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TPG seeks Telstra piggyback into mobile market

15 December, 2016

TPG Telecom is hoping to gain access to Telstra’s regional mobile network to bolster the reach of its planned mobile network.


Telstra banned from 700 MHz auction

14 December, 2016

Telstra has been barred from buying any more 700 MHz spectrum for its 4G network at an auction next year, after the government heeded advice from the competition watchdog.


Nokia, Vodafone on the cusp of LTE deal for Melbourne trains

7 December, 2016

Nokia and Vodafone have entered the final stages of negotiation to ink a deal with the Victorian government for the deployment of LTE networks through the metro rail network


SA calls for 'urgent' audit of mobile blackspot funding

5 December, 2016

The South Australian Labor government has called for an "urgent" investigation into the federal government's latest round of funding for mobile blackspots, claiming it has been short-changed.


Telstra labels Vodafone a "freeloader"

1 December, 2016

Telstra has accused Vodafone of showing its “true colours” as an infrastructure “freeloader” as the war of words over a potential regulated opening of part of Telstra’s regional mobile network intensifies.


Vodafone wins mobile blackspot funds for only four towers

1 December, 2016

Vodafone has secured funding for just four base stations in the second round of the federal mobile blackspots program, as Optus reversed its first round fortunes.


Telstra says goodbye to 2G

1 December, 2016

Telstra this morning closed the curtains on its 23-year-old 2G GSM mobile phone network, marking the end of an era in Australian telecommunications.


Govt quashes dedicated public safety mobile network proposal

24 November, 2016

The federal government has quashed calls from public safety agencies for a dedicated LTE network, today saying it would adopt the recommendations of a Productivity Commission report that suggested using existing telco networks.


Telstra claims regulated roaming would negate $1bn regional spend

18 November, 2016

Telstra's plan to invest almost $1 billion into mobile coverage in remote and rural areas over the next five years would be "uneconomical" if the government decides to regulate domestic mobile roaming, the telco claims.


Vodafone demonstrates 5G with robots, VR streaming

12 October, 2016

Vodafone has publicly shown off trial uses for 5G technology at the University of Technology Sydney today, including robotics and virtual reality streaming.


Govt rejects Vodafone's $594m bid for spectrum

7 October, 2016

Vodafone's half a billion dollar offer for a slice of the 700 MHz spectrum it declined to bid for in the Commonwealth's 2013 spectrum auction has been knocked back by the government, which will take the unsold spectrum to auction instead.


Optus joins Australian 5G race

6 October, 2016

Singtel-owned telco Optus has joined rivals Telstra and Vodafone to announce trials for 5G services, using its 3.5GHz radio-frequency spectrum.


Vodafone to kill 2G network

30 September, 2016

Vodafone will switch off its 23 year-old 2G network in exactly one year's time to reallocate spectrum to data traffic and reduce the load on its 4G network.


Vodafail returns with seven-hour Vodafone outage

26 September, 2016

A seven-hour outage to Vodafone's 4G network last night sparked the re-emergence of the nightmare 'Vodafail' movement the telco has been working aggressively to distance itself from in recent years.


Telstra showcases 5G in live trial

21 September, 2016

Telstra has deepened its commitment to 5G mobile networking, demonstrating its first trial of the technology publicly at its network operations centre in Melbourne yesterday.


Telstra triples uplink speeds and hits gigabit downlink speeds in live network demonstration

9 September, 2016

Ericsson today announced the achievement of another commercial milestone in the delivery of high speed mobile broadband data, by being the first to deliver LTE speeds of up to 1Gbps LTE on the downlink and up to 150 Mbps on the uplink using a single device on Telstra’s live network.


Vodafone buys MVNO partner

7 September, 2016

Vodafone will take over the local operations of its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partner Lebara Mobile and its 130,000 customers, for an undisclosed acquisition fee.


Regional Australia needs roaming

7 September, 2016

Regional Australia is missing out. If you live in cities, you can take your pick of world class 4G networks. But if you live in regional Australia, you either haven’t had service or haven’t had a choice.


Telstra could be forced to open up regional mobile network

5 September, 2016

Telcos could be forced to open up their mobile networks to rivals for roaming services in regional areas following a new ACCC inquiry that has already raised the ire of the carrier with the largest regional network.


Coverage, oversight flaws found in mobile blackspot program

2 September, 2016

Australia's national auditor has criticised the federal government’s mobile blackspot program for duplicating existing coverage, inadequately assessing tower proposals, and failing to properly monitor the program's performance.


Govt wants better location tracking for 000 mobile calls

29 August, 2016

Calls from mobile phones to Australia's emergency services might soon automatically provide location information for people in distress, if a government initiative reaches fruition.


Vodafone to undertake 5G trials

24 August, 2016

Vodafone will undertake lab trials of 5G technologies on its network towards the end of the year, just months after completing the bulk of its 4G rollout.


Telstra hits mobile blackspot milestone

18 August, 2016

Telstra has activated its 60th mobile base station as part of its commitment to the federal government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme, with residents in Woolomin in New South Wales set to receive better reception.


Has TPG started building its own 4G network?

15 August, 2016

TPG Telecom appears poised to step up work on its own 4G network, revealing plans over the weekend to design and implement a “LTE network rollout”.


Telstra spends big on networks as start-ups deliver mixed results

11 August, 2016

Telstra's chief executive admits "work still needs to be done" to improve network performance and customer service, and has launched a massive $3 billion spending program to "match our level of aspiration".


Optus delivers resilient Q1 results

11 August, 2016

Optus today reported a quarter of stable results as it continues to transform itsbusiness through compelling content, network investments, and plans that capitalise on thegrowing demand for mobile data.


Telstra amps up 4G speeds

22 July, 2016

Telstra’s mobile networks may have been a source of sorrow for some of the telco’s users but those in North Queensland and South Australia are set to receive a welcome boost in their 4G speeds.


Eye in the sky watches over our mobile network

13 July, 2016

With more than 8,300 mobile network sites around Australia, spanning 2.4million square kilometres, our mobile network is the largest in the country.


Residents vow to block Optus tower

4 July, 2016

A GROUP of Wooleweyah residents have vowed to block any prospect of an Optus tower being built in their community.


Telstra applies to re-locate Dereel base station

4 July, 2016

THE completion of an important mobile base station in Dereel could take place sooner than expected.


Telstra will redirect $250 million to fix network problems, but is it enough?

2 July, 2016

TELSTRA announced this week that it would spend $250 million in shoring up its beleaguered mobile and fixed broadband network but industry experts say it’s not going far enough.


The new Optus purple badge signifies regional phone compatibility

2 July, 2016

If you’re a regional phone user, choosing the best smartphone can be something of a challenge because once you move outside major metropolitan areas (and especially if you move inwards from the coast), mobile coverage becomes significantly more varied.


Not 4Gotten: five more Vodafone MVNOs finally go 4G

29 June, 2016

If you thought other Vodafone MVNOs besides Kogan had 4Gone 4G, you can 4Get that notion, as five more Vodafone MVNOs finally get the 4G experience.


Telstra to pump $250m into core network

29 June, 2016

Telstra is pumping a combined $250 million into its core network with the telco’s boss Andy Penn conceding that its reputation has been tarnished by the recent spate of disruptions.


Telstra to roll out 135 rural 4G base stations

20 June, 2016

Telstra will deliver 135 4G small-cell base stations in rural areas across all seven Australian states as part of its involvement in the federal government's mobile blackspot program.


Telstra rivals close the gap on mobile speed

15 June, 2016

Telstra’s rivals are closing the gap on mobile speed and coverage as the telco continues to tackle outages on its premium network.


Vodafone to splash $9m on 32 new regional mobile sites

30 May, 2016

Vodafone plans to invest $9 million into the rollout of 32 new mobile phone towers across rural and regional Australia, with most to be operational by the end of the year and all expected to be online by the end of 2017.


ACCAN welcomes extra funding for Mobile Black Spot Programme

26 May, 2016

This week, the Coalition and Labor both announced that if elected they would commit extra funding to the Mobile Black Spot Programme. The announcement that an extra $60 million in funding will be allocated to the Programme is welcomed by ACCAN.


Kogan Switches On Its 4G Service, Reveals New 11GB $50 Plan

26 May, 2016

If you’re a Kogan Mobile customer, you can now access 4G a month earlier than planned.


Turnbull commits extra $60m to fix mobile blackspots

24 May, 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised a future coalition government would spend $60 million filling mobile coverage gaps under a third round of the mobile blackspot program.


Optus 4G is now online in Kingaroy

23 May, 2016

FRUSTRATED Optus customers who were left to wait more than 18 months for 4G in Kingaroy can finally breathe a sigh of relief.


Macquarie 4G upgrade offer to mobile customers

11 May, 2016

Macquarie Telecom is upgrading all of its mobile phone customers to 4G if they already have plans that use Telstra’s mobile network.


Optus VoLTE goes live in capital cities

9 May, 2016

Optus has followed in the footsteps of Telstra and Vodafone by launching voice over LTE (VoLTE) services to select post-paid consumer and small business customers in capital cities.


Vodafone offers govt $594m for 700 MHz

9 May, 2016

Vodafone has offered the Australian government more than half a billion dollars for a slice of the 700 MHz spectrum it declined to bid for in the Commonwealth's 2013 spectrum auction


Mobile phone use not causing brain cancer, University of Sydney study claims

6 May, 2016

Despite the near complete uptake of mobile phones among Australians over the past 29 years, the communications devices, which emit electromagnetic radiation, are not correlated to incidences of brain cancer, the authors claim


Telstra outage as telco commits $50m to fix network

2 May, 2016

Telstra's east coast customers reported disruptions to their internet services this morning while the telco was announcing a $50 million investment to improve its mobile network after recent outages.


Vodafone AU loses market share as Telstra, Optus rise: Kantar

28 April, 2016

Market research company Kantar has published the latest statistics on mobile market share in Australia, revealing that Vodafone Australia, Virgin Mobile, and TPG have all lost customers while Optus and Telstra have grown subscriber numbers.


Telstra opens its 4G network to MVNOs

28 April, 2016

Telstra has begun wholesaling 4G mobile services to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners, but speeds will be capped below those available to the carrier’s retail customers.


Vodafone expands 4G services to now reach 23 million Aussies

5 April, 2016

The telco says that under its national spectrum refarm project it has converted its entire holding of 850 MHz spectrum to increase its 4G network by more than 20%, with its 4G footprint now extending to more than 95% of the Australian population.


Vodafone releases Mobile Black Spot Programme schedule

5 April, 2016

Vodafone has released the rollout schedule for its 70 base stations to be built in regional areas of New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria under the first round of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.


Inside Telstra's network woes: what happened

4 April, 2016

Telstra executives have opened up about the causes of three major outages that hit Telstra users in the past two months in an effort to regain the trust of the telco's vast customer base


Optus customers on hold as Home Zone blackspot base stations abandoned

24 March, 2016

Optus is refusing to back down on plans to scrap its Home Zone indoor mobile base stations at the end of March, despite growing customer complaints regarding the telco's replacement mobile VoIP app


Optus customers on hold as Home Zone blackspot base stations abandoned

24 March, 2016

Optus is refusing to back down on plans to scrap its Home Zone indoor mobile base stations at the end of March, despite growing customer complaints regarding the telco's replacement mobile VoIP app


Telstra risks exodus unless it repairs its severed connection with customers

24 March, 2016

Pressure is mounting on Telstra to ensure the outages that have blighted its network in recent weeks do not become a permanent fixture.


Australia tops average peak mobile connection speed rankings - fixed broadband goes backwards

23 March, 2016

Australia recorded the highest average peak mobile connection speeds globally in the fourth quarter of last year, recording speeds of 153.3 Mbps, but conversely fixed broadband went backwards, according to the latest State of the Internet report from content delivery network (CDN) provider Akamai.


Vodafone pounces on Telstra’s troubles, says ‘join Vodafone’

23 March, 2016

With Telstra having extremely uncharacteristic outages of late, the company once known as Vodafail but which has turned things around massively wants you to join it.


Another nationwide outage hits Telstra customers

22 March, 2016

Telstra customers around Australia were unable to make voice calls on the telco's fixed and mobile networks for around two hours today due to yet another network fault at the telco.


How Can Telstra Avoid The Curse Of Vodafail?

21 March, 2016

Another week, another Telstra mobile network outage. There was a time when that seemed like a very improbable sentence. Now it’s a reality that Telstra has to face: what can it do to avoid having its reputation for quality tarnished? More bluntly: how can it avoid Hellstra becoming the new Vodafail?


Telstra, Optus, Vodafone compete on stadium mobile coverage

21 March, 2016

Australia's three biggest mobile telecommunications providers have been pouring resources into serving customers inside of notoriously network-absent stadiums, with Telstra working on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Optus and Vodafone on ANZ Stadium.


Nationwide outage hits Telstra's mobile network

17 March, 2016

Telstra has been forced to offer customers another free day of data for a mobile service outage lasting most of Thursday night, just over a month after an "embarrassing human error" took out mobile, home phone and internet services Australia-wide


Optus may change name to Yes

8 March, 2016

Singtel-Optus has considered changing its brand to the word "Yes" and is set to launch a massive marketing campaign to spruik its entertainment services to win more customers.


Mobile blackspot second round bidding begins

26 February, 2016

The Australian government has launched its Mobile Black Spot Programme Round 2, with telecommunications providers now able to bid for a slice of the AU$60 million of government funding to upgrade or build out new mobile towers across the country.


ACMA releases mobile broadband spectrum strategy

24 February, 2016

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its strategy for allocating and refarming mobile broadband spectrum, identifying a more flexible and "holistic" approach for allocating spectrum for mobile broadband rather than the previous strictly quantitative process.


ACMA releases mobile broadband spectrum strategy

24 February, 2016

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its strategy for allocating and refarming mobile broadband spectrum, identifying a more flexible and "holistic" approach for allocating spectrum for mobile broadband rather than the previous strictly quantitative process.


Vodafone Australia rebound strategy paying off as subscribers sign up

22 February, 2016

Vodafone Hutchison Australia's rebound strategy is paying off with the number of mobile customers growing significantly in 2015 and ramping up the pressure on rivals Telstra and Singtel-Optus.


Telstra, Ericsson to trial 5G network in 2018

22 February, 2016

Telstra and Ericsson have announced overnight at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona that they will begin a trial run of Telstra's 5G network during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.


Telstra to supercharge CBDs with speeds four times faster than 4G

22 February, 2016

Australia’s largest telco Telstra is upgrading its network in key Australian CBDs to enable 1 gigabit per second speeds and says it will deliver its first hotspot device to take advantage of them before the end of the year.


Telstra preps LTE network for the internet of things

22 February, 2016

Telstra has turned on support for the low-speed category one LTE standard on its 4G network, to be used for communications between 'internet of things' (IoT) connected devices.


Optus, Huawei attain 1.4Gbps download speeds in 4.5G trial

19 February, 2016

Chinese technology giant Huawei has announced that it attained download speeds of 1.41Gbps during a live trial of 4.5G network technology in partnership with telecommunications provider Optus.


Telstra, Vodafone reveal mobile blackspots rollout schedule

17 February, 2016

Telstra and Vodafone have published their rollout schedules for the Australian government's mobile blackspots program, revealing the 78 locations that will be constructed and switched on by the end of July.


An Australian carrier's 'free data' day was totally abused

12 February, 2016

Mobile carriers rarely give anything away for free, so when Australian provider Telstra offered customers unlimited downloads for a whole day, they more than filled their pockets.


5G will drive ‘massive’ increase in mobile connections: ACMA

12 February, 2016

Australia has benefited from progressive investments and upgrades in mobile network capabilities and service deployments, and 5G capabilities are expected to support a “massive increase” in connections, lowered latency and much faster speeds, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).


Optus lures thousands of new mobile customers

12 February, 2016

Australia's second largest telco made a net profit of $227 million in the third quarter of its fiscal year, up 9.1 per cent on the same period a year earlier, as it added 12,000 new mobile customers.


'Embarrassing' human error behind national Telstra outage

10 February, 2016

Telstra services were unavailable across the country for mobile, home phone and internet customers for almost three hours on Tuesday after one of its ten national mobile nodes went down due to human error.


Optus boosts regional mobile coverage

5 February, 2016

Regional areas can expect a boost in Optus mobile coverage as the telco has acquired new regional licenses in the 1800 MHz spectrum band, meaning Optus can expand its 4G network coverage to more places around the country.


Telcos splash $543m on 1800 MHz spectrum

5 February, 2016

Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vodafone have emerged as the winners of the Australian Communications and Media Authority's $543.5 million 1800 MHz spectrum auction.


New telecom station to help boost reception in Jambin

1 February, 2016

The switch has been flicked at a new telecommunications mobile base station in the Banana Shire, boosting mobile phone coverage in the Jambin area.


Australia’s three biggest carriers preparing for 5G

27 January, 2016

Australia has barely spent four years on utilising its 4G LTE services and yet its biggest carriers are now preparing for 5G, supposedly the next big thing in mobile phone network technology.


Vodafone Hutchison TPG rollout

19 January, 2016

Mobile operator Vodafone Hutchison Australia's $1 billion deal to use TPG Telecom's telecommunications infrastructure is moving ahead of schedule.


Vodafone's Inaki Berroeta gears up for next gen mobiles

13 January, 2016

Vodafone Hutchison Australia chief executive Inaki Berroeta says improving customer satisfaction, launching tailored mobile plans and gearing up for the next generation of 5G mobile services will be top priorities for the year ahead.


Dedicated public safety mobile network 'not worth $6bn price tag

12 January, 2016

The Productivity Commission has handed down its final verdict on a dedicated public safety LTE network, once again knocking back the spectrum demands of emergency services organisations.