This article provides a brief introduction to a timely set of papers critically discussing universal service in telecommunications and proposing policy option. This is a longstanding public policy issue, moving once more into the foreground in Australia. The article puts the papers into context, and argues for the need to reconnect universal service policy with fertile and productive research, policy, social and technology innovation in other areas. Finally, the paper argues for the urgent need...
Papers cover Universal Service, legacy telecommunications equipment the rollout of Ultra-Fast Broadband in New Zealand. How to ensure that legacy telecommunications equipment is identified, upgraded and connected to the National Broadband Network or replaced. An update on the provision of reliable telecommunications to Antarctica and how Ericsson is celebrating the milestone of being a significant contributor to Australian telecommunications over the past 125 years.
ACMA advises telco industry on consumer mobile spending; Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and Cosmos demo claimed LTE-A 3 CA world first; Choice: Fed Gov?t response ?backs open data ? and VPNs; Drip pricing is for drips; Dubber and MNF (MyNetFone) team up ? and other Telco comments; Economuse; Australia a perfect market for Perfecto; MapR data platform delivers efficiency gains to Macquarie Telecom.
25th November 2015
Make The Nbn The Uso Provider, Says Vodafone; The Coutts Recommendations; Economuse: Mobiles And The Universal Service Obligation; The Ato Is Listening To The Sound Of Your Voice; Megaport Expanding Into The Us Market; Telstra Equity Deal Seals Partnership With Enepath; Iinet Secures Tasmanian Public Sector Contract.
15th July 2015
Spectrum sale going ahead ? but with limits to safeguard competition; NewSat may yet be back in orbit as turnaround efforts continue; Visionstream terminates 100 Tasmanian NBN fibre workers; Telcos, vendors to benefit from rise in non-smartphone device sales; ECONOMUSE: A shaky start for USO levy study.
1st June 2015