MATE wants to encourage customers to stick with it rather that churn to another provider after the six month discount period has elapsed by offering the deal to new and existing customers, which the company claims makes them "the only telco to do this."

Earlier this year, Aussie Broadband switched to Optus for its mobile service, and now it has launched 5G plans, a near doubling of data, and for a limited time, a two month free of the Optus network, all in service of giving customers more bang for their buck.

With the Communications Workers Union (CWU) calling for a National Senate Inquiry into what it calls the "shambolic NBN network", over 100 subcontractors arrived outside the NBN Co North Sydney office to "protest against the NBN Co's shambolic management and pyramid contracting scheme that's leaving workers struggling to make ends meet."

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.

ASX-listed Canberra-based cyber security firm archTIS has won a contract valued at $296,000 with the Australian Department of Defence for the expanded deployment of its NC Protect platform.

Above, we saw the results for Australia's 5G networks, but what about Australia's mobile network experience in general, which sees much more 4G coverage than 5G?

In the Australian battle for 5G supremacy, Telstra comes out on top, but despite Optus claiming the fastest 5G in Sydney and Melbourne, Opensignal appoints them both as joint 5G download speed winners.

An ultra-small silicon chip called a multiplexer will manage terahertz waves which are an integral part of 6G, the next generation of communications, and beyond.

Global smartphone shipments are on the up in Q1 2021, 27% YoY, as "key regions subdue the pandemic", although with COVID-19 still out there and causing havoc in India, the rest of the year's results from Canalys and others will no doubt be watched closely by the world's smartphone makers.




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