Telstra has promised to bring its high-speed 4G mobile broadband network to 85 per cent of Australians by Christmas 2013.
Telstra chief operations officer Brendon Riley said the telco had hit its previously announced target of reaching 66 per cent of Australians with 4G by June 30.
Last August Telstra announced it would spend $1.2 billion in building its network. While the company would not say whether this amount would change, Mr Riley described the move as a “reprofiling” rather than increase in spend.
Around 200 regional towns will be connected by the end of 2013 on top of the 100 regional locations Telstra currently claims to be servicing.
Some of Australia’s leading telecommunication infrastructure experts have backed Telstra’s controversial move to allow the US Justice Department and the FBI access to communications data entering and leaving the US, saying it had no real option to refuse. Privacy groups and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam have hit out at the telco, since the contract between Telstra and US authorities was published last week on the Crikey website, with Mr Ludlam describing it as “an extraordinary breach of trust, invasion of privacy, and erosion of Australia’s sovereignty.”
Wagering giant Tabcorp revealed this week that it had signed a new comprehensive telecommunications services deal with Telstra, in the latest contract the pair have inked in an extensive relationship dating back at least half a decade and covering a wide range of technology services. Tabcorp describes itself as Australia’s leading wagering, racing media and Keno operator and runs various consumer brands including TAB.com.au, Keno, Luxbet, Tabcorp Gaming Solutions, Sky Racing and Sky Sports Radio.
TELSTRA is threatening litigation against Vodafone in a bid to force the No 3 mobile player to rescind claims that it has faster 4G mobile services than the telco giant. The Australian has learned that Vodafone has been asked by Telstra in private correspondence to change a number of claims made about its 4G mobile services that Telstra believes are untrue.