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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
An Australian electronics manufacturer has confirmed the launch of the world’s second Android-based mobile handset. Kogan Technologies, which manufactures consumer electronics like TVs and cameras and sells direct to the consumer, branched out into the world of mobile phones on Thursday with the announcement of two Android-based handsets. The Kogan Agora and Agora Pro will [...]
Australian incumbent Telstra and its biggest rival Optus lodged bids on Wednesday for the rollout of a nationwide fibre network designed to bring broadband connectivity to at least 90 per cent of the population. The bids mark the next stage of a multi-billion dollar investment in the country’s infrastructure that has been continually delayed by [...]
Australia’s incumbent carrier, Telstra, turned in a profit of A$3.7bn for the year to end June 30, an increase of 13.5 per cent year on year. Revenue for the year also jumped 4.7 per cent year on year to reach A$24.8bn, which analyst Ovum noted as even better than it appeared. The overall sales growth [...]
Virtual network operator Virgin Mobile added to the already intense competition between iPhone sellers in the Australian market on Friday, bringing out the Apple device with its own tariffs. This looks to make Virgin the first MVNO to offer the iPhone and takes the number of providers offering the device in Oz up to four, [...]
Further separation of Australian carrier Telstra’s retail business and access network division could cause “serious damage” to the Australian market, an analyst has warned. There have been increasing calls for operational separation of Telstra as the deadline for bids to build a national fibre network rumbles ever closer. But David Kennedy, research director at Ovum, [...]
It looks like iPhone hysteria has reached a new high [or low], as mobile operator 3 Australia turns to begging Apple to let it have the 3G device. The company has posted a petition on its web site, calling for subscribers to post messages about how much they want the iPhone. Apparently, 3 hopes it [...]
The Australian government has extended the deadline for bids to build a national fibre network alleviating concerns from parties interested in the project. Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, said Thursday that parties participating in the National Broadband Network process would have 12 weeks to consider network information from the date [...]