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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Singtel’s profit rises 3.5%, Australia drives mobile growth

Asian operator Singtel posted steady gains in profit and revenue for its fiscal year ending 31 March, with strong mobile growth from its Australian unit Optus offsetting slowing growth in Singapore mobile revenue. The operator’s full year net profit rose …

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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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SingTel’s net profit rises 11%, but subsidies push down EBITDA

SingTel reported strong revenue growth across all markets, but higher handset subsidies and unfavourable forex movements pushed its EBITDA lower in fiscal Q3. The operator’s net profit in its fiscal Q3 ending 31 December grew 11 per cent to SGD970 …

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Aussie operators beef up 700MHz LTE coverage

Australia’s two leading mobile operators have expanded their 4G networks running on the 700MHz band, with both expected to reach 90 per cent of the population by April. Telstra announced that its 4GX service — LTE-Advanced with two carrier aggregation — now …

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Optus, Vodafone expand low-band 4G coverage

Australia’s Optus has expanded its 4G coverage in the Australian Capital Territory using the 700MHz band after the Australian Communications and Media Authority granted it early access to the digital dividend spectrum. Opus said it has rolled out 20 4G …

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Optus claims Australian mobile payment app “first”

Australia’s Optus has introduced a mobile payment app that uses NFC and Visa payWave technology. The Cash by Optus app was launched in collaboration with Visa and Heritage Bank. Optus claims it’s the first Australian operator to release such an …

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Optus warned for overcharging customers

Australian carrier Optus has been formally warned by telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for inaccurately billing over 237,500 customers prior to September 2012.

Australian operators improve customer service

Australian telecoms regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced a sustained reduction in complaints to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) from consumers regarding customer services of the country’s mobile operators.