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iiNet, Internode compensate customers for misleading NBN speed claims

Missing: 200,000 dwellings from NBN Co ready-to-connect category
About 200,000 homes and businesses which were classed as "ready to connect" in November 2017 by the NBN Co have gone missing from this category of dwellings according to the company's own figures.

Foxtel reported to be ditching HFC network
The Australian Labor Party has raised doubts about the reliability of the Telstra HFC cable network after it was reported that Foxtel would not be using HFC for transmission any more, but moving to satellite.

ACMA to introduce new rules for handling NBN complaints
New rules to handle complaints about the NBN will take effect from June this year, telecommunications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced.

Telstra's newest venture: an investment in safe drone software maker Cape
Seeking to "bring safe drone technology to enterprises and government in Australia", Cape has received investment from Telstra Ventures and other major investment players.

Huawei link as Trump scuttles Broadcom-Qualcomm deal

NBN Co to issue monthly progress reports
NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has announced it will publish a monthly progress report from now on to track any improvements in services which it delivers on its network. 

Qld plagued by Internet, phone problems: report

Optus, Cisco partner on Commonwealth Games
Optus Business and Cisco are joining forces to create a smart network which they say will allow global connections to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.

Lack of guarantees with NBN services puts consumers at risk: ACCAN

Telstra's use of FttC for NBN connections approved
Telstra's variation to the NBN migration plan, using fibre-to-the-curb in addition to other technologies, has been granted approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Adelaide goes ten gigabit with first buildings connected

US claims Huawei would endanger ties with Australia

Telstra speeding up connections for NBN broadband users
Telstra is boosting Internet speeds for almost a million of its home and small business customers with a National Broadband Network speed upgrade to the standard plus NBN 50 speed tier.

Turnbull hooks up to NBN at 100Mbps
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has 100Mbps connections to the NBN at his home in Point Piper and at Kirribilli House.

49Mbps will be highest speed needed by 2026: govt study

Vocus chief Horth quits 'by mutual agreement'
Vocus chief executive Geoff Horth has left the company "by mutual agreement", according to an announcement made to the ASX on Monday.

Optus jumps on Samsung Galaxy S9 bandwagon soon after launch
Optus has announced pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy 9 and 9+ shortly after the South Korean conglomerate held a news conference in Barcelona to launch the two smartphones.

NBN Co's quest for more ARPU is ill-fated: network expert

Speed issues? It ain't us that's to blame, says NBN Co 

Vocus revises FY18 earnings down, drops dividend
The Vocus Group has reported $967 million in revenue for the first half of the 2018 financial year, up on the 2017 result, but the underlying net profit after tax (NPAT) of $68.6 million was considerably down.

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.