iiNet says fixed access charges should drop by around 17%

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Economic modelling commissioned by Australian operator iiNet has led to a recommendation that fixed line access charges should decline by around 17% over the next three years. Using ACCC’s existing cost model, independent expert consultants Frontier Economics found costs for declared fixed line services should drop significantly over the next three years, iiNet stated. iiNet hired Frontier Economics to calculate …

EditoriiNet says fixed access charges should drop by around 17%

New Zealand creates group for telecoms e-waste management

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The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) has created a working party to study solutions for telecommunications e-waste management. The Electronic Waste Working Party will provide a unified industry voice during the Ministry for Environment’s consultation on electrical and electronic waste; as well as develop a collective approach to industry management of electronic waste. The Working Party will cooperate with the …

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NZ regulator releases final decision on TDL contributions

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New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has released its determination of the amounts telecommunications providers will pay towards the NZD 50 million Telecommunications Development Levy (TDL) for 2013/14. Nearly 90% of the contributions will be paid by Spark, Chorus and Vodafone. The government uses the annual levy to pay for telecommunications infrastructure including the relay service for the deaf and hearing-impaired, broadband …

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Xiaomi secures over USD 1 bln in funding round

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Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is raising over USD 1 billion in its latest funding round. This values the Chinese smartphone maker at over USD 45 billion, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Expected to close on 22 December, the funding round is led by tech investment fund All-Stars Investment, the source added. …

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Spark expands 4G service coverage at holiday resorts

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Spark New Zealand has completed 4G mobile capacity upgrades to over 250 holiday spots around the country to meet the expected surge in demand over the festive season. The upgrades cover sites in the Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty, East Coast beaches, the Waikato, the lakes of central North Island, and South Island holiday areas such as the Queenstown Lakes …

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Globosat Play provides two more channels via internet

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Brazilian TV everywhere service Globosat Play has added two more streaming channels via the internet, as reported  by IDG Now. Launched in May, the platform was already carrying live TV channels such as Sportv, Globo News and Premiere Futebol Clube. According to the company, users can now watch Off and Canal Brasil directly on their PC or via specific apps for …

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Facebook, YouTube make up 90% of social network connections (Brazil)

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According to a survey by Serasa Experian for the month of NovemberFacebook and YouTube were responsible for 9 out of 10 of the connections to social networks in Brazil. During the month, Facebook had 64.82% of connections in the country, while YouTube had 26.04%. The third place went to Yahoo Respostas Brasil (1.47%), followed by Twitter (1.36%), Google+ (0.70%), Instagram …

EditorFacebook, YouTube make up 90% of social network connections (Brazil)

Oi extends cheap broadband to 342 more Brazilian cities

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Brazilian operator Oi said that its broadband internet offerings, within the framework of the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), are now available in another 342 cities in Brazil, reported by Convergencia Digital. With the latest launches, Oi now provides the PNBL offer in all 4,668 municipalities in its area of operation in the country. The PNBL provides speeds of 1 Mbps and …

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GVT clocks fastest broadband in Brazil

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has published the results of broadband quality measurements throughout Brazil, which show that GVT had the fastest average broadband connection for consumers in 15 of the 16 states in which the operator was analysed. The highlights for the month of September are the Federal District, with an average speed of 20.15 Mbps and Rio de …

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