billions more due to Huawei ban: claim

Doubt cast over whether telcos are ready to deliver 5G: report

Telstra moves quickly with launch of first Melbourne, Sydney 5G sites
Telstra has moved quickly to launch its first 5G Melbourne and Sydney sites after being given early access to the 3.6 GHz spectrum it won at auction last week.

Rapid growth in Australian mobile market for China’s Huawei, Oppo

ACCC raises concerns over proposed Vodafone-TPG merger

Telstra launches revamp of services for small business
Telstra has unveiled a major revamp of its support for Australian small businesses, including a new mobile and tablet plan with no lock-in contract and no excess data charges in Australia.

Penn says Telstra set to lead in 5G capabilities

ASD says 5G network claims refer to 'mature' architecture; techies disagree

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.