CommsWire - 7 July 2017

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Australia stuck with higher cost of deploying FttP: NBN Co
NBN Co has attempted to defend the higher costs of deploying fibre-to-the-premises in Australia and “set the record straight” on recent media claims about the local cost of FttP compared to other operators around the world.

Optus and National Geographic team up for content
Optus has teamed up with National Geographic to offer its entire suite of content — magazines, TV, photographs, Instagram feed and more — free of charge and at zero data charge to Optus post-paid customers.

Vocus closer to sale as it opens books to KKR
Telecommunications outfit Vocus has permitted Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to conduct due diligence to establish whether the offer made by the American equity firm can be taken any further.

Vaya and Kogan race to bottom for cheap SIM cards
Earlier this week, Vaya announced its SIM cards would be at retail for the first time, with a 6 month deal for $150, but Kogan believes it can demonstrate better value.

Google may face record EU fine over mobile search
The EU is contemplating another record fine against Google over how it pays and limits mobile phone providers who use the search company's Android mobile operating system and app store.

$40 billion arms race for standards supremacy in low-power IoT networks
IoT is the future, even if we worry it’s the Internet of hackable and crackable things, which standard will win – Sigfox, LoRaWAN, NB-IOT or something else?