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Lucy Battersby

Lucy Battersby is Trends Reporter for The Age. Prior to this, she worked as a technology reporter. She worked on communications policy for the federal government before joining Fairfax in 2006.

$1 a day marks the start of telco prepaid price war

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Lucy Battersby Optus has fired a defensive shot ahead of Telstra's anticipated grab for lucrative prepaid customers with a new pricing strategy offering calls for $1 a day.

Battle for prepaid customers heats up

Lucy Battersby OPTUS has fired a defensive shot at Telstra's expected grab for lucrative prepaid customers with a pricing strategy offering unlimited calls for $1 a day.

NBN Co set to use semi-idle satellites to deliver remote broadband

Lucy Battersby NBN Co is close to signing up a satellite provider to supply broadband to remote households, delivering on a promise that helped Labor secure the support of the independents to form government.

Online banking expert to help Telstra win back customers

Lucy Battersby TELSTRA has hired a former banking e-commerce specialist to improve its online capabilities as part of a plan to increase self-service among its customer base.

Unstoppable dollar poses threat to big miners

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Lucy Battersby MINING earnings are at risk if the Australian dollar remains strong against the greenback, as retail investors look for opportunities to benefit from the currency's historically high levels.

Limitations of 'unlimited'

Lucy Battersby THE competition regulator says slowing broadband speeds after customers exceed a download limit on an ''unlimited'' plan is like selling them a Ferrari with one gear.

NBN a cloud over Telstra, says fund


Lucy Battersby TELSTRA'S recent profit results are ''concerning'' and the company faces years of uncertainty if the national broadband network is built, according to senior investment staff at the Australian...

Uncertainty sends share price down

Lucy Battersby TELSTRA'S share price reached fresh lows as investors abandoned it despite its promises to become more competitive and responsive to customers.

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...

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.

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

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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

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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.