IT News — Reverse proxy provider Cloudflare claims Australian carriers Optus and Telstra are abusing their monopoly positions to jack up network charges. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units.
IT News — Reverse proxy provider Cloudflare claims Australian carriers Optus and Telstra are abusing their monopoly positions to jack up network charges. To demonstrate the pricing disparity, Cloudflare founder Matthew Prince said that if bandwidth in Europe and North America costs the company 10 units, in Australia and NZ, it costs 85 units. Australia/NZ has the highest effective bandwith cost, even more than South America (68 units) and Asia (28 units), Prince said.
Australia’s Optus has commenced the rollout of VoLTE technology to Australia’s major capital cities. The Singtel subsidiary revealed that its initial rollout will concentrate on the central business district metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.
IT News — NBN’s proposed changes to its pricing structure for retail service providers won’t address long-held complaints about the costs involved in purchasing bandwidth in the Netflix era, according to Optus.The telco’s head of corporate and regulatory affairs David Epstein today told the CommsDay conference while it was pleasing to see NBN address the heated issue, the changes were not substantial enough.
IT News — Submarine cable builder SubPartners has switched to a consortium model for its Perth to Singapore subsea cable system and partnered with Telstra and SingTel to finally get the long-running project off the ground. The APX-West project has been in motion for the past three years. In 2013, Telstra signed its first non-binding memorandum of understanding to buy one of four planned fibre pairs on the cable system.
IT News — Telstra customers were unable to connect to their services in one of Amazon Web Services’ Sydney data centres this morning as a result of a third-party routing issue, just hours after the company resolved a massive mobile outage overnight. At around 9am this morning, customers began reporting an inability to access the data centre via both Telstra and Optus mobile and fixed-line connections.
Telecom Asia — Australia’s Optus Business has teamed up with Cisco to develop new technological capabilities aimed at helping local businesses and government become more agile in the innovation economy. The companies will invest A$12 million ($9.1 million) over three years to develop local capabilities based on cyber security, the cloud, the IoT and future networks.
IT News — Optus’ net profits surged 9 percent year-over-year to $227 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, led by a 11 percent increase in mobile revenue to $1.6 billion. Overall revenues for the Singtel-owned telco grew to $2.4 billion during the December quarter, up 6 percent on the same quarter last year, more than offsetting a 7 percent increase in operating expenses to $1.8 billion.
IT News — Virgin Australia passengers across the country were prevented from checking in for domestic flights for two hours this morning after an outage at the airline’s telco partner Optus downed its check-in system. The outage hit Virgin’s Sabre check-in system at around 7am this morning following a server outage at Optus.
IT News — Optus has been hit with a $51,000 penalty by the consumer watchdog after the telco claimed it could offer cable broadband services with ‘NBN-like speeds’. The telco made the claim about its existing broadband plans in advertisements that appeared on websites, billboards, shopping centre posters, catalogues and flyers between January and August.
IT News — Optus has won a 10-year sponsorship deal with the Australian Olympic Committee that will see it replace Telstra as the official telecommunications partner of the Australian Olympic team. The deal includes sponsorship of the Australian Olympic team for the Rio 2016 Games, the Summer Games in 2020 and 2024, as well as the Winter Olympics teams for 2018, 2022 and 2026.
IT News — NBN is considering building over the Optus hybrid fibre-coaxial cable it purchased for $800 million after finding the network is in such a degraded state that it is not fit for purpose. The national network builder’s deal with Optus for its HFC network was approved by the ACCC in August, just two months after it inked a similar deal with Telstra.
IT News — Australia’s second largest broadband provider TPG boosted its net profit and revenue in the past financial year, according to its last set of financial results prior to acquiring rival internet service provider iiNet. TPG posted a net profit jump of 31 percent to $224.1 million in the fiscal year ending July 2015, and a revenue gain of $1.27 billion – also a 31 percent rise.
IT News — Optus has lit up its Perth to Cairns network circuit with a 100 gigabit per second upgrade, bumping up the link’s capacity ten-fold as part of a nationwide effort to meet increasing demand for high-speed connectivity. The project started in 2013, with technology partner Alcatel-Lucent upgrading Optus’ inter-capital links nationwide from 10 gigabits per second capacity to 100Gbps.
MIS Asia — Telecommunications company, Optus, has upgraded its inter-capital fibre network to connect Cairns via Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, to Perth. The network upgrade delivers wavelength links up to 100 Gigabytes per second (Gbps), delivering a combined capacity 10 times larger than previously available. In collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent, the upgrade is said to deliver a flexible transport network for wholesale and branded customers.
IT News — Exetel has signed a two-year deal to purchase NBN carrier aggregation services through Optus Wholesale. Under the deal, Exetel will be provided access to all NBN 121 POIs (points of interconnect) through Optus Wholesale, including backhaul. The arrangement means Exetel can avoid the costs of servicing all 121 POIs on its own. For each region an RSP such as Exetel wants to serve, it needs to purchase a physical port at the POI to connect its backhaul to the NBN network.
IT News — The competition regulator is on a collision course with the telecommunications industry over its plan to measure the performance of fixed broadband services. At the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network’s (ACCAN) annual national conference yesterday, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims called on consumer advocates to lend their support to the proposal.
IT News — Australia’s telcos have put forward their proposals for the future of communications regulator ACMA, with the country’s two largest carriers recommending the regulator be severely wound back or scrapped altogether. In June the government announced it would conduct a root and branch review of the ACMA to determine whether the regulator was fit for purpose in a “rapidly changing” sector.
IT News — The competition regulator has given the go-ahead to Optus’ agreement to transfer its HFC cable network to the NBN, clearing one of the final regulatory roadblocks to the rollout of the Coalition’s multi-technology mix network. The approval also comes two months after the ACCC gave its approval to Telstra’s revised definitive agreements to hand over its copper and HFC networks to NBN.
IT News — The competition regulator’s approval of TPG’s proposed acquisition of iiNet today will mean Telstra has a new fixed-line rival nipping at its heels. The ACCC was able to overcome its initial concerns about the effect the merger would have on competition to give the buyout the official stamp of approval. The $1.56 billion takeover of iiNet will allow TPG to leapfrog Optus to become the country’s second-largest provider of retail broadband services.
MIS Asia — Cloud-based communications solutions provider, xMatters, has reported strong growth for the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2015. The company has now posted 13 consecutive quarters of record recurring revenue growth and over 80 percent year-over-year subscription revenue growth, attributed in large part to the rapid adoption of its Cloud-based offerings.
IT News — Optus has become the first Australian carrier to deliver commercial voice over wi-fi to its mobile consumers, offering the service through a new Android and iPhone app dubbed WiFi Talk. The app is a free download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, and works on devices running at least iOS 6 or Android version 4.0.
IT News — Australia’s telecommunications sector is continuing its crusade against the government’s proposed industry security reforms, with submissions to the draft legislation revealing universal opposition to the suggested changes. The Attorney-General’s Department released its ‘telecommunications sector security reforms’ in June. The sweeping draft laws would see telcos forced to hand over sensitive information about network changes and procurement plans in order to address national security risks.
IT News — Optus has raised concerns over the decision by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s department to support incumbent Telstra against proposed lowered wholesale access prices for its copper network. In a letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the telco’s head of interconnect and economic regulation, Andrew Sheridan, disputed Telstra and the Department of Communications’ arguments against lowered copper wholesale prices as “incorrect” and “overstated”.
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IT News — Optus is set to take the lead as the first Australian carrier to deliver a commercial voice over wi-fi service to its consumers. The carrier has committed to launch a voice over wi-fi service within weeks. “Optus is always looking at ways to enhance our customer experience and we’re currently working on exciting developments for wi-fi calling which we expect to announce mid-2015,” an Optus spokesman said.
IT News — Australia’s second largest mobile network provider Optus has failed to secure any funding to build new mobile towers in regional blackspots under a $385 million infrastructure program co-funded by the Commonwealth, states and telcos. Overall, the program will see the construction of 499 new base stations, providing 68,600 square kilometres of additional mobile coverage.
Optus has admitted to handing over its customer’s phone numbers to certain third-party websites accessed by the user. As first flagged by a user on telco forum Whirlpool, when a user browses certain websites, Optus provides the customer’s mobile phone number to the website operator where a “commercial relationship” exists. The practice, known as HTTP header enrichment, includes a mobile browser’s phone number in the HTTP header of the website request. The process aims to streamline direct billing for customers.
BROOMFIELD – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and Optus Wholesale and Satellite today announced that Level 3 is providing deep-edge caching services that will enable Optus to locally cache high-demand content on its network. The agreement gives Optus quicker access to content, while growing Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) capacity in Australia by 300 percent. The demand for online video continues to grow globally. According to Adobe’s most recent Video Benchmark Report, online TV video consumption grew 388 percent from 2013 to 2014. In addition, new research from Park Associates found that nearly 50 million streaming media players will be sold worldwide by 2017.