Vodafone and TPG $15bn merger given green light by federal court

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A $15bn merger between Vodafone Australia and TPG has been cleared to go ahead, after a decision in the federal court. Australia’s consumer watchdog opposed a merger between the telecommunications companies in May last year because it would discourage competition in the mobile market. But federal court justice John Middleton said on Thursday the multibillion […]

Mobile World Congress axed after firms quit over coronavirus fears

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The world’s largest mobile phone trade fair, Mobile World Congress, has been cancelled after scores of the world’s biggest technology and telecommunications companies pulled out over fears of the spread of the coronavirus. The MWC, which was due to be held in Barcelona on 24 February, was expecting more than 100,000 delegates from about 200 […]

Fibre-to-node NBN users often not getting speeds they’re paying for, watchdog says

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Australia’s competition regulator has said many people on fibre-to-the-node NBN connections are not able to get the speeds they are paying for, with nearly a quarter of people on higher-tier speeds found to have underperforming connections. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report for broadband speeds, released on Wednesday, showed similar average download-speed results for […]

Judge approves T-Mobile and Sprint merger, shrinking US mobile providers to three

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And then there were three. The number of US mobile phone provides looked set to shrink again on Tuesday as a federal judge rejected arguments that T-Mobile’s $26.5bn takeover of Sprint would mean less competition and higher phone bills. Though the deal still needs a few more approvals, T-Mobile expects to close it as early […]

Intel and Vivo latest to cancel MWC plans over coronavirus

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Spanish and Catalan authorities have insisted the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona will go ahead later this month despite some of the world’s biggest tech firms pulling out because of coronavirus fears. The MWC – which is billed as “the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry” and which attracts around 100,000 visitors from […]

Web browsing histories are being given to Australian police under data retention powers

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Law enforcement agencies are being provided with the web browsing histories of people under investigation using mandatory data retention powers, despite the federal government specifically excluding that practice in the legislation, the commonwealth ombudsman has warned. When the Coalition government passed mandatory data retention laws in 2015, the legislation explicitly ruled out forcing telecommunications companies […]