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Vodafone, TPG announce merger of equals

30 Aug 2018
VodafoneNews

Australian telcos Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom have announced a merger of equals, with the scrip deal creating a company with an enterprise value of about $15 billion, according to an announcement made to the ASX.

It said 50.1% of the merged entity would be owned by Vodafone with the remainder to be owned by TPG.

Last week, the two companies confirmed that they had engaged in exploratory talks, issuing identical statements to the Australian Stock Exchange on 22 August.

Local telecommunications sector incumbents like Telstra and Optus have been awaiting the entry of TPG into the mobile sector with some trepidation as it would add a fourth player to an already crowded space which has taken a beating from the rollout of the NBN.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

EMR resistance meeting at Wilsons Ck Hall

30 Aug 2018
TelstraNews

A newly formed community group against a proposed Telstra mobile-communications tower in Wilsons Creek are holding their next meeting at Wilsons Creek Hall tonight (Wednesday August 29) from 6pm. 

Organisers of the Environment & Community Safe from Radiation group say they will be discussing where the development application (DA) process is up to and actions taken from the August 23 meeting.

To continue reading the article: click here. (echo.net.au)

Optus continues rollout of Victorian rail mobile network

30 Aug 2018
OptusNews

Optus says completion of work on a new mobile site in Maddingley in Victoria will provide improved coverage for mobile users on the state’s rail network.

The telco announced on Tuesday it had completed work on the new Maddingley site as part of the Victorian Government’s regional rail connectivity project aimed at improving mobile coverage along the state’s five busiest regional rail corridors.

The new tower is located on the rail line connecting Ballarat and Melbourne along over five kilometres of track that previously offered limited coverage.

Vin Mullins, Optus manager, Mobile Access Planning, says the new site complements the company's investment in improving the regional network across Victoria.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Arsonist jailed over telecom phone tower fires

30 Aug 2018
InTheNews

A serial arsonist who set fire to telecommunications towers in Perth’s northern suburbs after he became obsessed with a belief they were dangerous to the public was jailed for four years and eight months yesterday.

Matthew Paul Etty broke into telecommunications base stations in Malaga, Dianella and Morley between July and October 2016 and used vegetation, cloth and cardboard to start fires inside.

The fires caused more than $400,000 damage to electrical components inside the Telstra, Vodafone and Optus-owned huts, with two of the sites rendered inoperative for about two months.

To continue reading the article: click here. (thewest.com.au)

Corangamite Shire makes fire safety pitch to state government

30 Aug 2018
InTheNews

Following the devastating St Patrick’s Day fires, Corangamite Shire is calling on the state government to do more to help safeguard the region.

With an election looming, the council is pushing a wishlist of projects totalling in the millions of dollars.

Mayor Jo Beard said in the wake of the March fires, better roadside vegetation management and improved mobile phone coverage were among the issues topping the list.

Cr Beard said the fires highlighted mobile blackspot issues, particularly in the Scotts Creek and Timboon areas.

To continue reading the article: click here. (standard.net.au)

Telstra blends wireless technologies for new location services

24 Aug 2018
TelstraNews

Telstra will leverage a combination of its Telstra Air Wi-Fi network, Cat M1 support on its LTE network and a new Bluetooth ‘community’ to power a suite of location-based services targeting both consumers and enterprises.

The telco this morning detailed its plans ahead of the formal launch of two separate sets of services: Telstra Locator for consumers and SMBs and Track and Monitor for enterprises.

The new offerings will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE-capable tags intended to help individuals and businesses track items, ranging from keyrings and pets (via tag-equipped collars) through to toolboxes, containers and vehicles.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Optus to cut another 440 jobs over next two months

24 Aug 2018
OptusNews

Singtel Optus will sack 440 workers over the next two months in what it says is a bid to reduce the number involved in back-office work.

The company will make 290 of the 440 roles redundant and create 150 new positions, The Australian reported.

This is the third time Optus has announced sackings this year.

The telco said in May that it was phasing out its Virgin Mobile subsidiary and that 200 positions would go.

The same month, Optus announced a further 400 jobs would be lost in order to "future-proof" the company in the words of chief executive Allen Lew.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

NBN Co should have appointed interim CEO: Labor

24 Aug 2018
NbnNews

The Australian Labor Party says it was not appropriate for the Federal Government to appoint a permanent chief executive for NBN Co, the company rolling out the national broadband network, this close to an election, especially given that the government is going through a great deal of turbulence.

Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland and Shadow Finance Minister Jim Chalmers said in a joint statement that the party had made its view plain, that any chief executive should be appointed only on an interim basis now.

The NBN Co announced on Wednesday that chief financial officer Stephen Rue would take over on 1 September, the day after the incumbent, Bill Morrow, leaves. Morrow announced in April that he would be stepping down at the end of the year.

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Telco Shares Surge As TPG & Vodafone Explore Merger

24 Aug 2018
InTheNews

TPG Telecom surged more than 21% yesterday to two-year highs as it said it was talking to rival telco, Vodafone about a possible merger.

The merger, if it happens could see a company with a value of more than $12 billion created, perhaps more with debt is included.

The reason is the intense competition, rising costs for new infrastructure, especially the 5G mobile networks that are coming from 2019-20 onwards and the pressures being created by the NBN.

Optus yesterday revealed plans to introduce more automation and artificial intelligence into its processes to cut costs, and also announced it was cutting 400 staff.

To continue reading the article: click here. (sharecafe.com.au)

Vodafone warns investment 'uncertainty' after Huawei 5G ban

24 Aug 2018
VodafoneNews

Other telcos less concerned.

Vodafone Australia has criticised the government’s decision to ban Huawei from local 5G networks, arguing the decision could change the economics of planned builds.

Chief strategy officer Dan Lloyd said that Vodafone “have always said that national security is paramount.”

"We always have and always will meet our obligations under Australian law," he said.

"However, major decisions of this nature need to be made with rigour, accountability and careful consideration of the economic, productivity and social implications for the country.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itnews.com.au)

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