Vodafone Australia kicks off planned LTE upgrades

Vodafone Hutchinson Australia has announced that next week it will start its programme to upgrade over 5,800 base stations across the country, with a view to bringing LTE services online later this year.

VHA to replace network with Huawei kit

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced plans to rip and replace its entire network of 2G and 3G base station equipment following months of customer complaints about the quality of its service. The complete overhaul will see 2G equipment at every one of VHA’s 8,000 mobile base stations replaced with Huawei 3G kit, promising customers speeds of up to 42 Mbps while improving coverage.

Telstra embraces M2M with self service platform

Australian carrier Telstra has upped its game in the machine to machine (M2M) space, introducing a web-based self-service platform, allowing organisations to manage M2M products themselves.

Telstra trials LTE in 1800MHz band

The LTE news keeps rolling in, with Australian carrier Telstra on Monday announcing that it has successfully tested the 4G technology in its 1800MHz spectrum.

Telstra almost strikes deal to upgrade fixed network

Australian incumbent Telstra will be a major participant in the national broadband network roll out after all. Over the weekend the carrier struck a deal worth approximately A$11bn with the Australian Government, almost cementing its involvement in the wade reaching project.

Telstra sets up LTE trial

Australian carrier Telstra will conduct trials of LTE in May after signing Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei to deliver kit for the project.

Optus to boost 3G spectrum in Oz

Australian carrier Optus intends to double the amount of available 3G spectrum it owns in the country’s capital cities, by buying licenses from US chip vendor Qualcomm.

Telstra outlines organisational shake up

Australian incumbent carrier Telstra on Monday announced an organisational overhaul that will see the company divided into four main groups as well as a reshuffling of the top brass.

Australia plans to break up Telstra

Australia’s incumbent telco, Telstra, butted up against the government again on Tuesday morning as the minister for communications, Stephen Conroy, called for the carrier to be broken up.

Telstra names new CEO

David Thodey, managing director of enterprise and government at Australian carrier Telstra was on Friday named as the new chief executive of the firm. He replaces Sol Trujillo, the colourful Telstra frontman, who plans to step down on June 30 and return home to the US.

Oz government plans to build out own fibre network

The Australian government has solved its differences with the country’s operators, which were vying to build out a national broadband network, by proposing to undertake the A$43bn task itself.

Vodafone, Hutch merge Australian operations

Australian mobile operators Vodafone and Hutchison Telecom said Monday they have agreed to merge operations, closing the gap between second and third place in the market. Under the agreement, both Vodafone and Hutch, which operates under the “3” brand will have equal ownership of the 50-50 joint venture, to be known as VHA. To equalise […]

Unwired, Intel in A$56m dispute

The financial pressures at Australian ISP Unwired are growing. After Unwired declared last week that the credit crunch had increased the cost of its planned mobileWiMAX network in Australia’s main cities by between A$20m and A$30m, the NSW Federal Court has now ordered the company to pay back to Intel the US chip giant’s original A$37.5m investment in Unwired plus a further A$18.5m.

Unwired hit by credit crunch

News has surfaced in Australia that Unwired, a wireless broadband provider in Sydney and Melbourne, is struggling to find enough cash to pay for its planned nationwide mobile WiMAX network. According to an interview given by David Spence, Unwired CEO, the projected cost of mobile WiMAX rollout, which was estimated at A$200m last year, has […]

Second Android handset to land in Jan.

An Australian electronics manufacturer has confirmed the launch of the world’s second Android-based mobile handset. Kogan Technologies, which manufactures consumer electronics like TVs and cameras and sells direct to the consumer, branched out into the world of mobile phones on Thursday with the announcement of two Android-based handsets. The Kogan Agora and Agora Pro will […]

Telstra gains advantage with fibre proposal

Australian incumbent Telstra and its biggest rival Optus lodged bids on Wednesday for the rollout of a nationwide fibre network designed to bring broadband connectivity to at least 90 per cent of the population. The bids mark the next stage of a multi-billion dollar investment in the country’s infrastructure that has been continually delayed by […]

Telstra records 13% increase in profits

Australia’s incumbent carrier, Telstra, turned in a profit of A$3.7bn for the year to end June 30, an increase of 13.5 per cent year on year. Revenue for the year also jumped 4.7 per cent year on year to reach A$24.8bn, which analyst Ovum noted as even better than it appeared. The overall sales growth […]

Virgin adds to iPhone competition down under

Virtual network operator Virgin Mobile added to the already intense competition between iPhone sellers in the Australian market on Friday, bringing out the Apple device with its own tariffs. This looks to make Virgin the first MVNO to offer the iPhone and takes the number of providers offering the device in Oz up to four, […]

Telstra separation ‘could hurt Australian market’

Further separation of Australian carrier Telstra’s retail business and access network division could cause “serious damage” to the Australian market, an analyst has warned. There have been increasing calls for operational separation of Telstra as the deadline for bids to build a national fibre network rumbles ever closer. But David Kennedy, research director at Ovum, […]

3 Australia begs for iPhone

It looks like iPhone hysteria has reached a new high [or low], as mobile operator 3 Australia turns to begging Apple to let it have the 3G device. The company has posted a petition on its web site, calling for subscribers to post messages about how much they want the iPhone. Apparently, 3 hopes it […]


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