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Remote controlled firefighting tank leads AU$20 million in 5G grants

ZDNet

The Australian government announced on Sunday it was helping fund 19 5G projects around Australia to the tune of AU$20 million. Rheinmetall Defence Australia led the way, gaining almost AU$1.5 million for a 5G remote-controlled firefighting tank. "Rheinmetall is developing an autonomous/remote control'Firefighting Tank' (called the Fire Tank), which is a purpose-built firefighting vehicle capable of traversing extremely dangerous terrains to support rescue, path clearing and firefighting missions," the government described. "This project will investigate using low-band 5G to support long-range remote control of these vehicles. The project is focused on investigating the feasibility of this technology and development of a drone-based 5G range extension capability."


No killer app: Waiting for a guaranteed ultra-low latency 5G Godot

ZDNet

In the middle of the heritage building that houses the Sydney Startup Hub is a floor with telecommunications equipment stashed in various corners and coves, all covered in touches of a colour best described as Optus corporate green. It is here that Optus has chosen to host a 5G Innovation Hub where it can co-create with its customers and those that inhabit the rest of the Startup Hub. Find out what it means for your smartphone and much, much more. One of the pressing issues with 5G is its lack of consumer necessity. Having had 5G service since August, it can definitely be categorised as a non-essential nicety.


Amaysim and Lycamobile slapped with fines over alleged misleading ads

ZDNet

Amaysim Australia and Lycamobile have each paid a total of AU$126,000 in penalties after the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) issued the mobile service providers with infringement notices for alleged false or misleading representations about their mobile phone plans. The consumer watchdog alleges that each business separately advertised on social media that their mobile phone plans were offering "unlimited" data to consumers on social media, when in fact each of their plans had a maximum data allowance. For those plans, if customers exceeded those capped amounts, they would be subject to additional charges, according to the ACCC. The ACCC alleges the messaging on the ads were a breach of Australian Consumer Law and likely misled consumers. "Consumers who saw the word'unlimited' in the advertisements without any explanation of the limits of the plans were likely to expect they would not be charged additional fees for mobile data, no matter how much data they used," ACCC chair Rod Sims said.


Aussies say James Cook's ship was found, US says not so fast

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Australian maritime experts said Thursday they believe they've found the wreck of one of the most important ships in the history of the South Pacific after it was scuttled in the U.S. more than 200 years ago. But archaeologists in the U.S. quickly countered by saying the findings were premature and a breach of contract in their joint research. For 22 years, maritime archeologists have been investigating several ancient shipwrecks in a 2-square-mile area of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island.


NBN stopped being a sideshow in 2015: Optus

ZDNet

The Australian wholesale broadband industry will be revitalised with the emergence of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the sector, which will bring with it the principles of ubiquity, simplicity, and creating a level playing field, according to Optus Wholesale. Speaking at the CommsDay Datacentre and Wholesale Summit on Tuesday, John Castro, head of Marketing and Strategy for Optus Wholesale, said the current wholesale market has been "uninspiring" -- or even "dour" and "unattractive" -- for the last five years. "We've had a stagnant, flat, modest decline in the environment," he complained. "Optus and all the non-Telstra participants in the market are broadly defined by that language; perhaps Telstra's 1 to 2 percent CAGR [compound annual growth rate] decline over that period just exceeds the decline that the others including Optus are seeing in this space, but it's hardly an inspiring market." There is almost no innovation in the sector, he said, making it not surprising that there are no new participants.