CommsWire - 14 March 2017

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Fifield slams Optus over muscular NBN switch tactics
Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has told Optus that its muscular approach to getting its cable customers to move over to NBN connections is unacceptable.

The nation is on the move; maximum speed 5Mbps
Over in Britain, a satellite provider is contemplating steps to provide broadband on flights. Back here in Australia, the government continues on with its disastrous experiment ? for it is truly that ? to build a land-based broadband network and finds that it is well short of the mark.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise appoints sales chief for Asia Pacific
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprises (ALE) has expanded its Asia Pacific management team with the appointment of Pierre Samson as vice president of Sales for the region.

Inmarsat sees small rise in revenue for 2016
British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat has recorded revenue of US$358.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of 7% over the corresponding quarter of 2015.

'Robust' safeguards as ACMA brings in new commercial radio code of practice
A new code of practice which provides safeguards on accuracy and impartiality in news reporting by Australia?s commercial radio broadcasters is to be put in place by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Premium smartphones face increasing cost pressures
Leading smartphone makers may have to increase prices because they have been too successful. By creating a demand for premium features like AMOLED screens, more RAM, faster UFS storage, and stronger materials, they have created shortages of these products.