CommsWire - 8 August 2018

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Optus profits decline for quarter ended 30 June
Australia's second largest telco Optus suffered a drop in profits for the quarter ending 30 June despite increasing revenue and subscriber numbers. The company's latest financial report for the quarter to the end of June this year revealed net profits for the three months dropped by 3.5% to $154 million from $160 million for the same period in 2017.

US well behind China in race to 5G wireless: report
As the Australian Government contemplates shutting Huawei out of 5G, China is well ahead of the US in the 5G race, outspending the latter by about US$24 billion since 2015 to set up wireless communications infrastructure and building 350,000 new sites, a report from Deloitte Consulting claims.

NBN Co finally enables DOCSIS 3.1 on HFC network
DOCSIS 3.1 is billed as "cutting edge cable broadband technology" that will "double downstream capacity on NBN Co Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network" and it is finally being enabled.

NBN Co says Internode has not made contact over user's HFC issue
NBN Co says it has not been approached by Adelaide-based Internet service provider Internode about fixing the issues that a user in North Salisbury, South Australia, is facing, with constant dropouts on his HFC connection.

Indian telcos told to find ways to block Facebook, WhatsApp
Telecom operators in India have been asked to devise methods of blocking Facebook and WhatsApp in the event that these applications are misused, Reuters reports.