Telecom Sector

Redland residents will be better off under Coalition plan: Andrew Laming

Redland residents need not sign a petition calling on the government to provide a fibre-to-the-home broadband network instead of a fibre-to-the-node scheme as they would be better off under the Coalition plan, Bowman MP Andrew Laming said.

Triggered by Nick Paine, a business student at Queensland University, the online petition calling on the Abbott government to offer fibre-to-the-home broadband network to residents has already gained as many as 265,000 signatures.

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Telstra to introduce anti-malware technology

Australian internet provider Telstra has announced its plans to introduce an anti-malware technology that would protect consumers' computers from cyber criminals.

The `malware protection technology' will be introduced to Telstra's BigPond network from October this year. It will spoil cyber criminals any efforts to hack into consumers' computers and use them as launch pads for cyber attacks.

The company said the technology was designed to protect customers' computers from malware/malicious software known as botnets.

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Verizon brings fiber optic Internet service to Fire Island

Verizon on Tuesday announced its decision to bring its fiber optic Internet service to storm-hit Fire Island, where superstorm Sandy hurt miles of underground cables and left people without reliable telecommunications services.

Verizon, the only landline carrier on the island, earlier started replacing damaged landlines with wireless service Voice Link, but many people argued that the Voice Link service offered them only voice service and not Internet connections.

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T-Mobile not to offer iPhone 4S and 5 at zero down payment

Telecom service provider, T-Mobile has indicated that it will no longer offer the Apple's iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 at zero down payment.

The company will remove Apple's iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 from its "zero-down" promotion after indications there will be changes to the pricing of Apple products. Apple controls the pricing of devices in several ways in the market and older versions are available for lower prices when the new device is launched into the market.

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Telefonica launches Firefox OS-based phones in Columbia and Venezuela

Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica on Thursday started selling two Firefox OS-based smartphones in Latin American markets of Colombia and Venezuela.

The launch of the two phones, viz. the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, pushed up the number of countries where Firefox OS devices are available to four. Apart from Colombia and Venezuela, these devices are also available in Spain and Poland.

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