Optus says renewal of USO deal ignores reality Australia's second biggest telco, Singtel Optus, says Wednesday's announcement by the Federal Government about arrangements for the Universal Service Obligation being retained as such does not reflect "real changes in policy, market and technological realities".

8th December 2018


Govt retains arrangements for Universal Service Guarantee The Federal Government has decided that the Universal Service Guarantee will continue to use the existing arrangements for delivering its Universal Service Obligation. Telstra copper and wireless networks will be used in rural and remote Australia for the provision of voice services in NBN fixed wireless and satellite areas.

6th December 2018


House panel tells NBN Co to use more fibre for rollout A parliamentary panel has recommended that the Coalition Government direct and enable the NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network, to complete as much of the remaining rollout as possible using fibre.

3rd October 2017


A look at Hong Kong broadband -- low barriers to entry, aggressive competition, low network build costs, and innovative marketing. Hong Kong has successful rollout of profitable competing Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) across the city, although technical or economic feasibility means 10% to 15% of Hong Kong households do not benefit.

September 2017


Productivity Commission calls for winding up of USO by 2020 The much-criticised telecoms industry Universal Service Obligation (USO) finally looks set for the scrapheap, with the Productivity Commission recommending to the Federal Government the winding up of the program by 2020.

20th June 2017


Economuse: Safety net needed for bush telecoms A more radical approach is needed as we consider updating the Universal Service Obligation, public safety network options and mobile roaming.

3rd February 2017


Bush concern over changes to USO The Rural, Regional and Remote Communications Coalition has added its voice to those raising concern over proposed changes to the telecommunications Universal Service Obligation, expressing concern that reliable home phone services in the bush may be put at risk.

2nd February 2017


Telstra Gigabit 4GX LTE arrives Telstra can now deliver Gigabit per second wireless downloads and a very respectable 150Mbps upload ? via the 4GX LTE network in the central business district of Sydney. The service will be rolled out to other capital cities soon.

1st February 2017


Nokia, Vodafone on track for Melbourne trains telecoms upgrade The Victorian Government is considering a market-led proposal to upgrade telecommunications on Melbourne?s train system to improve services and provide better information for passengers.

8th December 2016


Productivity Commission recommends scrapping of USO Telstra could lose billions of dollars in payments if the Federal Government adopts recommendations by the Productivity Commission that the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation be scrapped.

7th December 2016