Chinese telecommunications equipment providers Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation have both been blocked from participating in the rollout of 5G networks in Australia.
Australian Government legislation to combat the practice of revenge porn has passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill was passed by the Senate in February.
Under pressure from the Federal Government, the NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has backed down on a decision to charge rural and regional users $20 more for their fixed wireless 50/20Mbps plans.
The Australian Labor Party claims that the 2017-18 revenue target set by the NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, the NBN, has been deliberately set low in order that the government could have a public relations coup.
Critical information for the auction of spectrum in the 3.6GHz band — which will pave the way for 5G telecoms services in Australia — has been released by the broadcasting and telecommunications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Residents in and around Dulong, Queensland, are now duly celebrating long awaited "new and improved mobile coverage", and it's all "thanks to the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program".
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.
The Federal Government has proposed new rules for resolving telecommunications consumer complaints, including setting up an External Dispute Resolution body to deal with complex complaints, that would lead to changes in the setup of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman.
Some members of auDA, the organisation that manages the Australian domain namespace, have taken umbrage at what they say is short notice for a members' forum has been called to discuss a new membership model and changes to the constitution. auDA issued a notice on 25 June for the meeting to be held on 2 July.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield recently confirmed to his fellow Senator Jordon Steele-John that only one NBN service is allowed per address. Steele-John wants a fair go for residents of granny flats.
A respected academic and network expert has written to a number of top politicians proposing the creation of a pilot telecommunications security assurance centre to implement and oversee security procedures for evaluating telecommunications infrastructure and systems.
The telecommunications industry lobby group, Communications Alliance, has put forward what it says are improvements that would make new draft NBN migration rules more oriented to consumers and easier to put in place.
The federal government will conduct an inquiry into the outage suffered by Telstra last week that led to problems with triple zero calls.
Telecommunications lobby group Commpete claims the decision by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield to overlook challenger businesses in his latest industry roundtable means ideas from firms that the have the greatest incentive to give consumers a better deal will not be heard.
The Australian Labor Party has urged the government to consult consumer groups and the community around the National Relay Service about any changes that are being considered, to ensure that the same level of access as at present is maintained.
The telecommunications industry is still struggling with the disruptions caused by the rollout of the NBN and the transformation of communications delivery platforms, according to one key industry group.
The Australian Labor Party has welcomed the findings of a government review into the au Domain Administration, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, but has raised questions about the need for an .au domain.
The au Domain Administration, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, says it has put off changes in domain suffixes to .au until the second half of 2019 at the earliest, following a government review finding that the current management framework was no longer fit for purpose.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has questioned the manner in which the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has calculated the percentage rise of complaints relating to services deliver over the national broadband network.
The Coalition Government has finally honoured a two-year-old promise, with Communications Minister Mitch Fifield announcing on Tuesday that it would carry out a Consumer Safeguards Review in the telecommunications sector.
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