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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.

Ericsson, Telstra test ‘ground-breaking’ long range NB-IoT connection

More than 5b now have access to mobile services: GSMA
More than five billion of the world's population are now connected to a mobile network, up from 4.6 billion at the end of 2015, according to a study from the GSM Association released at the United Nations this week.

NBN Co says transit network capacity doubled
National broadband provider NBN Co says it has doubled the maximum capacity on its transit network from 9.6Tbps to 19.2Tbps per fibre link.

Telco bodies, AIIA warn encryption bill could weaken Australia’s security

RSPs tread with care as ACMA NBN rules now in place

Big telcos 'benefit from delay' in special business services moving to NBN

Telecommunications industry leads battle against encryption bill

TPG sees full-year profit fall as NBN continues to bite

Telcos get into entertainment business in changing media landscape

Australia Singapore Cable fully operational today

Four big US carriers unveil mobile authentication project

Four big US carriers unveil mobile authentication project

Four big US carriers unveil mobile authentication project

NBN Co given 3 months to improve wholesale deals with RSPs

Huawei issues joint statement with UL over findings of benchmark 'cheating'

Here we go again: encryption bill will make us all unsafe

Sunshine Coast to get ‘fastest’ cable connection to Asia

Vodafone strikes back against MVNOs, telcos, in prepaid race

Vocus puts ASC into service early as SMW-3 cable fails
The Australia Singapore Cable has been switched on for use ahead of its scheduled 14 September service date, following a major disruption on the Sea-Me-We3 submarine cable between Perth and Singapore.

Telstra customers download voraciously despite slow NBN
Telstra's customers are voracious downloaders, having downloaded more than 243 Petabytes in July this year. We reveal the top 10 most data-hungry suburbs in July per state.

Vodafone completes successful trial of regional 4G mobile services hub

NBN Co says rollout by 2020, but HFC, wireless take a toll

Vodafone Australia and TPG announce ‘merger of equals’

Huawei leapfrogs Apple to No 2 ranking in global smartphone sales: report
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei for the first time ever has surpassed Apple to secure the number 2 vendor ranking in worldwide smartphone sales, according to a newly published report.

Labor: ACMA report shows NBN 'a nightmare for small business'
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released a new report entitled "NBN consumer experience: Households and businesses – the end-to-end journey", and Labor sees bad news. 

China asks Australia to drop 'ideological bias'

Huawei ban undermines Australia's 5G future: Vodafone
Two big Australian telcos have expressed contrasting reactions to the Australian Government's ban on Huawei playing a role in the rollout of 5G networks Down Under.

Huawei, ZTE to be excluded from Australia’s 5G network
Chinese telecommunications equipment providers Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation have both been blocked from participating in the rollout of 5G networks in Australia.