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Telstra and SingTel signs key NBN deals worth $11.8bn

Australia's NBN looks on track as the country's two largest telcos agree major deals

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.

Rural Australia to get Ericsson LTE broadband network

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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 Australia kicks off planned LTE upgrades

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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.

Malcolm Turnbull’s Asian roadtrip fails to land a punch on the NBN

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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.

VHA to replace network with Huawei kit

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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.

Smartphones nearly 50% of handsets sold in Australia in 2Q10

In the 12 weeks to June 13 2010, 1.8 million handsets were purchased in Australia, of which 45 per cent were smartphones

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.

Telstra embraces M2M with self service platform

To get the Telstra Wireless M2M Control Centre initiative started, the carrier has entered into an exclusive, multi-year agreement with M2M technology provider Jasper Wireless

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.

NBN the key to power after Australia’s dead-heat election

Telstra agrees with government on fibre upgrade

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.

Telstra trials LTE in 1800MHz band

Telstra trials LTE in 1800MHz band

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.

Telstra signs deal with NBN… so now what?

Telstra agrees with government on fibre upgrade

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.).

Telstra almost strikes deal to upgrade fixed network

Telstra agrees with government on fibre upgrade

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.

Telstra sets up LTE trial

Telstra signs NSN, Huawei to test LTE

Australian carrier Telstra will conduct trials of LTE in May after signing Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei to deliver kit for the project.

Optus to boost 3G spectrum in Oz

Optus to boost 3G spectrum in Australia

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.

Telstra outlines organisational shake up

Telstra outlines organisational shake up

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.

Australia plans to break up Telstra

Telstra to be broken up

Australia’s incumbent telco, Telstra, butted up against the government again on Tuesday morning as the minister for communications, Stephen Conroy, called for the carrier to be broken up.

Telstra names new CEO

Telstra names new CEO

David Thodey, managing director of enterprise and government at Australian carrier Telstra was on Friday named as the new chief executive of the firm. He replaces Sol Trujillo, the colourful Telstra frontman, who plans to step down on June 30 and return home to the US.

Oz government plans to build out own fibre network

Oz government plans to build out own fibre network

The Australian government has solved its differences with the country’s operators, which were vying to build out a national broadband network, by proposing to undertake the A$43bn task itself.

Vodafone, Hutch merge Australian operations

Australian mobile operators Vodafone and Hutchison Telecom said Monday they have agreed to merge operations, closing the gap between second and third place in the market. Under the agreement, both Vodafone and Hutch, which operates under the “3″ brand will have equal ownership of the 50-50 joint venture, to be known as VHA. To equalise [...]

Unwired, Intel in A$56m dispute

The financial pressures at Australian ISP Unwired are growing. After Unwired declared last week that the credit crunch had increased the cost of its planned mobileWiMAX network in Australia’s main cities by between A$20m and A$30m, the NSW Federal Court has now ordered the company to pay back to Intel the US chip giant’s original A$37.5m investment in Unwired plus a further A$18.5m.

Unwired hit by credit crunch

News has surfaced in Australia that Unwired, a wireless broadband provider in Sydney and Melbourne, is struggling to find enough cash to pay for its planned nationwide mobile WiMAX network. According to an interview given by David Spence, Unwired CEO, the projected cost of mobile WiMAX rollout, which was estimated at A$200m last year, has [...]

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