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Australia's universal telco service obligation's day is done

Australia's Productivity Commission (PC) has suggested the nation can probably scrap the telecommunications universal service obligation (TUSO) that requires every Australian be provided with a telephone connection. The base reason for the suggestion, contained in a draft report (PDF), is that the TUSO was designed for a time …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2016

Have some sympathy for the AT&T devil

Analysis When the first fixed-line phone systems were installed, you paid for everything, but particularly for each minute of each call. Later they had broadband added to the copper and a flat rate began to become the order of the day. As phone calls went to IP, the same applied to calls for the most part. While there are upper limits …
Faultline, 25 Nov 2016
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Facebook Telecom Infrastructure Project starts chucking rocks at mobile model

Analysis Nine months after announcing its Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP), Facebook has held its first summit and unveiled new partners and a first concrete project, a white box transponder/router for fibre backhaul, called Voyager. This is an indication, if any were needed, that the social media giant was not just tub-thumping …
Wireless Watch, 17 Nov 2016
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Vodafone blames €5bn H1 loss on cutthroat Indian competition

Vodafone struggled with declining revenues and profits in its first half of this fiscal year, despite blaming its €5bn net loss on a writedown of its Indian arm's value thanks to increased competition. The British telco, which from April this year has been counting its coins in euros instead of pounds, recorded a net loss of € …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Nov 2016
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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

TalkTalk has unveiled a healthy jump in post-tax profits on the same day a 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to hacking the British telco. This morning the teenager, who because of his age cannot be named, pleaded guilty at Norwich Youth Court to seven charges under the Computer Misuse Act. He will be sentenced on 13 December, …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Nov 2016

Outage-prone Plusnet goes mobile in a bid to become 'quad-play' biz

Outage-prone Plusnet is bringing its service to mobile phones, making use of parent company BT's EE network gobble earlier this year. As of 29 November, Plusnet Mobile will become the newest mobile provider in Blighty, the company said in a statement. The biz is joining forces with mobile network LIFE Mobile, part of the EE …
Kat Hall, 14 Nov 2016
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Will rush for New Radio compromise 5G quality?

Analysis The US operators have ended their long love affair with sub-1 GHz spectrum, which was so important to their LTE coverage roll-outs, and are leading the world in harnessing high frequency bands to address the challenge of the expected capacity demands of the 5G era. While regulators and operators in some areas – many in Europe …
Wireless Watch, 20 Oct 2016
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Vodafone Australia promises fixed-line broadband over NBN

As widely anticipated, Vodafone's Australian tentacle has announced it's getting into the fixed-line broadband business. The carrier will offer services to those lucky enough to enjoy connection to Australia's national broadband network. The company's canned statement says the services will mean customers are "always …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2016
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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced trials of fibre-to-the-curb and broadband-over-copper technology XG-fast that hit 8Gbps on 30 metres of copper in lab trials. It's also done tests that produced “5Gbps peak aggregate speed being achieved over 70 metres of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2016
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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty. Communications regulator Ofcom said it received 300 complaints a day for mobile, broadband, phone and Pay TV. The report for the three months to June published today, deals with Blighty's biggest providers. …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016
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Is there paper in the printer? Yes and it's so neatly wrapped!

On-Call Look at the clock: Friday is here and so, therefore, is On-Call, El Reg's weekly wander down memory lane and into readers' recollections of jobs gone awry. This week, we're going to be like one of those Simpsons in which the family visits another nation. But with a better plot and without lazy stereotyping, thanks to reader “ …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2016
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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

Vodafone has scrapped line rental charges as it tries to muscle into TalkTalk's lower-end market – and comply with imminent regulatory changes for an all-in-one price for broadband and phone services. Under the move, rental charges will no longer apply for new and upgrading fibre optic home broadband customers, which means …
Kat Hall, 09 Aug 2016
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Facebook and Google show how the world really will be blanketed in 5G

Facebook has outdone even Google recently, in its efforts to shake up the mobile industry and accelerate the delivery of broadband services (and its revenue generators) to the entire planet. This is no longer just about using balloons and new spectrum to push affordable wireless access to underserved communities. It is about …
Wireless Watch, 18 Jul 2016

Melbourne motorway to lose its $1k-per-call emergency phones

After more than a year of debate and public submissions, the Victorian government is pressing ahead with getting rid of the “emergency help phones” that are a familiar sight on the side of freeways. Last year, prompted by the high cost of maintaining the fixed-line phones, the state's government opened up a public consultation …
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Chess makes another move, picks up Lanway

Chess has consumed Burnley-based infrastructure reseller Lanway for an undisclosed sum. The deal adds roughly £21m of top line revenues to Chess, certifications from HPE, Dell, and NetApp and roughly 100 heads to the the payroll. Typically, Chess tends to buy specific divisions at companies rather than the entire company …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2016
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NBN satellite rollout suspended in Tasmania for election

West coast residents of Tasmania, first promised fibre connection to the NBN only to have t replaced by satellite, have been told the network rollout in their electorate will go on hold until after the election. nbnTM has told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) The World Today radio program that it's holding off …
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Breaking down more IT technobabble: 'Unified' comms... say what now?

Business occurs everywhere, all day long. In the Western world, organisations where every member of a business shows up at a single premises, does work to a fixed set of hours and only deals with customers that enter the premises is quaint to the point of nearly extinct. Even in "Ma and Pa" shops, where you could reasonably …
Trevor Pott, 13 Apr 2016

Australian Bureau of Statistics stops counting 24Mbps broadband services

Australians downloaded 1,714,922 Terabytes in the 90 days to December 31st, 2015, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The bureau's new Internet Activity, Australia, December 2015, released today, points out that 98 per cent of those downloads used wired networks, which rather dampens the …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016

Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

Akamai’s state of the internet survey is the most comprehensive global snapshot of internet performance you’ll find. So if your country (or state) is falling behind, you can see how. These days, the survey even comes with its own app. The just-published summary for Q4 2015 shows a 23 per cent year-on-year gain in connection …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Mar 2016

A third of Australians lose mobile services after Telstra outage

Australian incumbent telco Telstra has been forced to offer another day of free mobile data after a nationwide outage knocked out mobile services for eight million customers across the country. The carrier says the cause of the outage, the second in about a month, was an offshore connection issue affecting international …
Darren Pauli, 17 Mar 2016
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Canberra passes USO review to Productivity Commission, tells the economists to hasten slowly

Australia's federal government re-ignited debate about rural telecommunications with the suggestion that today's Universal Service Obligation (USO) scheme be abandoned and replaced. However, any report about the death of the USO is, at this point, very premature: nothing's going to happen in an election year, for a start. The …

Hey cellcos: Guess who's got your backhaul still? That's right. Big daddy BT

One of the things that will not be answered by any amount of discussion about 5G is how the huge increase in bandwidth expected in next generation cellular gets backhauled. But at Faultline we have assiduously tracked the ownership of fixed line assets throughout the US and Europe, anticipating the rising cost of backhaul to …
Faultline, 16 Feb 2016

Virgin posts increase in profits and sales amid 900 jobs chop

Telco Virgin Media posted revenue growth of four per cent to £4.6bn for its full-year results in 2015. That was on a healthy increase of operating income up £104m from £274m in 2014. Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media CEO, said the company has "improved cost control" since becoming part of Liberty Global in 2013. The biz clearly has …
Kat Hall, 16 Feb 2016

BT scoops £100m network provision deal from the BBC

Updated The BBC has picked BT to provide its internal network, in a £100m deal that will run for the next seven years. The broadcaster estimated the deal will save it tens of millions of pounds and will provide extra network capacity for major events. The deal will begin in April 2017, with the option of extending the contract for a …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2016
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Competition watchdog to rubberstamp BT gobble of EE

Blighty's competition watchdog is expected to wave through the £12.5bn acquisition of EE by BT this week, in its final piece of paperwork before the two become one in March. The deal will create the first fully integrated "quadplay" company, offering fixed-line phones, broadband, mobile and TV. But of potentially greater …
Kat Hall, 13 Jan 2016
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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

Brits using mobile networks EE, O2, Giffgaff, and BT Mobile are unable to make calls this evening, UK time, amid an ongoing network breakdown. Judging from complaints online, subscribers cannot make outgoing calls, and some can't receive any, either. It appears the fault lies in the BT national network. "There seems to be …
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EE tops Ofcom’s naughty list, generates most fixed line broadband complaints

EE has once again topped Ofcom's naughty list for the most-complained about broadband providers, despite previous promises by the operator to try harder. The latest report covers the three-month period from July to September 2015, and includes complaints made about 13 providers of fixed line telephone, fixed line broadband, …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2015
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SCC buys 'controlling stake' in mobile services biz One Point

SCC has injected a mobile element to its managed services portfolio by grabbing a “controlling stake” in voice and data minnow One Point Communications, The Channel can reveal. This is the third such investment in new skills this year following similarly structured deals with voice and UC specialist SIPCOM and data …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2015
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Vodafone slings sueball at Dutch telco alleging anti-competitive conduct

Vodafone has initiated legal proceedings against Netherlands-based telco KPN, with the claim that the latter's business practices have affected competition and consumer choice in the country. The Dutch incumbent has been accused by the mobile giant of failing to deliver the technology needed for Voda to debut its rival TV, …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2015
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Lawyers use anti-piracy law to get website blocked over corporate ID brouhaha

Australian law firm Moray & Agnew has written to internet service providers (ISPs) in an attempt to have them block a site hosted in India, citing the new provisions of Australia's Copyright Act that target pirate websites as justifying the ban. The letter, a copy of which has been seen by The Register, alleges that a site is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
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Huawei who? We probe the sleeping storage dragon's brains

Part I Huawei is China's Cisco or Sweden’s Ericsson without the storage hangups that affect the US networking giant. It's a $46.5bn colossus with 170,000 employees, privately-owned by its Chinese national employees, with no venture capital investment and three rotating CEOs. This is most assuredly not your average IT corporation. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2015
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Netflix launch brings Australia's biggest ever download deluge

The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought with it the largest-ever spike in downloads recorded in Australia. New Australian Bureau of Statistics Internet Activity shows that in the six months to June 2015, Australian users of fixed line broadband collectively downloaded 1,349,975 terabytes of data. The ABS measures …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2015
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Vodafone left the lonely singleton as Liberty deal kiboshed

European telco Liberty Global and Vodafone have put the kibosh on their possible merger, the mobile network operator announced late Monday. The businesses have been flirting with the idea of a potential £120bn love-in for sometime. But in a filing to the London Stock Exchange the global telco giant said: "Vodafone today …
Kat Hall, 29 Sep 2015
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TCP is a wire-centric protocol being forced to cut the cord, painfully

The venerable Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is one of the foundation protocols of the Internet, but it's not so hot at mobile environments, says Juho Snellman of Swiss telco software concern Teclo. The Register took an interest in Teclo's work after spotting this presentation to a SIGCOMM workshop. In an interview with …

Telstra's bush broadband boxes bugged, bashed, botted

Update Telstra has patched a vulnerability that could have seen regional Australians suffer interception of their internet connections through a remotely-exploitable vulnerability in a series of wireless terminals the nation's dominant telco deploys under its universal service obligation. Melbourne security researcher Tim Noise (@ …
Darren Pauli, 03 Aug 2015
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Lying to customers, Unicom? Cough up £200k, do not pass Go

It’s good to know that complaints to Ofcom produce action. A probe into broken promises and lies told by Unicom has seen the company fined £200,000 by the regulator. It wasn’t just customer complaints which led to the action. An Ofcom initiative looked into Unicom's terms and conditions – most notably, that unwitting customers …
Simon Rockman, 31 Jul 2015
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Vodafone sales dip, waits for fixed broadband to kick in

Sales at Vodafone dropped marginally to £10.1bn, revealed the global mobile operator's second quarter results. UK sales remained broadly the same at £1.4bn. Blighty is its second largest market after Germany, which recorded a drop in sales of 12 per cent to £1.7bn. Revenue for the company’s first six months of trading rose by …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2015
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Cheaper broadband will slow NBN adoption, says Turnbull

Australia's Department of Communications has argued that higher broadband prices are necessary in order to protect the under-construction National Broadband Network (NBN). The Department, helmed by Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, has written to the the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) as that …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Turnbullnomics trashed as Oz regulator cuts telecoms prices

A bunch of Australian fixed telephony and broadband users are about to suffer under a regime of lower prices. In spite of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's 2014 assertion that lower prices are against consumer's interests, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has told Telstra to cut its wholesale fixed …

US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

The huge Nokia-Alcatel Lucent acquimerger transaction has cleared one of its major hurdles, with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) clearing the merger for takeoff. Specifically, the two companies have announced – Nokia's post is here – that the DoJ has granted an early termination to the antitrust waiting period in the US. …
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Australia's comms regs broken says Vodafone (as it would)

Telstra's continuing incumbency is an expensive luxury, according to the carrier's competitors, that sucks more than AU$3 billion into the carrier's maw each year. That's the conclusion of a study which reckons a fixed-line customer buying from Telstra is paying AU$20 too much each month, or $9 per month for mobile services. …

£300m education tech framework is LIVE

Crown Commercial Services has rung the bell on the mega ICT for Education framework, with 21 suppliers passing the entrance exam, one more than was originally planned for. The four-year agreement was first tendered last October and the roll out was delayed by a couple of weeks due to the high number of responses from …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2015
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TalkTalk unveils best results ever – and its share price dips

TalkTalk's share price dropped two per cent after it delivered its best ever quarterly financial results, for the end of 2014. The company posted revenue in the 12 months to 31 March 2015 of £1.8bn, up 4.2 per cent on the previous year, and profit of £76m, up 24.6 per cent, helped by improved efficiency. Unusually for …
Simon Rockman, 14 May 2015

Digi content market set for vast embulgement, will be $154bn in 2019

Global digital content sales are on track to hit $154bn (£113bn) annually by 2019, up 60 per cent from 2014, according to recent analysis. The current market is worth $99bn (£65bn) and is expected to increase at an average annual rate of 9.4 per cent over the next five years, said a report by crystal ball gazers at Juniper …
Kat Hall, 06 May 2015
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M2 drops on knee, offers scrip ring for iiNet's hand

A second bidder has entered the competition to acquire Australia's second-largest fixed-line internet service provider iiNet, raising the possibility that initial predator TPG might not have things its own way. The Australian Financial Review reckons the bid was received by iiNet on Friday, and offers shares (but no cash) but …
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Tesco broadband goes TITSUP, world keeps turning on wobbly-wheeled trolley

Tesco's broadband service went titsup this afternoon and remained out of action as The Register went to publication. The UK's largest supermarket chain agreed to offload its fixed line broadband customer base of around 75,000 subscribers to TalkTalk in January this year. The network is in the process of being transferred over …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2015
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NBN Co says 'ante-up' to fibre applicants

Want to know if you can get fibre to the home instead of the node? It'll cost at least $300 just to ask the question, under a new “Technology Choice Policy” published by NBN Co. The former “network extension” policy (which let satellite users ask about fixed wireless upgrades, and fixed wireless areas ask about fibre) was made …

ACCC nixes Telstra wholesale gouge

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has driven its nope-mobile down to Collins Street and dropped a couple of tons of forget-it at the door of Australia's dominant carrier Telstra: rather than putting up prices for fixed voice and broadband services, the carrier's asked to cop a price cut. The regulator …

Botched NBN installs leave folks with no internet, or recourse

Australia's Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Simon Cohen says the agency can do little to help subscribers dealing with broken National Broadband Network (NBN) installations. While the agency can flag complaints with NBN Co, the entity building and operating the NBN, it appears unable to do anything to force the utility …
Darren Pauli, 04 Mar 2015
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Network vendors need something far more real than ‘5G’

MWC 2015 The big infrastructure vendors all made significant announcements in advance of Mobile World Congress, holding their beauty parades before the distractions of the event itself. While there was a lot of the inevitable "5G" vision-making on show, the main focus was on something more real: new platforms which could be deployed in a …
Wireless Watch, 02 Mar 2015