CommsWire - 10 October 2016

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Valuable, LTE-A friendly 700MHz spectrum up for billion dollar auction
Australia?s Federal Government will auction 2 x 15 MHz of ?unallocated 700 MHz? spectrum after previously knocking back Vodafone?s $594 million offer.

Visionstream connects with Chorus NZ contract win
Telecommunications services provider Visionstream has secured a four-year contract with New Zealand's largest telecommunications infrastructure provider, Chorus, to connect more Chorus? customers to the country?s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network.

Union questions government motives on Triple Zero tender
The federal government?s decision to put the Triple Zero emergency service out to tender signals more cost cutting in telecommunications and health services, according to the Communications Union.

Vodafone vrooms in Canberra: major network boost, prepares for 5G
Canberra?s Vodafone network capacity has had some serious capital applied to give it a major boost, catering for growing data demand.

Optus Mobile not hacked - says Optus
The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported a hack on Optus Mobile last Thursday, allegedly enabling hackers to take over control of at least 170 users phones to steal data and send unsolicited messages to random numbers.

NBN: For pollies, one-upmanship is more important
On Thursday, the NBN Co launched the second of two satellites that will be used to provide broadband access in some regions of Australia where other technologies cannot be used.

Replacement Samsung Note7 phones catching fire in the US
The Samsung Note7 Games: Catching Fire is not the name of the latest Hollywood blockbuster but an apparent case of actual reality for replacement Note7's from the crisis-hit Chaebol.