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Not prudent to have NBN line tests prior to service: Morrow

(Image: Screenshot by Chris Duckett/ZDNet) NBN CEO Bill Morrow has rejected calls for the National Broadband Network (NBN) to provide line speed test results to customers before they sign with a retailer for service. “I just wouldn’t think it was prudent,” Morrow told the Joint Standing Committee on the National ...

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Data retention compliance cost AU$50m less than anticipated: ACMA

(Image: Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has revealed that administrative compliance costs for telcos implementing obligations under the government’s data retention scheme reached AU$176.2 million by mid-2017. This total — reported in the ACMA’s Communications Report 2016-17 [PDF] tabled in Parliament on Friday — ...

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M1 to assess use of 4.5G mobile network for drones

Amin M1 has completed trials involving the use of its 4.5G “heterogeneous network” (HetNet) to control drone operations and is embarking on further research on the traffic management of such devices. The Singapore telco had worked with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to conduct the trials, tapping its network to provide ...

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Intel demos 5G facial-recognition payment technology

Authenticating payments via facial recognition could take just 0.03 seconds, Intel said. (Image: Intel Corporation) In a showcase of several 5G-enabled technologies this week, Intel and Foxconn have demonstrated how facial-recognition capabilities can be used to make payments. Such “pay via face identification” technology could allow consumers to make payments ...

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NetComm Wireless unveils FttC network connection device

(Image: NetComm Wireless) Australian telecommunications technology company NetComm Wireless has announced developing the world’s first fibre-to-the-curb/distribution point (FttC/DP) network connection device (NCD). NetComm’s NCD incorporates a G.fast and VDSL modem and is able to monitor and report diagnostics on the performance of the line going into a premises. The NCD ...

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5G to reach 20 percent globally by 2023: Ericsson

(Image: Ericsson) Networking giant Ericsson has predicted that 5G will reach 20 percent of the global population as of 2023, with 1 billion subscriptions to be held by then. Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report states that 5G will be deployed across metro and dense urban areas initially, with the first commercial ...

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