Telstra will build 22 new mobile phone towers across regional Western Australia after the state government announced it would invest $45 million into boosting mobile coverage. The funding will cover the construction of 85 mobile phone towers overall, starting next month, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
David Thodey will relinquish the top job at Telstra in May after six years in the role, revealing plans to retire today. He will be replaced by Telstra’s current chief financial officer, Andrew Penn. Penn will be based in Melbourne. Thodey will briefly stay on at Telstra following his retirement on May 1 to assist Penn’s transition to the CEO role. He will completely exit the telco in “late August”, according to a financial filing.
Seen by many as the next in line for the throne at Telstra, Andy Penn now takes on the top job with expectations that his wealth of experience, importantly in Asia, will help Australia’s largest telecommunications provider take on the challenges of the world’s most populous region. Mr Penn will take over as chief executive of Telstra on May 1, and will be helped by David Thodey until he leaves the company in August. Mr Thodey has helped Telstra cement its market leading position and lift shares from all-time lows to 14-year highs.
Telstra is previewing its first public API via a new beta developer portal, the first step towards what it hopes will become a library of public APIs. The SMS API, launched at the APIDays conference in Sydney yesterday, “sends SMS messages to Australian mobile phones in a single request”, according to developer documentation. “This API allows you to send and receive messages. You can also query the status of a previously sent SMS message,” the documentation states.
NEXTDC is examining options to use the roof space of neighbouring buildings to run solar arrays in what would be a major expansion of its renewable energy strategy. Chief operating officer Simon Cooper told iTnews the data centre operator was considering its options to bring solar power to Sydney and Perth. Although both facilities enjoy more hours of sunlight than Melbourne, the buildings have considerably less roof space than M1 in Melbourne, which hosts a 401kW array on its roof.
Telstra has informed employees at one of its Ballarat offices that half the workforce will be let go by April. The telco confirmed 64 of the 128 staff employed at the Gillies St office were yesterday told their jobs would no longer be needed. The restructure was first reported by The Courier. Telstra said the job cuts were aimed at reducing duplication of roles rather than cutting costs.
Australia’s largest telco Telstra has refused to disclose how much it expects the Government’s data retention scheme will cost to implement, claiming the figure as commercial-in-confidence. The telco refused to budge under sustained questioning by Labor MP Mark Dreyfus on the cost of the scheme today as part of hearings into the Government’s proposed data retention legislation today.
The Tasmanian government is looking to make life easier for its staff, who currently struggle with a multitude of professional logins, as part of a revamped networking deal set to replace arrangements with Telstra and a number of other providers. The state government revealed in late 2013 that it would take the end of the contracts as an opportunity to rethink how it operates its network infrastructure.
Telstra will offer 100 gigabit per second connectivity on several subsea cables to meet the need for increased international capacity, particularly the large amounts of bandwidth required for high definition video and ultra-high definition (UHD) television. Telstra’s 100G Wavelength Service is available today on the company’s exclusive access fibre pair that runs between Hawaii and the United States West Coast on the Asia-America Gateway system.
A power outage at one of Telstra’s data centres shuttered internet services to BigPond customers for up to four hours this morning. BigPond ADSL customers across Australia began complaining of difficulties connecting to the internet at around 6am today. The telco’s support line struggled to cope under the influx of callers, pushing wait times to over an hour.
Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet will raise the value of its Asian operations to $2.4 billion, says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The value of Telstra’s operations in Asia took a hit after it sold Hong Kong-based mobile provider CSL in December 2013. But BoAML research analyst Sameer Chopra told clients that Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet for $US697 million ($858 million) in the dying days of 2014 was a boon that could help raise revenues and profits.
Drones flown by both the ABC and Telstra will add a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to TV and online broadcasts tonight. The national broadcaster is touting its live-to-air drone-filmed coverage of the 9pm and midnight fireworks as an “Australian television first”. It plans to send two purpose-built quadcopters equipped with HD cameras and broadcast links 1000 ft above Sydney Harbour, which will feed live video to feature in its annual New Years Eve broadcast, alongside footage from nine harbourside cameras and a manned helicopter.
SIMON SANTOW; It’s been burned before, but Telstra is going back to try and make money in Asia. Australia’s biggest telco has just spent $858 million buying the Singapore and Hong Kong-based Pacnet. Telstra’s hoping Pacnet’s underwater telecommunications cables and data centres around the region, especially in China, will help grow its business customer base in Asia. The company’s chief financial officer Andrew Penn spoke with our business reporter Michael Janda.
Telstra will spend US$697 million (A$857 million) to acquire cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet and gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. Australia’s largest telco last week confirmed it was in discussions with the Asian company over potential acquisition, which would include Pacnet’s 46,500km of submarine cable between the US and Asia. The purchase is subject to certain completion adjustments as well as regulatory and Pacnet financier approvals, and is expected to close mid next year.
Telstra has signed a $390 million deal with NBN Co to provide planning and design services for the national broadband network over the next four years. The bundle of work comes as a result of the renegotiated definitive agreements between Telstra and NBN Co, under which Telstra handed over its copper and HFC networks to the infrastructure builder.
Telstra has confirmed it is in talks to buy the company that owns the world’s largest private submarine cable network, Pacnet. If successful, Telstra would take control of some 46,000 kms of undersea cable stretching between Asia and the United States. Telstra company secretary Damien Coleman confirmed the discussions in a statement on Wednesday, but said there was “no certainty” a transaction will take place.
Telstra is in discussions with cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet over potential acquisition, the telco confirmed today. Australia’s largest telecommunications company today informed the Australian Stock Exchange it was in negotiations with Pacnet to potentially acquire the company, but said there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate.
Telstra has been forced to pay $102,000 for misleading customers about the true cost of one of its iPhone 6 plans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said it had issued an infringement notice against Telstra over an ad placed by the telco in a newspaper in late September for the smartphone. The consumer watchdog said Telstra had advertised the iPhone 6 plan as costing $70 per month, neglecting to highlight an extra $11 customers would have to pay for the handset itself.
Australia’s leading telecommunications business Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) has announced that it has switched on its latest 4GX mobile service in parts of central Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Telstra says that for customers with compatible devices it is now delivering some of the fastest commercial mobile speeds in the world, with Melbournians generally getting improved data download speeds and more reliable networks.
Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks while remaining committed to its structural separation under renegotiated definitive agreements with NBN Co that retain the $11 billion value of the 2011 deal. Telstra and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the re-signing of the landmark deal, which will see NBN Co continue to pay Telstra $5 billion in infrastructure payments, $4 billion in disconnection payments and $2 billion in Commonwealth agreements.