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ACCC sets 9 May as decision day for TPG-Vodafone merger
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will hand down its final decision on the proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia on 9 May.

New rules proposed for telecoms customer premises cabling, wiring
Proposed new rules for telecommunications customer premises cabling products and wiring have been released for public consultation by the communications industry lobby group, Communications Alliance.

US says British testing of Huawei gear inadequate

TPG profit smashed by mobile network cancellation

Bush coalition welcomes plans for new regional mobile base stations

Bush coalition welcomes plans for new regional mobile base stations

Labor says no quick changes, fixing NBN will be take time

Optus calls for NBN Co to provide minimum service levels

ACMA moves to disrupt scam telephone calls plague
New research on unsolicited calls in Australia shows that more than half of Australian adults have received scam calls daily or weekly, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Telstra employees are readying for a work strike on Tuesday after the company failed to reach an accord on pay and conditions with the union that represents the workers.

Australia 7th most affordable for broadband, NBN Co claims
A study carried out by AlphaBeta for NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has found that this country is the seventh most affordable market for broadband.

AARNet, Cisco achieve 600Gbps speeds on production network

ACMA hits 31 telcos for non compliance with consumer rules on NBN

Australia slips in fixed broadband speeds while mobile prospers

Coles snubs Telstra, cuts $100m NBN deal with Optus
Retail giant Coles has unveiled a multi-year $100 million partnership with the business division of Singtel Optus to move its outlets to the national broadband network.

Telco prices down and more data offered, says competition watchdog

Vodafone criticises Telstra call for lower NBN prices

ACMA warns telcos to comply with customer data obligations
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has told 11 telecommunications providers to comply with their obligations that support emergency service across the country.

Vodafone chief asks US to share evidence about Huawei

ACMA to issue revised rules for international mobile roaming

Follow our way, not the Huawei, Pompeo tells dissenters
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the Fox Business Network that Washington would not partner, or share information, with any country that used Chinese telco Huawei Technologies’ gear in its 5G networks.

Telstra says it has first dibs with Samsung S10 5G

Qualcomm's new multimode modem chip to speed up 5G rollout

Labor slams Govt over 'ridiculous' NBN target claims
The Australian Labor Party has described as "ridiculous" a claim made by the government that the NBN Co — which released its half-yearly results on Monday — was continuing to exceed its targets.

NBN Co sees ARPU, revenue rise; loses $1.7b for HY19
NBN Co has increased the average revenue it earns per user by a dollar to $45 and has more than 4.6 million premises connected as of the end of the half-year 2019, the company's chief executive Stephen Rue says.

Business case for 5G still unclear, survey finds

Telstra profits drop by 28% as NBN continues to bite
Telstra has revealed a fall of 27.4% in its net profit after tax and a drop of 4.1% in its reported income for the first half of fiscal year 2019. The company has also further slashed its dividend.

Trump set to ban Chinese equipment from US networks
US President Donald Trump is likely to issue an executive order later this week banning the use of telecommunications equipment from Chinese companies in American wireless networks.

Nearly a quarter of NBN users on slowest speeds

Long wait times as Australian telcos get 88 million customer calls

Telstra plans $160m spend on Vic mobile network projects
Telstra has plans to invest more than $160 million on 600 mobile network projects in Victoria during the 2018-19 financial year, with the aim of eliminating black spots, improving data speeds and capacity.

Fraudsters use stolen mobile numbers to drain bank accounts: TIO

Smartphone shipments had worst ever year in 2018

GSMA seeks to discuss Huawei issue at next board meeting

CEPU blames Penn for lack of upskilling

Optus 5G launches 50Mbps down, 20Mbps up, $70 unlimited
Optus has launched its fixed 5G wireless service, with three sites live now in January 2019, and 1200 to be delivered by March 2020, but a number of quarters are asking if 5G is safe.

NetComm launches 5G fixed wireless self-installation tech

TPG drops mobile network plan due to Huawei ban

Indigo completes installation of new subsea cable system

NBN Co's 100Mbps move suits ISPs offering contracts: claim

NBN users told to check if they are entitled to refunds

MyRepublic discounts 100Mbps plans after NBN Co pushes speed tier
Small ISP MyRepublic has announced a new push to sell 100Mbps plans, with a discounted plan of $79.95, a drop of $10 from existing prices, for an unspecified limited period.

Iridium Certus goes live as $3 billion satellite constellation completed

German industry group says evidence needed for Huawei ban

Telstra promises to have subsea cable clients restored in minutes

Many Australians seek to change Internet plans after Xmas
Product comparison firm iSelect says it has seen an average increase of about 40% in the number of Australians inquiring about changing their Internet plans after the festive season.

Optus makes 5G data call on 60 MHz in C-Band
Australia’s second largest telco, the Singtel-owned Optus, says it has taken another significant step towards its commercial launch of 5G by making a 5G data call on 60 MHz using 3.5 GHz spectrum.

Home Affairs perpetuating myths about encryption law: CA chief

Australian 5G will cost billions more due to Huawei ban: claim

Doubt cast over whether telcos are ready to deliver 5G: report