Telstra is positioning itself to acquire a privatised NBN. That might be good for shareholders, but not for competition and consumers.
Next year’s ‘spectrum auction’ will give telcos a chance to bid for access to high speed, millimetre-wave 5G. But big businesses are likely to be prioritised, not you.
Telstra’s new digital advertising payphones can be found at Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall. In this photo, the older centre booth sits between two of Telstra’s larger high-tech booths.
City of Melbourne
The new payphones have Wi-Fi, mobile charging and transport information. But city councils are concerned they’re digital billboards for Telstra, which could cost billions in lost productivity.
Once it’s up and running, the main change for 5G users will be increased speed and reduced delay.
5G is similar to existing mobile networks, but with key differences in hardware and software. And we still need to work out who will build this infrastructure in Australia.
Recently Telstra, the big four banks, and the ABC have used technology to replace workers.
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Management trumps technology in making companies productive, but that doesn’t mean firms can be complacent when it comes to keeping up with change.
The NBN is on the path to being privatised after construction finishes.
The NBN is on track to be privatised after the infrastructure is completed, but there are a number of other options that would retain the benefits of its disruption of the telecommunications market.
Telstra CEO has dramatically restructured the company.
The new strategy is centred on investment in 5G while making Telstra smaller and simpler. But 5G might not fill the A$3 billion hole caused by the NBN.
Telstra will compensate more than 42000 customers for slow NBN speeds.
Australia’s problems with the national broadband network run deeper than what can be solved through an investigation or more monitoring. Maybe we were just too optimistic.
We’ll probably see 4G as the dominant cellular network technology for some time to come in Australia.
Consumers who live in Australian cities will most likely benefit from the entry of a fourth player in the mobile network scene.
Not all the data captured by Telstra on how you use its technology is considered ‘personal information’.
The Federal Court has narrowed the definition of what can be deemed “personal information” in any data stored about you.
Telstra Health has won the contract to manage the National Bowel Cancer and Cervical Screening Program registries.
The cancer screening registry contract won by Telstra Health is only the first of the potential outsourcing of health programs. It creates a precedent that needs to be right.
People judge companies that renege on social causes more harshly.
Withdrawing support for marriage equality can prompt a community backlash and alienate employees and customers.
Optus chief Allen Lew says the company is now ‘in the game’ of sporting rights.
As Optus takes the fight for sports viewers to Foxtel and Telstra, it’s unclear if consumers will benefit.
Sports viewing: TV no longer required.
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Commercial television broadcasters are no longer solely concerned about TV content being viewed on TV sets.
There are more television services than ever before.
Telstra’s release of an all-in-one streaming service further complicates the television landscape in Australia.
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Telcos are positioning themselves to be at the top rather than the bottom of the content food chain.
Progress, at last.
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