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Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby is Technology Reporter for Fairfax Media. She worked on communications policy for the federal government before joining Fairfax in 2006.

Telstra toughens NBN stance

Lucy Battersby Telstra was not "transfixed" by the government's $43 billion broadband project and would quickly get on with life if it was cancelled, chief executive David Thodey says.

Telstra boss gets close to customers

Lucy Battersby THE new head of Telstra's consumer business is moving his desk right to the coalface of customer service - inside one of the company's customer call centres.

Telstra nonchalant on NBN


Lucy Battersby TELSTRA is not ''transfixed'' by the government's broadband project and would quickly get on with life if the $43 billion NBN were cancelled, the company's chief executive said yesterday, as the...

Seven looks at $10m windfall from replay

Lucy Battersby THE Seven Network will try to squeeze another $10 million out of the AFL grand final replay on Saturday. Every five minutes of advertising is expected to rake in about $1 million.

Tables turned over complaints: telcos whinge about customers

Lucy Battersby TELCOS have used a national inquiry into customer care as an opportunity to whinge about regulation rather than deal with the high number of complaints against the industry, the chief regulator says.

Vital NBN legislation caught up in Senate delays

Lucy Battersby THE legislation supporting the national broadband network is unlikely to reach the Senate before the last week of October and still relies on the support of an unpredictable minor party senator.

Time to bring out the razzle-dazzle at Telstra

Lucy Battersby TELSTRA'S senior management is under pressure to impress shareholders with a killer transformation plan next Wednesday, as the share price continues to test new lows and analysts despair over future...

Little joy for Telstra investors

Mobile phone

Lucy Battersby and Colin Kruger TELSTRA shares plunged to new lows yesterday amid uncertainty over its deal with NBN Co and a poor outlook for profit margins in a more competitive telecommunications industry.

Telstra becoming impatient with delays in broadband legislation

Andrew Darby and Lucy Battersby THE chief executive of Telstra, David Thodey, says the telecommunications giant is becoming impatient with delays in finalising its deal with NBN Co.

Telstra announces NBN trials

Lucy Battersby Telstra will start offering NBN Co services in October to customers living in trial sites in Tasmania, indicating the telecommunications giant is getting ready to move into the NBN environment.

Future Fund hedges its bets

Hedge funds.

Lucy Battersby THE Future Fund has plunged almost $10 billion, or 15 per cent of its assets, into a suite of hedge funds in the United States in an effort to diversify overseas and away from its dominant holding in...

Call charges set to fall as Telstra price gouging revealed

Lucy Battersby THE price of both fixed line telephone rentals and local calls are likely to fall under new pricing calculations that significantly undercut the price Telstra charges for access to its network.

ACCC pushes for lower fixed-line prices


Lucy Battersby Cheaper wholesale telephone line rental prices could force fixed-line costs down if a draft report from the competition watchdog gets approval from industry and the government.

Internet providers in rush to beat national network

Lucy Battersby THE battle for fixed broadband customers is heating up with junior providers now offering huge data allowances to households without increasing prices.

Fibre opens new trading resource

Lucy Battersby SOME lucky Australian town could become the next Silicon Valley if the right technical and regulatory environments are created by the national broadband network, the director of a leading US...

Future Fund seeks new GM

Lucy Battersby The Future Fund is hunting for a new general manager after Paul Costello announced this morning he would step down from his role of managing the $87 billion fund.

Telstra float of SouFun worth $450m

TELECOMS Lucy Battersby TELSTRA will reap at least $US410 million ($450 million) from floating and then selling its 50 per cent stake in SouFun, a Chinese online real estate search engine.

Optus pledges to introduce SMS barring

Lucy Battersby Optus has promised to implement new premium SMS barring service for mobile customers by mid-October rather than face a penalty from the communications regulator.

4G to 'kill' mobile voice market

Blackberry tablet mockup.

Lucy Battersby Revenue from mobile phone calls could be wiped out by the next wave of technology because network capacity would justify free phone calls, a telecommunications analyst says.

Mobile call revenue at risk from 4G technology

Lucy Battersby REVENUE from mobile phone calls could be wiped out by the next wave of 4G technology because network capacity would justify free phone calls, a telecoms analyst says.