All the business and finance news for the week of June 16 to 22, 2013.
Telstra shares slump again on asbestos worries, but the telco says it faces no financial risks from people being potentially exposed to asbestos in its pits and pipes.
Peter Cai Telstra, Optus and TPG have collectively paid about $2 billion to the federal government for radiofrequency spectrum that is essential to the future of mobile broadband.
Peter Cai Mobile carriers have shunned a long-awaited auction for new radio frequency spectrum.
Malcolm Maiden The Telstra CEO has helped to boost the share price since he took the reins, but he's not ready to rest on his laurels.
Telstra has won a $1.1 billion contract with the Department of Defence that will lead to 350 new jobs being created at the telco.
Peter Cai The cost of spectrum is likely to put Telstra and SingTel's credit ratings under pressure.
Elizabeth Knight I guess you could call Telstra the happy victim of others' circumstances.
Peter Cai Telstra will pay its retailers not only sales commissions but also for their customer service performance.
Madeleine Heffernan The Business Council of Australia will call for leaders to focus on a long-term vision.
Madeleine Heffernan, Lucy Battersby, Peter Ker and Eli Greenblat In the words of Telstra chief executive David Thodey, it was 'obviously an unsettling day in Canberra'.
Michael West Bruce Robertson, beef farmer from Burrell Creek - community hall, one house and a phone box - notched up another win against the electricity juggernauts this week.
Peter Cai Optus is overhauling its stores and shopfronts to lure new customers as competition intensifies for mobile subscribers in a flat market.
Peter Cai and Glenda Kwek Telstra says its customers will get better service from Filipino or and Indian call centre workers as it axes near 650 jobs.
Christopher Webb With the bulls well and truly in charge of the market, some big-money heavyweights have taken close enough to $800 million off the table in recent days.
Under the Radar
Under the Radar column The Australian stock market is trading at 19-month highs and has climbed about 23 per cent in the past eight months.
Malcolm Maiden Telstra chief executive David Thodey maintained his two ring circus act in the December half, as the telco industry's big gorilla continued to also be the industry's most nimble performer.
Peter Cai Telstra has defied weak industry-wide mobile phone growth by adding more than 600,000 mobile customers, positioning the nation's dominant telco for a full-year profit of more than $3.6 billion.
Malcolm Maiden In the December half, Telstra asked over 5 million customers to rate it on a scale of one to 10.
Nathan Bell Telstra's half-year results were impressive, confirming that a turnaround is well under way and that CEO David Thodey is seeing off the competition.