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roundup The nation's largest carrier this week said Solomon Trujillo will replace Ziggy Switkowski as its new chief executive.The 53-year-old American will commence work on July 1.
Telstra has kicked off a nine-month trial with Internet service provider Netspace to determine the best way of wholesaling its network of wireless 'hotspots'.Deena Shiff, Telstra wholesale group managing director, said the trial would let the carrier gauge public interest in wireless local area network services and assess wholesaling options "should sufficient demand exist".
Vodafone Australia today confirmed Grahame Maher would leave the post of chief executive officer, effective 1 June, after a stint that kicked off in September 2001.Maher -- who takes on the equivalent post at Vodafone Sweden -- is being replaced by Russell Hewitt, presently Vodafone Australia's chief commercial officer.
The federal government has invited the telecommunications industry to comment on ways the competition watchdog can more effectively act against anti-competitive conduct.The invitation is one of several in a discussion paper presenting various options to reform the industry's regulatory regime "irrespective of whether the full sale of Telstra proceeds".
Primus Telecom Australia has its sights set on a market of half the Australian population with the initial deployment of new digital subscriber line (DSL) network infrastructure. The telecommunications company said it had invested more than AU$300 million since 1996 in building its own high-capacity network as an alternative to Telstra.
Singapore Telecommunications subsidiary Optus has acquired fibre-optic cable network operator Reef Networks in a deal valued at around AU$93 million.Optus said acquiring Reef -- which owns a cable network between Brisbane and Cairns in Queensland -- gave the carrier exclusive use of the network's transmission capacity.
Telstra has started a 10-week trial of Internet-enabled public payphones which allow consumers to send e-mails, text messages, picture and video messages.The 10 payphones, to be trialled in Sydney's central business district, feature full-colour LCD touch screens and allow customers access to other services including video messaging via e-mail using the inbuilt Web camera.
Internet service provider iiNet has announced aggressive plans to roll out DSLAMs into an additional 111 exchanges, of which 86 will be in Sydney. And competitor Netspace has just released a whole new range of unlimited offers.
Telstra has launched a service that allows customers to send and receive SMS messages using a home phone.The new service allows home phone users to read and send text messages on their landlines using specially designed telephones in the same way they do with mobile phones.