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Telstra warns of phishers targeting 700MHz spectrum trial

Telstra warns of phishers targeting 700MHz spectrum trial | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Criminals are attempting to trick Telstra customers into handing over personal details through phishing emails targeting Telstra's trials of new 700MHz spectrum.

Telstra recently kicked off commercial trials of 4G services on the 2x20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum it acquired in the Commonwealth's 2013 digital dividend auction across Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Fremantle and several other suburbs.

The ACMA granted it an early access license to the spectrum ahead of the formal commencement of the licenses early next year.
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Criminals are attempting to trick Telstra customers into handing over personal details through phishing emails targeting Telstra's trials of new 700MHz spectrum.

Telstra recently kicked off commercial trials of 4G services on the 2x20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum it acquired in the Commonwealth's 2013 digital dividend auction across Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Fremantle and several other suburbs.

The ACMA granted it an early access license to the spectrum ahead of the formal commencement of the licenses early next year.



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Telstra expands 700 MHz LTE network

Telstra expands 700 MHz LTE network | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
To make 4G available to 90 percent of Australians.
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Telstra has unveiled a $1.3 billion investment plan to expand coverage of its LTE (4G) network to 90 percent of the population and to exploit its recently acquired 700MHz spectrum by enabling compatible devices to use 700MHz and 1800MHz frequencies simultaneously to boost bandwidth.

Services will be turned on in parts of Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin, Bundaberg, Yamba and Sarina in the week beginning 15 September.

Using both frequencies at the same time should enable theoretical maximum downstream speeds of 300Mbps. However there will only be one device on the market this year - the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - that will be able to use this feature, known as carrier aggregation.




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DNS attack affects NZ's biggest ISP

DNS attack affects NZ's biggest ISP | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Cyber criminals blamed for three-day DDoS.
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New Zealand's largest telco and internet service provider Spark suffered a three-day long outage over the weekend, as its Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure became overwhelmed in what the company said was a "dynamic cyber attack".

The outage meant customers were unable to browse the web and utilise other services requiring name service resolution though Spark's allocated DNS servers.




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Coalition's NBN cost-benefit study finds in favour of MTM

Coalition's NBN cost-benefit study finds in favour of MTM | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
FTTP costs too much, would take too long.
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A panel tasked with providing a cost-benefit analysis on the national broadband network has found a multi-technology mix NBN would provide the greatest net benefit to society, compared to a complete fibre-to-the-premise model.

The panel, headed by Michael Vertigan, was appointed by the Coalition in December last year to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of broadband in Australia, which it released today. The same panel was also tasked with a review of the NBN regulatory arrangements, which will be made public in the coming days.



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Telstra blamed for Australia's high bandwidth cost

Telstra blamed for Australia's high bandwidth cost | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Aussie pricing 'out of whack' compared to rest of the world.
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Content delivery network provider CloudFlare has attacked Australia's largest telco Telstra for imposing a high bandwidth cost for both international and national data transit.

CloudFlare founder Matthew Prince in a blog post said Telstra charges some of the highest transit pricing in the world.

Prince said Telstra's fees were 20 times the relative benchmark cost of transit pricing, at US$200 per megabit per second and month.

 



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ACCC floats new rules to monitor NBN competition

ACCC floats new rules to monitor NBN competition | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Acts on RSP concerns over CVC pricing.
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Australia’s competition watchdog has proposed a new set of rules which would require NBN Co to store details of different NBN access services, including take-up and retail service provider market share, for 12 months to allow it to monitor how competition develops across the network.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today opened consultation on its new "NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules” (RKR) draft, which the Commission said would provide it with the “timely and reliable” information required to monitor competition on the NBN as well as whether NBN Co is effectively using and investing in the network.




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Vodafone refarms spectrum to boost 4G network

Vodafone refarms spectrum to boost 4G network | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Racing Telstra, Optus.
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Vodafone will re-allocate the 850MHz spectrum used for its 3G network to expand its 4G coverage, joining the race against Telstra and Optus as Australia's biggest telcos look to beef up their 4G offerings.

Vodafone today announced it would refarm the spectrum to speed up its 4G rollout in order to reach a target of 4G coverage across 95 percent of the country's metropolitan population by the end of the year.




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SubPartners picks NextDC as landing point for APX cables

SubPartners picks NextDC as landing point for APX cables | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
New Perth facility to act as primary interconnection point.
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Submarine cable builder SubPartners will land its APX-West and APX-Central cables in NextDC's Perth P1 data centre, the company revealed today.

The 5300km APX-Central cable will connect Perth and Sydney from the third quarter of 2016, with additional spurs planned for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.

The 4700km APX-West will connect Perth to Changi North in Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island. It is also scheduled to become operational in the third quarter of 2016.




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Optus wins $52m Immigration renewal

Optus wins $52m Immigration renewal | Telecommunication | Scoop.it

 

The Department of Immigration has awarded Optus another renewal to its long-running telecommunications contract, which once complete will see the relationship span out to 15 years.

Optus has supplied telecommunications services to the department since 2001.

Immigration last renewed the Optus contract in mid 2012 for two years and $93 million. Its prior four-year renewal in 2008 was valued at $143 million.

In that time Optus implemented a virtualised contact centre for the department, rolled out voice-over-IP capability to 7000 seats, and transitioned the Immigration wide area network (WAN) to Optus’ IP network, Optus Evolve.

 

 

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The Department of Immigration has awarded Optus another renewal to its long-running telecommunications contract, which once complete will see the relationship span out to 15 years.

Optus has supplied telecommunications services to the department since 2001.

Immigration last renewed the Optus contract in mid 2012 for two years and $93 million. Its prior four-year renewal in 2008 was valued at $143 million.

In that time Optus implemented a virtualised contact centre for the department, rolled out voice-over-IP capability to 7000 seats, and transitioned the Immigration wide area network (WAN) to Optus’ IP network, Optus Evolve.

 



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Telstra details new $100m wi-fi network

Telstra details new $100m wi-fi network | Telecommunication | Scoop.it

 

Telstra will spend more than $100 million to build a wi-fi network by next year involving around 8000 Telstra-built hot spots and a further 1.2 million wi-fi access points provided by its customers nationally.

Telstra today announced plans to establish an international network of wi-fi hot spots - which will involve 12 million hot spots outside of Australia thanks to a partnership with wi-fi provider Fon - which it expects to offer both Telstra and non-Telstra customers broadband access to two million wi-fi hot spots in Australia within five years.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/385929,telstra-details-new-100m-wi-fi-network.aspx#ixzz32DmgPybtEncourages home users to share their bandwidth.

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Telstra will spend more than $100 million to build a wi-fi network by next year involving around 8000 Telstra-built hot spots and a further 1.2 million wi-fi access points provided by its customers nationally.

Telstra today announced plans to establish an international network of wi-fi hot spots - which will involve 12 million hot spots outside of Australia thanks to a partnership with wi-fi provider Fon - which it expects to offer both Telstra and non-Telstra customers broadband access to two million wi-fi hot spots in Australia within five years.



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Optus boosts yearly profit despite tough quarter

Optus boosts yearly profit despite tough quarter | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Cost-cutting saves full-year results.
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Optus has managed to lift its net profit for the full fiscal year by 10 percent to $835 million despite a tough last three months, thanks to its ongoing efforts to cut costs and restructure the business.

Australia’s second largest telco today revealed a $26 million (10 percent) decline in net profit for the March quarter alongside a $107 million (5 percent) fall in revenue.

It attributed the revenue drop to a mandated reduction in mobile termination rates (from 4.8 cents to 3.6 cents per minute), which came into effect at the start of this year. 



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Vodafone scraps CIO role

Vodafone scraps CIO role | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
IT chief leaves, not to be replaced.
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Australia's third largest telco Vodafone will ditch the role of chief information officer after its current CIO Andrew Wiles departs from the role today.

Wiles leaves after nearly two years at the telco, which he joined in late 2012 following a two and a half year stint at IBM as its "global deal maker".

He spent the eight years prior working within HP's enterprise services division. 

Wiles' next moves are unclear.

iTnews understands the telco feels it can live without a CIO given the big-ticket projects Wiles completed during his time with the company. 



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Nextgen to build $100m subsea cable for gas customers

Nextgen to build $100m subsea cable for gas customers | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Additional clients join in coming months.
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Nextgen will team up with Alcatel-Lucent to build a 2000 km subsea fibre optic cable off the north West Australian coast.

NextGen has emerged as the winner of a two-year tender process to connect broadband services to INPEX Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects located in the Browse Basin area.  

Peter McGrath, CEO of Nextgen, told iTnews the cable will be built using the Alcatel-Lucent submarine network at a cost the company predicted to exceed $100 million.

 



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NSW Govt issues telco procurement demands

NSW Govt issues telco procurement demands | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
The NSW Government has released the first two instalments in its mandatory checklist of specifications and contract terms all telco suppliers into the state’s public sector will have to meet from now on.

The telco demands have been developed by the government’s procurement and technical standards working group. Any purchases that don’t meet the group's requirements will now require sign off from the panel before they can go ahead.
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The NSW Government has released the first two instalments in its mandatory checklist of specifications and contract terms all telco suppliers into the state’s public sector will have to meet from now on.

The telco demands have been developed by the government’s procurement and technical standards working group. Any purchases that don’t meet the group's requirements will now require sign off from the panel before they can go ahead.



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Apple unveils the Watch and larger iPhones

Apple unveils the Watch and larger iPhones | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
New devices primed for NFC-enabled mobile payments service.
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Apple unveiled a new watch, two new iPhones with larger screens and a mobile payments service today as chief executive Tim Cook seeks to revive the company's reputation as a wellspring of innovation.

The first new product to be developed and introduced under Cook's reign is a wearable device tethered to the iPhone that combines health and fitness tracking with communications.




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ISPs willing to negotiate on 'three strikes' piracy regime

ISPs willing to negotiate on 'three strikes' piracy regime | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
But reject throttling speeds.
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Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.

The Communications Alliance proposal [pdf] was put forward as part of a request for submissions to the Government’s July discussion paper on copyright infringement.



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Telstra blamed for Australia's high bandwidth cost

Telstra blamed for Australia's high bandwidth cost | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Aussie pricing 'out of whack' compared to rest of the world.
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Content delivery network provider CloudFlare has attacked Australia's largest telco Telstra for imposing a high bandwidth cost for both international and national data transit.

CloudFlare founder Matthew Prince in a blog post said Telstra charges some of the highest transit pricing in the world.

Prince said Telstra's fees were 20 times the relative benchmark cost of transit pricing, at US$200 per megabit per second and month.

 



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ACCC pushes for cheaper mobile calls and texts

ACCC pushes for cheaper mobile calls and texts | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Asks for advice on termination rate pricing.
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Australia's competition watchdog has put forward a number of proposals to cut the cost of mobile phone calls and text messages in order to bring them in line with international equivalents.

As part of its inquiry into pricing the declared mobile terminating access service (MTAS), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today released a discussion paper [pdf] outlining a number of ways to reduce the cost of calls and texts.




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Telcos still in the dark despite Govt moves on data retention

Telcos still in the dark despite Govt moves on data retention | Telecommunication | Scoop.it

 

The Coalition Government is expected to introduce legislation mandating data retention for telecommunications companies before the end of the year, but the telcos at the centre of the proposal say they are still in the dark about what they will be required to do.

A spokesperson for Attorney-General George Brandis today confirmed a data retention bill would likely arrive in tranche three of the Coalition’s changes to national security legislation, the first set of which was introduced last month.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390671,telcos-still-in-the-dark-despite-govt-moves-on-data-retention.aspx#ixzz39U2AgMd2But bill due before the end of the year.

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The Coalition Government is expected to introduce legislation mandating data retention for telecommunications companies before the end of the year, but the telcos at the centre of the proposal say they are still in the dark about what they will be required to do.

A spokesperson for Attorney-General George Brandis today confirmed a data retention bill would likely arrive in tranche three of the Coalition’s changes to national security legislation, the first set of which was introduced last month.




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Vodafone still bleeding mobile customers

Vodafone still bleeding mobile customers | Telecommunication | Scoop.it

 

Vodafone Australia has not yet been able to stem the tide of mobile user losses despite a dedicated turnaround effort, losing a further 137,000 mobile subscribers in the six months to June 30.

The results follow a loss of more than one million mobile customers in its last financial year, which brought the telco's user base to under 5 million for the first time in four years, not including wholesale customers.

In half year results to June 30 released yesterday, part-owner Hutchison Telecommunications Australia said although Vodafone's operating performance had improved, the telco's growth had been affected by a subdued consumer mobile segment.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390195,vodafone-still-bleeding-mobile-customers.aspx#ixzz38Hq7I29YTurnaround strategy not yet stemming losses.

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Vodafone Australia has not yet been able to stem the tide of mobile user losses despite a dedicated turnaround effort, losing a further 137,000 mobile subscribers in the six months to June 30.

The results follow a loss of more than one million mobile customers in its last financial year, which brought the telco's user base to under 5 million for the first time in four years, not including wholesale customers.

In half year results to June 30 released yesterday, part-owner Hutchison Telecommunications Australia said although Vodafone's operating performance had improved, the telco's growth had been affected by a subdued consumer mobile segment.




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NBN Co pushes back FTTB release date

NBN Co pushes back FTTB release date | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
No retail services until next year.
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NBN Co does not expect to release a fibre-to-the-basement product for end users until the first few months of 2015, several months later than the intended launch date of October 2014.

In a recently released updated product roadmap for July, NBN Co revealed it expected to release an FTTB product to the market in the first quarter of 2015, several months later than initially stated by the company's chief executive.

The wholesale network operator has also extended trials of the service for an extra six months until October 2014.




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Vodafone sheds one million mobile customers

Vodafone sheds one million mobile customers | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
User base falls below five million.
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Vodafone has lost more than one million mobile customers over the past year, resulting in its user base dropping below 5 million for the first time in four years.

Vodafone Australia’s joint parent company Vodafone Group released the yearly financial results for the local business today, which revealed a consistent churn away from the telco’s services over the past 12 months.

The telco shed 44,000 customers in the three months to March 31 2014 alone - nearly doubling the decline in the three months prior - which brought its mobile customer base down to 4.96 million.



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Senate votes to protect domestic submarine cables

Senate votes to protect domestic submarine cables | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
Turnbull's bill to be passed into law.
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A bill to afford Australian submarine fibre optic cables the same protection as fibre links to international locations is set to become law, after the proposed legislation passed the Senate today.

The bill was first introduced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull late last year. The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013 will now be presented to the Governor-General for assent before becoming law. 

It supports protection zones for domestic submarine cables to ensure the links receive the same protection as international cables.



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Xenophon wants Telstra to save abandoned telco customers

Xenophon wants Telstra to save abandoned telco customers | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
'Default provider' needed for victims of telco collapse.
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Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has proposed changing the Telecommunications Act to incorporate a “default telco provider” which would scoop up the customers of collapsed telcos to ensure continuity of service.

Xenophon made the comments today off the back of the collapse of the family of Conec2 companies in recent weeks, which has left over 50,000 customers without services.

Conec2 went into administration last week after two of its business divisions - part of the package Conec2 acquired when it purchased collapsed telco provider ispONE last year - went under and were sold off to Vocus.



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An eloquent argument for telco data retention

An eloquent argument for telco data retention | Telecommunication | Scoop.it
[Blog post] Princeton academic puts forward model for greater accountability.
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Princeton academic Edward Felten has urged the information security and wider technology community to engage with intelligence agencies and governments in a constructive way to drive better privacy outcomes, even if it requires active participation in intelligence activities.

Felten, the director of the Centre for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, provided attendees at his keynote address at the AusCERT conference this morning a five-step plan for restoring trust in computing in the wake of Edward Snowden’s expose of the NSA’s online espionage activities.



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