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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.

Optus to cut another 600 jobs over next two months
Following in the footsteps of its larger competitor Telstra, Singtel Optus will sack 600 workers over the next two months in what it says is a bid to reduce the number involved in back-office work.

Smaller NBN RSPs may be in trouble after October: claim

Australians show a preference for texting over phonecalls

NBN Co forced to back down on charging rural users more

NBN Co records $4.1b loss for full-year 2018

Australia's decryption delves into the 'Dangers of Backdoor'

Australia's decryption delves into the 'Dangers of Backdoor'

UK, Canada lobbying Australia not to exclude Huawei
The UK and Canada are understood to be lobbying Australia not to ban Chinese telecommunications equipment firm Huawei from playing a role in building 5G networks Down Under, CommsWire has learnt.

ACCC reports third of NBN users now on 'higher speed plans'

NZ telecoms sector under scrutiny by competition enforcement agency

Optus profits decline for quarter ended 30 June

ACCC opens inquiry into mobile voice, SMS MTAS delaration

ACMA releases spectrum auction info ahead of 5G introduction

Telcos face tough times adapting to market changes: report

Vodafone extends 'endless data' to SMEs
Small business customers can now take advantage of Vodafone plans that include unlimited — albeit throttled — data.

Telstra wins awards for fastest mobile, fixed network

Aussie Broadband beats the rest in ACCC's second speed report

Telstra sacks four top officials in management shake-up

Labor seeks ANAO audit of NBN Co corporate plan
The Australian Labor Party has written to the Australian National Audit Office seeking an independent assessment of key assumptions underlying the medium- and long-term financial projections of the NBN Co.

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.

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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.