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.
Telstra has begun shifting 30 of its largest customers off a 15-year old internally-built billing platform onto a new managed solution provided by CSG. The first unnamed customer has been moved on to CSG’s Singleview platform, the telco said today. It will gradually transition around 30 of its biggest enterprise and government customers onto the new system “over time”. Since the late 90’s these customers have been operating off a SQL-based billing system built internally by Telstra.
Majority of IT leaders in Singapore (98 percent) find it a challenge to effectively implement all the technology tools employees expect to use to communicate in the workplace. This is according to a new Telstra research conducted by market research company Vanson Bourne, which polled 675 IT decision makers across Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States and Australia.
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To help drive the adoption of Cloud services within the public sector, Telstra has announced it will create a Cloud environment built specifically for federal, state and local government. In a statement, Telstra said the Government Cloud was a key milestone in the implementation of its long term Cloud strategy, which is to offer customers scalable and flexible Cloud services.
Google’s mission to bring internet to regional areas of the world via high-altitude balloons has arrived in Australia, as the company prepares to kick off a 20-balloon trial with Telstra in Queensland. Google’s Project Loon officially commenced in New Zealand mid-last year, when the company launched 30 ballons in the skies above Canterbury in the south island to test whether reliable internet services could be delivered to 50 users in under-served areas.
Telstra has deployed a new solution based on Matrixx technology that will allow it to provide near instantaneous alerts to customers when they reach specific data usage thresholds. Australia’s largest telcos were required to start alerting customers when they had reached 50, 85 and 100 percent of their mobile voice and data quotas by September 1 last year under a revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code. The code specifies that telcos are required to send the alerts within 48 hours of users reaching the thresholds.
Telstra has unveiled its new data centre facilities in Clayton, Melbourne – two years after announcing it would pour $100 million into its construction. “Over the past two years, we have created a world-class purpose-built facility which adds more than 40 percent capacity to our current data centre capability and forms an integral part of our cloud infrastructure,” said Telstra property executive director John Romano in a blog post. “The Clayton build has been a huge effort – in excess of 550,000 man-hours worked by a peak workforce of 180 people.”
Telstra has opened a new 2000sqm datacentre in Clayton, Victoria, to host WMware Cloud’s service, VCloud Air. The 6MW datacentre will also be leveraged to host vendor Cisco’s cloud offering as well as internal IT infrastructure to support Telstra’s back office systems (Siebel etc). The opening follows last week’s vForum announcement it would host VMware’s hybrid Cloud service as part of its growing Cloud strategy. The datacentre will add more than 40 per cent to its datacentre capability and will consist of two 1000sqm data halls.
The former chairman of Australia’s competition watchdog has warned that content control will be the biggest theat to competition to emerge as a result of the NBN, while criticising the federal government’s six reviews into the network as ‘politically tarnished’. Speaking at the Charles Todd Oration lunch today, Graeme Samuel warned telco providers that competition in the sector would not come from ‘clipping the wings’ of those deemed by their rivals to have a competitive advantage – as is the current situation with Optus and Telstra – but rather from being able to structure bundles that provide compelling offers to customers.
The lawyers behind a class action levelled at Telstra over late fees are confident their efforts will be more successful than a recent class action over network issues that failed to get up against against Vodafone. Late in August, ACA Lawyers announced it would target Australia’s largest telco on behalf of customers who had been forced to pay a late payment fee. They said if the case was successful, the firm would also go after Optus and Vodafone.
Telstra and Motorola have inked a deal to provide a public safety broadband network. The solution will be based on the LTE Advanced Network for emergency services, products and services developed by Telstra. This will be enhanced by Motorola Solutions’ public safety applications, interoperability solutions and public safety optimised devices. It is designed to provide broadband data access to emergency services during a large scale incident and to ensure that critical information can be shared in real time between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field.
Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.
Telstra, the Australian telecoms group, plans to use its A$5bn-plus war chest to pursue growth in Asia but says it will not be rushed into making big acquisitions that do not benefit shareholders. “We have high aspirations to grow our business in Asia. We think it is a great opportunity but it has got to reach our investment criteria,” says David Thodey, Telstra chief executive. “We are very considered investors, just like Warren Buffet, like Microsoft, like any well run company.”
As it lays bets on new technologies and acquisitions, the $68 billion telco is struggling to explain where the next wave of growth is likely to come from. While there’s no shortage of ideas or new businesses opportunities for Telstra to pursue, the unanswered question remains: will any succeed? If you ask Telstra chief executive David Thodey, he will answer with an unequivocal yes.