CommsWire - 21 February 2017

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Vodafone pushes Telstra into second place in Sydney
Telstra, Optus, Vodafone. That's the normal market share order for mobile service providers in most Australian capital cities. But Sydney is an exception: Vodafone is in the lead.

Huawei, James Cook Uni collaborate on IoT research
The Australian arm of giant Chinese telco Huawei and Queensland?s James Cook University are collaborating on the development of the latest innovations and technology around NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT).

Sky and Space Global, SocialEco combine on $1 smartphone initiative
Nano-satellite company Sky and Space Global has signed an agreement with SocialEco, the company behind the $1 smartphone for developing countries, to explore potential markets, products and commercial opportunities to bring together SocialEco?s $1 smartphone and its own satellite network coverage in underserved and remote locations.

Spark NZ, Enable partner on ?street in a week? broadband trial
New Zealand?s largest telco Spark has teamed up with professional services firm Enable in a Christchurch trial of its ?street in a week programme which is upgrading customers to broadband networks and moving them off old copper networks across the country.

Macquarie completes Canberra data centre expansion
Macquarie Telecom has completed a 50% expansion of its Canberra government data centre - Intellicentre 4 ?bunker ? to cope with what it says is a strong uptake of services since the centre was launched three years ago.

NBN chief cops another whack for ?absurd? statements
NBN chief executive Bill Morrow has copped anther barrage of criticism, this time from the Information Technology Professionals Association, with his recent statements on the network being described as "absurd" and "stupendously ignorant and arrogant".