Compliance breaches dog Telstra’s structural separation

Structural Separation Undertaking compliance issues have arisen largely from errors made by Telstra staff, according to the ACCC

Compliance breaches have continued to dog the separation of Telstra’s wholesale and retail businesses, despite overall improvements in the process, according to a new report by the Australian competition watchdog.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) tabled its Telstra’s Structural Separation Undertaking annual compliance report in Parliament on 27 April.

In the report, the ACCC suggests that Telstra’s compliance with its Structural Separation Undertaking (SSU) has, on the whole, continued to improve, despite reports of a “small number” SSU compliance breaches.

“The compliance issues discussed in this report largely arise from errors made by Telstra staff in the course of their day-to-day work which has resulted in the unauthorised disclosure of confidential or commercially sensitive information regarding wholesale customers (protected info…

South African Telecommunications Providers Bolster ICT Services

CAPE TOWN, South Africa,Apr 26, 2017 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) -- Mobile data-driven diversification strategies create greater growth opportunities for the industry, finds Frost & Sullivan's Digital Transformation team

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- An increase in affordability of internet and telephony services, as well as a growing adoption of the latest technology business models by companies, is attracting significant investment into the South African ICT industry. Aggressive service diversification, along with strategic partnerships and acquisitions, are altering the industry landscape, compelling market participants to gauge market trends and growth opportunities before designing their services.

"ICT companies are creating new revenue streams through the offer of software-defined data centres, flash storage, cloud-based mobile apps, non-core outsourcing and business intelligence," said Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Sen…

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Top Telecommunications Stocks to Buy in 2017, and 1 to Avoid

Three of these telecom stocks could make you rich. With the fourth one, you'll probably lose your shirt
Telecom stocks often present a mix of stable dividends and growth potential that's downright tempting for many investors. It's also a dynamic industry in a constant state of change. It's easy to miss some of the best investment opportunities in this sector -- or to get sucked in by some of the worst.

Here, I'll show you three very different investment theses for Telefonica (NYSE:TEF), Telephone & Data Systems (NYSE:TDS), and soon-to-be telecom DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH). And then you'll see why it's better to just stay away from the seemingly attractive Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) until further notice.

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At first glance, Spanish telecom giant Telefonica might not look too good. Both top-line revenues and bottom-line earnings have been falling in recent years. The stock has been dead money over the last five years and a nega…

Zambia approves new telecommunication licensing framework

The Zambian cabinet has approved a new licensing framework for the telecommunication industry, a senior official said Friday.

Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba said the new framework was aimed at re-aligning and promoting competition in the sector.

He told reporters that the new licensing framework would also encourage for more investment in the sector.

“The new regime now allows any operator to apply for a license of data. This will also allow for more competition in the sector, improve quality of service and lower costs of services in the sector,” he said.

The government, he said, has cleaned up the licensing framework to unleash the potential of the industry in order to take advantage of the latest technological advancements.

The old licensing system had a restrictive framework that did not allow the entry of more mobile phone service providers. End item
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Three telecommunication trends to watch in 2017

The telecommunications landscape is set to see a drastic transformation this year as the industry continues to transform its business models and services to better serve the digital consumer. In Singapore, we will see the entry of the nation’s fourth telco, TPG. Companies like TPG represent the future of telecommunications in Singapore – in line with service providers looking to transform their business models to better serve digital consumers – while managing traditional networks and systems. With TPG being the first digital-only operator, such service providers will provide consumers with greater price competitiveness and customer experience over its competitors.

Digital services to consumers on-the-go are reaching an all-time high, and the entry of TPG is certainly timely. 2017 may just be the year when we see such “B2B2X” business models – digital services delivered to any number of end-users, including enterprise, retail, partner, suppliers or end consumers – contribute significa…