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Australians to own their own data says Government
The Turnbull Government will legislate a national Consumer Data Right, allowing customers open access to their banking, energy, phone and internet transactions prompt a positive response consumer advocates.

FCC Chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality
US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled a plan to push for the complete repeal of the net neutrality regulations which were put in place by the Obama administration.

Telstra CTO names security as top enterprise technology trend in 2018

NBN Co promises new deal for RSPs and consumers
A new contract signed between NBN Co and phone and internet providers is expected to improve the quality and timeliness of the wholesale services the national broadband network provider offers to RSPs.

TPG, Vocus serve up challenge to Telstra and Optus: report

Rudd blames News Corp ties for 'sub-standard' Coalition NBN

'Double data' drives Vodafone share, Optus and Amaysim grow, Telstra declines

Huawei showcases Smart City Nervous System at SCWEC 2017
Huawei, participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 (SCEWC) in Barcelona, says it has created a Smart City Nervous System for more than 100 cities with ?leading new ICT?.

NBN Co revenue up, but red ink still on balance sheet

Deutsche Telekom CTO: FTTP goal meant lots of FTTN in Germany

Government launches ?world first? satellite positioning trial
The Australian Government has launched a GeoScience-led trial of what is claimed as ?world-first? satellite positioning technology.

Yes, Optus too may need to refund NBN customers

Telstra agrees to refund 42,000 customers over NBN speed claims
Telstra has been forced to compensate up to 42,000 users of its NBN Internet services after the ACCC censured the carrier for failing to deliver the promised speeds that were advertised.

MyNetFone launches global toll free service
Hosted voice, data communications and VoIP telecoms provider MyNetFone has launched an international toll free service for business consumers, including the small end of town.

Laying of southern portion of Hawaiki cable set to start

ACCC announces public inquiry into NBN wholesale service standards
The ACCC has announced "a public inquiry to determine whether NBN wholesale service standard levels are appropriate, and to consider whether regulation is necessary to improve customer experiences."

ACCC cautious 5G welcome sees competition issues flagged
The ACCC says it is "rethinking the way it approaches spectrum competition issues ahead of the upcoming 5G auction."

Australian Greens says 'yes' to NBN Co debt relief
The Australian Greens says the NBN should prioritise the provision of an essential service ahead of cost recovery and intends to investigate the legislative options for a write-down of NBN Co's debt.

Can ACCC's new study solve the NBN mess?
Can a new report released the ACCC solve the NBN mess or will we just end up with 29 recommendations spanning a wide range of competition and consumer issues in communications markets?

ACMA puts Australia on the road to 5G with spectrum decisions


Vocus readying New Zealand business for sale
The Vocus Group has decided to get its New Zealand operations ready for sale and is finalising the appointment of advisers, the company said on Monday.

ACCC won't declare mobile roaming, still wants to improve regional mobile coverage

Victoria trials first NBN connection using FTTC technology
The National Broadband Network rollout now has its first activation of premises with Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) technology, heralded by NBN Co as a much cheaper technology delivering substantial cost savings.

Morrow says NBN cannot be compared with NZ rollout

Telco complaints from consumers, SMBs still rife, NBN complaints soar

Telstra on the defensive as increased competition heats up
Telstra has defended its recent poor financial performance as it faces the strong headwinds of stiff market competition and a big hit to its revenues from the National Broadband Network.

NBN under pressure to maintain pace as connections hit 3 million mark

Vocus North-West Cable System is up and running

Fifield outlines how Govt will support 5G rollout
The Federal Government has released a 5G directions paper and says it will bring together a working group in order to push deployment of the mobile technology in Australia.

NBN SAU changes ?unfair? to consumers: ACCAN
ACCAN CEO Teresa Corbin has cast doubt on the fairness to consumers of proposed changes to the National Broadband Network Special Access Undertaking, the SAU.

Foxtel gets aggressive in broadband space
Foxtel has tweaked its broadband packages to offer lower prices in some cases, and more options in others, with the company also offering NBN connections on HFC.

Are NBN prices out of control?
ECONOMUSE: There is no effective regulatory constraint on soaring ARPU - be afraid of ARPU very afraid.

Privacy groups slam COAG over face recognition database

Facial recognition database system 'could cost billions'
The setting up of a national facial recognition database is likely to cost Australia at least hundreds of millions of dollars, but could go into the billions, an expert in the field has told iTWire.

New nbn Sky Muster plans offer up to 300GB monthly data

Vocus appoints new chairman, deputy ahead of AGM
The Vocus Group has announced the appointment of a new chairman and deputy chairman ahead of its annual general meeting which is scheduled for 24 October.

House panel tells NBN Co to use more fibre for rollout

NBN Co announces new 'wholesale business pricing model'
A new "capped" wholesale fee is "set to drive competition of nbn business products," according to Australia's flexible national broadband network builders.

Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable system ready for deployment
The deployment of the 14,000km Hawaiki trans-Pacific cable system has reached the point where it is in the final stages of being loaded into the two cable-laying ships.

Telstra seals deal as ASX global connectivity partner
Telstra has secured a deal with the Australian Stock Exchange as the connectivity partner for the ASX?s international network services.

NBN Co posts massive loss in full-year 2017
The NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has made a loss of $4.24 billion for the 2017 year, according to the accounts which were released on Friday.

ICANN to update DNS security, ISPs must follow or risk outage
For the first time ever, ICANN is changing the cryptographic keys that secure DNS. ISPs must ensure their software is up-to-date or risk their customers being unable to reach any site on the Internet.

OVO cuts price on 100GB mobile plan as demand soars
Australian mobile provider OVO has seen demand for its 100GB for $100 pre-paid plan soar to the extent that it has now reduced the price to $69.95.

Bush communications the focus of NBN Co, regional coalition talks

Networking team to deliver live satellite streaming for solar race
Newtec, Network Innovations, VRT Sandbox and Pacific Live Media have teamed to deliver live satellite streaming globally for Australia's Solar Car World Challenge.

Amaysim telco satisfaction leader, Aldi Mobile last in top 6 list
Three telcos powered by Optus, including Optus itself, make up the top three list with the most satisfied customers, followed by Telstra, Vodafone and then Aldi Mobile.

Vocus to face class action over allegedly misleading investors
Australia's fourth largest telco Vocus Group faces a proposed shareholder class action over allegedly misleading investors.

Telstra says calls, texts from wearables by Sept end
Telstra plans to introduce embedded SIM technology to make it possible for Australians to use compatible wearable devices, instead of their phones, to make calls and send texts.

Vodafone Business customers offered 3 months free on 24 month NBN plan
Vodafone has emailed its business customers, notifying them its fixed NBN broadband service is coming ?later this year,? inviting them to register ?so you could be eligible for 3 months free?.