Telecom Sector

AT&T all set to offer new Mobile Share Value Plans

AT&T's off-contract customers will be able to enjoy considerable savings on the carrier's various services staring tomorrow, December 8, thanks to the launch of new Mobile Share Value Plans.

The mobile phone carrier has already confirmed that its new Mobile Share Value Plans would be open to all users who have completed their service contract, buy a handset at full retail price, bring a compatible handset to the network, or join the carrier's Next early upgrade plan.

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AT&T, T-Mobile considering bids for Verizon Wireless spectrum

Network providers AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile U. S. Inc are weighing bids for a block of spectrum licenses that Verizon Wireless wants to offload, according to a fresh report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

The WSJ report, published on Wednesday, said that Verizon Wireless had previously made an attempt to sell a block of spectrum licenses, and that it remained open to a deal. It may be noted here that Verizon Wireless, the largest & most profitable U. S. mobile phone carrier, is a joint venture (JV) of Verizon Communications Inc. and British telecommunications giant Vodafone PLC.

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Parkes residents want govt. to retain FTTP model for NBN

Parkes constituents have delivered a petition containing more than 270,000 signatures urging the Coalition government to retain the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) model for the ambitious National Broadband Network (NBN).

The petition, which was initiated on the weekend of the Federal election by Queensland student Nick Paine, was hosted by Australia's change. org platform. It triggered the creation of FTTP supporter groups across the country.

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Time to invest in improved mobile coverage is now: Bush Alliance

Mobile access is an essential element for the future of remote and rural parts of Australia and thus it is a time to make investments to improve mobile coverage, the Broadband for the Bush Alliance said.

John Huigen, chairperson of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance, NBN satellite service would not be sufficient to meet the Internet needs of the country's most remote areas.

He suggested that mobile coverage should be extended to the 3 per cent of households that currently set to get NBN's satellite Internet service.

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All Australian networks can send emergency text alerts

All mobile phone networks in Australia can now send emergency text alerts to mobile phone users near an emergency.

Previously, emergency text alerts could be sent only to a mobile phone's registered service address. It means visitors to the area didn't receive these warning text messages.

Optus network and Vodafone Hutchison Australia network will join Telstra, which was thus far the only network able to send emergency text messages.

The change aims at reaching all active mobile phone users, including those roaming on various Australian mobile phone networks.

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