Australia

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 […]

Oz extends deadline for fibre bids

The Australian government has extended the deadline for bids to build a national fibre network alleviating concerns from parties interested in the project. Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, said Thursday that parties participating in the National Broadband Network process would have 12 weeks to consider network information from the date […]

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