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Vodafone offers network guarantee


December 6, 2011

Vodafone Australia has quietly rolled out provisions allowing customers to terminate their contracts within 30 days of signing up without further charges in a new bid to attract new and former subscribers.


Telstra shutters wireless hotspots

December 5, 2011

Telstra has moved to shut down its national wireless hotspot service from next year, continuing the trend away from the technology as an offload service from mobile networks in Australia.


Nokia Siemens to cut workforce by 17,000

November 24, 2011

Telecoms infrastructure joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will cut its global workforce by 17,000 in a bid to shed €1 billion ($1.3 billion) in costs by 2013.


Telstra, Optus prepare to oppose tower bill

November 11, 2011

Major mobile carriers and industry organisations are preparing last-minute submissions opposing a plan to give communities more power in deciding the location of antennas and upgrades.


Crown Castle warns of spectrum cost of antenna laws

November 4, 2011

Mobile tower operator Crown Castle Australia has warned proposed changes to laws giving communities more power to oppose antenna deployments could slash future takings from spectrum auctions.


LTE stirs mobile-only debate

October 28, 2011

The move from fixed-line to mobile broadband connections is one of the hottest areas of debate in the telecommunications industry in Australia at the moment. Ovum analyst Nicole McCormick looks at the potential for swapping between the two.


Telstra goes live with LTE

September 27, 2011

Telstra has made its Long Term Evolution network commercially available across several regional centres ahead of schedule.


Vodafone deals 1800 MHz spectrum from railways

September 20, 2011

Vodafone has secured significant contiguous allotments of 1800 MHz spectrum from rail authorities in NSW, Victoria and South Australia for Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments in capital cities.


Optus forges ahead with LTE

September 15, 2011

Optus has revealed plans to launch its own Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network in April next year.


Vodafone moves on 3's demise

August 31, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has stopped signing new customers to the 3 brand, the latest in a series of steps designed to pull the branding from the market.


Red Bull enters Aussie mobile space

August 22, 2011

Red Bull will begin offering mobile services over the Vodafone Australia network later this year as it expands into its seventh market as a carrier.


Netcomm to provide NBN wireless gear

August 19, 2011

Australian router manufacturer Netcomm has been chosen to supply custom end-user premise equipment for the fixed wireless portion of the National Broadband Network.


Telstra to launch LTE broadband service this month

August 8, 2011

Telstra has revealed plans to launch its first commercial Long Term Evolution services this month, with the first compatible devices to be sold from 29 August.


Vividwireless eyes partner for national rollout

August 3, 2011

Mobile broadband operator vividwireless has revealed plans to partner with an international carrier to roll out a TD-LTE network across Australian east coast capital cities from this year.


Vodafone stays quiet on LTE timing

August 3, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has remained silent on when it planned to upgrade its expanded mobile network to Long Term Evolution technology, indicating it would wait to see how mobile devices developed.


Optus bids for home phones with femtocell launch

July 28, 2011

Optus has become the first Australian telco to commercially launch femtocell devices for customers seeking to boost their mobile signal strength.


NBN Co snags remaining LTE spectrum

July 14, 2011

NBN Co has finalised its second bid for the radio spectrum required to build out its fixed wireless network, with deployment set to begin within a year.


Comment: The challenge of mobile data

July 11, 2011

The desire for more data on the go faces dual challenges of spectrum availability and infrastructure requirements. David Havyatt forecasts our mobile future.


Ericsson demonstrates 10-times faster LTE

June 29, 2011

Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson on Tuesday demonstrated LTE Advanced technology it claimed produced speeds more than 10 times faster than existing LTE networks in the nation.


NBN Co eyes faster wireless speeds over LTE

June 2, 2011

NBN Co has flagged future plans to upgrade fixed wireless broadband services to peak speeds in excess of the minimum 12 Mbps to be served up by the National Broadband Network.


ACMA eyes single LTE spectrum auction

May 27, 2011

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has indicated it intends to hold a single auction of 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum targeted at mobile broadband services next year.


Telstra rolls out LTE base stations

May 24, 2011

Telstra has "switched on" Long Term Evolution (LTE) boxes in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane in an apparent bid to prove the technology's compatibility with its existing network.


NBN Co shops for more fixed wireless spectrum

May 16, 2011

NBN Co has revealed it is shopping for unallocated 2.2 GHz spectrum, which it intends to use to offer fixed wireless broadband services in Western Australia.


Optus flags $25m Tassie mobile network upgrade

May 16, 2011

Optus has flagged a two-year, $25 million investment program in Tasmania, aiming to triple the number of base stations serving its mobile network on the island state.


Optus flags $25m Tassie mobile network upgrade

May 16, 2011

Optus has flagged a two-year, $25 million investment program in Tasmania, aiming to triple the number of base stations serving its mobile network on the island state.


Optus signs NSN for mobile network upgrade

April 20, 2011

Optus has selected equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its 3G networks to the LTE (long term evolution) standard, following two successful trials in Sydney.


VHA to launch LTE mobile services this year

April 14, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has revealed plans to launch its first commercial Long Term Evolution services "later this year", roughly in the same timeframe as Telstra.


Optus pips VHA with consumer femtocells

April 14, 2011

Optus has revealed a limited consumer pilot project of femtocell devices made by Alcatel-Lucent, pipping rival Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) to market.


VHA to launch LTE mobile services this year

April 14, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has revealed plans to launch its first commercial Long Term Evolution services "later this year", roughly in the same timeframe as Telstra.


Police spectrum hive-off could cost LTE network

March 29, 2011

Communications Alliance chief John Stanton has warned that a Federal Cabinet concession to Police Federation demands for 20 MHz of digital dividend spectrum could cost Australia a third commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network.


VHA touts 850 MHz network rollout progress

March 21, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has deployed about a third of the 1500 cell sites planned for its new 3G 850 MHz network announced last year.


Telstra sets up 1800 MHz LTE interest group

March 8, 2011

Telstra has set up an 1800 MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) special interest group to pool operator enthusiasm for deploying next-generation mobile broadband services in that spectrum band.


ACMA looks abroad in mobile broadband spectrum study

March 3, 2011

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will begin a series of consultations this year to examine future spectrum bands for mobile broadband, amid concerns that spectrum "re-farmed" from defunct services won't be enough to meet future demand.


ACMA expands mobile jamming laws

February 24, 2011

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has expanded national mobile jamming prohibitions to include WiMAX and Wi-Fi frequency bands.


VHA to rip-and-replace all network base stations

February 22, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has announced it will replace base station equipment at all 5,800 existing 2G and 3G sites with gear from Chinese vendor Huawei.


NBN Co buys Austar wireless spectrum for $120m

February 17, 2011

NBN Co will spend $120 million buying spectrum licences owned by Austar for fixed-wireless services to 4 percent of the population.


Telstra upgrades metro Next G network to LTE

February 15, 2011

Telstra has revealed plans to commercially deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile technology on its Next G network by the end of the year.


Optus wins over mobile voice and data users

February 10, 2011

Optus has added another 92,000 wireless broadband subscribers to its customer base, contributing to a 6.9 percent growth rate in its mobile business for the third quarter.


Vodafail takes in 12,000 complaints

January 21, 2011

Vodafail.com has called on troubled mobile carrier VHA to offer disgruntled customers a "standard set of options" while it fixes its network.


VHA sets up task forces for network problems

January 5, 2011

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has formed an undisclosed number of "task force teams" to resolve capacity issues affecting its network.