More than 460 existing Telstra roles, plus another 208 contractor roles, have been tagged for redundancy as the telco seeks cheaper labour with outsourced partners in India. The cuts represent 15 per cent of the 4100 staff employed in Telstra’s Global Services division, which delivers cloud computing and network application services for big-ticket corporate clients and government.
Telstra and Optus have secured early access to the 700MHz spectrum auctioned off by the Government last year, and will switch on the first 4G services in the band in a number of areas around the country over the coming weeks. The official launch of 700MHz spectrum, when technical trials are due to commence, is set for January 1 next year.
Japanese incumbent telco Nippon Telegraph and Telephone is reportedly lobbying Telstra for a partnership, amidst growing competition from Optus’ parent SingTel. In an article in the Australian Financial Review, NTT urges the Australian telco to use its global network of data centres, which would be connected to Telstra’s own networks. The news comes as Telstra repositions itself from being a traditional telecommunications company towards being a network applications and services (NAS) provider with a focus on south-east Asia.
Telstra has won a $150 million deal with NBN Co for the Government’s pilot of fibre-to-the-node technology in regional areas across Queensland and NSW. Telstra will build around 1000 nodes in certain parts of the two states over the next year to serve around 206,000 homes and businesses, as first reported by the Financial Review. The trial forms part of the Coalition’s attempts to move the NBN from a predominantly fibre-based network to its multi-technology mix.
Telstra has announced it will offer a point of presence on the East Coast of the United States for its VMware-based cloud infrastructure services, which are currently offered in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Nathan Bell, Telstra’s global marketing director told iTnews that the telco aspires to offer a suite of cloud services across a global footprint and with a consistent configuration.”
Tasmanian police are investigating how vandals managed to cut Telstra cables in three locations in one suburb on Wednesday night, causing significant disruption to the local network. The vandalism is the latest in a series of attacks on Telstra property in the state, with two of the areas targeted on Wednesday having been hit three times in as many months.
Telstra is building its biggest mobile exchange on wheels (MEOW) in response to a review of its emergency connectivity strategy in the wake of the 2012 fire at its Warrnambool exchange. The November 2012 fire knocked out services to up to 60,000 users and caused damage to 60 percent of the exchange.
While last year’s $2 billion sale of the Hong Kong mobile phone company CSL was seen as an Asian retreat by some analysts, Mr Thodey said nothing could be further from the truth and Telstra is ramping up its engagement with Asia, with its enterprise and services division now run with an international focus.
Telstra has extended its reach in Europe with the telco’s enterprise services -focused unit,Telstra Global, signing a cloud computing deal with GTS Central Europe. Under the terms of the new Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI) agreement, Telstra Global will get to leverage GTS’s points of presence (PoP) across Central and Eastern Europe. It will also see Telstra Global’s existing IP VPN service coverage extend beyond 1,900 PoPs, covering 230 countries and territories worldwide.
iiNet chairman Michael Smith says the Perth company will use a $350 million war chest to make media and internet acquisitions as part of an “aggressive” campaign to avoid becoming a so-called “dumb-pipe” broadband provider. Mr Smith said the company aimed to lock in its new three-year strategy by June 30 off the back of a board-level expedition to Silicon Valley in March. The move comes as telecommunications operators around the world hunt for new sources of revenue as traditional profits from services like phone calls and text messages shift to internet-enabled companies like WhatsApp, who offer the same products at a fraction of the cost.
As Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) shares creep back towards their 52-week high, it’s a chance to ask ourselves if there is still value at current prices. In my opinion, the answer is yes. Until recently, many investors perceived Telstra as the ex-government, home phone and Sensis business which was outdated and sure to fail in a world of nimble technology companies. But it is no more.
Telstra and Cisco Systems have announced a first-of-its-kind alliance that signals an inflexion point in the evolution of the global infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. Even as Australia’s largest telco, Telstra has decided that the economies of scale required for sustainable success as an IaaS provider are beyond its means. Rather than invest in a potentially sub-scale home-tailored cloud computing infrastructure, Telstra has decided to partner with a global provider of ready-to-use cloud platforms.
SYDNEY— Telstra Corp. TLS.AU +0.97% lifted its dividend payout for the first time in eight years after infrastructure upgrades helped Australia’s biggest telecommunications firm lure more smartphone customers. The company also said it was looking to Asia, and technologies such as cloud computing, as it explores acquisitions to diversify away from its traditional fixed-line phone business.