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Vodafone pulled out of 4G spectrum auction months ago: govt

18 December, 2012

The Australian government has rejected suggestions that Vodafone pulled out of the spectrum auction after the government announced the reserve price.

Optus considers pulling out of spectrum auction

17 December, 2012

The Federal Government's projections of reaping up to $3 billion from the sale of a new wireless spectrum has hit a major snag with Australia's second largest telecommunications company, Optus, considering whether it will pull out of the auction.

Optus tells ALP: get real on price

17 December, 2012

OPTUS has accused the Gillard government of asking more than 3 1/2 times the price of comparative jurisdictions for wireless spectrum, as the nation's No 2 telco actively considers a boycott of next year's spectrum auction.

Conroy's wireless spectrum reserve slammed as 'unworkable'

15 December, 2012

THE nation's No 2 telco was last night preparing for an emergency board meeting after Communications Minister Stephen Conroy set near-world-record reserve prices for a wireless spectrum sale necessary to bring the budget back to surplus.

Senator Conroy sets the scene for 700 MHz spectrum auction

14 December, 2012

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has issued directions to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on the settings for the digital dividend spectrum auction..

Mobile networks brace for New Year’s congestion

10 December, 2012

With high demand on mobile networks expected on New Year’s Eve, the top three Australian carriers will rely on apps and network enhancements to avoid failed calls and text messages at midnight.

ACMA seeks 4G in rural Australia through 1800 MHz rule changes

7 December, 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) wants to spur a greater number and variety of wireless services by changing spectrum licensing and regulatory arrangements for the 1800 MHz band in regional and remote Australia.

Vodafone Australia's plan gets nod from parent companies

4 December, 2012

Vodafone has reportedly picked up AU$2 billion in funding from its parent companies to get the troubled telco back on track.

Telstra 3G a slow grind in Melbourne

4 December, 2012

Telstra has admitted that its network in Melbourne's central business district has become congested after customers complained about poor 3G network performance, particularly in the south-west.

Optus to launch TD-LTE 4G network in Canberra

4 December, 2012

Optus plans to launch a new LTE network in Canberra, but it's noticeably different to the 4G network across the rest of Australia.

The state of Australian 4G

3 December, 2012

It has been over a year since 4G services landed in Australia, and less than one in 20 Australians have tried out the new technology.

Telstra's mobile testing lab in the spotlight

30 November, 2012

ZDNet takes a look inside where Telstra tests the latest smartphones, tablets and dongles.

Vodafone outage leaves customers in the lurch

30 November, 2012

Melbourne's sweltering temperatures are believed to be behind mobile network outages for thousands of Vodafone customers nationwide on Thursday night..

The big move to 4G mobile

29 November, 2012

Nearly half of all mobile connections in Australia will to be 4G LTE within four years. The user base will grow from around a million this year to more than 17 million services in operation by the end of 2016.

Telstra, Optus and Suncorp eye geospatial data

28 November, 2012

Big Australian telcos and insurance companies see business opportunities in analysing the location information transmitted by customers’ mobile devices, said speakers at yesterday's Big Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Summit.

Spectrum sell-off concern in two-horse race

22 November, 2012

THE federal government is seeking to increase pressure on mobile phone companies to offer fair prices for wireless spectrum worth billions of dollars, amid concerns that not all the big players will bid at an auction next year.

Conroy to set spectrum auction reserve price

21 November, 2012

Communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy has said that he will set the reserve price for the government’s planned mobile spectrum auction. That role was previously reserved for ACMA.

Mobile black spots a disaster

20 November, 2012

REGIONAL politicians have called on the federal government to fill rural mobile phone reception black spots to boost its location-based mobile disaster alert system.

Small cells ring in a change for mobile operators

16 November, 2012

The growth of small cell and femtocell mobile phone connectivity has created an opportunity for a small Canberra-based start-up to help network engineers optimise the power and coverage of mobile phone base stations.

Emergency SMS alerts ready for Australia's summer

15 November, 2012

Mobile phone customers will receive emergency text alerts when disasters hit their areas, the Federal government has said.

Mobile profits on hold: Optus

15 November, 2012

AUSTRALIA's second-largest telco, Optus, has warned that earnings growth in the mobile market has stalled amid intense price competition

VHA plows into heavy seas

14 November, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia continues to lose customers and money despite a heavy investment in networks and branding, with revenue for the second half of 2012 down 14.8 percent on the previous half

Smartphone users migrate to 4G

14 November, 2012

TELSTRA and Optus have signalled the start of a mass migration of users to Australia's fast fourth-generation networks by making available a swag of cheap 4G phones this Christmas.

Cup causes dip in Telstra's mobile data traffic

7 November, 2012

Telstra recorded a significant drop in data and email traffic running across its Next G mobile network yesterday during the screening of the Melbourne Cup.

Telcos confident they're keeping mobile phone customers happy

3 November, 2012

EVERYTHING'S fine. We're working hard. That's the general message from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and their peak body, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, when asked about a comparative shortage of mobile cell towers in Brisbane's urban centre and complaints of dodgy reception.

Telstra looks to data for mobile growth

31 October, 2012

Telstra is looking to data traffic growth — and increased data prices — as a means of arresting revenue decline in a contracting mobile market.

Optus adds 4G sites In Surfers Paradise and Brisbane CBD

31 October, 2012

Optus has activated its first 4G sites for customers in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and in the Brisbane CBD.

Optus ends dealer agreement in shake-up as new stores planned

31 October, 2012

OPTUS has ditched a distribution agreement with its largest third-party dealer TeleChoice in a retail strategy shake-up that will lead the country's second-biggest telco to roll out 33 new company-owned stores.

Vodafone’s risky spectrum strategy

30 October, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has been braver than most in showing its hand ahead of the lucrative digital dividend spectrum auction next year.

Vodafone axes 500 jobs in restructure

29 October, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has announced it will axe ten percent of its workforce in a wide-ranging business restructure.

ACMA fields more complaints on mobile interference

17 October, 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has seen a steady increase in complaints about interference to mobile phone networks.

4G wars: Telstra betting big on 4G

16 October, 2012

Telstra has been a leader in the 4G war and has clear plans for building up its network to 4G capabilities.

Vodafone Australia CEO sees network improvement in 2013

14 October, 2012

Vodafone CEO Bill Morrow believes the company's troubled mobile network will be vastly improved by the end of 2013.

Optus shows fastest speeds in Sydney 4G test

14 October, 2012

If you happen to live in Marrickville and use Optus for your 4G smartphone, you're in luck.Optus customers in the inner-west suburb have among the fastest mobile internet download speeds in Sydney, a road test by Fairfax Media, publisher of this article, has found.

Telstra buoyed by $1.6b subsidies: Vodafone

11 October, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has accused Telstra of being buoyed as market incumbent with up to $1.6 billion in industry subsidies over the past decade due to skewed regulation.

iiNet introduces new 4G services

10 October, 2012

Internet service provider, iiNet, has launched a new range of 4G services and two 4G devices to boost customer choice.

Australians opting for high-speed and mobile broadband

9 October, 2012

Mobile internet subscriptions now make up almost 50 percent of all connections, but fixed line dominates the data download stakes.

Telstra expresses doubts over 4G regulation

9 October, 2012

Telstra has for the first time aired concerns about regulation of superfast 4G mobile services and its ability to obtain spectrum at “acceptable” prices as it looks to shore up funding for the financial year ahead..

Vodafone has lowest customer satisfaction of all telcos, study reveals

27 September, 2012

VODAFONE customers just can't get no satisfaction.The telco took out the top prize for the telco with the lowest customer satisfaction rating in a mobile lifestyle study released this morning.

ACMA updates Australian spectrum plan

26 September, 2012

The government has proposed prioritising more spectrum for mobile broadband in an updated Australian radiofrequency spectrum plan. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is seeking comment on the plan, which will go into effect on 1 January.

Optus can level the 4G playing field

25 September, 2012

Optus could very well find itself able to match Telstra's wireless coverage for the first time ever.

Optus joins Telstra, Vodafone on emergency alerts upgrade

24 September, 2012

All three mobile carriers have signed on to provide emergency alerts over their mobile networks when customers are in an area experiencing an emergency, such as a bushfire or terrorist attack.

Australia-wide emergency text system secured

23 September, 2012

All mobile phones within Australia will have access to a new text message emergency warning system by the start of summer next year.

Telstra upbeat about its mobile network leadership

22 September, 2012

TELSTRA'S mobile network will keep its ''supremacy'' over Optus and Vodafone's network for several years, the chief executive has told shareholders.

ACMA to crack down on illegal repeaters

21 September, 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will spend the next year targeting devices like illegal mobile repeaters and jammers that interfere with radiofrequency spectrum.

Network or beyond? The future for Optus

20 September, 2012

SingTel has launched 4G in Australia, but beyond this infrastructure play it faces the same question as every other telco: what next?

iPhone 5 to test 4G mobile networks

18 September, 2012

The iPhone 5 has left critics divided, but the latest version of Apple’s handset could still create seismic shifts in Australia’s mobile industry. It was talked about as the biggest product launch in history, from the biggest company in history. The new handset was tipped to revolutionise everything from photography to online gaming and mobile payments

Optus teams up with Chinese to push 4G

17 September, 2012

Optus has strengthened its ties with China’s biggest mobile carrier as it gears up for a rapid acceleration of its 4G rollout.

Ericsson’s Singapore win bodes well for Australian bid

17 September, 2012

Singapore Telecommunications will partner with Ericsson to expand its 4G mobile coverage in the city-state, in a move that appears to boost the Swedish vendor’s chances of securing a $1 billion super tender in Australia from Optus.

iiNet 4G customers miss out on Freezone

17 September, 2012

iiNet will become the fourth Australian service provider to launch 4G mobile broadband services in a "couple of weeks" but the company says its initial service will be slightly hobbled.

iiNet wholesales Optus 4G

17 September, 2012

Perth-based internet service provider iiNet has confirmed that it has signed on with Optus Wholesale to offer long-term evolution (LTE) 4G wireless broadband services.

Vodafone flicks the switch on its network upgrade

13 September, 2012

VODAFONE'S long-suffering customers will finally get some relief after facing slow download speeds and patchy coverage, with the mobile operator today putting the finishing touches to a crucial part of its $1.7 billion network upgrade and switching on 3G+ services in major metro areas.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia switches on '3G+' upgrades

13 September, 2012

As Telstra and Optus prepare their 4G networks for the launch of the iPhone 5 next week, Vodafone Hutchison Australia has today launched its "3G+" upgrades in eight locations across the country.

Bandwidth and quality of 4G hold up well

11 September, 2012

HOW good are Australia's fourth-generation mobile networks? It seemed time to find out given the frenzy surrounding 4G.

Long road to recovery for Vodafone, chief admits

7 September, 2012

VODAFONE Australia boss Bill Morrow has signalled the road to profit recovery will be a long one for the embattled mobile operator, confirming that losses will worsen before getting better, as he described the basic value of the company as "dismal".

Optus 4G network goes live (+ maps, plans, images)

4 September, 2012

Optus has launched its 4G network in Sydney, Perth and Newcastle. 4G services in Melbourne will start from September 15.

Optus flicks switch on 4G

4 September, 2012

OPTUS will reignite the battle to sign-up speed-hungry mobile customers today when the nation's No 2 telco switches on its 4G network for consumers to challenge Telstra's lead in the nascent market.

Telstra trialling Samsung 4G network equipment

31 August, 2012

In a surprise revelation, Telstra has confirmed that it is trialling Samsung LTE 4G network equipment in Brisbane, as the telco giant pushes forward with plans to cover 66.6 per cent of the Australian population by June 2013.

Telstra to pull plug on 3GIS services at 10am Friday

30 August, 2012

Telstra is counting down the hours until the final shutdown of mobile services on the 3GIS network begins.

Why Vodafone may pass on Digital Dividend auction

29 August, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia may not need 700MHz spectrum from next year’s Digital Dividend auction, according to spectrum experts. The number three telco, which is still deciding whether to bid, might already have enough spectrum to support its 4G expansion plans, the experts said

Telstra 4G to reach 66% of Aussies by June 2013

28 August, 2012

Australia's largest telecommunications company Telstra has announced plans to expand its 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network to 66.6 per cent of the population, up from 40 per cent today.

Possible Vodafone no-show in 700MHz auction may reduce revenue for government

23 August, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia’s possible absence from the upcoming Digital Dividend auction may increase the importance of auction rules to be published this November by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Australian telcos keep 2G for now

20 August, 2012

Australian wireless operators said they have no near-term plans to end 2G service as AT&T has announced in the US. However, Telstra said there would be a “smooth transition” if does decide to end 2G.

Telstra broadens its 4G reach

16 August, 2012

TELSTRA has started 4G mobile network testing outside metropolitan CBDs and regional centres, starting at Sydney's Bondi area.

4G in Australia: The state of the nation

13 August, 2012

The top three Australian carriers are spending billions upgrading their networks to high-speed 4G LTE services. Customers are just starting to see the new plans and rollout is expected to intensify through the year and well into 2013.

Australian carriers two years away on Voice over LTE

10 August, 2012

Telcos in the United States and South Korea have claimed equal first in switching on the world's first Voice over LTE networks this week, but similar moves for Australian carriers are up to two years away.

Optus launches 4G in Sydney, Perth

1 August, 2012

Optus has today launched long-term evolution (LTE) services in Sydney and Perth for business customers, following the completion of upgrades to its 3G network in those areas.

Telstra, Vodafone to shut down joint 3G network in 31 days

1 August, 2012

Telstra and Vodafone will cease operations next month on their joint 3G mobile network launched back in 2004, and have advised customers to get ready for the switch.

Telstra suspects underbelly of illegal repeaters

27 July, 2012

Telstra engineers suspect a "vast" undercurrent of illegal repeaters are causing issues for the carrier's Next G mobile network across Australia.

Mobile operators look to Wi-Fi to offload surging traffic

25 July, 2012

Carriers should take a more serious look at Wi-Fi offloading to handle surging mobile broadband traffic, said Ovum, citing results from its global survey. However, the situation may not be as dire in Australia as other countries.

Vodafone prepares August end to 3

24 July, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia is on track to migrate its remaining 3 Mobile customers across to its primary 3G network by the end of August but chief executive Bill Morrow has warned of potential network contention issues in the lead-up to the switch.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia may skip digital dividend auction

23 July, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has indicated that it may pass on participating in the digital dividend spectrum auction, and instead focus on network improvements and rolling out a long-term evolution network in the 1800MHz spectrum band.

Demand pushes mobile numbers into the 05s

23 July, 2012

ABOUT 100 million new mobile phone numbers starting with ''05'' will be introduced in 2017 when the supply of ''04'' numbers is expected to run out.

Telstra to provide underground mobile coverage in Sydney

16 July, 2012

Telstra has extended its mobile coverage to enable Sydney CBD rail commuters to utilise its Next G mobile network

Push on for better speed on mobiles

9 July, 2012

THE big three mobile phone operators are urging the Gillard government to give them early access to faster wireless broadband in a new tussle over a looming $4 billion sale of spectrum by auction.

Vodafone moves on mobile network upgrades

3 July, 2012

VODAFONE Australia is spending $1 billion to upgrade and extend its mobile network, and to introduce faster technology. It has begun marketing them under the slogan: "Better, faster, stronger than before".

Virgin Mobile confirms 4G services this year

2 July, 2012

Virgin Mobile has revealed plans to offer LTE services in select capital cities this year, piggybacking on Optus' plans to launch the 4G network within months.

Vodafone plans 4G mobile network

27 June, 2012

THE battle between leading telcos to sign up speed-hungry mobile phone users is heating up after Vodafone yesterday revealed plans to offer super-fast 4G services from next year.

Vodafone commits to 4G launch in 2013

26 June, 2012

Vodafone has committed to launching long-term evolution (LTE) "4G" services in 2013, almost two years after Telstra and a year after Optus.

Vodafone to launch super-fast 4G mobile network

26 June, 2012

VODAFONE Australia has flagged its intention to battle Telstra and Optus for speed-hungry mobile phone users after revealing it will launch a new, super-fast 4G mobile network next year.

Vodafone plans 4G rollout next year

26 June, 2012

Vodafone Australia has confirmed plans to begin rolling out its fourth-generation LTE network from next year in a bid to improve its mobile network and catch up to rivals Telstra and Optus.

Vodafone suffers near-nationwide 3G outage

26 June, 2012

Vodafone Australia has reported outages affecting most of its national 3G network.

Optus shows the money in bid to overtake Telstra

25 June, 2012

Optus plans to spend $2 billion over the next two years on 4G services in an effort to take on Telstra. A SingTel official revealed the plan in an interview with The Australian Financial Review.

Communications watchdog considers early release of digital dividend spectrum

20 June, 2012

THE communications watchdog is considering making the digital dividend spectrum crucial for 4G mobile services available early in some areas.

Optus ready to roll out 4G network after completing Vividwireless acquisition

20 June, 2012

OPTUS is ready to accelerate the rollout of its national 4G mobile network after it completed its $230 million acquisition of wireless broadband provider Vividwireless from Kerry Stokes' Seven Group Holdings.

Digital dividend spectrum auction delayed to 2013

19 June, 2012

The Federal Government has delayed the digital dividend spectrum auction to April 2013.The decision was based on advice given by the Australia Communications and Media Authority

Buy aids Optus 4G push

19 June, 2012

The race for ascendancy in 4G mobile has intensified, with Optus locking up critical spectrum.This came as the federal government set a date for multibillion-dollar “digital dividend” auctions, in April next year.

Optus to build 4G testing base

19 June, 2012

Optus has unveiled plans to build two new Sydney facilities aimed at testing compatibility between varying mobile broadband technologies and its existing network.

Optus to build LTE testing facilities, completes Vividwireless acquisition

19 June, 2012

Optus will build LTE testing facilities in St Marys and Macquarie Park ahead of its nationwide 4G network rollout in 2013.

Govt delays 4G spectrum auction to 2013

19 June, 2012

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has flagged a delay in the "digital dividend" spectrum auction to April 2013, allowing more time to prepare waterfront 4G spectrum for auction.

Digital dividend auction delayed until 2013

19 June, 2012

The Federal Government has delayed the much-anticipated auction of digital television spectrum until April next year.

NBN wireless faces crippled upgrade path

8 June, 2012

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has warned of a slow upgrade path for the wireless portion of the National Broadband Network due to the installation's rural location.

Telstra 4G spreads, Next G still king

5 June, 2012

Telstra has revealed that it is selling close to 40,000 "4G" devices per month, and has boasted that a new survey ranks Telstra's Next G network performance above that of Optus and Vodafone.

Optus lays the groundwork for $1bn 4G network contenderse

4 June, 2012

OPTUS is accelerating its push to build a nationwide 4G mobile network and has drawn up a shortlist of equipment suppliers vying for the contract, which could be worth up to $1 billion.

Vodafone ranked last for network coverage

31 May, 2012

VODAFONE'S mobile phone network has been dealt another blow. It was ranked last among the nation's carriers for network coverage with an effective two-star rating.

Telstra 4G spreads, Next G still king

31 May, 2012

Telstra has revealed that it is selling close to 40,000 "4G" devices per month, and has boasted that a new survey ranks Telstra's Next G network performance above that of Optus and Vodafone.

ACMA probes 1.5GHz for spectrum shortfall

21 May, 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has taken a step towards addressing what it thinks will be a 300MHz shortfall in spectrum for mobile services by 2020, releasing a discussion paper on the usage of 1.5GHz spectrum for mobile.

Optus resists Telstra push

10 May, 2012

TELECOMMUNICATIONS: Optus has continued to resist Telstra's aggressive push to lure back customers, adding 421,000 new subscribers in the last year.

Optus, Voda agree to expanded network

4 May, 2012

Optus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) have agreed to expand their joint-venture network agreement, adding an additional 1800 base stations to Vodafone's 3G network and 1000 to Optus' 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) networks.

Optus to save $100m in base station deal with Vodafone

4 May, 2012

OPTUS is expecting to save more than $100 million in capital expenses after it entered into an infrastructure sharing deal with Vodafone that will allow the two telcos to boost mobile coverage and service as they play catch-up to the nation's dominant telco, Telstra.

Optus 4G goes live in Newcastle

April 27, 2012

Optus has today switched on its long-term evolution (LTE) "4G" network for 1000 customers in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

Telstra agrees improvement needed on mobile transmitter rollout

April 27, 2012

TELSTRA admits it needs to improve its rollout of new mobile phone transmitters, amid community concern over exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Optus ready to enter the 4G fray

April 26, 2012

OPTUS is expected to today flick the "on" switch to its new 4G mobile network in Newcastle, opening up the latest battleground to win customers in the highly competitive market

Full Spectrum: reducing mobile congestion

April 13, 2012

Vodafone is edging towards completing its network upgrade, and Telstra is constantly upgrading Next G, but are customers noticing improvements yet?

Telstra upgrades to address Next G stress

April 13, 2012

Telstra is addressing the strain on its Next G network, caused by signing up 2.5 million new mobile customers in the last 18 months, with a number of upgrades — but the company believes that the network is still performing well.

Optus calls for 4G spectrum auction clarity

April 13, 2012

Optus has called on the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to provide definite dates for the auction of the 700MHz spectrum band and the availability of that spectrum for use in long-term evolution (LTE) networks.

Communications watchdog addresses 4G concerns

April 12, 2012

THE communications watchdog has moved to address mobile phone operator concerns about when it will clear television broadcast spectrum for 4G services.Carriers want to start operating in the so-called digital dividend bands as soon as possible after they are auctioned.

Blowing the digital dividend on wireless NBN

April 10, 2012

With the next federal election still over a year away, Malcolm Turnbull has found great joy in leading the telecoms community in a prolonged game of Twenty Questions when it comes to the Coalition's alternative NBN policy. That has left speculation rife about what the plan will entail — for example, that the Coalition would actually buy Telstra's copper network outright — but a cursory look at the calendar suggests that something else may also be on offer.

Telstra sparks 900 MHz LTE movement

March 23, 2012

Telstra is investigating the viability of using its remaining 2G mobile spectrum stocks to deploy the second phase of its 4G mobile network.

Will users reject native 4G for Wi-Fi?

March 22, 2012

Long-term evolution (LTE) may be the technology that brings faster mobile broadband speeds, but research shows that users are rejecting native 3G connectivity for Wi-Fi, and, if history repeats itself, the same could occur for native 4G support in tablets.

Telstra starts selling 4G wireless hotspot

March 21, 2012

Telstra has today launched its first 4G long-term evolution (LTE) Wi-Fi hotspot to business customers in collaboration with Sierra Wireless.

Optus calls for faster digital dividend rollout

March 16, 2012

Optus CEO Paul O’Sullivan has called on the Federal Government to release portions of the digital dividend spectrum as soon as possible in order to more easily deploy 4G mobile services.

Vodafone's Australian operation put on the market

March 16, 2012

THE owners of embattled telco Vodafone Australia are looking for buyers, industry sources say, with an abbreviated information memorandum circulating among potential purchasers in Europe and Asia.

Optus picks Huawei kit for LTE

March 14, 2012

Optus will use Huawei equipment for the first portion of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, confirming months of industry speculation on the partnership.

3 customers roam to Voda 3G

March 9, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has given the green light to a new roaming strategy that will see 3 subscribers roam onto Vodafone’s 3G network for the first time.

Telstra tops Optus, Voda mobile speeds

March 7, 2012

Although Telstra has beat out Optus and Vodafone in mobile-broadband speed tests by research house IDC, the telco says that the results are not a true reflection of the Next G network.

Vodafone goes HSPA+ before 4G launch

February 27, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) will focus on achieving "4G-like" speeds using HSPA+ before commencing any long-term evolution (LTE) services like its rivals, CEO Nigel Dews has said.

Vodafone loses more than 554,000 clients

February 25, 2012

VODAFONE Hutchison Australia's nightmare network service problems hit its bottom line hard last year as more than half a million customers walked away from the carrier.

Vodafone cautious on digital dividend spend

February 24, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has reaffirmed its cautious approach to the forthcoming digital dividend spectrum auction, revealing plans only to buy the 'waterfront' licenses at the "right price".

Internet service provider iiNet is missing out on the mobile boom

February 22, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S third largest internet service provider, iiNet, has signalled its intention to "get serious" in the mobile phone market, admitting that its efforts in the space to date have been lacklustre.

Vividwireless 4G a backup: Telstra

February 22, 2012

High-end spectrum, such as that obtained by Optus in its Vividwireless buy, will be useful to support long-term evolution (LTE) services in lower-end spectrum bands, according to Telstra's chief technology officer Dr Hugh Bradlow.

Optus buys extra 4G reach from Seven

February 21, 2012

THE Seven Media Group's decision to offload its wireless broadband operation Vividwireless to Optus is expected to give the Singapore-owned telecommunications giant a major advantage over Telstra in the fight for a share of the emerging 4G wireless broadband market.

iiNet expects to wholesale Optus 4G soon

February 21, 2012

iiNet expects to be able to offer long-term evolution (LTE) or "4G" services wholesale through Optus when Optus launches its new network in April.

Optus buys Seven's Vividwireless

February 20, 2012

Optus today announced that it had entered a conditional agreement to buy Vividwireless's customers and network assets in a deal involving a cash consideration of $230 million.

Mobile broadband: the next 5 years

February 20, 2012

Analysts Frost & Sullivan reckon that mobile-revenue growth is about to flatline in Australia. Will 4G be the telcos' saviour? How will things change?

Setting limits for mobile-tower radiation

February 17, 2012

Locals often oppose mobile-phone tower construction on the grounds of health concerns. The telcos, meanwhile, are quick to reassure that the amount of radiation emitted is not harmful — but how does the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) determine whether the towers are safe?

Mobile about to hit the wall

February 17, 2012

Frost & Sullivan industry manager ICT research, Marc Einstein, has predicted that the mobile telephone sector will need to buckle in for a tough time, because saturation is going to throttle back mobile revenue growth rates.

Vodafone Australia churn nears half a million for 2011

February 14, 2012

Vodafone Australia is expected to report the loss of more than 500,000 customers from its network over the 2011 calendar year as it prepares to report full-year financial results later this month.

Optus adds 182K customers in quarter

February 13, 2012

Australia's number two telco Optus said it has posted a resilient third-quarter result where net profit rose 4 per cent and operating revenue increased 2 per cent.

Telstra holds back on spectrum deal

February 10, 2012

LABOR'S multi-billion dollar spectrum windfall for the federal budget isn't quite in the bag.

Telstra today said it would hold fire on a commitment to renewing its mobile spectrum licenses under pricing rules released by the government today.

Spectrum auction caps to 'benefit consumers'

February 10, 2012

CAPS will be placed on the amount of broadcasting spectrum that mobile phone carriers can buy when analog TV is switched off, to ensure that at least three competitors will operate in the 4G market.

Vodafone sheds 30K more customers

February 10, 2012

Vodafone Hutchison Australia's (VHA) joint owner Vodafone has revealed that the troubled telco has continued to shed customers, reporting a loss of 30,000 mobile customers between October and December last year.

100,000 users join Telstra's 4G network

February 9, 2012

TELSTRA is claiming early runs on the board with 100,000 connections to its new fourth-generation mobile network.

A Telstra spokesman said 100,000 users were using dongles to connect to its 4G LTE (long-term evolution) network. The network launched on September 27 last year.

Telstra Next G juggles 13.2m customers

February 9, 2012

Telstra has added close to one million new mobile customers in the last six months of 2011, bringing the total number of customers on its Next G network to 13.2 million, the company revealed in its first-half financial results.

Thodey 'pleased' with Next G performance

February 9, 2012

Telstra CEO David Thodey believes the Next G network has coped very well with adding 2.5 million new customers in the last 18 months, despite complaints from customers in capital cities that the customer load is starting to impact network performance.

Telstra launches 4G, but beware blackspots

January 24, 2012

AUSTRALIAN smartphone users will be able to access Telstra's new 4G mobile network from today.

But don't expect the fastest data speeds at Sydney's Bondi Beach, Melbourne's Kew and Brisbane's Chelmer.

Telstra now up to speed with 4G mobile phone network

January 24, 2012

AUSTRALIA'S only fourth-generation mobile phone network opens for business for calls today.

While Telstra's 4G LTE (long-term evolution) network has been up and running since September last year and accessible with a 4G modem, the release today of HTC's Velocity 4G Android smartphone means consumers can now use the network to speak and surf on the move

Telcos mum on spectrum renewal

January 17, 2012

Telcos and the government will not reveal submissions on spectrum-licence renewals, citing commercial confidentiality.

Telcos to resell Telstra 3G services

January 13, 2012

TELSTRA has unveiled the details of a new white label 3G mobile service that it will sell to telco customers in a bid to boost its flagging wholesale revenues

Mobile phone operators face $1bn spectrum fee

January 3, 2012

MOBILE phone operators are facing an expensive year in which they could be required to cough up as much as $1 billion each to renew their mobile spectrum licences.