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Telstra reaches target of 3500 4G base stations

18 December, 2013

Telstra has reached its Christmas target of 3500 4G base stations with a week to spare. It says coverage now reaches 85% of the Australian population.


Predicting what a 5G network will look like: study

18 December, 2013

Next-generation mobile broadband networks may end up looking very different from today's 3G and 4G versions in order to reach the extremely high data rates and low latencies required by future users, a study has found


Friends to get most SMS messages on Christmas Day: Telstra

17 December, 2013

This Christmas, the average Australian Christmas reveller will send eight SMS messages to close friends, four to extended family members, and three to close family members.


Govt explores $100m mobile network investment

16 December, 2013

The federal government is canvassing options to invest $100 million augmenting mobile phone networks.


ACCC drafts mobile, transmission, fixed line regulation intentions

13 December, 2013

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it will continue to regulate the termination of calls on mobile phone networks, and has also proposed to also regulate the termination of SMS messages for the first time.


Telstra hits 300 Mbps in LTE-A trial

6 December, 2013

Telstra has achieved 300 Mbps speeds in a test on its 4G network by aggregating two channels of 20 MHz spectrum.


Telstra lands tower fee win in Qld court

4 December, 2013

Telstra will not have to pay rent to the Queensland government for mobile towers situated on Crown land while it challenges the validity of laws that determine the rents.


AMTA launches mobile base station safety app for technicians

27 November, 2013

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has unveiled a smartphone and tablet app called MobileSiteSafety for use by technicians when they are accessing buildings that have mobile base station antennas.


Optus joins Voice over LTE race

25 November, 2013

Optus has tested out technology to let its customers make voice calls over its 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network instead of the existing 2G and 3G networks.


Telstra tests Voice over LTE

21 November, 2013

Australia's largest mobile telecommunications provider Telstra is testing out technology that would allow voice calls to be delivered over its 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network, instead of falling back to the 2G or 3G networks as currently happens today.


AMTA, ACCAN debate state of mobile coverage

15 November, 2013

No government intervention is needed to improve mobile network performance in Australia, according to Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) president Chris Althaus.


Vodafone Hutchison Australia customers down to 5m

13 November, 2013

VODAFONE Hutchison Australia's customer base has dropped to just over 5 million subscribers after the No.3 mobile player haemorrhaged close to 600,000 customers in the three months to September.


Telstra leaves Boost to chase quota-hungry customers

8 November, 2013

Telstra will not chase the prepaid market serviced by mobile virtual network operator Boost Mobile, because it believes the access to 4G data speeds and other add-ons it provides its customers more than compensates for the difference in included calls and data quota.


Telstra makes signal control changes in IP core

8 November, 2013

Telstra is rolling out new controllers to manage the increase in diameter signalling on the core IP network underpinning 4G LTE mobile services.


Telstra to back up base stations with fuel cells

31 October, 2013

Telstra will deploy fuel cells as an alternative to back-up battery arrays at mobile base stations and small telephone exchanges.


Telstra and Ericsson conduct world's first LTE broadcast on live network

28 October, 2013

Australia's leading telecommunications provider, Telstra, today announced that it has completed the world's first LTE Broadcast session on a commercial LTE network.


Tracking technology plan to monitor Queen Street Mall and South Bank visitors via their mobile phones draws fire over privacy concerns

26 October, 2013

CONTROVERSIAL tracking technology will be deployed in Brisbane's CBD under a plan to snoop on visitors' movements throughout the Queen Street Mall and South Bank.


Telstra puts more LTE-Advanced trials on roadmap

24 October, 2013

Telstra will conduct a fresh round of trials of LTE carrier aggregation technology this financial year, combining 700 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum assets to see if theoretical speeds of 300 Mbps are possible.


Telstra to trial LTE-B mobile broadcasts

23 October, 2013

TELSTRA will trial new mobile broadband technology that can broadcast videos, apps and software updates to multiple users simultaneously instead of requiring the users to download the content individually


WA model may help fix mobile phone black spots

23 October, 2013

The Federal Government says it may look to Western Australia to help improve mobile phone coverage in south-west Victoria


Aldi Mobile Halves Data Allowance On Unlimited Plan

22 October, 2013

Troubled times continue for cheap pre-paid carriers, as Aldi Mobile starts the slash and burn process. The data on its once-attractive Unlimited plan has now been halved.


VHA expects fresh round of customer losses

22 October, 2013

Vodafone Hutchison Australia expects its customer numbers to take a further short-term hit after executing a clean out of users who generated very little to no revenue.


Vodafone's 4G speed advantage is 'temporary': CEO

22 October, 2013

Vodafone admits the current speed advantage of its 4G network in Australia is "temporary".


Telco networks mostly unscathed by NSW bushfires

21 October, 2013

Telcos are not reporting major network problems despite severe bushfires continuing to burn in New South Wales.


Call for help to find mobile black spots

19 October, 2013

Vodafone is expanding the number of users that can access its 4G network by opening the asset to prepaid users for the first time.


Vodafone brings prepaid users onto 4G

17 October, 2013

Vodafone is expanding the number of users that can access its 4G network by opening the asset to prepaid users for the first time.


Call for NBN to help in bush

16 October, 2013

VODAFONE Australia has called on the government to allocate funds from its National Broadband Network strategy to improve mobile phone coverage in the bush and break Telstra's grip on regional Australia


Emergency texts available on every Australian mobile network

15 October, 2013

Emergency text messages could previously only be sent to a mobile phone's registered service address, meaning visitors to the area missed out.


Future wireless savings could be hit by spectrum shortage

15 October, 2013

Wireless devices saved Australian businesses $22 billion last year, but achieving ongoing savings will depend on the result of spectrum land grabs.


Telstra to maintain 4G spend

15 October, 2013

Telstra has maintained its forecasts of low single-digit income and earnings growth as it continues to pump money into its 4G mobile network.


ACMA turns to mobile network performance

8 October, 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will convene an open forum in Melbourne next month to discuss how to reduce consumer dissatisfaction with the performance of mobile networks.


Telstra 4G leaves rest standing

8 October, 2013

TELSTRA is weeks away from unveiling technology that by 2015 could be more than four times faster than the Coalition's $20.4 billion National Broadband Network.


ACMA receives 50 network interference complaints a week

4 October, 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is receiving about 50 complaints a week about instances of radiofrequency interference
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Optus cuts ties with Woolworths Mobile

29 September, 2013

Woolworths will cease selling mobile services on the Optus network from October 1, 2013, as Optus again culls the number of resellers that can access its network.


Telstra takes aim at Defence spectrum portfolio

26 September, 2013

Telstra is manoeuvring to muscle in on Defence's spectrum assets in the belief Australia's military is too well-endowed with such assets.


NSW kicks off prison mobile jamming trial

24 September, 2013

The NSW Government has commenced Australia’s first trial of mobile phone jamming at one of the state’s prisons, in an effort to clamp down on illegal mobile phone use by inmates.


Vodafone silences Telstra over 4G speeds

23 September, 2013

Vodafone Australia has silenced Telstra’s claims over having the fastest 4G network in the country, with the telco’s CEO Bill Morrow adding that the business is on track for a significant recovery by 2014.


Optus gives $240m LTE contract to Visionstream

20 September, 2013

Leighton Holdings subsidiary Visionstream has been awarded a $240 million contract with Optus for work on the telco’s LTE mobile network.


NSW MP attacks Telstra over mobile tower proposal

17 September, 2013

NSW MP has launched a scathing attack on Telstra in the state's parliament today, accusing the telco of “corporate bullying”.


'Vodafail' says it has changed

16 September, 2013

VODAFONE is very sorry about what happened before -- but now it has changed and wants you back.


Telstra vows faster download speeds will beat Optus dual 4G plan

16 September, 2013

TELSTRA has shrugged off the launch of Optus's new dual 4G network and has declared it will be able to offer mobile download speeds of up to 300Mbps on its network within 18 months.


Optus expands TD-LTE network

13 September, 2013

Optus has switched on its TD-LTE network in four capital cities following a trial of the technology in Canberra.


Victoria to trial emergency communications on any device

12 September, 2013

The Victorian government has announced $533,400 for a pilot program that will allow the state's emergency services organisations and volunteers to communicate wirelessly over a common channel on any smartphone.


Telstra trials super-fast mobile technology

11 September, 2013

Telstra has begun trials of a new mobile technology that can reach download speeds up to nine times faster than what the Coalition’s national broadband network will deliver to most homes and businesses.


Australian study looks at public attitudes toward mobile emergency alerts

10 September, 2013

The use of location-based services by governments to send alerts during emergencies sparked privacy concerns over data collection.


ispONE acquired by Melbourne telco provider

9 September, 2013

The assets of collapsed internet service provider ispONE have been taken over by Melbourne-based telecommunications provider Conec2 Group.


Vodafone woos old customers with 'bold' rebrand

9 September, 2013

Vodafone is looking to woo back lost customers in Australia with a “bold” new campaign and refreshed brand identity saying “Pleased to meet you. Again”.


MVNO subs in Australia up to 14.3%

5 September, 2013

An increasing number of Australian mobile phone users are connected via virtual networks. In three years to June 2013, the proportion of Australian mobile phone users aged 14+ using an MVNO increased from 9.2 percent to 14.3 percent.


Optus suffers large scale DNS outage

3 September, 2013

Optus experienced a large scale outage on Tuesday night which downed IP services and affected several states across Australia.


Vodafone to pull the plug on '3'

30 August, 2013

Vodafone will pull the plug on its '3' network at midnight on Friday after a decade-long stint in Australia.


ONEmobile placed in administration

28 August, 2013

ispONE retail brand ONEmobile has been placed under external administration, the latest mobile virtual network operator to be hit by the demise of the wholesale ISP.


ACMA warns on mobile phone repeaters

26 August, 2013

ACMA has warned that the use of unlicensed mobile phone repeaters can result in a jail sentence. Such devices are openly sold on eBay for around $100.


M2 moves away from prepaid services following ispONE collapse

26 August, 2013

M2 Telecommunications will shift its focus away from prepaid mobile and mobile broadband services which are 'unviable in the longer term' to postpaid services, the telco's CEO said today.


VHA, Telstra clash over $1.4bn 'windfall' claim

26 August, 2013

Vodafone is digging its heels in over claims Telstra is pocketing regulated mobile termination fee cuts, angry at having its assertions branded "misleading".


Coalition's mobile coverage policy will ignite investment: Vodafone

25 August, 2013

The Coalition's policy to dedicate AU$100 million to improving mobile phone coverage in regional and rural Australia is a small start, according to Vodafone Australia CEO Bill Morrow, but could ignite further investment in mobile coverage by government and industry.


Australia Post's push to become a telco stalls

23 August, 2013

Australia Post's plans to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) stalled earlier this year, when a planned "bake-off" between Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone did not go ahead.


Kogan Mobile strikes a deal with Yatango for free 6GB offer

23 August, 2013

Kogan Mobile and new mobile player Yatango have signed a deal to allow former Kogan Mobile customers a free 30-day trial on Yatango.


Vodafone picks up the pace

21 August, 2013

VODAFONE'S mobile customers in Wagin can expect a reception boost after the telco's planned 40 per cent expansion in its regional services.


Kogan Mobile exodus to strain mobile transfer system

21 August, 2013

Telco representatives will convene daily over the next month under "extraordinary measures" put in place to cope with the high number of users that must now port away from Kogan Mobile.


Kogan "devastated" by mobile closure

20 August, 2013

Kogan Mobile says it is "devastated" and "extremely upset" at being forced to close its business, following the collapse of wholesale provider ispONE.


Will Telstra kill Australia's MVNO market?

19 August, 2013

Optus and Telstra have continued their debate over the regulation of SMS termination fees, with Optus claiming Telstra has refused to bring down prices in the last 10 years.


Telstra refuses to negotiate on SMS prices: Optus

19 August, 2013

There was no more telling statement during last week’s legal trial between mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) ispONE and its supplier Telstra, than when ispONE’s counsel said: “The problem is that Telstra is charging ispONE substantially more than what ispONE is charging its customers.”


Business as usual for Aldi Mobile despite ispONE collapse

19 August, 2013

Low cost MVNO Aldi Mobile will continue to operate as usual, after it struck a deal directly with Telstra wholesale following the collapse of original wholesale provider ispONE.


Telstra burns Kogan Mobile as ispONE calls in administrators

19 August, 2013

Customers of Kogan Mobile will be forced to find a new prepaid mobile supplier after Telstra today revealed its wholesale partner ispONE has entered voluntary administration.


Optus' revenue falls, but the telco retains customers

14 August, 2013

Optus’ operating revenue has dropped 5.3 per cent to $2.1 billion for the quarter to 30 June, 2013.


Telcos vow to extend Cairns signal cover

13 August, 2013

THE major phone companies say they are aware of the black spots plaguing the Far North and are working hard to build new infrastructure to keep up with the soaring demand.


Coalition expects mobile telcos to match blackspot funds

13 August, 2013

The Coalition will stump up $100 million in public money to improve mobile phone coverage in Australia, as long as telcos chip in at least $100 million from their own pockets.


Ericsson, Telstra Demonstrate LTE-A CA Down Under

12 August, 2013

Ericsson is demonstrating one of the key features of LTE-Advanced in Australia with an announcement today that provider Telstra has used carrier aggregation on 1800 MHz and 900 MHz bands.


ispONE granted reprieve as Telstra prepares to walk

12 August, 2013

Wholesale ISP ispONE and its clients Kogan Mobile and Aldi have been granted a temporary reprieve from having their prepaid mobile customers terminated by Telstra, after the Federal Court granted a limited injunction preventing the telco from doing so.


Vodafone Australia adds 1,200 sites to regional network

12 August, 2013

Vodafone Australia today announced that it has expanded its regional network by 40 percent, as it flicked the switch on 1,200 new regional sites across the country to add half a million square kilometres to its network footprint.


Optus rolls out 3G coverage to Lake Cathie

July 31, 2013

Residents of Lake Cathie in the northern coastal area of New South Wales will receive dedicated 3G mobile coverage with the establishment of a mobile tower by Optus.


Vodafone ups its war against Telstra with Huawei MediaPad on Cat 4 LTE

July 31, 2013

VODAFONE has upped its war against Telstra over mobile network speeds by releasing a deal with Huawei that delivers lightning-fast Cat 4 LTE data speeds.


Albanese keeps high price on 700 MHz spectrum

July 30, 2013

Communications Minister Anthony Albanese will maintain reserve prices on unsold 700 MHz spectrum, keeping Telstra happy but ignoring calls by Vodafone to delay future pricing decisions.


Government saves 1800 MHz spectrum for rail

July 25, 2013

Federal cabinet last night signed off on a decision to reserve valuable 1800 MHz spectrum to modernise Australia’s rail infrastructure, rescuing $500 million in investment state governments had already made in the project.


Optus blames router for Queensland outage

July 25, 2013

Optus has attributed a "router issue" to a telecommunications outage that affected fixed and mobile data services in parts of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast this morning.


Optus crowdsources to improve mobile network

July 22, 2013

In an effort to improve network experience, telecommunications services provider, Optus, is crowdsourcing to its customers feedback about its network.


Telstra threatens legal action over Vodafone's 4G network claims

July 18, 2013

Telstra is threatening legal action against Vodafone over its recent string of claims that it’s running the fastest 4G network in the country.


Telstra expands 4G network rollout

July 18, 2013

Telstra will extend its 4G network to around 200 more regional towns across Australia by the end of the year.


Vodafone class action delayed further

July 15, 2013

A class action lawsuit legal firm Piper Alderman is attempting to get up against Vodafone has been further delayed, according to an update sent out by the lawsuit's financer.


Customs, ACMA crack down on illegal jammers

July 11, 2013

A joint effort to crack down on mobile and GPS jammers has resulted in the seizure of almost 100 of the devices over seven months, according to Australia's communications regulator.


Optus takes 4G to Wollongong

July 10, 2013

Optus has switched on 4G services at five mobile sites in central Wollongong, kicking off extensive network upgrades and expansions in the greater Illawarra area in the next six months.


Vodafone increases 4G play

July 10, 2013

Opens up 4G offering across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Wollongong, Gold Coast and Newcastle.


Optus increases 4G and 3G coverage

July 9, 2013

Optus has completed a major expansion of its 4G and 3G mobile networks in Adelaide with the launch of 25 new 4G sites and more than 150 upgraded 3G sites.


NBN nice, 3G a must

July 8, 2013

FOR farmers, the NBN is a nice idea, but a better mobile network is a necessity.


One in five Australians ditch fixed-line phones

July 5, 2013

An increasing number of Australians are going mobile-only and abandoning fixed-line telephone services, according to the latest figures published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).


Red Bull Mobile Australia Is Shutting Down

July 3, 2013

Your choices for prepaid mobile in Australia just got a little narrower. Red Bull Mobile is no longer signing up new customers and will have exited the market altogether within a year.


Aussie telcos mull mixed cellular-Wi-Fi networks

June 14, 2013

Network equipment makers are pushing technology that enables mobile data traffic to be "steered" in real-time between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, but Australia's telcos are unlikely to have a use for it in the short to mid term.


Vodafone switches on 4G network

June 12, 2013

Vodafone today announced the launch of its 4G network in Australia, the latest effort in its comeback plan to win back the hordes of customers that deserted the company for poor mobile service.


V/Line to boost mobile coverage on trains

June 11, 2013

Victorian regional transport operator V/Line is conducting a new raft of mobile signal strength tests on its trains, following ongoing complaints from customers.


Skiers schuss at 4G with Telstra

June 7, 2013

Telstra customers can hit the slopes without fear of mobile data speeds slipping after Telstra turned on 4G coverage at several popular Australian ski mountains.


Optus launches dual-band 4G devices

June 6, 2013

Optus has launched two 4G dual-band devices which will let users take advantage of the telco's new Time-Division LTE (TD-LTE) network in Canberra.


Vodafone waves goodbye to 3

June 4, 2013

Vodafone will be abolishing the 3 brand from August 30 and is giving customers three months to move off the service.


Mobile signals jammed in NSW prisons from July

June 4, 2013

The trial of Australia first mobile jamming system in a NSW jail is expected to start as early as next month after the state’s Department of Corrective Services yesterday awarded two tenders for the project


Rogue beer fridge caught by Telstra 'robot'

June 4, 2013

A beer fridge in north-east Victoria is the latest victim of an increasingly-sophisticated software "robot" employed by Telstra to identify things that interfere with its mobile network.


At last - good news for Vodafone

May 30, 2013

Vodafone will greatly expand its regional coverage with over a thousand new network sites. But it’s still 3G, as its rivals take 4G to the bush.


ACCC to review mobile termination access service

May 28, 2013

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking submissions to a public inquiry into the domestic mobile termination access service, or MTAS


Line to open for mobile Loop hole

May 26, 2013

People using Melbourne's City Loop will have full mobile telephone coverage within a year.


ACMA shops 'freephone' charge changes

May 22, 2013

Australia's communications regulator is shopping a draft variation to its numbering plan that would make 18/1800 numbers free to call from mobile phones by January 2015.


Vodafone still losing Australian customers

May 22, 2013

Customers continue to desert Vodafone's Australian operation in droves according to the latest set of group financials from the global mobile giant.


Optus takes 4G fight to Telstra

May 21, 2013

OPTUS has unveiled plans to extend its 4G mobile footprint to 70 per cent of the metropolitan population by the middle of next year as it prepares to take on Telstra in the race to sign up data-hungry mobile customers.


Optus kicks off TD-LTE network

May 20, 2013

Optus today announced the pilot stage of its time-division long-term evolution (TD-LTE) network, trialling services with customers in Canberra.


Optus bets on 4G for growth as fourth quarterly revenue falls

May 16, 2013

OPTUS has pledged to return to profit growth within the next three years, saying the rising demand for 4G mobile services will drive the No 2 telco's revenue growth.


Optus gains 4G ground on Telstra

May 15, 2013

Despite a 6.9 percent decline in quarterly profit year on year, Optus has confirmed that it has a strong foothold in the 4G market, revealing that it has sold 785,000 handsets since the network launched last year.


Optus takes on not-for-profit MVNO

May 10, 2013

A not-for-profit organisation has partnered with Optus to launch Australia’s first telco aimed squarely at disabled users.


Turnbull blasts Labor over unsold spectrum in Digital Dividend

May 7, 2013

Malcolm Turnbull has slammed the Labor government for not raising more money in the Digital Dividend auction.


Telstra, Optus, TPG buy $2bn of mobile spectrum

May 7, 2013

Telstra, Optus and TPG Internet have collectively snapped up almost $2 billion of spectrum for future mobile data services, but not all the so-called 'waterfront' assets sold at auction.


Vodafone Hutchison Australia Selects Cisco to Accelerate the Deployment of Its 4G LTE Network

May 6, 2013

Cisco announced today that it has been selected by Vodafone Hutchison Australia to accelerate deployment of VHA's 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network with the Cisco(R) ASR 5500 as the mobile multimedia core platform.


Optus: mobile in consolidation phase

May 6, 2013

Tough mobile market conditions has prompted Optus to change direction on its growth strategy, with the nation's second-biggest telco focusing on retaining its existing customers rather than chasing new subscribers.


Court finds in Kogan Mobile's favour

May 2, 2013

The Victorian Supreme Court has confirmed Kogan’s claim of victory in its legal stoush with partner ispONE, ordering the Telstra reseller to pay Kogan’s losses and court costs.


Telstra has sold more than 2.1 million 4G devices

May 1, 2013

Telstra is continuing to lead the 4G market in Australia, with the company announcing that it has now sold 2.1 million 4G devices since the network's 2011 launch.


Vodafone optic fibre Brisbane to Noosa completed

April 30, 2013

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has now completed a major new optic fibre build to the Sunshine Coast.


MVNOs seek to differentiate, but not all will survive: analyst

April 29, 2013

Increased competition in the market has had an impact on MVNOs margins, according to Live Connected founder Roshan Mahanama


ACMA defends secret 4G auction process

April 29, 2013

Last week saw the auction for the digital dividend spectrum that will be used for 4G services kick off, but none of the participants are talking about it.


Telstra, Optus to trade credit rating points for spectrum: Moody's

April 29, 2013

Bidding in next week’s Digital Dividend auction is crucial for Telstra and SingTel Optus to stay competitive even though it is likely to negatively impact their credit ratings, according to a financial analyst at Moody’s.


Chinese in running for Optus 4G deal

April 27, 2013

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is likely to emerge with all or part of a $2-plus billion contract to build an ultra-fast mobile network for Optus


Customers grapple with poor mobile coverage

April 25, 2013

Australians fed up with poor mobile phone coverage will get a chance to voice their concerns when a summit with telcos is held in July, but there is no industry code to force improvements.


TPG appears ready to join in mobile party at auction

April 24, 2013

Telco TPG could emerge as Australia's fourth mobile network - competing with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - amid rumours the company has registered for the federal government's spectrum auction.


Mobile data, messaging revenue overtake voice: Telsyte

April 23, 2013

The number of mobile connections in operation on Australian mobile networks reached 30.6 million at the end of December 2012, according to Telsyte


ACMA opens Digital Dividend auction

April 23, 2013

The Australian government seeks to deliver more spectrum to the mobile industry with the Digital Dividend auction opening today, according to Andrew Kerans, executive manager for spectrum planning at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).


Telstra, Optus locked in spectrum bidding war

April 23, 2013

THE secret auction for the federal government's multi-billion-dollar wireless spectrum begins today, with Optus and Telstra going head to head to acquire the invisible asset they need to evolve their mobile services.


Vodafone eyes NBN Co's network for regional mobile backhaul

April 22, 2013

Vodafone Australia is in talks with NBN Co, the company rolling out the National Broadband Network, on using its network for backhaul to provide mobile broadband services in rural areas


Vodafone demonstrated speeds of 130Mbps as it readies 4G metro launch

April 19, 2013

VODAFONE Hutchison Australia said it remained on track to switch on its metropolitan 4G network by June as it demonstrated the network running with peak speeds of 130Mbps.


Vodafone lags behind Telstra and Optus on network performance: report

April 18, 2013

Network performance has narrowed between Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia this year, according to a report by J.D. Power and Associates.


Telstra suffers Melbourne mobile network outage

April 17, 2013

Telstra's mobile network is beginning to return to normal after 3G services went down in central Melbourne and the inner suburbs.


Phone jamming trial to start in Lithgow

April 16, 2013

A trial of mobile phone jamming technology will begin at a New South Wales prison later this year, in an Australian first.


PIPE opposes NBN entering mobile backhaul market

April 15, 2013

NBN Co using the reach of its fibre network to provide backhaul to commercial mobile companies would be detrimental to competition, PIPE Networks has argued.


Sydney train tunnels get phone reception

April 14, 2013

The NSW government has been working with Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone to install more than 10 kilometres of cabling to provide reception for mobile phones, tablets, and laptops.


Kogan sues ispONE for brand damage

April 12, 2013

KOGAN Mobile has sued ispONE for brand damage in its escalating legal dispute with the Telstra prepaid mobile wholesaler over customer disconnections.


ACMA eyes mobile network performance

April 10, 2013

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) CEO Chris Chapman has indicated that the regulator will begin to examine how Australia's mobile networks are performing.


Kogan to take ISPOne to court

April 9, 2013

After launching mobile services in December, and battling through months of customer woes due to acceptable use policy "violations", Kogan is now taking its service provider ISPOne to court.


ABS figures show growth in mobile Internet, fibre connections

April 9, 2013

Figures in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest Internet Activity report show steady growth in wireless connections and an explosive leap in fibre connections.


Vodafone plans June 4G launch

April 8, 2013

Vodafone CEO Bill Morrow has confirmed that the company will launch its 4G long-term evolution (LTE) service to customers in June this year.


Vodafone prepares 4G switch-on

April 8, 2013

Vodafone has announced it will turn its 4G network on in June, claiming the new mobile service could be the fastest in Australia.


Our worst mobile black spots

April 5, 2013

Despite decades in technological advancements, black spots continue to exasperate mobile phone users


Kogan offers compensation to dumped telco customers

April 5, 2013

Kogan Mobile has begun offering compensation to customers kicked off its network for ‘high-usage’, iTnews can reveal.


Live Connected reveals "sliding" 4G mobile plans

April 4, 2013

Preventing bill shock is the motive behind a 4G phone plan under trial by Live Connected, a mobile virtual network operator riding on the Optus network.


Telstra preps stronger 3G signal for ski season

April 4, 2013

Telstra is planning to build a new, bigger mobile communications tower in the NSW ski village of Perisher to improve 3G signals to the area and avoid National Park employees getting hit by falling ice shards.


Mobile phone turns 40, with little fanfare

April 4, 2013

THE mobile phone has turned 40, with no fanfare to mark the occasion in a market which seems focused on new smartphones like the iPhone and a possible Facebook-themed device.


4G: Pretty fly for a wi-fi

April 4, 2013

If there ever was a case of the proof being in the pudding, it came a few days ago when I sat down at a cafe in Melbourne's Federation Square to do some editing of a magazine proof, then dragged a 24MB PDF file onto my FTP client to upload it.


Kogan blames ISPOne for mobile customer woes

April 2, 2013

After a month of speculation, Kogan has blamed ISPOne, the mobile wholesale company reselling Telstra mobile services to Kogan and Aldi, for preventing some high-usage customers from continuing to use their mobile service.


Telcos given till next year to pay for wireless spectrum

20 March, 2013

Telco’s participating in the digital dividend auction have been given until the second half of next year to make final payments for spectrum licenses won.


Kogan Mobile Dumping High-Usage Customers

18 March, 2013

Since launching last December, Kogan Mobile’s $29 prepaid plan with unlimited Australians calls, texts and 6GB of data has become very popular. However, the company has been following its acceptable usage policy (AUP) of asking customers to leave if their usage is “unreasonable”.


M2 bids $248m for Dodo and EFTel

18 March, 2013

Listed telco M2 Telecommunications has made a combined $248 million play for internet service providers Dodo and EFTel.


A boost to Australia’s prepaid mobile

12 March, 2013

Boost Mobile have recently partnered up with Telstra to provide consumers with affordable, exclusive pre-paid mobile services Australia-wide.


Vodafone woos customers, but no price war

11 March, 2013

VODAFONE Australia chief Bill Morrow has pledged to win customers back with high levels of service but ruled out a price war as his company seeks to undo years of damage caused by poor network performance.


ACMA boosts 4G spectrum outlook

8 March, 2013

THE communications watchdog has given carriers more hope that they can address 4G mobile broadband spectrum shortages sooner than expected..


Vodafone Australia resuscitation starts with insourcing

1 March, 2013

Vodafone Australia's move to hire 750 people in its Tasmanian call centre and shift away from using its Indian call centre is just the first step in rebuilding the company's damaged brand, according to CEO Bill Morrow.


Aldi to become Australia's latest MVNO?

28 February, 2013

German supermarket chain Aldi is expected to become Australia's latest low cost, pre-paid mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).


Vodafone Australia records AU$800m loss

25 February, 2013

Vodafone Australia's parent company Hutchison has revealed that the troubled company lost AU$817.6 million in 2012.


Telstra’s path to telco domination

22 February, 2013

A happy combination of market and government forces has ensured Telstra’s domination of Australia’s telecommunications is going to continue well into the future.


Telstra ramps 2G for 4G traffic

21 February, 2013

TELSTRA will start using its 2G network spectrum to carry 4G traffic as it struggles to keep up with massive demand for data.


ACMA plans to kill radio transmitter labelling

21 February, 2013

Telcos are likely to gain a reprieve from a legal requirement that could otherwise force them to re-label every radio transmitter they operate across Australia in the next few years.


Telstra's superfast 4G hints at Vodafone's prospects

20 February, 2013

TELSTRA will start using its 2G network spectrum to carry 4G traffic as it struggles to keep up with massive demand for data.


Telstra to combat congestion with small cell networks

20 February, 2013

Telstra is moving to combat congestion on its mobile network in city areas through the trial of small cell networks known as heterogeneous networks.


The end of Australia's virtual telco boom?

20 February, 2013

With Telstra, Optus and Vodafone constantly dominating the headlines, it's easy to forget that there are a number of virtual telcos providing services across the country.


Vodafone trials 4G network in east Sydney

19 February, 2013

Vodafone Hutchison Australia said it hit 67Mbps download speeds during tests of its upcoming 4G LTE network, but actual speeds may be lower at launch.


Dodgy phone reception adds to danger in disasters

17 February, 2013

DISASTER-PRONE regions from the Great Ocean Road to the Great Barrier Reef suffer from a lack of sufficient mobile phone coverage that puts lives at risk in emergency situations, residents and analysts say


Optus wins more mobile customers, earns less revenue

14 February, 2013

Australia’s second largest carrier Optus added nearly 60,000 new mobile customers and increased its post-paid accounts by three percent in the last quarter, according to the latest SingTel quarterly report.


ACMA plots amateur radio band harvest for LTE

14 February, 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to use a small, 2 MHz radio frequency band to create a larger block of spectrum for future 4G transmissions, a move that could inconvenience thousands of radio amateurs currently using the range.


Telstra cracks 90 Mbps in Perth LTE device tests

13 February, 2013

Telstra is readying a CAT4 wifi dongle and handset for its LTE network after field trials in Western Australia proved the devices capable of peak speeds exceeding 90 Mbps.


Customers dump Vodafone in droves, sending Q3 revenue down 16pc

8 February, 2013

VODAFONE Australia's revenue fell by 16 per cent in the last three months of 2012 as it continued to lose thousands of customers.


Telstra hits 14.4m mobile customers, 1.5m 4G devices

6 February, 2013

Australia's largest telecommunications provider Telstra has said it now has 14.4 million mobile customers, after adding 607,000 in the last six months of 2012.


ACMA reveals 4G 1800 MHz resale fears

4 February, 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found itself with two empty portions of 1800 MHz spectrum and a resale deadline that threatens the contiguous nature of the range.


Optus braces for SingTel's spectrum strategy

31 January, 2013

Australia’s Optus executives may be coy as to whether or not the company will participate in the digital dividend auction, but in reality it isn’t even their decision to make.


Updated: Optus and Telstra work to restore telco services in Queensland

29 January, 2013

Telstra and Optus are working on restoring telecommunications services in flood affected areas in Queensland.


Are budget Next G resellers the perfect compromise?

28 January, 2013

Like Telstra's network but hate its pricing? Kogan and Boost Mobile could offer the best of both worlds


Mobile triple-0 callers off the map

28 January, 2013

A FAILURE by mobile phone carriers to provide instant call-location details to emergency services is causing delays in triple-0 responses, according to local authorities.


Telstra flies in crew to repair flood-damaged fibre

28 January, 2013

Telstra has flown techicians in to repair a flood-damaged fibre optic cable between Gladstone and Bundaberg in Queensland that it says "carries much of the state's communications needs".


Australia sluggish on fixed broadband, fast on mobile

25 January, 2013

The latest stats from Akamai show Australia performing well on mobile but slow on fixed-line download speeds.


Vodafone and NBN Co explore tower sharing to improve coverage

24 January, 2013

NBN Co has entered into agreements with Telstra and Optus for the three companies to share mobile tower infrastructure, but Vodafone is still in discussions with the government-owned company.


Telstra joins bidding for wireless spectrum

24 January, 2013

THE federal government's multi-billion-dollar wireless spectrum auction was given a boost yesterday as Telstra, the nation's largest telco, confirmed it would participate in the controversial sales process.


Vodafone Australia eyes 2.5GHz spectrum auction

23 January, 2013

Vodafone is set to pay the application fee to potentially bid for some of the spectrum in the upcoming auction.


Alert system tested in phone dead spots

17 January, 2013

FIRE services are testing an emergency warning system that could work in high-risk bushfire areas that are also mobile phone black spots, such as Victoria's alpine region and the Dandenongs.



ACMA to upgrade spectrum monitor system

16 January, 2013

Australia's communications regulator is pushing ahead with a major overhaul of the infrastructure it uses to keep tabs on spectrum usage and to identify sources of interference.


Optus expands Queensland 4G

11 January, 2013

SingTel company Optus has revealed that it has expanded its 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network in Queensland faster than expected.


Conroy's 4G spectrum pricing 'seriously flawed

9 January, 2013

Liberal Party MP Paul Fletcher has said that the Australian government's pricing decision for 4G spectrum is a "serious error".


Telcos, emergency services battle Aussie bushfire season

7 January, 2013

Scorching summer temperatures in Australia have put telcos and emergency service organisations under the pump to keep services up and running.


ACMA all set for mobile spectrum auction

4 January, 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released documents detailing the final terms and pricing for the auction of the 700MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum bands.