Topic / Telecommunications

ispONE dumps Optus for Telstra for its ADSL2+ service

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ispONE, a wholesale telecommunications provider that services more than 150 providers in rural Australia, has said that it will ditch using Optus’ network in favour of Telstra because of their network footprint, along with the small returns in profit. Director Zac Swindells told Australian IT that “Optus covers about 13 per cent of the population with its ADSL2+ footprint. Telstra on the other hand covers 63 per cent of the […]

AT&T to buy Centennial for $944 Million

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AT&T has announced that it would buy Centennial Communications for $944 million on Friday (US Eastern Time), giving the company an additional 1.1 million customers to its 74.9 million customers, and will improve the coverage of AT&T in the Midwest, Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The deal, announced after the markets were closed, would see Centennial stockholders getting $8.50 a share, a premium of 121 percent over the […]

Chinese phone companies ordered to share networks, says AP

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According the Associated Press, Chinese regulators has orderd that phone companies in China to share their networks with their rivals amid plans of a restructure that would introduce a 3G service in the market. This action is claimed to hold down costs and avoid any duplication as each of the carriers roll out their own 3G service, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The introduction to 3G […]

Optus ditches wireless Fusion bundles due to network congestion

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The Wireless Fusion plans, announced in August, have been scrapped due to network congestion within its 3G network, combining a 3G broadband service with unlimited landlines and Optus mobiles. The service was heavily promoted, but was dropped after less than a month of announcing it. The removal is most likely due to the network being crippled thanks to the iPhone on Optus and Virgin Mobile, which is owned by Optus; […]

Vodafone sells mobile phone towers

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Vodafone Australia has said that it has sold 140 of its mobile towers to infrastructure mangement firm Crown Castle Australia, effectively outsourcing them to another Australian firm. The chief technology officer Andy Reeves has said that they have sold the assests because they were “commercially prudent” for the carrier to outsource them to a different company to manage. However, Vodafone will still use the towers under a leasing agreement with […]

NextG sees price drops

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Telstra has dropped the pricing of its NextG 3G service – with its number of plans being reduced. Now, the starting plan will be 400MB – effectively removing the 200MB plan, and removed the speed crippled plans that use 256Kbps. A brand new addition is that there is now a 10GB plan, costing 129.95/month; and most plans have dropped between $10-$20, but even with the changes, the prices are still […]

Hackett no longer Internode’s CEO, remains as managing director

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Internode has undergone a substantial reorganisation of its management team, which sees Simon Hackett no longer being CEO of the company – giving it to former group GM Patrick Tapper. Hackett will still be the founder and managing director. Tapper joined the South Australian-based internet service provider in 1998, after working with Greater Union, Village Roadshow and EMI. Another reorganisation includes the creation of CFO, which will be taken by […]

Preliminarily report shows Optus has slowest network for the iPhone

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IDC telecommunications analyst Mark Novosel is testing the four networks that will be used by the iPhone as part of a report to be released later this year; and it showed that Optus, the best plan for budget users, was the slowest. In a preliminarily report, it showed that Optus had the slowest network by a significant margin between it and its rivals, especially Telstra and 3. Times to ping […]

Optus credits users for slow iPhone 3G woes

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Optus is giving what it calls "goodwill credits" to iPhone 3G users after suffering reception problems and slow data speeds, though new reports say a software fix is on the way for the phone. While Apple has stubbornly refused to comment on the problem, it has been under pressure to break its ‘code’ of silence as users worldwide are complaining on sites and its own discussion board of poor reception, […]

Chinese network to build $14.5 billion 3G network

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Chinese Unicom has said that it will spend $14.5 billion on new network infrastructure over the next two years as it rushes it plans to deploy its 3G network. However, while the company does not have a 3G license right now, it is still waiting to for a government-inspired reorganisation that will see the best parts of China Unicom merge with China Netcom. The rest of Unicom will go to […]

IKEA to launch mobile phone service

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Known for their stylish, inexpensive and weird instruction booklets, IKEA is entering the mobile phone market; according to Fortune Magazine. The company will join a long list of companies that have turn into mobile virtual network operators, or MVNOs, that will resell mobile phones running on somebody else’s network. In IKEA’s case, they will run with T-Mobile. It will launch in the UK this Friday to IKEA’s loyalty card members. […]

Virgin gives you 5GB on iPhone data plan – wow!

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When we reported that 3’s unauthorized, make-you-buy-your-own-because-we-cannot-be-stuffed-talking-to-Apple iPhone plans gave you a maximum of 2GB of data on one of their plans; we thought that it would be the only one that is going over the 1GB limit – but we were wrong, as usual. Virgin Mobile, which recently said that it has been allowed to sell the iPhone (it is owned by Optus), is now offering 5GB on a […]

Up to 80,000 UK AOL users face the boot off the network

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After Carphone Warehouse’s ongoing integration with its purchase of AOL’s broadband business in 2006, it has successfully migrated over 1.3 million of those customers onto its network, leaving 80,000 other customers on the original AOL network because of incompatible hardware or operating system. In its Q2 update, it also lost 12,000 AOL customers because of the migration; and losing 80,000 more could pile more pressure on its broadband operation – […]

Three supports the iPhone – by making you buy the iPhone

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Even though Apple has left them in the dark, it did not stop Three to get its hands on the iPhone – by making you get it from another carrier. It tells you to buy a pre-paid version of the phone and pay the $80 to get it unlocked so it can work with their network. This would set you back $809 for the 8GB, since it costs $729, and […]

3 still pushing more data to your phone

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3 has unveiled a brand new plan that offers 6GB of mobile 3G data for just $39/month. The offer will, however, require you to get a 24 month contract with the telco. However, it does come with a USB dongle, so you can use the 3G network on your laptop. While it beats the previous "king" from Vodafone, which had 5GB for $39, it does not have better coverage than […]

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