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  • TPG buys more staying power | Business Spectator
    than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu TPG buys more staying power Kirstie Spicer 9 Dec 2013 3 10 PM Industries Telecommunications Markets TPG s acquisition of AAPT will give it critical fibre access as part of the NBN rollout You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The market has given TPG Telecom s acquisition of AAPT from Telecom Corporation of New Zealand the green light pushing the telecommunications provider as much as 14 per cent higher earlier in the day Domestically the broadband market has consolidated over the past year resulting in fewer companies the likes of TPG and iiNet could acquire For TPG AAPT as a cash flow positive offering is an attractive opportunity which will help it continue deliver earnings growth to investors Following iiNet s acquisition of Adam Internet AAPT was the last internet service provider offering of significant scale with wholesale access to infrastructure TPG s move to acquire AAPT will increase its ability to leverage on the rollout of the National Broadband Network NBN The acquisition provides TPG with fibre access to 1 500 premises and fibre access to more than 50 per cent of the NBN s point of interconnect The acquisition allows TPG to leverage on the infrastructure base it has steadily developed and future plans of extending fibre to the building FTTB under the NBN rollout Existing infrastructure in conjunction with the additional capacity provided through AAPT s NBN exposures will afford TPG the opportunity to continue improving its return on capital On the surface the acquisition looks appealing and

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  • Apple working on China deal | Business Spectator
    its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Apple working on China deal 6 Dec 2013 5 14 AM Technology Telecommunication Industries Telecommunications Economy China Deal with China Mobile yet to be reached despite rumours You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AFP China Mobile the world s biggest wireless operator says it is still negotiating with US technology giant Apple over offering iPhones on its huge network and that a deal has yet to be reached The Wall Street Journal quoted unnamed sources as saying that the two companies have inked an agreement to add iPhones to the colossal telecom firm s roster of compatible devices later this month But China Mobile which has more than 700 million subscribers denied the report Talks between China Mobile and Apple on cooperation are still going on and we currently do not have anything to announce the carrier s spokeswoman Rainie Lei said on Thursday No further information was provided China Mobile has a unique 3G standard of its own that is not compatible with any existing iPhone models although the Californian giant s handsets can be used on other networks in China Negotiations between Apple and China Mobile have been going on for years with one key hurdle reportedly being the US firm s demand for sales volume guarantees A deal would be a boon for Apple which has seen its global market share slip and has made the Chinese market

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  • BlackBerry not dead yet: CEO | Business Spectator
    Latest stories REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 The Nokia 1520 sports a number of key upgrades that bring it the Window s phone platform to parity with its Android competition But does this phablet do enough to sway attention from its rivals Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu BlackBerry not dead yet CEO 3 Dec 2013 5 59 AM Industries Telecommunications Head of struggling phone maker says group to refocus on four areas You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AP BlackBerry s interim chief executive says reports of the death of the company are greatly exaggerated Former Sybase CEO John Chen said in a letter to customers Monday that BlackBerry is returning to its roots refocusing on delivering devices and services to business users Chen was brought in as the interim chief executive and executive chair after talks to sell the company collapsed last month He says in the letter that the company is aware that BlackBerry is not for everyone Blackberry quickly lost dominance as the leading smartphone maker after the 2007 launch of Apple s touchscreen iPhone Chen says he ll refocus the company on four areas handsets BlackBerry s mobile device management business BlackBerry s popular BlackBerry Messenger application and embedded QNX software systems Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Telstra confirms sale of Sensis stake 13 Jan Telstra may sell Sensis for 3bn 10 Jan ACMA hits Telstra with record fine 08 Jan Telstra to

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  • Govt unlikely to hit NBN deadline | Business Spectator
    Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Govt unlikely to hit NBN deadline 29 Nov 2013 6 44 AM 6 Politics Technology NBN Buzz Industries Infrastructure Telecommunications Report cites internal document showing 2016 deadline likely to be missed You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP The government s 2016 delivery deadline for the national broadband network looks likely to be blown out according to a leaked internal NBN Co document The coalition has promised to deliver 25 megabits per second Mbps broadband services to all homes by 2016 but a brief to the incoming government obtained by Fairfax Media says construction and technical issues mean that may not happen There are a number of conditions that will impact on NBN Co s ability to undertake a volume fibre to the node network rollout the report says Given the complexity of these conditions it is unlikely that NBN Co will meet the 2016 deadline to upgrade the fixed network to enable Australians to have minimum download speeds of 25Mbps In addition to raising issues about timing the document also cuts revenue projections by up to 30 per cent by 2021 A Senate hearing this week was told by communications secretaries that NBN Co will need to lower its revenue projections because copper can t match the speeds of 250 1000Mbps of fibre to the premises FTTP The Abbott government campaigned to replace Labor s FTTP model for the cheaper fibre to the node FTTN option that will rely on Telstra s ageing copper network to connect homes and businesses But while FTTN is estimated to be at least 15 billion cheaper and two years faster to build the hearing was told NBN Co will need to lower its revenue projections as copper can t match the speeds of 250 1000Mbps of fibre to the premises Speeds on FTTN are expected to be 25 100mbps Print this page Related articles 13 Jan REVIEW Nokia Lumia 1520 13 Jan Telstra confirms sale of Sensis stake 13 Jan Luxury store Neiman Marcus says hackers stole credit card data 13 Jan Luxury store Neiman Marcus says hackers stole credit card data 13 Jan More big US retailers yet to disclose data breaches source More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Doug DJ LoneRider Fri 2013 11 29 09 02 The Change trains at Albury syndrome has been a stable part of Australian politics Conservative governments behaving more reactionary producing reactionary

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  • Global smartphone sales top $1bn | Business Spectator
    power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Global smartphone sales top 1bn 27 Nov 2013 5 36 AM 1 Technology Telecommunication Industries Telecommunications Market tracker predicts sales will continue to grow for next four years You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Global smartphones sales will top one billion for the first time this year and keep growing at a steady pace for the next four years a market tracker says The forecast by International Data Corporation on Tuesday showed smartphone growth of 39 3 per cent this year over 2012 a pace that will moderate in the next few years One key factor in the marketplace is the decline in smartphone prices according to IDC The average sales price this year is estimated at US337 A369 down 12 per cent from a year ago And IDC predicts it will drop further to US265 A290 by 2017 The key driver behind smartphone volumes in the years ahead is the expected decrease in prices said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas Particularly within emerging markets where price sensitivity and elasticity are so important prices will come down for smartphones to move beyond the urban elite and into the hands of mass market users Every vendor is closely eyeing how far down they can price their devices while still realising a profit and offering a robust smartphone experience IDC expects the smartphone shipments to hit 1 7 billion by 2017 with the growth rate easing to an average of 18 4 per cent in the coming year The game has changed quite drastically due to the decline in prices said IDC analyst Ryan Reith Just a few years back the industry was talking about the next billion people to connect and it was

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  • Motorola touts cheap smartphone | Business Spectator
    it wants to compete Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Motorola touts cheap smartphone 27 Nov 2013 4 05 AM Technology Telecommunication Industries Telecommunications Low cost smartphone hits US market ahead of schedule You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Motorola s smartphone aimed at cost conscious consumers has hit the US market ahead of schedule in time for the key holiday season The Moto G was made available on Google owned Motorola s website on Tuesday at an off contract price starting at US179 A196 We re giving people plenty of mobile goodness to gobble up this holiday season the company said on its blog as it started sales just ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday The device is being sold at one third of the price of current high end phones for a smartphone stuffed with plenty of great features the blog posting said The Moto G had been expected in the United States in early 2014 but Motorola said its versions using GSM networks were being sold now It is currently on sale in Brazil Mexico Chile Argentina Peru Britain Germany France and Canada and will be sold in more than 30 countries by early 2014 according to the company The new device is a low cost version of the Moto X released earlier this year in the United States lacking some features such as a high density camera and the ability to access the fastest networks But the cost is not as low in some countries In Brazil for example known for high electronics duties the lowest price for the Moto G will sell for around 280 or 650 reals That is still

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  • Senior BlackBerry execs depart | Business Spectator
    and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Senior BlackBerry execs depart 26 Nov 2013 2 04 AM Technology Telecommunication Industries Telecommunications Embattled smartphone giant s new CEO leads management shake up You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Dow Jones Newswires Newly appointed BlackBerry Ltd chief executive John Chen is working quickly to put his stamp on the company ousting three senior executives just a few weeks after taking the helm at the smartphone maker Chief operating officer Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the company BlackBerry said Monday The Canadian company also said James Yersh who was head of compliance will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer though Mr Bidulka will remain as a special adviser to Mr Chen until the end of the fiscal year Longtime director Roger Martin is leaving the board BlackBerry added Earlier this month BlackBerry called off a 4 7 billion tentative deal to sell itself to Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd and instead said it would continue as a public company under Mr Chen s leadership and a 1 billion investment from Fairfax and others The executive suite shake up isn t entirely surprising Messrs Boulben and Tear were hand picked by former chief executive Thorsten Heins when Mr Heins took the helm at BlackBerry in early 2012 Mr Boulben a native of France had been at New York wireless company LightSquared before being hired at BlackBerry He will likely be best remembered for running BlackBerry s first ever Super Bowl commercial in February 2013 and for hiring pop singer Alicia Keys as a spokesperson for the company Mr Tear a long time Sony Ericsson executive from Sweden didn t leave a lasting impression on colleagues according to several employees The company didn t elaborate on the search for replacements for these key positions Mr Martin who also recently stepped down as the dean of the University of Toronto s business school is known as a management guru and makes frequent public speaking appearances With his departure the BlackBerry board is down to seven members most of them relatively recent appointees While Mr Chen made changes to his senior staff BlackBerry gave no indication that his vision for the company s future will differ greatly from his predecessor After sales of its new line of smartphones fell flat BlackBerry in

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  • Telstra NBN staff to return to work | Business Spectator
    Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Is the EU about to abdicate climate leadership The rift over energy and climate policy is widening in Brussels as politicians feel the pressure from the continent s ongoing economic crisis The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Telstra NBN staff to return to work 25 Nov 2013 3 16 PM 3 Technology NBN Buzz Industries Telecommunications Staff who halted pit pipe repairs on asbestos fears to return to work report You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Telstra Ltd staff working on pits and pipes for the national broadband network rollout are to return to work after stopping work in June amid asbestos fears The Australian Financial Review reports According to the newspaper Telstra chief risk officer Kate Hughes said the telco s own staff would return to work once it had all the requirements in place Once we ve decided that we ve got all of that in place and Telstra chief executive officer David Thodey will want to be right across it and comfortable that we ve dotted all the Is and crossed the Ts then we ll get the go ahead from our board to return our workers Ms Hughes said according to the AFR Some sub contractors working on the NBN had already resumed work in August The news could speed up the botched rollout of the NBN Under its 11 billion contract with NBN Co Telstra must replace old pits and pipes that house its copper network as part of the network rollout Ms Hughes said the size of the asbestos problem that had halted much of the rollout remained largely unknown The Australian Financial Review reports Print this page Related articles 31 Dec Turnbull s unfinished broadband business 20 Dec Credit Suisse to advise Coalition on Telstra NBN deal report 20 Dec How the telcos will tackle 2014 20 Dec The NBN is dead long live the NBN

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