Telstra, Australia's incumbent telco, announced that it is going to cut 1,100 employees--mainly wireline network technicians--from its operations division by next June.
Although no one's confirming it, word out of Australia is that Telstra's former CEO Ziggy Switkowski could soon become the new boss of the country's ever-controversial National Broadband Network Company.
iiNet has reached an agreement to acquire Adam Internet for $53.1 million, a deal that will immediately expand its customer base to over 900,000 broadband subscribers.
Telstra, Vodafone and Telecom New Zealand have put forward a tender for their proposed Tasman Global Access submarine cable linking New Zealand and Australia.
Australian telco Telstra plans to use a T-Box personal video recorder unit as the linchpin and a strengthened relationship with content provider Foxtel to make its IPTV service the lever that pries more revenue from a legacy mobile and fixed line subscriber base.
Ericsson is touting what it calls the first successful trial of a 1 Tbps (1,000 gigabits) link over 995 kilometers of existing fiber optic network operated by Telstra in Australia. The trial marks the first successful move of high-speed broadband technology from the Ericsson labs to the field, the company said.
Australian multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) Foxtel is beefing up its IPTV play with a new TV Everywhere-like service called Foxtel Play that is expected to be available for a range of TVs, consoles and mobile devices.
Telstra Wholesale is the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF's) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its new "Data Advantage" Ethernet Access and Ethernet backhaul products, which it debuted last August.
Australians are stepping up to IPTV and away from traditional video stores in a trend that will accelerate in 2013 thanks to "far more aggressive bundling strategies from telcos," according to Scott Lorsen, CEO of IPTV provider FetchTV.
Telstra announced Tuesday during the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona that it will deploy Ericsson's optical gear as its 100G coherent network platform.