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Vodafone flies high with Qantas pilot flight plans solution

S&P report says 'damaging' write down of NBN inevitable

Telstra union says Telstra customer service to get 'horrendous as jobs axed'
The union representing Telstra workers says "Telstra’s already poor customer satisfaction levels will go from bad to horrendous if the telco pushes ahead with its plans to axe 8000 jobs".

Telstra, Optus get low ranking on consumer customer service scorecard

Australia 8th in mobile speeds, but 54th in fixed broadband

MyRepublic launches new broadband plans for Australian small businesses
NBN-loving ISP MyRepublic has finally launched plans specifically for small businesses in Australia, marking the company's expansion beyond consumer NBN plans since launching in November 2016.

NSW Govt touts digital smart procurement benefits with telcos

Telstra makes first 'end-to-end' 5G data call on 3.5Ghz spectrum

Best to sell NBN Co only a decade after rollout ends: expert

Telstra turns on LTE-B for Samsung users of AFL Live app

Government sets limits to encourage competition for 5G spectrum
The Australian Government has announced competition limits which it says will allow a competitive auction by telcos bidding for 5G spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band.

NNNCo leads digital transformation of City of Lake Macquarie
The City of Lake Macquarie in regional NSW is set to become the first Australian local government area to create a smart city network equivalent to the size of 23 Sydney local government areas.

Southern Cross Cables ready for Next Sydney landfall
Southern Cross Cables has completed the Sydney bore for its Next subsea cable and finalised a deal that makes fibre network operator Superloop a direct customer.

Government proposal to replace TIO gets cold shoulder

Vocus signs deal with Alcatel to build sub-sea cable system
The Vocus Group has signed a contract with Alcatel Submarine Networks to build a 4000-kilometre subsea cable linking the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Govt moots changes to deal with avalanche of telco complaints

Telstra Ventures forms new fund with Boston-based HarbourVest

.au namespace moves to new manager Afilias
The transfer of the .au namespace to a new registry and national domain name infrastructure run by Afilias Australia has been completed on the first day of the new financial year.

*** This is Friday's edition, which just arrived ***

Macquarie Telecom, NBN Co sign telecommunications, data services deal
Macquarie Telecom has inked a six-year agreement with NBN Co to provide telecommunications and data services to businesses over the National Broadband Network.

Australians may have lost interest in the NBN: study

ABC singles out Huawei from report on pollies' trips

TIO ready to apply new standards in considering telecoms disputes

ACMA releases industry standards for moving to NBN
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released two industry standards that it says will help consumers make a smooth transition to the country's national broadband network, the NBN.

Mobile video consumption on the rise: Ooyala

Telstra to cut 8000 employees, contractors by 2022

Optus apologises over 2018 FIFA snafu, will simulcast next two nights on SBS

Take-up of faster NBN plans increasing, company claims
More customers are switching to faster broadband plans, according to NBN Co, which says 70% of new plans being taken up are now either 50Mbps or higher.

2Gbps 4G coming from Telstra this year
Telstra has begun lab tests of a 2Gbps 4G service, and expects to deploy the technology before the end of 2018.

Huawei unlikely to get role in Australian 5G projects: report
Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Telecommunications appears unlikely to be allowed to provide equipment for 5G networks in Australia, due to alleged national security concerns, a report claims.

Superloop adds 10,000 broadband customers with SkyMesh purchase
Networking and infrastructure group Superloop has increased its presence in the NBN retail market with its purchase of the broadband customer base of SkyMesh, the Australian subsidiary of Bigblu Broadband.

Telstra 4GX-lite mobile satellite small-cell launches

Don?t exclude Huawei from Australian 5G: chairman
Huawei Australia chairman John Lord has launched a strong defence of the company and its operations, saying that if it were excluded from the 5G network build locally it would be of huge significance for the company.

Vocus customer hack used to swamp triple-zero service

Qantas continues in-flight Wi-Fi rollout to A330
National airline carrier Qantas says it will have Wi-FI on two domestic A330s and half of the 737 fleet by the end of June, and then 75% of the combined fleet by the end of the year.

Timing of Optus job cuts shows 'contempt' for workers: union
The union that covers telecommunications workers claims the sacking of 400 more workers at Singtel Optus shows the "reprehensible contempt" that management has for the workforce.

Optus sacks another 400 to 'future-proof' company
Close on the heels of announcing 200 jobs would go due to phasing out its Virgin Mobile subsidiary, Singtel Optus has announced that it would be making another 400 positions redundant in the coming months.

*** For some reason this was missed Monday night. Apologies, Tim

NBN Co ditches 100/40Mbps wireless plans
National broadband network provider NBN Co has killed off plans to offer a 100/40Mbps fixed-wireless service, with NBN Co chief Bill Morrow confirming the decision in a Senate Estimates committee hearing.

Optus to phase out Virgin Mobile, 200 jobs to go
Australia's second biggest telco Optus will phase out its Virgin Mobile subsidiary within the next two years, putting 200 jobs at risk.

Optus fined $1.5m for misleading customers over NBN transition

Software fault triggered Telstra mobile network outage

Vodafone launches 4.9G on Huawei in Sydney?s West

Internode scoops the pool with Canstar awards
Internet service provider Internode has pulled off a trifecta, winning Canstar Blue?s most satisfied customers award across three categories ? NBN, ADSL and Bundled phone and Internet.

Optus lifts profits, boosts mobile and broadband customers

Telecoms professionals salary prospects improve

*** Apologies! I missed sending this on 15th and have been requested by multiple people to complete the set! You will get today's edition later this afternoon. Tim


NBN, competition pressures negatively impact Telstra

Uncle Sam may decide what brand of smartphone you buy next

NBN Co losses for year mount to $3.3b as users rise to 3.7m