NBN CO WARNS AGAINST SCAMS AS NUMBERS EXPLODE UPWARD NBN Co has warned that scammers have increased efforts to use the NBN brand to steal people’s personal or financial details, with over 180,000 people contacting the National Broadband Network provider to report a scam over the six months to December 2019.

11th March 2020

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SMBs on wrong NBN plan missing full benefits of network Many small and medium businesses on the NBN are embracing the cloud to save time and grow, but don’t have the right broadband plan to take advantage of future opportunities, according to research released by NBN Co and analyst firm Telsyte.

10th March 2020

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Bevan Slattery gets behind new company building submarine cable Tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery has started a new Australian company called SUB.CO that will shortly commence building the only submarine cable directly connecting continental Australia and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

6th March 2020

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ACCC drops court appeal against TPG-Vodafone merger on legal grounds The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided not to appeal a Federal Court decision that the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia would not substantially lessen competition.

5th March 2020

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Huawei Australia cuts staff, board in restructure Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is restructuring its Australian operations with the company having taken a major hit due to its being banned from playing a role in supplying equipment for Australian 5G networks.

4th March 2020

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RRRCC calls for Senate passage of Telecommunications Reform Package Passage of the Telecommunications Reform Package is a key step towards guaranteeing country communities access to reliable communications, according to the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC), which has again issued a call to Government for the legislation to be passed by the Senate.

3rd March 2020

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ACMA steps up fight against mobile number fraud  A new standard to mandate stronger identity verification processes before mobile numbers can be ported is being introduced in Australia as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) steps up its fight against mobile number fraud.

2nd March 2020

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Telstra begins internal mmWave 5G testing and trials Telstra has begun internal testing of millimetre wave 5G, and is planning to provide some customers with trial access. Telstra and Ericsson extend 4G range to 200km Long time Australian telecommunications partners Telstra and Ericsson have announced what they claim is a world-first 200km LTE cell range capability on a commercial mobile broadband network.

28th February 2020

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Vodafone mobile customer base shrinks, says first 5G site to go live soon Vodafone Hutchison Australia says it will activate its first 5G site within a few weeks even as it released its full-year results for 2019 showing that it lost 275,000 mobile customers in 2019. The first lot of 5G sites are likely to be in and around Parramatta in NSW.

27th February 2020

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I have been invited to speak at the 5G Business Summit in Sydney on 28-30 April 2020. As part of this, I have been able negotiate a 15% discount for TelSoc Members (Financial and Guest Members). Please see the embarrassing poster with my picture on it for details. To book, follow the instructions on the poster. I hope to see some of you there! Best regards, Tim Herring, Executive Director TelSoc

27th February 2020

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