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An Australian Carrier Just Pulled 1Gbps Over Its 4G Network

Think 100Mbps over a fiber connection is cool? Try 1000Mbps (1Gbps) over a wireless 4G connection. That’s what Aussie carrier Telstra and Ericsson just hit in their new network testing.

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November 9th

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Telstra offering 12 months free of Apple Music, suggests carrier billing support

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Telstra, the largest carrier in Australia, has today launched a new webpage on which it reveals an exclusive offering related to Apple Music. The carrier is offering new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers, across both 12 month and 24 month contracts, a free year of Apple Music on its Go Mobile plans. This offering is the first of its kind for Apple Music, and also hints at a another first: carrier billing.

AT&T and Beats partnered up early on to offer carrier billing, as well as exclusive family plan pricing, but shortly following Apple’s acquisition of Beats, the partnership with AT&T disintegrated. With carrier billing, Telstra will be able to bill customers directly for Apple Music following the 12 months of free service. This also means that the charge would appear on the user’s Telstra bill, not on any iTunes receipts.

While Telstra has yet to fully confirm that it will offer carrier billing with Apple Music, a note from the terms and conditions of its 12 month free offer implies such:

If you sign up and agree to T&Cs to put Apple Music on your Telstra account this will roll on to a paying subscription at the end of the trial / free period unless you cancel it. You will receive an SMS 3 days prior to rolling over to a paid subscription.

Another piece of evidence supporting Telstra’s plans to fully integrate Apple Music into its repertoire comes in a new login prompt Appel Music presents when you redeem the 12 months of free service. “Your Apple Music membership with Telstra will be linked to your Apple ID, allowing you to listen on your other devices,” the prompt reads.

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Apple has already partnered with T-Mobile in the United States to offer uncapped streaming via the carrier as part of tis Music Freedom program. In Australia, Telstra previously had a deal with MOG for an extended free trial and subsequent carrier billing. Spotify offers carrier billing via Sprint in the United States, as well.

Carrier billing would open an even larger market for Apple’s new music streaming service, especially if it expands outside of Australia. It seems likely that Apple is at least making efforts behind the scenes to do so, but nothing is yet confirmed.

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August 4th

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Video Services Provider Ooyala Lands $35M From Australian Telco Giant Telstra To Go Big Overseas

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Back in 2007, Bismarck and Belsasar Lepe and Sean Knapp left Google with aspirations to revolutionize in-video advertising. Ooyala didn’t quite revolutionize advertising, but it has found more than a little success in what has become a very crowded market. The company’s video player now delivers cross-device content to over 6,000 domains, reaching nearly 200 million viewers, and the company claims that one in four Americans watch Ooyala-powered video each month.

With its footprint in the states gaining traction, the company is announcing today that it is taking on a big new chunk of capital to expand its reach overseas. Ooyala’s new $35 million round — its fifth to date — is led by Telestra Applications and Ventures Group, the investment arm of Australia’s telecom giant, Telestra. Previous investors Sierra Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and CID Group also participated, along with several other strategic investors.

According to a statement released today, along with its investment, Telestra is also working on a commercial agreement with Ooyala that would make the telecom company “a major reseller,” deploying Ooyala’s software, analytics, and service offerings throughout Australia in attempt to transition content owners users to IP-based video delivery.

Ooyala has already begun building a network of resellers abroad, with current partners including Telfonica and Yahoo Japan, to name a few. At home, big brands and publishers like ESPN, Victoria’s Secret, Rolling Stone, Dell and North Face are using Ooyala’s technology to power video distribution and management. While ESPN was a big win at home for Ooyala, making it the video provider for a network that serves some billion-odd streams per month, for the overseas market, Telestra represents a big win.

The telecom company has presence in 15 countries, including China, and owns Australia’s biggest integrated IP and broadband networks. It’s also one of the 20 largest companies in Australia in terms of market cap. In terms of its funding, Ooyala will use its new capital to help Telestra integrate its technology, as well as to fuel further expansion outside of the U.S. with multiple service operators and TV programmers, specifically in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Currently, over half of Ooyala’s business comes from overseas, and have helped “quadruple” revenues since its last funding round in 2010. The new round of capital brings the startup’s total funding to just under $80 million, and sees Gary Traver, director of Telestra Media, join the company’s board of directors.



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June 18th

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Video Services Provider Ooyala Lands $35M From Australian Telco Giant Telstra To Go Big Overseas

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Back in 2007, Bismarck and Belsasar Lepe and Sean Knapp left Google with aspirations to revolutionize in-video advertising. Ooyala didn’t quite revolutionize advertising, but it has found more than a little success in what has become a very crowded market. The company’s video player now delivers cross-device content to over 6,000 domains, reaching nearly 200 million viewers, and the company claims that one in four Americans watch Ooyala-powered video each month.

With its footprint in the states gaining traction, the company is announcing today that it is taking on a big new chunk of capital to expand its reach overseas. Ooyala’s new $35 million round — its fifth to date — is led by Telstra Applications and Ventures Group, the investment arm of Australia’s telecom giant, Telstra. Previous investors Sierra Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and CID Group also participated, along with several other strategic investors.

According to a statement released today, along with its investment, Telstra is also working on a commercial agreement with Ooyala that would make the telecom company “a major reseller,” deploying Ooyala’s software, analytics, and service offerings throughout Australia in attempt to transition content owners users to IP-based video delivery.

Ooyala has already begun building a network of resellers abroad, with current partners including Telefonica and Yahoo Japan, to name a few. At home, big brands and publishers like ESPN, Victoria’s Secret, Rolling Stone, Dell and North Face are using Ooyala’s technology to power video distribution and management. While ESPN was a big win at home for Ooyala, making it the video provider for a network that serves some billion-odd streams per month, for the overseas market, Telstra represents a big win.

The telecom company has presence in 15 countries, including China, and owns Australia’s biggest integrated IP and broadband networks. It’s also one of the 20 largest companies in Australia in terms of market cap. In terms of its funding, Ooyala will use its new capital to help Telstra integrate its technology, as well as to fuel further expansion outside of the U.S. with multiple service operators and TV programmers, specifically in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Currently, over half of Ooyala’s business comes from overseas, and have helped “quadruple” revenues since its last funding round in 2010. The new round of capital brings the startup’s total funding to just under $80 million, and sees Gary Traver, director of Telstra Media, join the company’s board of directors.



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June 18th

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Apple defends iPad ’4G’ name in Australian federal court


The last we heard in the case of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission taking Apple to court over the “4G” branding of the new iPad was a meeting earlier this week that ended without resolution. Apple offered users a refund for the third-gen 4G iPad and changed some of its “4G LTE” advertising on its Australian website following complaints the device did not operate on frequencies used by 4G networks in the country. However, the ACCC wanted Apple to change the Wi-Fi + 4G branding of the actual device.

Today, a report from The Australian claimed Apple is defending the name by claiming, despite operating only on 3G networks, the new iPads on Telstra, Optus and Vodafone deliver speeds “in accordance with accepted industry and regulatory use of the descriptor ’4G’.” In other words, Apple thinks the carrier’s 3G networks should be referred to as 4G networks. This is what Apple told an Australian federal court this week:

Apple says the iPad is compatible with data networks run by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone “which are 4G networks in accordance with accepted industry and regulatory use of the descriptor ’4G’ “…. The iPad with WiFi + 4G is a device which performs in accordance with the descriptor ’4G’ in terms of data transfer speed… The descriptor ’4G’ … conveys to consumers in Australia that the iPad with WiFi + 4G will deliver a superior level of service in terms of data transfer speed (consistent with accepted industry and regulatory use of that term), and not that the iPad with WiFi + 4G is compatible with any particular network technology promoted by a particular mobile service provider in Australia.”

Apple also claimed:

“There was at all material times information widely published in Australia which informed consumers that the iPad with WiFi + 4G was not compatible with Telstra’s 4G LTE network”

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April 19th

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Australian judge demands that Apple show carrier contracts to Samsung

Australian Federal Court Justice Annabelle Bennett has ruled that Apple must show Samsung its contracts with Vodafone, SingTel and Telstra if it cannot reach an agreement on Samsung’s accusations that the iPhone maker contractually forces the carriers to subsidize the iPhone. Samsung has also argued that the Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPhone 3GS infringe on its patents, and has sought to ban sales of the devices in Australia. Apple, however, has already successfully banned Samsung’s Australia-based subsidiaries from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. “We will resist any attempts by our friends to push us into a corner,” Apple lawyer Andrew Fox said. “This is quite clearly a fishing expedition.” Earlier this month, Samsung requested the iPhone 4S source code and, according to Bloomberg, Apple provided the company with 220 pages of code, but left out one file. Samsung also has ongoing lawsuits with Apple in Japan, Germany, France and the United States.

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Todd Haselton

November 10th

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