Australian telcos will need to hand over confidential network expansion plans to the government in order to be eligible for mobile network blackspot funding.
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The government's move to force telcos and ISPs to retain customer metadata for two years has been branded 'intrusive of privacy' by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, in a new report calling for the government to define the types of data to be retained and review the two-year retention period.
Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said he is scared that the Australian government may be rushing in its attempts to force telcos to retain customer data for up to two years.
Vodafone Australia is working on rolling out a system that will record customers' web-browsing IP history for up to 90 days, as the government moves to compel telcos to hold on to users' metadata for up to two years.
Documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have revealed that a global internet mapping program dubbed Treasure Map has been spying on German telcos' networks, despite US government assurances that the program was not for surveillance purposes, according to a report by Der Spiegel.
As the Australian government looks to force telcos to retain customer data for law-enforcement investigations, the number of requests for customer data that Telstra is receiving from Australian law-enforcement agencies has risen in the last six months.
The additional investment is to be funded through the extension of an existing levy on telecommunications providers.
The British government is trumpeting a milestone for its £1.7bn ($2.9bn) Superfast Broadband project, which is taking broadband to rural areas from the Isle of Wight to the Outer Hebrides
Chinese government allows the country's three state-run telcos to determine their own pricing for mobile phones and services, as long as these are deemed fair and legal to customers.
Australia’s peak body for communications consumers, ACCAN, has told the federal government that its proposal to repeal privacy regulations would result in smaller telcos slipping through the legal cracks around privacy.
Communications minister describes current situation as "tense" and criticizes telecommunications firms for focusing on project cost
The Australian government requested detailed information on line lengths, ADSL port availability, and ADSL infrastructure as part of its review into Australia's broadband adequacy.
Singapore government expresses concerns over the frequency of mobile network outages and calls for better service from local telcos, following service disruptions involving two operators this week.
Ahead of the national elections to be held next year and in order gain votes, the government has finally cleared a proposal for Internet and Wi-Fi access in rural India.
Even though 70 percent of India's population live in rural areas, telcos are still focused on providing services and products to urban areas instead.
The government will focus on expanding Web access in schools, especially in rural areas. It will also build new underwater cables to Sabah and Sarawak within next three years.
Indian government said to have deployed Lawful Intercept and Monitoring systems to track Internet activities of citizens, separate from similar systems used by telcos in the government's Central Monitoring System project.
The country's government has announced an implementation timeline for the development of broadband coverage for both urban and rural areas over the next eight years.
The New Zealand government is proposing putting prices for services on par with fibre prices in order to encourage NZ telcos to invest in the new fibre network.
In a move that could raise domestic competition and push local telcos to further venture abroad, the government has formally relaxed regulations for foreign investors in India.
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