The proposed Telstra/TPG merger under review by the ACCC is drawing strong opinions from the industry, with Commpete chair Michelle Lim accusing Telstra of dishonesty and says the concentration of spectrum assets in fewer hands will have worrying consequences for regional Australians.
The Telstra/TPG network sharing agreement is before the ACCC but has already drawn criticism from Optus. TPG Telecom general manager external affairs James Rickards says Optus is terrified because it knows the deal brings choice and competition to regional Australia.
Optus has called on The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to oppose the effective merger of Telstra and TPG’s regional and rural mobile networks.
Recent major upgrades to Telstra's fixed network across 525 exchange locations in regional NSW is said to bring substantial capacity improvements and help address digital access equality for the first time in many regional towns and centres.
Telstra has announced a $200 million co-investment fund to generate additional investment in improving regional mobile coverage, in addition to the $150 million it will invest in the next 12 months to improve regional connectivity.
As part of the Regional Connectivity Program, Telstra says it will deliver 30 transformative communications projects worth almost $55 million to improve connectivity across the country.
More than 80 projects funded under the Regional Connectivity Program will provide people in Regional Australia access to improved broadband services and data delivering fast, affordable and reliable connectivity.
Remote communication solutions provider Pivotel has launched two new 4G community networks in the Wickepin and Mount Barker regions of Western Australia, providing "vital connectivity to farming families not serviced by reliable mobile coverage."
Rural and regional customers wanting the best regional coverage and the very latest Samsung smartphones will be pleased to know that the S21 and S21+ have been added to Telstra list of Blue Tick devices.
Tasmanian electricity transmission and distribution network provider TasNetworks has selected networking systems and services vendor Ciena to address rising bandwidth requirements driven by IoT, 5G and data centre services.
The Federal Government's proposed regional broadband scheme, which will impose an industry levy to fund the costs of paying for proving NBN connections in regional areas, is set to go ahead after a Senate inquiry recommended only that a few additional safeguards be adopted.
Telstra's new 4GX-lite Mobile Satellite Small Cell offering has launched, offering "a new solution to help people living and working in some of Australia’s most remote places purchase their own coverage extension of the Telstra 4GX mobile service".
One of CeBIT Australia's new sponsors this year is global global hyper-scale cloud provider OVH, celebrating the first anniversary of opening its APAC regional HQ in Melbourne while exhibiting at Australia's best business tech exhibition.
Telstra has launched its "Telstra Go Repeater", dubbed "an intelligent antenna solution designed to improve mobile coverage or provide coverage in most places where it’s unavailable".
Iridium's next-gen satellite constellation, NEXT, has selected Australian mobile satellite solutions provider Pivotel to help "bring metropolitan mobile data capabilities to the bush".
Telstra's Tough Max 2 knows that when the going gets tough, the tough get going with the extra durability, water resistance, Blue Tick, wireless charging and more that the Tough Max 2 offers.
Hot on the heels of ACCC investigations into the NBN and the market, NBN Co has announced new initiatives for improving customer service for small businesses and the accelerated launch of NBN Co's wholesale enterprise product.
Claiming "too many Australians to continue to miss out", Vodafone is not happy, Jan, over the ACCC's decision not to declare mobile roaming.
Following the merger of LogMeIn and the Citrix GoTo team earlier this year, LogMeIn has signed a lease for its new Asia Pacific HQ at 20 Martin Place, Sydney, with an early 2018 log-in date.
Presumably seeking to imbue its 4G coverage in Tasmania with a bit of Steppervescence, Vodafone Hutchison Australia’s communications nous sees it “investing $5 million in 18 new sites in Tasmania in 2017".
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