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House panel opens inquiry into NBN Co business case
The Australian Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network has opened inquiries into the NBN Co's business case and the rollout of the network in rural and regional areas.

Spirit offers back-up Internet service over wireless
NBN alternative Internet service provider Spirit Telecom has launched a back-up Internet service that will remain redundant until it is needed, under the name Redundancy-as-a-Service.

Telstra profits drop on back of Ooyala investment disaster

Four companies join to reach 2Gbps speeds over 4G
Record-breaking 4G speeds of up to 2Gpbs have been achieved by Telstra, Ericsson, Netgear and Qualcomm Technologies in laboratory testing using a chipset that was recently released.

Labor claims NBN has reached 'new depths of confusion'

NBN Co posts record $2.4 billion loss for first half

SMBs lack confidence in delivery of NBN within two years

ACCC optimistic for consumers as CVC acquisition rises

30% to abandon NBN for wireless: ALP report claim

NBN Co trials enterprise gigabit service
NBN Co has begun a trial of a new wholesale product that will provide symmetrical speeds of up to 1Gbps and three of the largest fixed line telecommunications providers have jumped on board.

NBN cuts deal to deliver business-grade satellite services
NBN Co has signed a deal worth $184 million over 10 years with Speedcast International to deliver wholesale business satellite services to regional and remote Australia.

Telstra takes $273 million hit on Ooyala write down

Optus commits to early 2019 5G fixed wireless rollout
With 3GPP phase one 5G standardisation achieved, Optus said it will "commence the roll out of 5G technology in Australia by early 2019 with a fixed wireless product in key metro areas."

Govt pressure forces Verizon to drop Huawei devices

Optus Wholesale gives voice to NBN business-grade voice service
Speaking up for business users is Optus, whose wholesale arm has "expanded its suite of nbn-ready products" by launching EoNBN: Evolve Voice using Ethernet over nbn.

Aussie retailers need to invest in mobile technology to combat Amazon: report
Amazon?s ambitious foray into Australia may push local retailers to focus on segment-specific knowledge and invest in technology such as mobile apps for survival, according to a new report.

Telco complaints still on the increase: report

NordVPN warns Aust Govt against anti-encryption bill
A newly proposed anti-encryption bill in Australia would have dire consequences on all Australians? Internet privacy and security, according to VPN provider NordVPN

NBN Co planning to drop HFC from rollout plans?
Is the NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, planning to drop HFC altogether from its multi-technology mix that it adopted after 2013 for the network?

Vodafone's lower NBN prices mean new battles now to win consumers
Price wars: a new hope for lower NBN prices, striking back against an empire of expensive telcos to ensure a return of the happy customer ? can Vodafone's lower prices awaken consumer interest?

Telstra partners to build two new subsea cable systems between US and Asia

Vocus replaces Huawei for Solomon Islands cable project

Google to build undersea cables to boost cloud business
Google plans to build three new undersea cables to speed up its connections with new regions as it looks to better its cloud computing business and compete with rivals Amazon and Microsoft.

Govt rejects use of more fibre for the NBN rollout
The Federal Government has dismissed recommendations that it should mandate fibre-to-the-curb for the remainder of the National Broadband Network rollout.

ACMA issues new rules for intelligent transport systems
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has introduced new rules for road traffic authorities to put intelligent transport systems in place.

Welcome to the first copy of CommsWire for 2018 from TelSoc.

Welcome to the first copy of CommsWire for 2018 from TelSoc.

Welcome to the first copy of CommsWire for 2018 from TelSoc.

This is the final edition of CommsWire for 2017. We will return on 15 January 2018. We wish you a Merry  Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Tim Herring and the TelSoc Board

Video streaming threatens mobile network performances: Telstra
There is an emerging threat to the performance of mobile networks with the risk that peak demand from the video streaming explosion might swamp network cell capacity, according to a senior Telstra executive.

Australia-Singapore cable opens up new strategic data route, says Vocus 

ACCC scrutinising NBN service standards in light of increasing complaints

Court action against Optus over allegations of misleading customers on NBN

NBN Co unveils new pricing structure with discounted wholesale costs

Rowland makes NBN an issue ahead of by-election
A watershed test of the effect that the still growing national broadband network fiasco has had on the fortunes of the sitting Government may be displayed at the ballot box next weekend.

Internet Australia calls on ISPs to reimburse NBN consumers
Internet Australia has weighed into the debate about consumers being misled on NBN Internet speeds by telcos, calling on all ISPs to follow Telstra and Optus and reimburse misled FttN customers.

Optus to compensate 8700 NBN customers for slow speeds
Optus has become the second telco to offer compensation to its customers on certain NBN plans, with about 8700 users to be offered "remedies" for being misled about the maximum speeds they could achieve.

Data use in Australia explodes by 43% in past year: ACMA

ACCC says it won?t oppose Fox Sports, Foxtel merger
The competition regulator, the ACCC, says a proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel won?t substantially lessen competition in the market and has now given it the final green light.

TPG, City of Adelaide to partner on 10Gbps network rollout
While the NBN providers struggle to deliver 100Mbps to premium users, the City of Adelaide is partnering with TPG Telecom in a project to deliver a 10 Gigabit fibre-optic data network.

HFC network will need work to be fit for NBN: experts
Technical experts who have closely followed the rollout of the NBN say Telstra's HFC network will need considerable work done on it to meet the needs of NBN customers.

Labor questions timing of NBN HFC delay announcement

ACCC chief fires broadside at telcos over Internet speed ads

Telstra lures high data using SMBs with new broadband offer
Telstra has launched an unlimited broadband data offer in a move which it says is designed to help alleviate the problems of data intensive activities by small businesses.

Telecoms ?most advanced? in digital transformation: report

Turnbull's magic-mushroom NBN is slowly unravelling

NBN Co 'pauses' new HFC orders to fix network issues

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