Australia’s leading communications firm Telstra will be A$4.7 billion (US$5 billion) better off by working with the government on its new high-speed broadband network rather than competing against it, according to an independent expert.
The Australian government has awarded Emerson Network Power a AUS$100 million contract to supply key infrastructure to the National Broadband Network (NBN) project in Australia. Emerson, said that it will be designing, supplying and installing cooling and infrastructure management systems at ten network centres to support the NBN roll-out across Australia.
Australian telecommunications providers have been given until February 2012 to improve their customer service and complaint-handling, or they will face tougher regulation.
Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Shadow Minister for Communications on Broadband, tells Telecoms.com why he opposes the current government’s plans for deploying the much-anticipated National Broadband Network. Turnbull argues that existing technologies still have plenty to offer, and explains how his party, if elected, would do things differently.
Ahead of his presentation at the Broadband World Forum in September, Hugh Bradlow, chief technology officer of Australian operator Telstra, speaks to Telecoms.com. Chief among his concerns is maintaining Telstra’s status as a provider of services rather than simple access.
Australian retail and wholesale ISPs offering services over the National Broadband Network (NBN) have been advised by the country’s Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to take care over how they advertise the speeds available.
Australia’s National Broadband Network received a significant boost with the news that the operators Telsta and SingTel have agreed major deals to transfer parts of their networks to the NBN. As part of the deal, the state owned NBN will pay Telsta $11bn for its copper network, while the SingTel owned Optus network will receive $800m to move customers from its fibre optic network, freeing up its infrastructre for the NBN.
Ericsson has been appointed by Australia’s National Broadband Network to build and operate a fixed wireless LTE network to service the country’s rural areas. Rural households will gain access to the service from mid 2012 with the project to be completed by 2015.
Vodafone Hutchinson Australia has announced that next week it will start its programme to upgrade over 5,800 base stations across the country, with a view to bringing LTE services online later this year.
In the Australian context Turnbull appears to be arguing that in the absence of the NBN – and it is hard to tell his exact position in the absence of a clearly outlined broadband policy – local operators should be allowed to follow the South Korean example and rollout networks where and when they please, purely in the name of diversity and competition.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced plans to rip and replace its entire network of 2G and 3G base station equipment following months of customer complaints about the quality of its service. The complete overhaul will see 2G equipment at every one of VHA’s 8,000 mobile base stations replaced with Huawei 3G kit, promising customers speeds of up to 42 Mbps while improving coverage.
The smartphone sector in Australia is booming. In the 12 weeks to June 13 2010, 1.8 million handsets were purchased in Australia, of which 45 per cent were smartphones, according to figures released to telecoms.com by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech this week.
Australian carrier Telstra has upped its game in the machine to machine (M2M) space, introducing a web-based self-service platform, allowing organisations to manage M2M products themselves.
When Australia’s Labor Party-led government announced in April 2009 that it was planning to build a National Broadband Network – at a time when the party was still massively favored to win re-election this year – party members could scarcely have dreamt that the NBN would end up being the slender thread that might just help them retain power.
The LTE news keeps rolling in, with Australian carrier Telstra on Monday announcing that it has successfully tested the 4G technology in its 1800MHz spectrum.
The announcement from Canberra came on a lazy Sunday afternoon when most of Australia’s movers and shakers were away from their desks – all except Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Telstra Chairwoman Catherine Livingstone, who emerged from Parliament House to announce that they had finally struck a deal for Telstra to sell its fixed-line assets to the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co.).
Australian incumbent Telstra will be a major participant in the national broadband network roll out after all. Over the weekend the carrier struck a deal worth approximately A$11bn with the Australian Government, almost cementing its involvement in the wade reaching project.
Australian carrier Telstra will conduct trials of LTE in May after signing Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei to deliver kit for the project.
Australian carrier Optus intends to double the amount of available 3G spectrum it owns in the country’s capital cities, by buying licenses from US chip vendor Qualcomm.
Australian incumbent carrier Telstra on Monday announced an organisational overhaul that will see the company divided into four main groups as well as a reshuffling of the top brass.