CommsWire - 19 May 2017

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New Zealand delivers cheaper high-end broadband than Australia
Zealand's competition enforcement and regulatory agency, the Commerce Commission, says the country?s consumers are receiving increased value for money across a range of telecommunications services and broadband plans, with some fibre voice and broadband plans costing significantly less than the equivalent Australian plans.

Optus does it tough for full year with revenue, profits down
Full year earnings are down and fourth quarter mobile service revenue declined 3% for Optus despite what the telco says was its strongest quarter of mobile handset growth in five years.

NBN Co: higher rural spend means we are the best
COMMENT: The NBN Co has now reached the stage in its evolution as a public sector undertaking when it is not bothered about how it is perceived by the people it is supposed to serve. Shameless self-publicity is all that seems to occupy the minds of its executives.

ACCAN wants more accessibility on free-to-air TV
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin have come together to call on the Federal Government to increase access services for people of all abilities across free-to-air television.

MVNO Price Wars Episode V: Kogan Mobile?s Empire Strikes Back
Promising ?huge discounts? across 90 and 365 day plans, and prices on prepaid mobile plans slashed up to 40% for a limited-time, Kogan Mobile is scoring a huge victory for rebellious pre-paid customers.

Inmarsat launches fourth Global Xpress satellite
Inmarsat has successfully launched the fourth, high-speed broadband communications satellite in its Global Xpress (GX) constellation of satellites.