CommsWire - 18 December 2018


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Telstra moves quickly with launch of first Melbourne, Sydney 5G sites
Telstra has moved quickly to launch its first 5G Melbourne and Sydney sites after being given early access to the 3.6 GHz spectrum it won at auction last week.

Regulator goes after telcos over complaints-handling rule breaches
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is taking a heavy-handed approach to non-compliance with complaints-handling processes by telcos, with only 7 out of 41 telcos investigated found not to be in breach of the rules. And telcos who fail to carry out remediation directions issued by the ACMA face fines of up to $10 million.

Parliament panel begins another review of encryption law
Just 12 days after the government's encryption law was passed by Parliament, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has announced it would begin a review of the law.

German IT watchdog says no evidence to back Huawei spying claims
Germany's tech watchdog says it has seen no evidence to back up claims being flung around that Chinese telecommunications equipment firm Huawei Technologies could use its products to spy for China.

Fifield hits back at Labor, says it is hung up on gestures
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has reacted to Labor's claim that the government has no communications policy roadmap in place after more than two years of announcing it, by claiming that the Labor Party gets very hung up on documents and gestures, rather than delivery, in the communications portfolio.

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