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ACCC rejects telco merger between TPG and Vodafone Australia

10 May 2019
TpgNews

The competition and consumer watchdog has made the surprise decision to knock back a proposed merger between Vodafone’s Australian operation and TPG.

The ACCC was due to hand down its ruling on Thursday but accidentally published its decision online Wednesday afternoon.

“The ACCC has decided to oppose the proposed merger,” the regulator said in a short statement. “This information was inadvertently published online on our mergers register briefly this afternoon.”

The decision will surprise many industry analysts and comes after the ACCC flagged concerns over the impact to consumers.

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Bipartisan support for improving connectivity in bush welcomed by AgForce

10 May 2019
InTheNews

AgForce has welcomed announcements by both major political parties towards improving telecommunications infrastructure in regional, rural and remote communities after advocating for this critical infrastructure for many years.


AgForce General President Georgie Somerset said both parties had now committed to investing $160 million for rounds five and six of the Mobile Black Spots Program, and to delivering regional connectivity and digital literacy initiatives.

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Study hubs in, blackspots out in bid for bush

07 May 2019
InTheNews

The Coalition will today vow to eliminate mobile phone blackspots across one million square kilometres under its regional Australia policy which also includes $15 million for regional “study hubs” to enable university students to stay in their communities.

Scott Morrison will announce the measures today with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, saying a re-elected ­Coalition would continue to back regional development with infrastructure and essential services.

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Telstra blamed for Balala phone tower that provides no coverage

07 May 2019
TelstraNews

Telstra, and the work of a subcontractor, is being blamed for a phone tower west of Uralla that is not working, leaving residents with no mobile phone coverage.

Wendy Westbrook is the spokesperson for the community group at Balala, called 'Gabfest', that decided to take action in January this year when the new nearby phone tower provided no reception.

The tower is on a Retreat Road property and the owner has entered into a lease arrangement with Telstra. It was erected by a subcontractor hired by Telstra.

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Federal Election 2019: Coalition targets mobile blackspots

07 May 2019
InTheNews

Up to a million square kilometres of regional Australia will be targeted as part of the Coalition’s bid to eliminate mobile blackspots.

University students in regional areas will also be given a leg up from a re-elected Morrison Government, with a $15 million commitment to allow them to stay in their local communities.

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2019: Labor to fix black spots if elected on May 18

06 May 2019
InTheNews

Labor candidate for Parkes Jack Ayoub says Labor will improve mobile phone coverage and fix dangerous black spots as a priority if elected on May 18.

Mr Ayoub said a Shorten Labor Government would invest $245 million as part of a broader commitment to support local productivity, jobs and enhanced quality of life in regional communities.

"Labor will allocate $160 million to deliver improved mobile coverage through two further rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, as well as to strengthen infrastructure sharing opportunities," he said.

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How the 5G telco market is transforming with lessons learned from the enterprise

06 May 2019
InTheNews

Over the past six months, more people in the general populace have begun using the term 5G in their regular conversations. It was a big focus at the recently-concluded MWC Barcelona event in February. And high-profile publications like TIME and BusinessWeek are writing articles to explain 5G to the layman after national security concerns were raised about letting certain vendors into the buildout of 5G infrastructure in Europe and North America.

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Sparks fly over mobile towers

06 May 2019
InTheNews

Election candidate Shelley Payne has taken aim at the Federal Government’s mobile black spot program, calling it a “huge let-down” for communities still waiting for connectivity.

However, MP Rick Wilson hit back at the claim, saying his electorate had benefited most from the project.

After three years extending mobile coverage to reception “black spots”, the Federal Government had finished 700 of its 867 promised towers across regional Australia.

O’Connor, which stretches from Manjimup to the South Australian border, was promised 85 towers over two rounds.

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McKenzie fails to nail cut-and-paste claim

02 May 2019
InTheNews

AAP FactCheck Investigation: Did Labor 'cut and paste' the coalition's policy to fix regional black spots?

The Statement

Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie accuses Labor of blatantly "cut and pasting" the coalition's policy on upgrading regional communications.

May 1, 2019.

The Verdict

Misleading - The claim is mostly true but somewhat misleading.

The Analysis...

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Labor, Coalition connectivity promises not enough – rural health organisation

02 May 2019
InTheNews

The National Rural Health Alliance – Australia’s umbrella rural health group – has welcomed the major parties’ focus on rural, regional and remote connectivity for health’s sake, ahead of the Federal election.

Labor has promised $245 million to eradicate mobile black spots, improve digital literacy and fund local projects to improve connectivity in regional communities. The Coalition provided $220 million in the 2019-2020 Budget including $160m to fix mobile black spots, $60 million for a new regional connectivity program and a digital tech hub to improve digital literacy.

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