Telecommunications

July 2017

Government study says communications affordability improving – July 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Telecommunications,

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research has published a working paper on the affordability of communications services for Australian households.

June 2017

New consultation on spectrum management framework – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Telecommunications,

The federal Government has released a consultation package on reforms to modernise and simplify Australia’s spectrum management framework.

Government continues funding for communications consumer representative – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Telecommunications,

The federal Government has announced a new funding agreement with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) to allow it to continue its work providing consumer representation.

April 2017

NBN chief executive reappointed – April 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Telecommunications,

The federal Government has announced the reappointment of nbn chief executive officer Bill Morrow to the company’s board as executive director for a further three-year term, commencing 2 April 2017. Mr Morrow will also continue as CEO.

December 2016

NBN: government drops private for government funding – December 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, IT, Telecommunications,

The Government has announced it will loan the National Broadband Network $19.5 billion to fund the rest of the rollout.

October 2016

Switkowski reappointed chair of NBN – October 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, IT, Telecommunications,

The Government has reappointed Dr Ziggy Switkowski as chair and non-executive director of the Board of NBN Co Limited (nbn) for a further three-year term.

June 2016

Labor promises fibre-to-the premises at no extra cost – June 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

A change of government on July 2 will mean another shakeup in policy for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

May 2016

Universal Service Obligation review – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO).

February 2016

Cyber security cooperation with US strengthened – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, IT, Telecommunications,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a strengthening of ties between Australia and the United States on cyber security.

New regulatory requirements for mobile roaming – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The federal Government has announced amendments to the Telecommunications (International Mobile Roaming) Industry Standard that will give consumers greater flexibility in managing their roaming services as well as reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on mobile operators.

December 2015

Government to retain control of ICON network – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The federal Government has decided not to sell the Intra Government Communications Network, known as ICON.

October 2015

nbn announces three-year rollout plan – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

nbn Co, the company building the national broadband network, has released a comprehensive three-year construction plan to network over nine million premises across the nation.

Remote areas NBN satellite launched – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The national broadband company’s $500 million satellite Sky Muster has been launched successfully from South America.

August 2015

Increased disclosure of carrier availability – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The Communications Department has launched an interactive online map that allows Australians to see the carriers that are providing telecommunications in new developments.

June 2015

Policy shift seeks more competition to NBN - June

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a new Government policy for the provision of telecommunications infrastructure in new real estate developments.

May 2015

Tax Commissioner hits back at tech taxpayers at Senate inquiry – May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Tax, Telecommunications,

Taxation Commissioner Chris Jordan has accused Apple, Google, Microsoft and other multinationals of giving inaccurate evidence to a Senate inquiry.

April 2015

Mobile comms and data growing strongly – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

Australians’ heavy reliance on mobile communications will only increase, according to Paul Fletcher, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications.

Productivity Commission reviews emergency comms – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The Government has released the Terms of Reference for a Productivity Commission cost-benefit analysis on the best way to deliver a mobile broadband capability for public safety agencies.

February 2015

Spectrum policy and management review announced – February 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The Communications Department in November 2014 released details of the review of the spectrum policy and management framework promised by the Government earlier in the year.

November 2014

Spectrum policy and management review announced

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The Communications Department has released details of the review of the spectrum policy and management framework promised by the Government earlier this year.

October 2014

Consultant’s report a step too far for Government - October 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the final report to the Government on a review of the telecommunications industry has laid out a path to a less regulated, more competitive market.

September 2014

Government study finds $40 billion in NBN benefits - September 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The independent cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of the National Broadband Network commissioned by the Government has found that increasing nationwide access to superfast broadband will deliver total economic and social benefits to Australians.

May 2014

NBN: NBN changes rollout plans

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

NBN Co, the company building and operating the National Broadband Network (NBN) says it is preparing to implement a revised network architecture.

NBN: Broadband regulation review starts

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

The expert panel appointed to review the National Broadband Network (NBN) project has published an issues paper to seek views from industry and the public.

NBN: Legacy changes to affect medical and security alarms

Filed under: Australian Politics, Telecommunications,

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that the legacy Telstra copper network will be disconnected in 15 sites on May 23.