WA Govt agencies ignore constant warnings on IT security

Western Australia's Auditor General has warned that over a half of government agencies are failing to heed advice on IT security.

Barden Produce deploys VMware’s vCloud Air

Australian veg wholesaler Barden Produce has announced a move to VMware's vCloud Air to bring about a more flexible and agile business model.

Read in full: Mike Quigley launches devastating critique of MTM policy

Founding NBN chief executive Mike Quigley this evening launched a devastating attack on the Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix model, using detailed analysis to show that the policy has set the NBN back years and resulted in cost blowouts to the tune of tens of billions of dollars.

Turnbull pressured to ‘fix’ NBN for far north Queensland

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has come under pressure during a radio interview in far north Queensland, with the ABC's host relaying complaints from local residents that the Coalition had not done enough to bring the National Broadband Network to the region.

Internode directly matches ADSL broadband plans to iiNet

National broadband player Internode has updated its broadband plans to almost precisely match those of its parent iiNet, as the two companies continue their drive to harmonise their operations almost precisely following their acquisition by TPG.

NEC to set up cybersecurity facility in Adelaide

NEC has announced that it will establish a $4.38 million cybersecurity centre in Adelaide to address growing demand for online security.

NSW ‘ChildStory’ IT project drags heels on deployment

The NSW Department of Family & Community Services’ (FACS) ChildStory project has finally reached the deployment phase, despite being announced as far back as September of last year.

IT security vendor Crowdstrike expands into Australia

Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has announced it is expanding its operations into the Asia Pacific (APAC) region with the establishment of a new regional base in Australia.

Poll: Voters overwhelmingly support a faster, more expensive NBN

A new poll undertaken by the ABC has shown that the vast majority of Australians overwhelmingly support the Government building a technically faster version of the National Broadband Network, even if it cost more to do so.

Fact check: Turnbull misleads Q&A audience on NBN

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have misled the ABC's Q&A program about key facts regarding the National Broadband Network project, repeating a set of common misconceptions about the initiative in response to a question on air last night.

NSW TAFE to axe troubled LMBR student enrolment system

NSW Technical and Further Education (TAFE) is to replace the Learning Management and Business Reform (LMBR) student enrolment system, which is run by Tribal Group and has been plagued with technical issue since it's launch late in 2014.

ACS releases ICT election “manifesto”

The Australian Computer Society (ACS), an advocacy group for Australia’s ICT professionals, has released what it is calling its "Federal Election Manifesto", setting out five key policy areas it says must be addressed if Australia is to "secure its economic future in the information age".

Telstra to roll out ‘small cell’ 4G coverage in over 130 areas

The Federal Government and Telstra have announced the telco is to roll out small cell mobile technology to boost data coverage in more than 130 rural and regional communities.

“Fibre zealots”: The Australian backs Ziggy’s Caretaker breach

A senior columnist at The Australian newspaper has backed what he described as Ziggy Switkoski's "well-aimed" breach of the Caretaker Conventions, supporting the idea that the NBN chair's action was necessary to deal with "rumourtrage" about the project.

Three senior telco commentators agree: Ziggy must be sacked

Three of Australia's most senior telecommunications commentators have agreed that NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski must resign or be sacked in the wake of confirmation that he deliberately breached the Caretaker Conventions during this year's Federal Election campaign.

Capgemini launches Backelite digital service in Australia

Capgemini, the international consulting, IT and outsourcing services firm, has announced the Australian launch of Backelite, its digital service design consultancy.

“Breathtaking arrogance”: Labor slams Turnbull’s support for Ziggy breach

The Opposition has described Malcolm Turnbull's support for the decision by NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski to ignore the Caretaker Conventions as displaying "breathtaking arrogance", and having opened the door for public officials to display politically partisan behaviour during elections in future.

Openstack gaining traction in Australia

A survey of attendees at the country's first OpenStack conference held in Sydney last month has indicated that OpenStack is likely to experience growth in the Australian market over the next 18 months.

Spark Ventures deploys BMC Remedyforce

Digital services firm Spark Ventures has moved to BMC’s cloud-based Remedyforce solution to better manage the back-end infrastructure that supports its consumer and business digital services.

Turnbull backs Ziggy’s decision to breach Caretaker Conventions

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning said he respected Ziggy Switkowski's decision to ignore the Caretaker Conventions during the Election Campaign, and added that the NBN chairman was doing a "remarkable job" with the company.

Samsung Pay hits Australia via AMEX and Citibank

Mobile wallet app Samsung Pay launched yesterday in Australia, with American Express and Citibank as its supporting card issuers.

Govt invests in big data, surveillance systems for AFP, ACC

The Coalition Government has announced it is to invest $2.6 million in a big data and surveillance projects for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.

Labor announces plan to boost innovation role of regional Australia

Labor has announced that, if re-elected, it will offer new guidance to innovation and entrepreneurship advocacy group StartupAUS to help boost the role of regional Australia in the nation’s innovation effort.

Ziggy was forced to respond to false accusations, says NBN Co

The NBN Company has defended the actions of its chair Ziggy Switkowski in breaching the Caretaker Conventions, claiming that the executive's hand was forced by the need to defend the company's reputation.

Shorten accuses NBN Co of “cover-up” to protect Turnbull

Bill Shorten this afternoon accused the NBN company of engaging in a conspiracy to "cover up" Malcolm Turnbull's "incompetence" and its own "maladministration" of the NBN project, following news that NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski deliberately took a politically partisan position during the election campaign.

Ziggy deliberately breached Caretaker Conventions

NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski wilfully and deliberately breached the Caretaker Conventions, ignoring official advice and publishing an inflammatory article defending the NBN during the Election Campaign, according to an investigation by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank adopts IBM cloud

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has adopted IBM Cloud to boost development of new banking products and services for its 1.6 million customers.

Visionstream to cut workforce, says union

Telecoms and ICT services provider Visionstream is to slash its workforce, the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has said.

Union slams job ads seeking Irish workers for NBN

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has strongly criticised employment advertisements for "copper jointers & copper gurus" that aim to bring individuals from Ireland to work on the NBN rollout.

Online retailer Kogan files for IPO

Online retailer Kogan.com has announced an initial public offering (IPO) that it said is aimed to raise $50 million via the sale of new shares.

Coalition dumps satellite for FTTN NBN for Tasmania’s west coast

In a change from its previous commitment, the Coalition Government has announced that it will abandon the satellite broadband rollout on the west coast of Tasmania and instead deploy fibre to the node (FTTN) via the NBN.

Greens make innovation key policy of election campaign

The Australian Greens party has announced it will make innovation a key policy of their campaign in the upcoming Federal Election, aiming to "reverse the government’s anti-innovative and climate-destroying policies".

AGL hiring new CTO after IT management chaos

Energy utility AGL has revealed plans to hire several executives to fill new chief technology officer and head of IT service delivery roles, in a new wave of hires taking place after several years of turmoil in its IT leadership.

Fifield attacks Labor NBN “deceit” in record short press conference

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield this afternoon attacked what he said was the "deceit" inherent in Labor's new National Broadband Network policy, in a brief press conference in Melbourne which appeared to last less than ten minutes.

Yes, Labor still wants to upgrade HFC to FTTP

Labor still has an interest in upgrading the NBN company's HFC cable networks to full Fibre to the Premises technology, Delimiter can confirm, with this issue to be considered as part of the Infrastructure Review outlined as part of Labor's new NBN policy today.

New policy: Labor would dump FTTN for FTTP, keep HFC

The Opposition today released a new National Broadband Network policy for the Federal Election, with Labor committing to dumping the Coalition's Fibre to the Node plans and supporting Fibre to the Premises instead, but keeping the other HFC cable, satellite and wireless aspects of the current plan.

ASG sues Victorian Govt over cancelled ERP contract

Australian IT services provider ASG is suing the State of Victoria with the aim of recovering its costs arising from a terminated contract.

Digital Rights Watch calls for fair use, end of Internet censorship

Advocacy group Digital Rights Watch has called for the introduction of fair use legislation and the cessation of Internet censorship as the Productivity Commission prepares to undertake a 12-month public inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property system.

ATO finally ditches e-tax system for MyTax portal

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced that its legacy online tax return service e-tax is being retired, with the MyTax portal to take its place going forward.

Photos: NBN Co builds node on flooded riverbank

The NBN company has deployed a Fibre to the Node cabinet on the banks of the Tamar River in Tasmania, Delimiter can reveal, ignoring advice from local residents that the infrastructure would be sure to be breached by water during periods of excess rain.

Jetstar appoints CIO with little IT experience

National airline Jetstar this week announced it had appointed an executive with less than three years' worth of experience in a technology role as its new chief information officer, in an unorthodox move for a major Australian corporation.

Fact check: Joyce perpetuates false NBN myths on Q&A

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce appears to have perpetuated a number of common misconceptions about the National Broadband Network in his appearance this week on the ABC's Q&A program, including its cost, demand for high-speed broadband and its time to be deployed.

iiNet gives huge quota boost to ADSL2+ plans

Internet provider iiNet has updated its on-net ADSL2+ plans, giving all options hefty quota increases without additional conditions.

Election: Pirate Party vows to “fight tirelessly” for a free Internet

Pirate Party Australia has announced that digital rights will be central to its 2016 Federal Election campaign and that it will to "fight tirelessly" for a free Internet.

Basslink completes cable repairs, enters final testing stage

The undersea power and telecoms cable linking Victoria to Tasmania has been repaired, according to its operator, Basslink.

FTTN still causing massive outages in Newcastle, says Labor

The Coalition's Fibre to the Node technology is still causing substantial problems for the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Labor said today, with issues such as speeds slower than ADSL and substantial outages, even for residents who are not yet connected to the NBN.

Unisys IT modernisation gives Co-operative Bank a boost

Unisys has released a statement saying that its New Zealand subsidiary has improved the Co-operative Bank’s IT infrastructure using Unisys ClearPath Forward systems.

Airtasker closes $22 million funding round

Australian local services marketplace Airtasker has announced the closure of a $22 million Series B round led by Seven West Media.

Nokia partnership will build “Europe’s first” 10Gbps residential network

Nokia and Estonia-based cable operator Starman have announced that they will deploy the first nationwide 10-gigabit residential network in Europe.

Brisbane Airport extends IT services deal with Data#3

Australian IT solutions firm Data#3 has announced the signing of a new deal that will see it continue to provide infrastructure support for Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) for a further two years.

Comms Minister skips Internet Australia meeting in home town

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has expressed its disappointment that Communications Minister Mitch Fifield "missed an opportunity" to meet with his local digital and ICT community last week.

Vodafone launches new range of business plans

Vodafone has announced a new range of mobile plans for small and medium businesses (SMBs), along with new additions to its suite of 'Ready Business Apps'.

NBN statement not Coalition’s final NBN policy

The Coalition has confirmed that a statement issued late last week does not constitute its final National Broadband Network policy for the Federal Election, hosing down speculation that it was the last it would have to say on the matter ahead of the Election in July.

NAB, Telstra form digital marketplace startup for small biz

A joint venture between NAB and Telstra will see the launch of a new digital marketplace startup called Proquo, aimed to help small businesses around Australia develop and grow.

ACT Govt launches review into civil surveillance

The ACT government has announced a review of the use and conduct of civil surveillance in the territory that could lead to Australia’s first law to allow victims to sue over privacy intrusions.

NBN launches first FTTN connections in Victoria

The NBN's first fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services have launched in Victoria, bringing upgraded internet services to thousands more homes and businesses in the state.

Pyne’s comments on fast Internet “just wrong”, says SAGE-AU

IT professionals advocacy group SAGE-AU has criticised recent comments by Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne that suggested Australians do not need fast Internet.

StartupAUS says Turnbull’s funding pledge welcome but “modest”

Not-for-profit advocacy group StartupAUS has said that, while the Coalition Government's pledge to provide a further $15 million for the startup sector is good news, the funding would be "far from sufficient".

Labor accuses Coalition of copying policy on startup accelerators

The Labor Opposition has hit out at the Coalition Government, accusing it of "mimicking" its own policies on startup assistance.

Coalition pledges to expand startup incubator support

The Coalition Government has pledged to invest an extra $15 million into boosting Australia’s startup scene if it is re-elected in July.

Labor to take NBN beyond the node, but ignores HFC

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten today said Labor wasn't satisfied with the Coalition's Fibre to the Node technology for the National Broadband Network, but stopped short of commenting on Labor's plans for the up to a third of the NBN that will be covered by HFC cable technology.

“Fanbois”: NBN Co mocks critics after cancelling quarterly update

The NBN company's chief spokesperson has mocked as "fanbois" commentators who criticised the company after it yesterday dumped its previous commitment to provide quarterly updates on its forward rollout plans.

The Australian government must take cyber security more seriously

Most of us can relate to the government’s plan to build 12 new submarines for A$50 billion, at least in principle. But you might be alarmed to hear the government is investing only a fraction of that amount on protecting us from cyberattacks.

Survey shows legacy tech blocking digital transformation

A new study from networking solutions provider Brocade has suggested that legacy technology is holding businesses back from the full advantages of digital transformation.

Brocade delivers LAN with New IP for secondary college

Networking solutions firm Brocade has announced that it has rolled out a comprehensive campus LAN upgrade, including a New IP networking solution, for Mazenod College in Lesmurdie, Western Australia.

Redflow debuts ZCell enclosure at Sydney energy storage show

Australian energy storage specialist Redflow is set to show its recently launched ZCell home battery and new custom-designed enclosure at the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition this week in Sydney.

NBN Co’s MTM choices “prudent and efficient”, finds Analysys Mason

Analyst firm Analysys Mason has found in a detailed report commissioned by the NBN company that the NBN company's initial design for its Fibre to the Node, Basement and HFC cable networks is "prudent and efficient".

iiNet cuts price of terabyte 100Mbps NBN plans

National broadband company iiNet has launched several new National Broadband Network plans, including a plan featuring 1000GB (one terabyte) of download quota and 100Mbps speeds for $99 per month -- $10 a month cheaper than its previous terabyte, 100Mbps NBN offering.

Hack shuts down NSW Trainlink booking system

NSW TrainLink has announced that its online reservations system has been taken offline following a hack and that some users' credit card data may have been compromised.

Optus partners with Macquarie Uni on $10 million cybersecurity hub

Optus Business entered a new partnership with Macquarie University to establish a new "cybersecurity hub" aimed help business and government organisations protect themselves from increasing cyber threats.

Vodafone to spend $9 million on new rural expansion

Vodafone has announced it is to spend $9 million expanding its regional mobile network over the next 18 months.

Medibank CIO quits after five months for Suncorp

Banking and insurance giant Suncorp today revealed it had appointed Sarah Harland as its new chief information officer, just five months after the executive took up a similar position at health insurer Medibank Private.

Mike Quigley to join NBN election debate

The founding chief executive of the NBN company, Mike Quigley will publicly discuss the history of the National Broadband Network as well as the various options for its future, in a major speech to be held just over a week before this year's Federal Election on 2 July.

Labor files formal complaint alleging NBN breach of Caretaker Conventions

The Opposition has reported filed a formal complaint with the Secretary of Malcolm Turnbull's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet over what it said was a "clear breach" by the NBN company of the Caretaker Conventions which require it to remain impartial during the election period.

NBN leakers are ‘thieves’, not whistleblowers, says Ziggy

NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski has made an extraordinary intervention into the Federal Election campaign, defending the NBN company's record under the Coalition and claiming insiders who have leaked senstive information of being politically motivated thieves and not whistleblowers.

Auditor General: WA Govt should “prioritise online delivery of services”

Western Australian Auditor General Colin Murphy has released a report saying there are "significant savings and benefits" to moving government services online.

Union slams Telstra health records deal

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has criticised the Coalition Government for its decision to put a private company in charge of the management of confidential and highly sensitive health records for thousands of Australians.

Labor raises “glaring omissions” in mobile blackspot funding

The Labor opposition has said that, while it supports the Government's pledge to add a further $60 million to the Mobile Black Spot Programme if reelected, allocation of funding across Australia is missing out areas that need it most.

Herald Sun columnist McCrann gets key facts wrong in NBN attack

Herald Sun columnist Terry McCrann has published an article praising Malcolm Turnbull's stewardship of the NBN project as his "greatest and unqualified achievement in Government", but has based his argument on a number of inaccurate statements regarding the project.

HPE to merge IT services business with CSC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced plans for a tax-free spin-off and merger of its Enterprise Services business with CSC that will create a new as-yet-unnamed company.

Digital Tasmania criticises ISPs following broadband issues

Consumer action group Digital Tasmania has called on Internet service providers to improve their technical performance and customer service standards following issues that have affected Tasmanian consumers in recent days.

NBN reaches 1 million customer milestone

The Government has announced that the National Broadband Network (NBN) has now passed the 1 million customer mark.

Microsoft launches update for Dynamics CRM, hints at IoT future

Microsoft has announced the release of the Dynamics CRM Spring 2016 update, along with a preview date for its new product, Connected Field Service, which will offer the option to monitor Internet of Things devices.

NT Govt commits $186m to e-health record system

The Northern Territory has announced plans to spend $186 million on a jurisdiction-wide, integrated electronic health record system.

Coalition makes $60m election promise to fix mobile blackspots

The Coalition Government has announced that it will invest an additional $60 million in the Mobile Black Spot Programme if it is returned to power in July's federal election.

“Hypocrisy”: AFR launches bizarre attack on Labor over NBN raids

Conservative newspaper The Australian Financial Review has launched an extraordinary election attack on Labor over police raids of Labor premises, slamming the Opposition for what the AFR claimed was an irresponsible NBN policy based on the idea that "people would think fast internet was cool".

Fact check: Pyne misleads Q&A audience on key NBN facts

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne appears to have inadvertently misled the ABC's Q&A program about key facts regarding the National Broadband Network project, repeating a set of common misconceptions about the initiative on air last night.

Labor staffer could be jailed merely for receiving NBN docs

The Australian Federal Police has alleged there are reasonable grounds to suspect the Opposition broke the Official Secrets provisions of the Crimes Act, with a penalty of up to two years' jail, for merely receiving internal documents belonging to the NBN company.

UXC Oxygen delivers SAP HANA migration for SA Power Networks

UXC Oxygen, a specialist SAP consulting and services company now owned by CSC, has deployed a new SAP HANA platform for Australian electricity distributor SA Power Networks.

Pirate Party announces election candidates

The Pirate Party has announced its candidates for the 2016 Federal Election, following a pre-selection process.

Telstra apologises for further network disruption

Telstra has apologised to customers for disruptions to broadband services in recent days, and offered advice to those still suffering issues.

Defence kicks off SAP-based ‘largest’ ERP project in Australia’s public sector

The Department of Defence has officially kicked off what it describes as the "largest ERP program implementation of its kind in Australian Government", in a SAP-based initiative that will see several thousand business applications consolidated down sharply.

IPA publishes anti-Labor NBN attack riddled with grievous errors

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has published an article strongly attacking Labor's NBN project as "the worst conceived infrastructure project in Federal history", but has included a number of popular misconceptions and outright errors regarding the project in its article.

Turnbull tried to kick Conroy off NBN Committee, says Palmer

Clive Palmer claimed over the weekend that in 2014, Malcolm Turnbull tried to use the Palmer United Party's votes in the Senate to get former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy removed from the Senate Select Committee into the NBN, replacing it with a joint committee.

Fifield knew about AFP NBN investigation from the start

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield today admitted he was told about the Australian Federal Police investigation launched in December into leaks from the NBN company, in a admission which directly contradicts a statement by the AFP Commissioner yesterday that the Government did not know of the investigation.

NBN raids paint us as “Asian democratic backwater”, says Assange

The Australian Federal Police's NBN raids last night on Labor MPs and their staffers must not be tolerated and make Australia look like it has become an "Asian democratic backwater", WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement this afternoon.

NBN raids an “attack on press freedom”, says media union

Australia's peak media union has described last night's Australian Federal Police raids as an "attack on press freedom", stating that the action by the NBN company and law enforcement represented a "disturbing new twist in pursuit of whistleblowers and legitimate public interest journalism".

Angry Shorten says public has a “right to know” the NBN truth

An angry Bill Shorten has blasted Malcolm Turnbull for what he said was the Prime Minister's attempts to stop the public from knowing the "truth" about the National Broadband Network, which the Opposition Leader said had become a "national disgrace" under Turnbull's watch.

“No influence”: AFP denies NBN raids politically motivated

The Australian Federal Police today said there had been zero political influence on the seven month investigation into damaging leaks from the NBN company which yesterday culminated in raids on Labor Party offices, with the Government itself only being told about the investigation yesterday.

NEXTDC secures Melbourne, Brisbane sites for new data centres

Australian firm NEXTDC Limited has announced the acquisition of two new data centre sites in Melbourne and Brisbane, representing a combined investment of $160 million for the firm.

WME, Appscore to add 70 tech jobs at new Melbourne HQ

Australian digital marketing agency Web Marketing Experts (WME) has announced that it will add 70 new jobs at its new Melbourne headquarters over the next 12 months – a figure that includes staff at its mobile-focused subsidiary Appscore.

Greens announce solar battery funding plan for Sunshine Coast

The Australian Greens have announced a plan aimed to assist solar-powered households on Queensland's Sunshine Coast with the costs of installing battery storage, and encourage a shift towards "clean energy".

Delimiter named in AFP search warrant for NBN leaks

Delimiter has reportedly been named in a search warrant issued by the Australian Federal Police authorising raids on a number of premises to seek documents related to a spate of damaging leaks which have come from within the NBN company over the past year.

NBN leaks: AFP raids Conroy’s office, Labor staffers’ houses

Australian Federal Police officers have raided the Melbourne office of former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and the houses of two Labor staffers seeking to ascertain the identity of whistleblowers who have leaked a series of key documents from within the NBN company.

“Spectacularly incompetent”: Govt slams Labor NBN funding model

Senior Government Minister Paul Fletcher has taken a pickaxe to Labor's previous funding model for the National Broadband Network, describing it as "spectacularly incompetent", despite the fact that the Coalition itself admitted during the recent Budget that it had its own NBN funding black hole.

Govt to fund innovation policy research through StartupAUS

The Federal Government has announced that it will fund research on entrepreneurship and innovation by not-for-profit organisation StartupAUS.

Greens announce policy to boost electric car uptake

The Australian Greens have launched a plan to encourage the rollout of electric vehicles and move away from "old dirty power sources".

Telstra launches new email platform for customers

Telstra has launched a new and improved email service for customers of its home broadband service.

“Great news”: Fifield launches FTTN near Ballarat

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has announced the launch of Fibre to the Node services this week in regional Victoria, describing the move as "great news" for local residents.

“Incredible” interest in NBN election issue, says Plibersek

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek this week said she had seen "incredible" interest in the National Broadband Network issue as she travelled around Australia on the election campaign trail, delivering Labor's message that Malcolm Turnbull had "dropped the ball" on the project.

Survey reveals most organisations use multiple clouds

A new survey by Veritas has revealed that the majority of businesses are moving data to the cloud and utilising both private and public cloud services, creating a fragmented approach that could create IT "blind spots" and increase information-based risks.

Queensland policeman charged over unauthorised database access

A police constable from Queensland has been removed from official duty and charged with misconduct over unauthorised access of a police database, after an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Nokia achieves “world first” symmetrical 10Gbps over HFC cable

Nokia has announced that it has achieved 10 Gbps symmetrical data speeds using a traditional hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable system.

Vodafone, Huawei complete Narrowband Internet of Things trial

Vodafone has completed a trial of Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) – a 4G technology that could make connecting devices to the internet more efficient.

NSW Govt appoints whole of government CIO

news The NSW Government has appointed respected former Westpac, Macquarie Bank and Woolworths IT executive Damon Rees to the newly created role of whole...

Major tech firms, Australian startups back new innovation organisation TechSydney

A group of local startups and global tech giants, including Atlassian, Airbnb and LinkedIn, have offered support for a new not-for-profit organisation that aims to "turn Sydney into Australia’s Silicon Valley".

Vodafone urges voters to appeal for more mobile black spot funding

In a new campaign, Vodafone is calling on voters in regional seats to use social media to raise the "urgent need" for more funding for mobile black spots with their federal representatives and candidates ahead of the coming 2 July election.

Optus ropes in Thorpe, Wahlberg for small business focus

Optus is launching a celebrity-endorsed campaign to emphasise its "refocus" on providing custom solutions for Australia’s two million-plus small business owners.

‘No gigabit speed demand’: The Australian continues NBN election attack

Murdoch-owned newspaper The Australian has published another pre-emptive article attacking Labor's unreleased National Broadband Network policy, this time focusing around what the outlet intimated was a complete lack of demand for high-speed 1Gbps broadband services in Australia.

“Fantasy fibre”: Coalition explicitly rejects NBN FTTdp model

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has broken cover to openly slam a Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) model for the National Broadband Network, in the first explicit sign that the Coalition will not substantially modify its NBN model for the Federal Election.

AGL turns to Microsoft for project management tools

AGL Energy has deployed Microsoft’s Project Online in order to more efficiently manage projects across the company.

Victorian Govt outlines new IT strategy

The Victorian Government has launched a new four-year strategy aimed to harness new digital technologies to "deliver modern services for the community".

Get your face onto NBN Co’s second satellite

To raise awareness of the launch of NBN Co’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, the company has announced it will give Australians the chance to "blast their face into space".

AT&T continues 1Gbps FTTP rollout across US

AT&T has announced the expansion of its ultra-fast all-fibre broadband service into more parts of the USA, with the aim of vastly expanding availability by the end of 2016.

The Australian newspaper launches election attack on Labor’s NBN

Murdoch-owned newspaper The Australian has published a pre-emptive article strongly attacking Labor's new National Broadband Network policy, but without including any new information and despite the fact that the policy itself has yet to be released.

Former Sydney University ICT manager found to be corrupt

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has ascertained that a former ICT manager at the University of Sydney carried out corrupt acts during his time at the institution.

Research suggests site blocking effective against piracy

New research based on data from the UK has suggested that site blocking is effective against online piracy of digital content.

Australian tech startup BigCommerce closes US$30m funding round

Australian e-commerce platform BigCommerce has announced the closure of a US$30 million (A$41 million) funding round.

“$40bn waste”: Coalition kicks off NBN smear campaign

The Coalition appears to have kicked off a campaign designed to discredit Labor's management of the National Broadband Network project, with at least one Liberal MP relying on party-supplied material to claim that "$40 billion was wasted" during its early days.

NBN a “key election issue”, Labor policy coming soon, says Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has labelled the National Broadband Network a "key issue" for this year's Federal Election, stating that Labor would launch its new NBN policy "in coming weeks" to tackle what he said was mismanagement of the project by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Atlassian announces huge revenue growth but profit slump

Atlassian Corporation – the Sydney-based provider of team collaboration and productivity software – has revealed in its third quarter of fiscal 2016 earnings report that, while revenue grew considerably compared with the same period last year, it still suffered an operating loss of US$4.9 million.

Australia not ready for driverless cars, says National Transport Commission

The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper that cites a number of barriers to increased vehicle automation and concludes that Australia is not yet ready for driverless cars.

BT announces huge FTTP rollout to 2 million premises

BT today announced an investment in the UK's broadband infrastructure that will see a major rollout of fibre to the premises (FTTP) alongside other initiatives the firm said will help the country remain "the leading digital nation in the G20".

Optus launches Voice over LTE on 4G Plus network

Optus has announced that it is rolling out Voice over LTE (VoLTE) across its 4G Plus mobile network in Australia’s major metros.

More accessible content won’t stop piracy, says content industry

Creative Content Australia – a film and TV industry advocacy group – has aired concerns over a new draft report from the Productivity Commission that suggests making content more accessible will reduce online piracy.

Parties should stop “squabbling” over NBN, says Internet Australia

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has repeated its call for the National Broadband Network to be removed from the political debate.

Accenture to develop Ipswich smart city strategy

The Ipswitch City Council has selected IT integrator and consultancy Accenture to progress what it has dubbed its 'Smart City' Transformation Strategy and Implementation Plan, as the Queensland City seeks to take the next step in its own development.

NBN Co suspends Tasmanian satellite rollout amid political brawl

The NBN company has called a halt to its controversial plans to deploy satellite access to a number of towns on the west coast of Tasmania until the various sides of politics resolve what the company sees as a funding black hole for the region.

NBN cost blow-outs Turnbull’s fault, says Labor

The Opposition has turned allegations of cost blowouts in the National Broadband Network project back on the Government, stating that the project's continually falling financial return problem should be laid at Malcolm Turnbull's door for his controversial Multi-Technology Mix.

FTTP NBN would cost $8.5bn more, claim ‘leaked’ Govt docs

A switch back to an all-fibre National Broadband Network would reportedly cost the Federal Government an extra $8.5 billion and potentially cause a wider Federal Budget black hole, according to a new set of documents which appear to have been leaked to the media late last week.

Australian Federal Police fails cybersecurity health check

The Federal Auditor-General has criticised the Australian Federal Police for not meeting federal cyber-security standards, in a wide-ranging audit that exposed a number of issues with the law enforcement agency's ability to secure its own IT systems.

NBN to hold HFC launch days before Election

The NBN company has revealed plans to hold a product launch just days before the upcoming Federal Election, in a move which has the potential to be interpreted as a breach of the Caretaker Conventions that govern the pre-election behaviour of public sector organisations.

NSW Govt launches 10 year eHealth strategy

The New South Wales Government has launched a 10-year eHealth strategy, saying it will bring "smart, safe, sustainable and digitally-enabled care" to patients.

MyNetFone says Budget missed chance to fix NBN pricing mess

MNF Group, the Australian provider of hosted voice and data communications services and parent company of MyNetFone, has said it is "disappointed" that Tuesday's Federal Budget did not write off some of the costs of building the NBN network.

Privacy Foundation questions Govt’s e-health record motives

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has said it is "concerned" about the Government's eHealth plans for patients' information.

Budget 2016: Shorten promises Australia a “first-rate Fibre NBN”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten this evening promised Labor would deliver Australians a "first-rate Fibre National Broadband Network" if his party wins the upcoming Federal Election, but stopped short of confirming that that network would consist of a full Fibre to the Premises rollout.

Telstra, NBN offshoring copper support to India

The NBN company and its partner Telstra appear to be offshoring support for Telstra's ageing copper network to India, with consultants in that country to be responsible for ensuring that broadband users can receive acceptable services over the copper that facilitates the Fibre to the Node model.

Govt doesn’t yet know how to fix NBN funding blackhole

The Federal Government this morning was forced to admit it did not yet know how the NBN company would fund the remainder of its rollout and operations through to 2020, with public sector funding drying up and an unclear situation with relation to the NBN company's ability to borrow money privately.

Pact Group makes strategic IT shift into Microsoft’s cloud

Regional packaging manufacturer Pact Group has said it is making strategic investment in Microsoft cloud technologies aimed to boost growth and assist its push towards integrated automated manufacturing.

Budget 2016: Australian Computer Society welcomes digital Budget

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has welcomed Tuesday's Federal Budget announcement, saying it delivers "good news for jobs and skills in the digital sector".

Senate passes tax breaks measures for startups

The Senate has passed two new initiatives that are aimed to boost investment in Australian startups.

Budget 2016: StartupAUS says it’s a “disappointment”

StartupAUS, an advocacy group, has cautiously welcomed some announcements made in the Federal Government’s 2016 Budget, but said that overall it was a "disappointment for startups".

Budget 2016: NEC to deploy CrimTrac’s new biometrics platform

NEC Australia has been awarded the contract to deliver CrimTrac’s "next generation" biometrics crime-fighting tool, the Government has announced.

Google Australia appoints new MD from the inside

Google Australia and New Zealand has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director following the imminent departure of Maile Carnegie to a new role as Head of Digital at ANZ Bank.

Budget 2016: Govt establishes joint taskforce to fix myGov

The Government has established a joint taskforce to remediate its troubled myGov digital identity and verification platform, bringing in experts from a number of government departments and throwing $50.5 million at the project.

Budget 2016: Major Child Care, Veterans’ IT reform projects approved

The Federal Government has approved several hundred million dollars' worth of funding to reform key IT platforms in the Department of Human Services and Veterans' Affairs, in moves that will unlock substantial IT transformation packages of work.

Budget 2016: Govt finally provides funding for OAIC

The Government today revealed it had decided to abandon its approach of dismantling the Office of the Information Commissioner and would provide total funding of $37 million over four years to retain its Freedom of Information and privacy functions, although it will pull a sizable chunk of funding from the Australian Human Rights Commission to do so.

Budget 2016: The Govt is kind of obsessed with FinTech

The Government has continued its ongoing focus on boosting Australia's growing financial technology (FinTech) sector in this year's Federal Budget, announcing a range of initiatives to bolster the area.

Budget 2016: Major Police IT projects win funding

Commonwealth law enforcement agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Crimtrac have won big in this year's Federal Budget in terms of their IT infrastructure programs, with the Government greenlighting a series of major initiatives.

Budget 2016: Tech giants in trouble as tax avoidance ramps up

Companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft who have been transferring billions of dollars of Australian revenue offshore are set to come under renewed attack from the Federal Government, with a raft of anti-avoidance measures announced in this year's Federal Budget.

Budget 2016: NBN Co is running out of money

The Federal Government has revealed that it has put together a special taskforce to determine how to fund its modified rollout of the National Broadband Network, with the project's costs ballooning and the public purse running dry of funds to support it.

Australia not on Internet piracy watchlist, says Internet Australia

Advocacy group Internet Australia has said that despite the "huffing and puffing" from Australia-based representatives of overseas content rights holders, Australia is not on the US Government’s official content piracy watchlist.

Libraries, education sector, tech giants welcome proposed copyright reforms

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) has issued a statement welcoming the Productivity Commission’s "sensible and much needed" proposals for changes to Australia’s copyright law.

Geoblocking content must end, demands Choice

Consumer advocacy group Choice has backed recommendations by the Productivity Commission to make copyright more consumer friendly and called for an end to geoblocking of Internet content.

IT industry reassurance: IBM Australia shows steady results

Australia's IT professionals are likely to be reassured by the news this week that industry bellwether IBM has posted a set of financial results substantially similar to the ones achieved twelve months earlier.

LNP, Labor, Greens agree: Govt should support video game devs

Australia's three major sides of political have achieved a rare unified agreement that the Federal Government should take a wide range of measures to directly support the growth of Australia's video gaming development industry, in a move which would dovetail with Malcolm Turnbull's innovation agenda.

Photos: NBN Co leaves FTTN ‘micronode’ completely open to public access

The rollout of the Coalition's preferred Fibre to the Node technology has suffered another setback, with the revelation that the NBN company is leaving 'micronode' infrastructure completely open to public access, in a substantial security breach.

Telstra ploughs $50m into fixing network outages

The nation's biggest telco Telstra today revealed it would plough a combined $50 million of funding into initiatives designed to stop it from suffering future major mobile network outages of the type that it has suffered over the past several months.

Optus launches unlimited data broadband bundles

Australia's second-largest telco Optus this morning announced it would bring unlimited downloads to all of its broadband bundle packages, in a move which further ramps up the telco's challenge against cut-price unlimited data challenger TPG.

ANZ becomes Apple Pay’s first Australian bank partner

ANZ Bank has announced that it now offers Apple Pay to its five million Australian customers, becoming the first bank in the country to do so.

Productivity Commission to conduct USO inquiry

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct an inquiry into the telecoms industry's Universal Service Obligation (USO) that will examine the "role and relevance" of the arrangements in today's "evolving market".

Virgin Media announces “largest” UK FTTP rollout ever

Virgin Media has committed to what it called the "largest UK fibre broadband rollout", that will bring fibre optic services directly to domestic and business premises.

NBN Sky Muster broadband will be “world leading”, says Ovum report

Telecoms research firm Ovum has announced that the NBN Sky Muster satellite broadband service will be a "world leader" in its market.

Tasmania can pay for its own FTTP NBN, says Fifield

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield yesterday issued a statement stating the broadband situation on the West Coast of Tasmania was already being handled through the NBN company's Technology Choice policy, which allows for Australians to pay for their own NBN upgrade.

Labor’s Tasmanian FTTP plans a “sick hoax”, says Liberal MP

Tasmanian Liberal MP Brett Whiteley has labelled an election commitment unveiled yesterday by Labor to bring Fibre to the Premises to his electorate in Tasmania's West Coast as a "sick hoax" that was "uncosted" and "unfunded".

Unisys wins IT outsourcing deal with Merck KGaA

Global IT firm Unisys has announced that it has won a new five-year contract to provide Merck KGaA with end-user IT services for its 48,000 employees in 90 countries worldwide, including Australia.

Suncorp invests in Trōv ahead of insurance app launch

Suncorp has bought a US$5 million (A$6.59 million) equity stake in US-based tech firm Trōv.

Visionstream inks $350m Telstra facilities management deal

Visionstream, an Australian services provider to the telecoms industry, has just inked a deal with Telstra to supply maintenance and building services to more than 40,000 assets nationwide.

Fixing the hole: Labor pledges FTTP for Tasmanian West Coast

The Opposition today promised to deliver Fibre to the Premises to most of the West Coast of Tasmania if it wins the upcoming Federal Election, in a move squarely aimed at resolving the complaints of residents and businesses in the area over being relegated to satellite broadband access under the Coalition.

Australia again leads world in Game of Thrones pirating

Australia has once again topped the list of countries breaching copyright by downloading HBO's Game of Thrones television show from BitTorrent sites, despite efforts by the show's local licensee Foxtel to cash in on the popular series.

Basslink completes first leg of Tasmanian cable fix

The damaged undersea cable linking Tasmania and Victoria has undergone its first phase of repairs, according to operator Basslink.

Telstra launches “best ever” terabyte broadband plan

Telstra has launched what it is calling its "biggest and best value home bundle offer" that sees users get a hefty 1 terabyte of data, along with other features.

Quickflix goes into administration, blames rival firm

Australian streamed content provider Quickflix has announced that it has gone into administration, claiming that Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media Limited are to blame for its problems.

DTO confirms govCMS as GOV.AU platform, ending cold war

The Federal Government's two centralised IT decision-making agencies have buried the hatchet in their cold war over which content management system will be used for Canberra's 1,500-odd websites, announcing plans for the GovCMS platform to be used for the new GOV.AU project.

Turnbull NBN advisor leaves key facts out of MTM defence

An influential advisor to Malcolm Turnbull has published a spirited defence of the Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN, but without including key facts which show a stark difference between the MTM model and similar policies in comparable countries.

“No public interest”: NBN obstructs release of board minutes

The NBN company has refused to reduce hefty Freedom of Information charges for the release of minutes of its board meetings, claiming there is “no general public interest” in the documents being released.

Govt’s MyHealth Record scheme a “privacy disaster”, warns Privacy Foundation

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has warned that the Federal Government’s 
MyHealth Record system is a "privacy disaster waiting to happen".

Turnbull opens “cutting-edge” UNSW quantum computing lab

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has officially opened a new "cutting-edge" quantum computing lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), airing the hope that it could ultimately lead to a commercial, "super-powerful" quantum computer.

First NBN FTTN services switched on in South Australia

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has jointly announced that the first NBN fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) services have been switched-on in South Australia.

iiNet founder Malone joins NBN board as Hackett leaves

The Federal Government has appointed iiNet founder to the board of the NBN company as a non-executive director, replacing Internode founder Simon Hackett, with the change to commence immediately.

Bugcrowd raises $15m in Series B funding round

Australia-founded Bugcrowd, a provider of crowdsourced security for enterprises, has announced the completion of a $15 million Series B funding round led by Blackbird Ventures.

Telstra invests in NGINX web server project

Telstra Ventures – the venture capital arm of the major telecommunications firm – has announced a strategic investment in NGINX, a San Francisco-based company providing open-source web server software that supports many of the world’s busiest websites.

Labor slams Govt over personal data breach notifications

The Labor opposition has strongly criticised the federal government over its failure to pass legislation on personal data breach notifications, saying Australians currently have no recourse if their data is hacked.

Turnbull warns of growing cyber aggression

Australian public and private sector organisations and individuals are facing malicious cyber activity that is unprecedented in scale and reach, Malcolm Turnbull warns in the government’s new cyber security strategy, launched on Thursday.

SAP opens HANA enterprise cloud in Canberra

SAP Australia has announced the opening of an SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service in Canberra, and revealed that the Australian Government's Shared Services Centre is the service's first customer.

Govt pays $280k to bring startup accelerator to Australia

The Federal Government has splashed out $280,000 to bring one of the world’s top startup accelerators to Australia in a bid to help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Vodafone announces new national HQ in Sydney

Vodafone has revealed plans tp establish a new national corporate headquarters in North Sydney, following the signing of an agreement to lease new premises at 177 Pacific Highway.

NBN Co urges Tasmanians to subscribe to “surging” fixed wireless service

The NBN company this week said that its fixed wireless technology was "surging" in Tasmania, bringing fast Internet to many remote rural and regional communities, yet people may not know of its availability.

Transport for NSW signs huge IT deal with CSC

Transport for NSW has announced the signing of a "major contract" with multinational IT corporation CSC to transform its back-of-house IT systems.

Fujitsu wins $140m IT services deal with Gold Coast

Global IT services provider Fujitsu has won the contract to manage Gold Coast’s ICT infrastructure and applications services.

Victoria to trial IoT tech for better water management

In what it is calling "an Australian first", Victoria's South East Water has started trials of a new low-powered Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve real-time monitoring and help to boost the reliability, efficiency and safety of its water and sewer assets.

Music industry moves to block KickassTorrents over piracy concerns

Members of Australia's music industry have teamed up to block peer-to-peer file-sharing site KickassTorrents over piracy concerns.

NSW announces Opal app top ups, credit card “tap in” trial

The NSW Government has announced that customers using its Opal smartcard ticketing system for public transport services can now top up via its "new and improved" Opal Travel app. Also announced were 2017 trials of a scheme that would allow commuters to tap "contactless" credit and debit cards as an alternative to the Opal card.

Australia Post trials drone deliveries

Australia Post has announced the it will be the "first major parcels and logistics company" in Australia to trial package delivery by remotely piloted aircraft, also called drones.

NSW Govt launches inquiry into driverless cars

The NSW Government's Staysafe Committee has launched an inquiry into driverless vehicles and their potential impact on road safety in the state.

Foxtel launches special Game of Thrones plan

Foxtel is offering a discounted subscription to its Premium plan for the broadcast of HBO's much anticipated Game of Thrones Season 6, which the company will commence airing on Monday, 25 April.

Further details emerge about NBN Katoomba fatality

A raft of further details have emerged about the second National Broadband Network-related fatality to take place in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba earlier this month, including photos of the location where the tragic accident took place, as well as some of the circumstances involved.

WA FTTN launch marred as NBN leaves ‘node’ open to the elements

The official launch of the Coalition’s preferred Fibre to the Node technology in Western Australia last week appears to have suffered a minor setback, with one of the NBN company’s neighbourhood ‘nodes’ appearing to have been left with its door open, endangering the provision of broadband in its area.

TPG wins deal with I-MED for national network

TPG Telecom has inked a "multimillion dollar" deal with medical imaging company I-MED Network that will see the telco deliver a dedicated high-speed network connecting all I-MED locations across Australia.

Amazon launches new flagship Kindle e-reader for $449

Amazon has launched a new flagship Kindle called the Oasis – the eighth generation of its dedicated e-reader device -- which will sell in Australia for the high price of AU$449.

BT FTTN network hits 25 million premises milestone

BT has announced that its UK wholesale fibre network, Openreach, has passed the 25-million premises milestone.

Telstra backs away from same-sex marriage campaign

Telstra has retreated from any involvement in a same-sex marriage campaign, reportedly following suggestions from the Catholic Church that it would boycott companies supporting the issue.

Australian Privacy Foundation slams “Orwellian” census data retention

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has strongly criticised what it calls the "Orwellian" storage of census data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“Fibre witch-hunt”: Budde says MTM defenders getting “desperate”

Independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde has said that defenders of multi-technology mix (MTM) are getting "more and more desperate" in their defence of the fibre to the node (FTTN) model used for the NBN.

DTO signs MOU with UK’s Government Digital Service

The Federal Government's Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has announced that it has signed an agreement with the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) that is aimed to help both organisations progress their digital efforts.

Microsoft reveals roadmap for new Windows 10 business features

Microsoft has published details of its roadmap for new Windows 10 business features that are likely to make their way to users' machines in the near future, with security seeming a high priority.

Salesforce Australia partners with UN on gender equality program

Customer relationship management firm Salesforce has announced a new partnership with the United Nations Women’s National Committee for Australia that will see the company join its global 'HeforShe' gender equality program as its first Australian corporate partner.

Telcos still waiting on Data Retention funding, one year after bill passes

Communications Alliance, Australia's primary telecommunications industry body, has criticised delays over funding for telcos following the Federal Government’s mandatory data retention legislation a year ago.

Labor needs “a good explanation” to change NBN, says Morrow

The chief executive of the NBN company has made an extraordinary intervention into the pre-election national political debate over the National Broadband Network, warning Labor that it would need "a good explanation" to change the NBN model imposed by the Coalition.

US Govt proposes US$3.1bn fund to upgrade “legacy” IT systems

The US Government has proposed the creation of a US$3.1 billion (A$4.8 billion) modernisation fund to improve cybersecurity and save money by replacing or modernising "antiquated" IT systems with more secure, efficient and up-to-date technology.

CSIRO starts converting fleet to electric cars

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced it is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint with the rollout of 100% electric cars to its national fleet.

NSW Govt hires Data61 to ease traffic congestion with big data

Data61 (formerly National ICT Australia) has partnered with the New South Wales Government on a big data project that is aimed to ease congestion in the state, according to a statement from Transport for NSW.

ACCC raises competition concerns over NBN’s Telstra HFC deal

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has expressed concerns around Telstra’s involvement in the rollout of the NBN network, saying it poses a threat to competition.

NBN pays Telstra $1.6bn to extend HFC cable network

The NBN company this morning announced it would pay Telstra about $1.6 billion over the next four years to upgrade and extend its HFC cable network as part of the National Broadband Network.

Shorten confirms Labor will shift to a “hybrid” NBN policy

news Bill Shorten appears to have confirmed Labor will retain elements of the Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix policy if it won power in the...

Home truths: Baxter points out how ridiculous NBN speed tiers truly are

One of Australia's most successful and experienced technology entrepreneurs has published an extraordinary analysis of the NBN company's technical model, highlighting the sheer stupidity of speed tiers on a fiber network which offers essentially unlimited speeds, as well as a wide range of other obvious problems.

Fujitsu to deploy emergency dispatch system for Tasmania

Fujitsu has signed a contract with the Tasmanian Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management for the implementation of a new computer-aided dispatch system for emergency services.

New Datacom office in Victoria to create 100 jobs

IT services and solutions company Datacom has announced it will open a new office in South Melbourne with the creation of 100 new jobs over the next 12 months.

“Extraordinary innovation” happening in copper broadband, says Nokia chief

A senior Nokia executive this week said that "extraordinary innovation" is happening in copper broadband technology, in comments that will likely boost the case for the Government's mixed technology policy on the NBN.

Early customers say Sky Muster NBN satellite delivers “outstanding” broadband

The new Sky Muster NBN satellite service has received positive reviews from early customers, who said performance is "outstanding", according to Activ8me, an official NBN provider.

Atmail loses Raine & Horne as Office 365 slides in

Just two years after it announced a switch to the independent Atmail email platform, real estate giant Raine & Horne has revealed a migration to a new platform, with Microsoft's Office 365 and Exchange platforms getting the nod over for more than 3,000 staff.

“Mongrel network”: Waleed Aly consigns Turnbull’s MTM NBN to the trash

The outspoken host of Ten TV show The Project has taken a pickaxe to the Coalition's Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN, consigning the model to the rubbish box in a lengthy segment which also included appearances by founding NBN chief executive Mike Quigley.

NEC Australia announces new leadership team

Technology services company NEC Australia has announced a new leadership team that will be led by Mike Barber, a member of the firm's board and former Executive Director of IT Solutions and Services.

Call to arms: Budde says FTTdp NBN needs our support

Independent telecommunications consultant Paul Budde has called for Australians to do more to ensure the rollout a "future-proof" NBN that includes a full-fibre network (including FTTdp) rather than the fibre and copper mix that is currently being promoted by government.

Prysmian developing new cable tech for NBN

Prysmian, a manufacturer of telecommunications cables and systems, is developing new fibre optic cable that will become part of the "multi-technology mix" of the National Broadband Network, the government has announced.

Labor slams Turnbull’s record on tackling multinational tax avoidance

Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's record on tackling multinational tax avoidance, following a massive leak of documents from a Panamanian legal firm.

Vodafone reveals 70 new base stations to fix mobile blackspots

Vodafone has announced the full rollout schedule for new base stations to be built under the first round of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Fifield keeps pressure on Labor for ‘lack of NBN policy’

Mitch Fifeld, Minister for Communications, has once again hit out at Labor over what he called its lack of policy on the NBN and the technology that best supports it.

Wishful thinking? NBN CEO says HFC will do 30Gbps, FTTN 5Gbps

The chief executive of the NBN company this morning claimed the top-end speeds for the company's HFC cable network could be as high as 30Gbps and that its Fibre to the Node network could do 5Gbps, but without providing any evidence as to why this would be the case.

DTO broadens consultation as GOV.AU problems bite

The Federal Government's Digital Transformation Office has broadened its consultation process around the prototype of its centralised GOV.AU platform, as concerns continue to circulate within the public sector that the model has substantial problems.

NBN finally overhauls damaged CVC pricing model

The NBN company has finally overhauled its controversial 'Connectivity Virtual Circuit' (CVC) pricing model in an attempt to unlock further uptake of its infrastructure and reward retail Internet service providers who provide adequate broadband capacity to their customers.

Optus restructuring could see up to 480 jobs lost

Optus has announced plans to restructure its Consumer and Enterprise divisions that will lead to hundreds of jobs being lost.

Vodafone 4G network reaches 23 million Australians

Vodafone has announced that its 4G network now reaches almost 23 million Australians, or more than 95% of the country's population.

Labor will dump FTTP NBN policy, says Fifield

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has hit out at Labor's stance on the NBN's underlying technology, saying the opposition party could to be preparing to abandon its position on fibre to the premises (FTTP).

Australia’s broadband ranking dive shows MTM right for NBN, says Fifield

A recent Akamai report showing that Australia has taken a deep slide downwards in global broadband rankings represents evidence that the Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix approach is right for the National Broadband Network, Comms Minister Mitch Fifield said today.

Redditor downloads 994GB on second Telstra ‘free mobile data day’

A single Australian who set records by downloading 421GB of data during Telstra's free mobile data day in February has more than doubled his previous record during the second such occasion yesterday, pulling down a total of 994GB of data during the 24 hour period.

New leaked docs appear to show further FTTN delays

The Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN has taken another body blow, with a fresh set of leaked documents from inside the NBN company reportedly showing that its Fibre to the Node rollout is comprehensively missing its targets.

Second fatality mars NBN rollout

The National Broadband Network project has suffered what is believed to be its second fatality, with a contractor in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba reported to have lost his life while working on NBN infrastructure on Friday.

HP Australia product revenues head south

The Australian operation of the formerly merged Hewlett Packard company has revealed that its local revenues sank by a whopping $271.5 million in 2015, with most of the decline attributable to its technology products business, as opposed to the IT services business it is splitting off into a separate company.

Suncorp CIO resigns for Commonwealth Bank role

Banking and insurance giant Suncorp this afternoon announced that its chief information officer Matt Pancino had resigned, with the executive to reportedly take up a senior role at the Commonwealth Bank.

Data retention secrecy: AFP unable to disclose journo, MP metadata requests

The Australian Federal Police has refused to answer questions from a Federal Senator about whether it has recently accessed the metadata of journalists, politicians or political staffers, on the basis that doing so would be illegal under new Data Retention legislation.

Internode sets up first ever offshore call centre

Adelaide-based ISP Internode this week revealed to staff that it would set up its first ever offshore call centre, in a move that represents a radical departure of the company's customer service and sales approach since its acquisition by iiNet and then TPG.

CASA cuts red tape for drone operators

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has announced that regulatory requirements for operators of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, are to be relaxed later this year.

Messaging startup Slack opens Melbourne HQ

Slack Technologies has opened a new regional headquarters in Melbourne that is expected to create 70 new jobs for Victoria’s growing tech sector.

SingTel, SubPartners, Telstra to build new Perth-Singapore fibre cable

Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra have inked a deal to build a new international submarine cable that will carry data between Perth and Singapore.

NBN election: Labor polling voters on Coalition’s NBN performance

The Australian Labor Party has started directly calling voters to ask whether the Abbott/Turnbull Government's handling of the National Broadband Network will influence how they vote at the upcoming Federal Election, in a sign Labor sees it as a key election issue.

Federal Govt to establish new telco services panel

The Federal Government has announced it will establish a new telecommunications services panel to replace three existing bodies that will expire this year.

Redflow launches ZCell battery to rival Tesla Powerwall

Australian battery specialist Redflow has launched a residential energy storage solution called ZCell – a product that will rival Tesla's Powerwall, which launched in Australia in late January.

Optus, Uber team up to trial in-car Wi-Fi

Optus has inked a deal with ride-sharing firm Uber that will see the two firms trial in-car Wi-Fi, as well as introduce Uber as a business travel option for Optus employees.

Adobe increases Australian Creative Cloud prices

Software giant Adobe has informed its users of its intention to substantially increase the price of accessing its Creative Cloud family of image and video editing products, in a move which appears set to cause frustration amongst the company's already tetchy local user base.

‘Open letter’ galvanises marketing sector into NBN action

An 'open letter' from a senior figure in Australia's marketing and advertising sector calling for action to address the Coalition's "sub-standard" National Broadband Network has generated an instant and strong response from other high-profile industry figures.

AT&T, Google launch new 1Gbps FTTP networks in US

US technology giants AT&T and Google this week launched new Fibre to the Premises networks in several US cities, with the flagship feature of the networks being their ability to offer gigabit speeds (1Gbps) to residents and businesses in the areas they cover.

Dell sells services business to Japan’s NTT Data

Computing giant Dell has announced that Japan-based NTT Data is to acquire its IT services consultation division, Dell Services.

Basslink pinpoints cable fault but moves fix date to June

Basslink has announced that it has pinpointed and removed a fault in the telecoms cable linking to Tasmania and Victoria, but warned that the deadline for a resumption of normal services has been pushed back to June.

Federal Court finds Valve guilty of deception over Steam refunds

The Federal Court has found that the Valve Corporation misled Australian consumers over consumer guarantees via its online game distribution and social platform Steam and the Steam website.

“No debate”: Australia needs “gigabit” fibre, says Atlassian co-founder

Billionaire software mogul Mike Cannon-Brookes last night stated that there was "no debate" about Australia's need for "gigabit fiber", in comments that come in direct contrast to controversial statements made on the topic last week by the chief executive of the National Broadband Network.

Q&A panellists agree: Politicians have completely screwed up the NBN

A trio of independent technology experts on the ABC's Q and A program last night heavily criticised Australia's political sector for politicising, lying about, and ultimately destroying the all-fibre National Broadband Network they agreed the country needed to progress its innovative future.

Industry group slams mandatory data breach bill

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has hit out at the government's mandatory data breach bill, airing concerns over its implementation and saying it will bring an "unreasonable" burden for businesses.

Queensland will be first to get NBN HFC cable, says Fifield

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has announced that residents in Queensland will be the first to experience the NBN's "superfast" HFC cable broadband service when the network goes live in June.

BT follows NBN with ‘skinny’ fibre trials in UK

British telco BT has reportedly followed the NBN company in Australia and conducted trials of so-called 'skinny' fibre technology that could allow the telco to substantially cut the cost of deploying fibre throughout its network.

As NBN visits, Verizon insists FTTP is “superior” to HFC

One of the US telcos visited by the NBN management this month, Verizon, has deployed a new advertising campaign with the aim of 'making it clear' to Americans that "there is a difference" between the dominant HFC cable broadband service and Verizon's own "superior" FTTP-based 'Fios' offering.

Digital Transformation Office unveils gov.au prototype

The Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has revealed the "Alpha" prototype of gov.au – the new governmental web platform that aims to present information and services based on usability, rather than the structures of government.

Google leaves Australia off cloud expansion list

Google has announced two new regions for its Cloud Platform network of datacentres, with more on the way, but it is still unclear if Australia will eventually be included in the list.

Australia in huge slip down global broadband rankings

Australia has taken a substantial leap down the table of countries globally with good broadband, with the nation's poor average peak connection speeds seeing it slip 14 spots in just the past six months by one measurement, and other benchmarks also slipping slightly.

Labor calls on Govt to bring forward tax incentives for investors

Labor has called on the government to bring forward the start date of its tax incentives for investors over its concerns about an "investor strike" affecting Australian startups.

Budde says Turnbull may announce FTTdp as NBN election policy

Veteran telco analyst Paul Budde this week said it was his view that the speed and cost advantages of the NBN's new Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) model might lead Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce it as the Coalition's new NBN policy ahead of this year's Federal Election.

TPG releases unlimited NBN business plans

National broadband provider TPG has released a new range of National Broadband Network plans aimed at businesses, with the headline plan offering 100Mbps speeds and unlimited data and telephone usage for $120 per month.

Capgemini appoints new CEO for Australia and New Zealand

Global consulting, technology and outsourcing company Capgemini has announced the appointment of Nicolas Aidoud as its new Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand.

Vodafone offers free month for customers switching networks

Vodafone has announced it is offering a month of fee-free access for new customers who switch from another provider on any post-paid voice or mobile broadband plan.

ACCC green-lights ihail taxi booking app

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given its approval for a new taxi app called ihail, a joint venture between taxi networks and other participants that the industry hopes will allow it to fight back against ride-sharing services like Uber.

Google Fiber shows people don’t want FTTP, says Morrow

The chief executive of the NBN company this week reportedly said briefings with the team behind the Google Fiber project showed broadband users didn't want Fibre to the Premise infrastructure or the gigabit speeds behind it, and that the NBN company was built to make money, not as a public service.

IBM Australia goes through redundancy round

Global technology giant IBM is cutting jobs in its Australian operations, Delimiter can reveal, in a move which appears to be part of a broad global cull by Big Blue.

Govt inquiry will investigate forcing business to open data to startups

The Federal Government has announced it will ask hold an inquiry into the potential costs and benefits of opening up more data to business, as well as review the uptake of the credit reporting framework.

Optus, Cisco announce $12m innovation partnership

Optus and Cisco have announced a joint initiative to develop technologies that they anticipate will create "disruptive capabilities" for Australian businesses and government.

Govt details FinTech support, action on GST treatment of cryptocurrencies

The Federal Government has released a statement that sets out its plans to support Australia's FinTech startups in order to boost jobs and economic growth, and includes measures to tackle the "double taxation" of digital currencies.

NBN changes mind again: Some HFC suburbs to get FTTN after all

The NBN company last week reportedly said it would deploy its Fibre to the Node rollout model to some areas already covered by HFC cable networks, in a move which appears to represent the second time the company has changes its policy on the issue.

Telstra flags redundancies in Defence contract

The nation's largest telco has flagged a small redundancy and redeployment round as part of its huge $1.1 billion contract with the Department of Defence, in the latest set of job cuts that appear to be sweeping across Australia's technology and telecommunications industries.

Optus to cut “several hundred” jobs, union says

Australia's second-largest telco Optus is set to cut several hundred jobs, one of its main unions claimed last week, as part of a "company-wide restructure" that may involve outsourcing and offshoring some aspects of Optus' operations.

HPE may cut 200 Adelaide jobs, just months after hiring binge

Just months after flagging a sizable expansion of its business in South Australia, insiders have revealed Hewlett Packard Enterprise is actually in the throes of cutting several hundred staff from the state.

Govt open to NBN using skinny fibre, FTTdp, says Fifield

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has confirmed the Government is open to using 'skinny' fibre and Fibre to the Distribution Point models as part of the National Broadband Network, as speculation continues to mount the two technologies may form the basis of a new Coalition NBN policy to be released ahead of this year's Federal Election.

Huge mobile outage spurs second Telstra free data day on 3rd April

The nation's largest telco Telstra has offered mobile customers another free data day -- with mobile traffic not counting towards their quotas -- on April 3 in an effort to make up for another major nationwide outage last night.

Telstra bets on Windows 10 solution to boost retail engagement

Telstra is rolling out Microsoft Windows 10 on Surface devices at its retail outlets in a move aimed to blur the line between in-store and online sales.

Digital Realty flags new datacentre construction in Melbourne

Global technology firm Digital Realty is to establish a new datacentre in Victoria that will create hundreds of new jobs in the state.

StartupAUS praises Govt’s tax incentives bill

Advocacy group StartupAUS has welcomed the government’s new tax legislation that will provide incentives for investors, saying the measures are arguably the "most generous startup investor scheme in the world".

NBN reveals new FTTdp trials, but says FTTN not ‘dead’

The NBN company today revealed it would undertake a new set of trials in Sydney and Melbourne of the Fibre to the Distribution Point technology which some believe represents a viable path forward for ditching the company's Fibre to the Node rollout style once and for all.

Labor teams up with Coalition again to support data retention

Australia's two major political parties teamed up again yesterday to block a Greens motion in the Senate which would have called upon the Government to repeal the data retention scheme, in a move which demonstrates enduring bipartisan support for the controversial policy.

Infrastructure Australia reveals almost no specific basis for NBN privatisation push

Infrastructure Australia has revealed it did not consult more than a handful of sources or organisations when making its recommendation in mid-February that the National Broadband Network be split up into pieces and sold off to the private sector.

ACS report reveals “major skills shift” in Australian economy

The ACS – the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector – has published a report that revealing that "major shift" is underway in Australia's economy, as employers seek workers with digital and other skills.

New tax incentives bill aimed to promote innovation and risk taking

The Federal Government introduced a new tax bill into Parliament yesterday that is aimed to drive investment, economic growth and job creation by "encouraging innovation, risk taking and an entrepreneurial culture".

Telstra hires Kevin Russell and … Stephen Elop?

Telstra has announced two notable executive hires in its retail and innovation divisions as it moves to simplify and strengthen its core business.

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