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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

Telstra, Intel, Ericsson unveil 5G esports future

Vodafone cuts 100 call centre jobs in Hobart
Vodafone Australia is slashing 100 jobs from its call centre in Hobart, the same centre for which it received a federal grant of $4 million in 2013 on the promise that it would be expanded.

EPL 'has paid off' for Optus: Roy Morgan
Optus's decision to acquire the Australian rights to English Premier League (EPL) football seems to be having the desired effect and paid off handsomely for the number two telco, according to new research.

Hawaiki Cable final splice means system complete in June
The carrier-neutral Hawaiki submarine cable system connecting Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, American Samoa, Hawaii and Oregon in the US is set for final testing before its June 2018 service start.

*** Due to a problem with TelSoc emails, this was not sent 2nd & 3rd May; sending now ***

*** Due to a Problem with TelSoc emails, this was not sent on 2nd & 3rd May, sending now ***

Telstra launches unlimited mobile data for $69pm
It's May Day and Telstra has celebrated the global labour day with its own labour of love, delivering unlimited data for $69 per month with a 40GB full-speed cap and 1.5Mbps speeds after that, plus more!

Morrow admits copper has hampered NBN

Telecom service providers eye IoT for revenue growth

Vocus drops plans to sell New Zealand business
The Vocus Group says it has dropped plans to sell its assets in New Zealand and has ended talks with all parties that had expressed an interest in buying its New Zealand business.

Sorry this is late, it failed to arrive last night. Tim

ZTE ban may curb its use of Android and Android Go
The US export ban on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE may mean that the company, which uses Google's Android mobile operating system for its smartphones, may lose its licence to use the operating system.

Fifield claims TIO figures give skewed picture of telco issues

Optus mum on rumours of ditching Virgin Mobile
Australia's second biggest telco Optus is unwilling to comment on what it characterises as "rumour and speculation" that it will be moving all customers off its Virgin Mobile subsidiary and retiring the brand.

NBN Co says one million have upgraded to faster NBN speeds in last four months

NBN Co says one million have upgraded to faster NBN speeds in last four months

We wish to announce an important change to the publishing schedule of CommsWire.

Today marks the launch of the afternoon edition of CommsWire.

Mobile-only households could reach 40% by 2020: survey
A survey of both fixed broadband and mobile users has indicated that a total of 40% could be using only mobile services by 2020 if the data limits and price points matched their needs.

Flow-on cost to consumers from new telecoms rules: CA

ACMA seeks public input to new rules for NBN consumer migration

Telcos taking too long to respond to consumer issues

Split up NBN Co before rollout ends: ACCC
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recommended that the NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, be split into two entities before it is privatised after the rollout ends.

Comms market operating ?competitively? despite concentration: ACCC

NBN Co chief Morrow to quit by end of 2018
NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow is leaving the company by the end of the year, according to a statement from the company.

Australian Internet usage on a tear: ABS
The latest Internet stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have arrived, and on the major metrics on usage and download, the numbers are all up.

Four big ISPs achieving good NBN speeds, says ACCC

Australia-Singapore cable laying gets underway
Laying of the Australia-Singapore subsea cable has commenced, with two ships laying two distinct sections from near Christmas Island to Fremantle, and the other in shallow water between Singapore and Christmas Island.

Gold Coast gets Telstra ?world first? 5G Wi-Fi precinct
Telstra is claiming a world-first with the switching on of a precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots on Australia?s Gold Coast, allowing locals free broadband during evaluation of the technology.

ACCAN calls for telcos to ?step up? on consumer complaints

NBN Co opens lab to train workers for network field tasks
NBN Co will provide training and assessments for more than 2000 in-field workers on how to deploy, activate and maintain the network, using simulation as a teaching tool.

Best Buy to stop selling Huawei phones: report
Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei is facing another setback in the US, with the multinational electronics corporation Best Buy deciding to take its phones off their shelves in the next few weeks.