Telstra’s new CEO adds $485M to mobile capex budget

Telstra’s new CEO, Andrew Penn, said in his first speech that the country’s mobile leader will invest an additional AUD500 million ($485 million) in its mobile network, bringing its planned mobile investment to more than $5 billion over the next …

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Australia backs rural coverage with $297M in funding

Australia’s federal government, with support from state and local governments, as well as operators Telstra and Vodafone, will invest a total of AUD385 million ($297 million) to build 499 base stations in remote locations over the next three years. Public …

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Telstra to add 429 towers in remote locations

Australia’s mobile leader Telstra announced today it plans to expand mobile coverage to more than 400 remote communities that currently have no coverage. Through the government’s mobile black-spot programme, Telstra, with support from federal, state and local governments, will invest …

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Asia Briefs: Korean operators to launch interconnected VoLTE, Qualcomm leads $6M investment in MangoPlate & more

Korean operators to launch interconnected VoLTE South Korea’s mobile operators – SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus – announced they will introduce the world’s first commercial interconnected VoLTE service this month. The service, officially unveiled by Minister Yang Hee Choi …

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Australia smartphone market jumps 29% in Q1

Strong demand for phablets and the continued popularity of the iPhone 6 in Australia helped fuel a 29.2 per cent jump in smartphone shipments in Q1. Apple’s market share leapt to almost 50 per cent as shipments surged 66 per …

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Telstra plans tele-health consultation service

Australia’s largest mobile operator Telstra will soon expand its e-health portfolio with the launch of a service that gives customers 24/7 access to doctors via an app and secure voice or video connection. Telstra is partnering with European telemedicine company …

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Australia tablet market falls 20% as smart bands emerge as popular gifts

Demand for tablets in Australia dropped 20 per cent last year as the saturated market was further impacted by the entry of larger-screen iPhone and Android smartphones as well as a range of wearable devices. Analyst firm Telsyte estimates that …

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Crown Castle sells off Australian mobile tower business for $1.6B

Wireless infrastructure player Crown Castle International is to sell off its mobile tower business in Australia to a consortium led by the country’s largest investment bank, Macquarie Group. The takeover will be funded by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets fund, …

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VHA, Optus call for limits on 1.8GHz allocation

Australia’s Optus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) have both submitted proposals to the telecoms regulator recommending that it set limits on the amount of spectrum an operator can hold. The number 2 and 3 players are keen to prevent market …

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