CommsWire - 20 April 2017

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Telco positions escape 457 visa axing
Telecommunications jobs have largely been unaffected by the scrapping of the 457 visa skilled migration program announced this week by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

NBN Co joins global cable tech group CableLabs
NBN Co has joined the global cable research and development body CableLabs, becoming the first cable network operator in the Oceania region to be admitted to the not-for-profit organisation.

Big three share spoils of Vic rail mobile blackspots program
The Victorian Government has vowed to fix mobile blackspots along the state?s five busiest regional rail corridors by partnering with  Telstra, Optus and Vodafone in an $18 million project.

Spark moving from old network to next-generation IP network
New Zealand?s largest telco Spark is switching services across the country from its ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a next-generation IP-based network.

ACCAN wants more transparency, accountability on NBN services
The peak body representing consumer interests in telecommunications has called for greater transparency and accountability about service performance by the National Broadband Network.

Aussie satellites blasted into space on research mission
Three Australian research satellites, including two made at the University of NSW, were launched on a resupply mission to the International Space Station in the early hours of Wednesday morning.