CommsWire - 6 May 2019

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TPG, Vodafone will make concessions to ensure merger: analyst
TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia are tipped to make sufficient concessions to the ACCC that would see TPG remaining in the market as a price-fighter brand, three days ahead of a final decision on the proposed merger is due to be handed down.

Election campaign: the NBN appears to have gone missing
COMMENT: Less than two weeks remain until the Australian Federal Election, and the NBN has been one of the topics mentioned the last - even though there has been much talk about the network between polls.

Australians hit by $1.4 billion in international roaming costs: report
Australians have spent $1.4 billion in international roaming fees, prompting a self-serving call from one of the country’s largest telcos for travellers to review their phone plans ahead of the busiest period for overseas travel.

Global smartphone shipments down for sixth straight quarter
Global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2019 showed a drop of 6.8% year-on-year, marking a sixth consecutive quarter of declines, the analyst firm Canalys says, adding that the total number of units shipped, 313.9 million, was the lowest in nearly five years.

Vertel gets ACMA approval for PoC devices
Telecommunications company Vertel has received type approval from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for its Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) devices. the Telo TE390 and the Telo M5.