Topic / Telecommunications

Australia, New Zealand releases discussion paper on mobile roaming prices

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Image: Tom Solari/TECHGEEK.com.au UPDATED: The Federal Government, along with its New Zealand counterpart, have announced that they will be working together to stop large bill shock when travellers use their phones internationally. Both will launch a discussion paper today to gauge public opinion before negotiating an agreement. That agreement could mean legislation being introduced in both sides of the Tasman that could introduce price caps if you plan to use […]

Telstra compensation changed original NBN plan

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Photo: Kainet/Flickr (Creative Commons) A $15-$20 billion compensation payment to Telstra over its copper network appears to have drove the Labor government in building the current NBN plan in order to avoid such a payment. The revelations are to come out via a documentary airing on ABC1’s Four Corner’s program tonight.

China Firewall “needs improvement”, says creator

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Image by: Skye Inominatus/Flickr The creator of the Great Firewall of China has come out to the public spotlight and is reported to have said that the firewall needs improvement if it needs to combat people trying to bypass the firewall in order to access sites blocked by the Government, such as Facebook and Twitter. Fang Binxing, the 50-year-old president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, has told a […]

Telstra structural separation bill passes lower house

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The Government has struck a major coup in its communications policy when the bill that would separate Telstra’s wholesale arm – which provides the copper lines to other telecommunications companies and internet service providers – and its retail arm has passed the lower house.

Mobile operators unite to bring global apps store

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Twenty-four telecom operators – including Vodafone, SingTel, China Unicom, China Telecom, Telenor, TeleSonera, Sprint, T-Mobile, Orange , AT&T and Verizon Wireless – have announced that they will form together a group known as the Wholesale Applications Community. The group will have the backing of the GSMA consortium and will be backed by LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The group was founded on a goal to “establish a simple route […]

iiNet victorious in AFACT trial

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iiNet has been given a huge victory against a long-running lawsuit by the film and TV studios represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT); which included Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warber Bros, 20th Century Fox, Disney and the Seven Network. The court finding that iiNet’s role in giving access to copyright infringers to BitTorrent does not mean that it is authorising the infringement, and is protected by a […]

Conroy threatens further telecommunications reform

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Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has threatened the telecommunications industry with a plan to add additional reforms to the Telecommunications Act after an report by the industry’s ombudsman said that there was a massive spike in complaints from customers. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has said that it received 230,065 complaints from consumers and small businesses during the 2008-2009 financial year, representing a 54 percent increase from the previous year. However, […]

Verizon to bring Android phones under new pact with Google

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UNITED STATES: Verizon Wireless has announced that it has formed a "strategic partnership" with Google that will bring phones using the Google Android operating system. The announcement also includes developing new devices for the platform. "The Android platform allows Verizon Wireless customers to experience faster and easier access to the web from any location," CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, said. "Through this partnership we hope to deliver greater innovation in […]

iiNet uses Telecommunications Act to defend itself in AFACT lawsuit

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In its lawsuit from the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT), Perth-based iiNet has used the Telecommunications Act as part of their defence, arguing that the request from AFACT to act on its notices of alleged infringement would violate the privacy provisions under Section 276 of the Act. “Under the Act, it is illegal for iiNet to use customers’ personal information in the manner demanded by AFACT without a court […]

Wikileaks post censored New Zealand telecom leak

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The news article revealing the secret deal between Vodafone New Zealand and the third carrier in the country 2degrees that was reported on the National Business Review newspaper has found its way on the Wikileaks website in servers located in several countries, including Sweden and the United States.

Telstra to provide free calls to L’Aquila this week

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Starting today, Telstra has announced that it will be making any calls to the Italian city of L’Aquila free; as Australians are calling the city to check on their family members and friends after the recent earthquake, measuring at a magnitude of 6.3. “To help Australians who are concerned about their friends and family in Italy, Telstra is offering its residential customers free fixed-line telephone calls to contact loved ones […]

Vodafone and 3 merger gets shareholder approval

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Shareholders for telecommunications operator Hutchison, who run the 3 network in Australia, have approved a proposed merger with the Australian operations of the UK-based Vodafone mobile phone operator in what will be a major shakeup in the mobile phone sector in Australia. The merger was given the approval this afternoon in a general meeting in Sydney. This will, also, eliminate its second last hurdle before they could form a new […]

Victorian Bushfires causes havoc on telcos

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Telecommunication companies Telstra and Optus have seen their communication infrastructure gone as flooding in northern Queensland and massive bushfires in the State of Victoria; with Telstra expecting the bill to repair the damaged services to be in the millions. “The immense human tragedy of Victoria’s bushfires has shocked all Australians and, on behalf of Telstra, I wish to offer my deepest sympathies to those who have lost their family, friends […]

Telstra CEO tells Obama on how to fix up US communications infrastructure

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Sol Trujillo, the guy who took over Telstra and made it into a love/hate relationship between it and the consumer, has written a piece in BusinessWeek that basically outlined a potential plan that Barack Obama’s stimulus package should be used in upgrading the United States’ communications infrastructure. While there is nothing wrong expressing one’s opinion, just don’t do it when you run an telecommunications company in Australia. Why? Well, the […]

Optus customers complain over network degradation

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One of the reasons why the filter should not be implemented is that it would slow down the network speeds since it would be checking all submitted addresses to a list to allow you to either be allowed or denied access; however, if the filter goes ahead on the Optus network, it would slow down the already crippled network. With recent reports of speeds slowing down, especially on its Cable […]