Webwire: Telstra lifts 4G pace; Trai increases QoS fines

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Telstra has laid out an ambitious A$500 million ($518.8 million) plan to cover 14.5 million Australians with its 4G network within 10 months.
 
Indian telecom regulator Trai has introduced stiffer penalties for failing to meet stipulated quality of service standards for both fixed and mobile service offerings.
 
China's ZTE has announced a target of doubling its smartphone and tablet shipments this year, to 40 million and 1 million units respectively.
 
A subsea cable break off the UK shore disrupted internet services for the nation and sent ISPs scrabbling for alternate routes.
 
Australian privacy and public interest officials have slammed a government proposal to increase authorities' powers to monitor internet and telecom data - including enabling the storing of all telecom data for two years – with one opponent calling the plan “characteristic of a police state.”
 
The Philippines' Globe Telecom has cut its 2013 capex budget by 47% relative to 2012. The slimmer $400 million allocation is down to the fact that Globe is near completion of a major network modernization program.
 
The New York Times and other media companies plan to take a legal stand against Helferich Patent Licensing, which has been branded a “patent troll” for threatening multiple US companies with infringement lawsuits over a patent covering sending SMS's with embedded web links.

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