Ludlam demands clarity on GST Internet filter report

The Australian Greens have demanded that the Government clarify its stance on a reported new policy that would see it block foreign sites not paying Goods and services Tax (GST) on sales in Australia.

Origin searches for Head of Cloud Services

Australian energy provider Origin is on the hunt for an experienced executive to take on the role of Head of Cloud Services as the firm moves towards a "cloud first" strategy.

IoT solution brings a boost to Tasmania’s oyster farms

AgTech business The Yield has developed a new system that uses in-water sensors, cloud computing and machine learning to offer an improved outcome for the bivalve-based businesses.

ANZ Bank renews Optus telco deals

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has renewed its telecommunications and managed services agreements with Singtel and Optus Business, extending both to 2020.

Programming error costs CommBank over $2.5m

A flawed computer programme has forced Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) to stump up $2.5m in penalties and written off overdrafts, according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

NSW Govt implements new IT project assurance framework

The New South Wales Government is implementing a new set of procedures as part of its plan to monitor projects more closely and protect departments from issues such as runaway budgets.

NSW Govt to buy services from DTO’s Digital Marketplace

The NSW Government has announced it will become the first Australian state to find digital expertise on the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Marketplace.

Superloop to boost offerings with BigAir acquisition

Fibre network provider Superloop has announced its intent to acquire BigAir Group, a telco that manages one of the largest metropolitan fixed wireless networks in Australia.

Labor backs Govt’s new Joint NBN Committee

The Federal Government has formed a joint standing committee that will oversee the rollout of the National Broadband Network until it is completed, likely in 2020.

Labor slams data retention funding “uncertainties”

The Labor Opposition has hit out at the way the Government handled grant assistance for companies falling under the remit of new data retention regulation.

Senate votes against asking Govt to abandon Census fines

The Senate has voted against a motion asking the Federal Government to abandon fines for Australians who failed to complete their Census forms following a failure of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website on 9 August and concerns over the security of retained personal data.

Atos, Datacom and NEC signed up for $3bn WA GovNext plan

Atos, Datacom and NEC have been selected by the WA Government to help it roll out its $3 billion GovNext ICT plan, according to The West Australian.

AirTree raises $250m for venture capital fund

Australia-based venture capital firm AirTree has announced that it has raised $250m for what will be the country's largest ever VC fund.

Vodafone snaps up Lebara’s Australian mobile assets

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced the acquisition of Lebara’s Australian mobile business assets – a move that will give it the right to use the Lebara brand locally.

HP adopts Microsoft Dynamics for CRM

Multinational IT giant HP has signed a six-year agreement to deploy Microsoft Dynamics for its thousands of employees.

Digital tech “critical” for massive agricultural industry growth

Digital agricultural technology (AgTech) will be a "critical component" of Australia's plan to develop a $100 billion agricultural industry by 2030, according to a new StartupAUS report.

Apple announces Australian launch dates for iPhone 7

Apple has announced that its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for preorder on 9 September in Australia, with the phones becoming available for retail sales on 16 September.

CBA and Barclays announce UK-Australia mobile payments solution

Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Barclays have announced a new technology partnership that is aimed to ease the movement of money between Australia and the UK.

TAFE Queensland is rolling out TechOne’s education solution

Australian enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) provider TechOne has inked a deal to provide Student Management solution to TAFE Queensland, the vocational education and training organisation.

Morrow predicts “NBN Generation” by 2020

By 2020, NBN Co expects Australia will be "the first country of our size" to make broadband access universal, according to Bill Morrow, the firm's CEO.

Chorus launches gigabit broadband across New Zealand

New Zealand telco Chorus is to extend its 1Gbps residential and small-to-medium business fibre broadband service across its entire ultra-fast broadband footprint from 1 October.

Australian smartwatch market gathering steam

After a slow start, smartwatches sales numbers are starting to climb in Australia, according to a new study by emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte.

ANZ Bank reveals new tech structure

ANZ has announced changes to the way it will operate its technology, operations and shared services following the departure of the bank's Group Chief Operating Officer.

Fujitsu wins grants management deal with Industry Dept

Fujitsu has won a deal to build and implement an end-to-end grants management system for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

DTO nicks Treasury CIO to be new COO

The Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has nabbed Peter Alexander, the current Chief Information Officer at the Treasury, as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Defence to splurge $500m on cyber-wargames centre

The Federal Government has approved a new joint electronic warfare project worth $500 million aimed to better prepare the Australian armed forces for operations in "complex threat environments".

Foxtel ramps up its IPTV offering in competition with Netflix

Foxtel has revamped its approach to package pricing for its IP-delivered subscription TV service, Foxtel Play, presumably aiming to lower the cost bar for customers in the face of competition from rival services such as Netflix.

Telcos urge “regulatory restraint” on data retention compliance

Communications Alliance, Australia's primary telecoms industry body with membership drawn from across the industry, has urged the Federal Government to "exercise regulatory restraint" if some telecoms service providers are unable to comply fully with mandatory data retention rules by the April 2017 deadline.

Aurecon appoints new tech chief

International engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed ex-Toll Group tech specialist Carl Duckinson as its new Chief Information Officer.

Peregrine deploys Microsoft Power BI in IoT pilot

South Australian convenience retailer Peregrine Corporation has announced plans to pilot an Internet of Things (IoT) and Microsoft Power BI data analytics solution to reduce business risks.

Telstra seeks 120 voluntary redundancies

Telstra is seeking up to 120 volunteers for redundancy from its Networks Delivery operations, according to the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

MTM NBN roadmap “tortuous”, says Budde

NBN Co is taking "tortuous route" towards building its network with "band aid solutions" being applied via its multi-technology mix approach, according to telecoms commentator Paul Budde.

Coalition failed to resource NDIA properly, PwC report finds

A new report by 'Big Four' auditor PwC has levelled criticism at the Coalition Government over failures in the way it resourced the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and cast doubt on its ability to transition to full service.

Simon Hackett appointed CEO of Redflow

Redflow, an energy storage solutions provider, has announced two new senior management changes, including the appointment of a new acting Chief Executive Officer.

Attorney-General releases data retention grants list

The Federal Government has revealed the details of grants aimed to assist companies with the cost burden of compliance with data-retention legislation.

ACCC seeking feedback for communications sector market study

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an 'issues paper' seeking feedback from industry and consumers as part of a market study of the communications sector.

Government “botched” NDIS IT systems, says Labor

Labor has said the Coalition Government has "botched" the rollout of the IT systems for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) healthcare programme.

Senate to hold inquiry into Census website failure

The Senate will hold an inquiry into the much-criticised failure of the Census website on 9 August.

ACCC still concerned about NBN/Telstra relationship

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has aired concerns over potential competition issues raised by the commercial relationship between Telstra and NBN Co.

Audit finds “weaknesses” in Turnbull’s Mobile Blackspot Programme

The Australian National Audit Office has released a report criticising aspects of the Federal Government’s handling of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

NAB appoints acting tech chief

National Australia Bank has appointed a new acting Chief Technology and Operations Officer (CTOO), following Bob Melrose's move to the role of Executive General Manager, Retail Banking.

Govt reintroduces media reform legislation

The Federal Government has reintroduced its media reform bill to parliament, a move aimed to support the Australian media organisations in the face of increasing competition from less regulated services.

Govt introduces Innovation and Science legislation

The Coalition Government has introduced its Innovation and Science Australia Bill to parliament, a move it said will place innovation and science at the centre of its plan for Australia’s future economic prosperity.

Salesforce best place to work in Australia, survey finds

Cloud computing firm Salesforce has been voted the best place to work in Australia for companies with over 100 employees.

Australia’s first driverless bus takes to the road

Australia’s first "fully driverless" and electric shuttle bus took to the streets of South Perth yesterday for the on-road stage of its ongoing trial, according to the RAC.

Bevan Slattery launches cloud and datacentre directory

Australian tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery has launched a comprehensive cloud and datacentre directory called Cloudscene.

XG.FAST won’t obviate need for copper replacement, says Internet Australia

Following NBN Co's announcement that it is to commence trials of XG.FAST – a new technology said to deliver fibre-equivalent broadband speeds over copper – Internet Australia has said, even if the claims hold true, the network may still need updating to fibre in the future.

NBN Co conducts XG.FAST trials with Nokia

NBN Co is to launch lab trials of a new broadband technology called XG.FAST, which it says has already delivered trial speeds in other countries of over 5Gbps on a pair of copper lines.

IBM selected to provide integration platform for the ANU

The Australian National University (ANU) has announced that IBM has been selected to supply the application integration platform for its Data Integration project.

EU rules that Apple must pay €13 billion in back taxes

Following a lengthy investigation, the European Commission (EC) has ruled that Apple must pay back up to €13 billion plus interest after Ireland gave the tech firm "illegal tax benefits".

ANZ Bank adds Mastercard to its Apple Pay, Android Pay options

ANZ Bank has announced that its MasterCard customers can now use their smartphones to make payments with both Apple Pay and Android Pay.

British ISPs demand BT separate from Openreach

The CEOs of Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone in the UK have contacted the communications watchdog Ofcom demanding that BT-subsidiary Openreach be split off from the telco in order to improve services for customers and build a "truly world-class national broadband network".

DTO’s Digital Marketplace enters beta stage

The Digital Transformation Office's (DTO) Digital Marketplace has now reached the Beta stage of its development, according to a DTO blog post.

Salesforce IT research reveals digital shake-up

Salesforce has released its third State of IT research report, an annual look at the industry which this year suggests that the digital revolution is "shaking up" traditional IT departments.

Google wants exemption from banks’ mobile payments ‘cartel’

In a letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Google has requested exemption from an effort by four major Australian banks to be able to collectively negotiate terms with, as well as boycott, third-party wallet app providers.

Telcos want to write own guideline for broadband speed claims

Telecoms industry body Communications Alliance, along with the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), have together proposed a new industry guideline for firms making representations to consumers about the performance of broadband services.

APF concerned about DTO’s identity framework project

The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has raised concerns about the way the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has proceeded about setting up its new Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) project.

Leidos closes Lockheed merger

US-based multinational defence company Leidos has announced the successful completion of its previously announced merger with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business.

How Adelaide City Council uses Skype for Business to reach constituents

In 2015, the recently elected Adelaide City Council became the first in Australia to live stream its committee meetings using Skype for Business’s module Skype Meeting Broadcast. This is how it did it...

Turnbull “stuffed up” NBN costs, says Labor

The Labor Opposition has responded to the release of NBN Co's Corporate Plan 2016, saying that that document confirms that "every assumption [Prime MInister] Turnbull made when he was Minister responsible for the NBN was wrong".

Domino’s Pizza to launch drone deliveries with new tech partner

Domino’s Pizza has announced a new partnership with US-based drone delivery specialist Flirtey to launch what it claims will be the "first commercial drone delivery service in the world".

Launceston city now has total NBN coverage

Launceston has become the first city in Tasmania to be declared ready for service on the NBN network, with all suburbs now "ready for service", NBN Co has announced.

NBN lowers peak funding prediction to $54bn

In its Corporate Plan 2017, released yesterday, NBN Co confirmed that it is still expecting to complete the broadband network on time, and predicted the peak cost of building the network would be $2bn lower than it expected last August.

Fifield hits out at Labor over AFP raid comments

Mitch Fifield, Federal Minister for Communications, has hit out at the Labor Opposition following comments made by Senator Stephen Conroy following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) search at Parliament House on 23 August.

Medibank appoints new tech chief

Private health insurance provider Medibank has announced the hiring of a new head of technology, effective from the end of November.

“Shameful” AFP NBN raid may be illegal, says Conroy

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) raid on the Department of Parliamentary Services yesterday was possibly illegal, according to Senator Stephen Conroy, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Special Minister Of State.

AFP raids Parliament House over NBN leaks

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has confirmed a raid on Parliament House yesterday in relation to its investigation into the alleged unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information relating to NBN Co.

Telstra to launch new home Wi-Fi tech and Internet bundles

Telstra is introducing new Wi-Fi technology that it says will take in-home broadband speeds and coverage to "new levels".

Xero migrates to Amazon Web Services

New Zealand-based accounting software company Xero has made what it calls the "massive move" to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform.

Australia Post plans blockchain-based e-voting system

Australia Post has aired plans to take voting into the digital era in a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Electoral Matters Committee that would see it build a blockchain-based e-voting system for the state.

Funding “storm clouds” ahead for NBN, says Budde

Telecoms industry commentator Paul Budde has said that while the NBN rollout is currently "in a good place", "storm clouds" may lie ahead as a lack of investment causes issues further down the road.

ACCC knocks back banks’ anti-Apple ‘cartel’ request … for now

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said it has decided not to grant four of Australia's biggest banks interim authorisation to "collectively bargain" with Apple over the terms of any partnership involving the tech giant's Apple Pay product.

Sky TV deploys Citrix to manage network demands during Olympic broadcasts

New Zealand pay television provider Sky TV has deployed a Citrix networking solution to manage "unpredictable" network connectivity and high bandwidth demands during Rio 2016 Olympics broadcasts.

Telstra reaches “significant” mobile black spot milestone

Telstra has activated its 60th mobile base station under the Mobile Black Spot Programme, 60 weeks since the first round of locations were announced – a milestone that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce called a "significant achievement".

Telstra profits should go to job creation, not destruction, says union

Following Telstra's announcement of a record profit for the 2015-16 financial year, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on the telco to use some of those funds to invest in its Australian workforce, rather than continue with its outsourcing and offshoring initiatives.

WA audit finds schools “struggling” with ICT management

Western Australia's schools are struggling to keep on top of ICT management and students could be adversely affected if the situation is not remedied, according to the state's Auditor General.

Tasmania’s first Tier III datacentre reaches next stage

Tasmania’s first Tier III datacentre has moved a step closer to the construction stage with the purchase of a site for the facility, according to its Western Australian operator, Red Cloud.

NSW Govt adopts Android Pay

The New South Wales Government has adopted Android Pay as a payment method at service centres across the state, and said it is the first Australian Government to do so.

iiNet launches unlimited data plans

Unlimited data broadband plans are the new black, it seems. Just a day after Westnet announced its range of unlimited data deals, so too does iiNet, with spookily similar pricing and nomenclature, to boot.

Telstra announces free Netflix, Stan, Presto on mobile plans

Recognising that Australians' sport and TV consumption habits are moving rapidly towards a more mobile, small-screen experience, Telstra has announced a number of free streaming options for its customers, as well as a new app.

Unlimited data plans unveiled by Westnet

Broadband provider Westnet has launched a number of new unlimited data bundles, covering ADSL and, for those in the footprint, NBN too.

NBN hits three million premises milestone

Just days after NBN Co's announcement revealing that it has reached over one million active users, the Government has announced another milestone, saying three million premises are now able to connect to the National Broadband Network.

Experts cast doubt on Census DDoS claims

Computer science and security experts at the University of Wollongong (UOW) have cast doubts on the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) claims that a DDoS attack was in part responsible for the meltdown of the Census website on 9 August.

Cloud computing could cause the next Industrial Revolution, says Telstra

The cloud has sparked true IT transformation, and could potentially usher in a new Industrial Revolution, according to an opinion piece penned by Michelle Bendschneider – Telstra's Executive Director, Global Products.

Turnbull’s NBN “hardly on target”, says Labor

The Australian Labor Party has criticised a Government statement saying NBN Co has "exceeded" its targets for the financial year 2016, suggesting that the national broadband network is actually "hardly on target".

NBN “exceeding targets”, says Government

The Federal Government has said that the National Broadband Network rollout is "exceeding its connection and financial targets", following the release of NBN Co’s latest full-year results.

NBN exceeds one million active users

NBN Co has announced that has exceeded its "core" targets for financial year 2016 and said the rollout of the National Broadband Network is "very much on track".

Qantas CIO jets off to Airbus

Qantas Airways' Chief Information Officer, Luc Hennekens, is leaving the company to take on the same role at Airbus, effective 1 October.

Cisco unveils DOCSIS design for massive HFC upload speeds

Cisco has unveiled a royalty-free design for a Full Duplex DOCSIS specification that it claims will produce upload speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

Vodafone UK dumps telephone line rental on broadband plans

Vodafone UK has said it is "removing" home broadband line rental charges, and is touting the claim in its latest ad campaign.

Netflix speeds show Turnbull’s NBN is “flatlining”, says Labor

The latest Netflix ISP Speed Index shows that Australia's Internet speeds are "flatlining" and demonstrates the need for a "proper" National Broadband Network, Labor has said.

ABS staff “angry” at Turnbull following Census outage, union says

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has said staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are "angry" at comments by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull following the failure of the Census web service.

Qld Govt airs plans to boost electric vehicle uptake

The Queensland Government is developing a strategy aimed to "encourage and facilitate" electric vehicle (EV) uptake, according to the state's Energy Minister, Mark Bailey.

Qld Govt to legalise ride-booking services like Uber

The Queensland Government has announced it will overhaul the state's personalised transport industry regulations to create a more "level playing field" for ride-booking services like Uber.

Pirate Party calls for resignation of ABS chief over Census debacle

The Pirate Party has hit out at the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) handling of the Census, saying it "incompetently" allowed the online data collection to "fail" and that the bureau's head, David Kalisch, should resign as a result.

Apple rejects banks’ proposed mobile payments “cartel”

In a strongly worded letter to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), Apple has rejected the formation of a mobile payments "cartel" proposed by four major Australian banks.

Turnbull blames IBM, ABS for Census website failure

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put some the blame for the failure of the Census website on the shoulders of IBM, saying the measures the firm put in place for the functioning of the site were "inadequate". However, the ABS also came in for some flak.

Telstra to invest $3bn in network, customer service

Telstra has announced it will spend up to an extra $3 billion over three years on a range of investments aimed to improve its networks and "digitise and simplify" customer service.

Netflix figures back Coalition’s faster NBN rollout, says Fifield

Senator Mitch Fifield, Federal Minister for Communications, has claimed that Netflix's latest ISP Speed Index supports the faster rollout of the NBN under the Coalition Government.

AGL to launch $300 million digital transformation

AGL has announced the launch of a three-year, $300-million digital transformation programme aimed to improve customers' experience with the company.

Greens will legislate to dismiss fines and preserve census ‘snapshot’

Following both protests over privacy and the failure of the Census website on 9 August, the Australian Greens have said they plan to introduce legislation aimed to ensure that people "acting to protect their privacy" and unable to complete the census will not be fined.

Digital Rights Watch calls for independent inquiry into Census fail

Online advocacy organisation Digital Rights Watch (DRW) has called for an independent inquiry into the 2016 Census following the failure of the Census website on 9 August and concerns over the way the official national population survey has been managed.

DDoS takes down Census website

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has said the 2016 online Census form was subject to four distributed denial of dervice (DDoS) attacks on 9 August that were of "varying nature and severity".

Pitcher Partners dumps desk phones for Skype for Business

Australian accounting and advisory firm Pitcher Partners has announced the replacement of desk telephones with Skype for Business, alongside the implementation of VPN-like service Microsoft DirectAccess.

Cash Converters deploys Windows 10

In a move aimed to "streamline its information ecosystem", Cash Converters has rolled out Windows 10 to 350 stores around the world, including Australia.

Equinix completes expansion of Melbourne datacentre

Equinix, an international provider of datacentres and Internet exchanges, has completed the second phase expansion of its Melbourne datacentre, known as ME1.

Shorten says Govt has “bungled” the Census

While acknowledging that the Census "does a lot more good than harm", Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said that the government has "bungled" 2016's official survey of the Australian population.

Xenophon boycotts name details in census protest

Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia, has said he will fight for the right to privacy by refusing to provide his name in the 2016 census, despite the risk of prosecution the protest will bring.

Greens call on ABS to rule out census fines

The Australian Greens have called for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to "rule out" fines for people that do not wish to provide their name and address when completing their census forms.

Tech can help Australians achieve life goals, says NBN report

NBN Co has released a new report that takes a look at Australia’s top life goals and how technology can help us achieve them.

Atlassian announces massive revenue jump

Atlassian, the Sydney-founded provider of team collaboration and productivity software, has announced a spike in revenue in its latest financial results.

ACCC to undertake market study of the communications sector

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said that its next market study will focus issues affecting the Australian communications sector.

Former Telstra staffer criticises offshoring initiatives

Former long-term Telstra staff member Rod Bruem has criticised the “massive wave" of offshoring that has occurred under the last two CEOs.

Telstra to offshore over 170 more jobs, says union

Telstra is planning to offshore over 170 more jobs, according to the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

‘Big four’ bank invests $1 million in secure coding skills

A "major Australian Big Four bank" has signed a $1 million, three-year deal with a startup called Secure Code Warrior to boost the secure coding skills of 4,000 of its software developers.

ThoughtWorks slams ABS for census data retention “risk”

Global software consultancy ThoughtWorks has strongly criticised the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for "risk" it took in the running of the Australian Census 2016, which saw the body retain the details of millions of people.

USO scope should be broadened, says ACCAN

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has said the Universal Service Obligation (USO) needs an "expanded scope", as well as measures to increase affordability and inclusion for people with disabilities to ensure all consumers have access to essential communications services.

Telstra plans 5G trial with Ericsson tech

Telstra has announced it will soon be testing 5G with Ericsson's radio test bed to examine the potential of the technology.

Vodafone announces Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pricing

Vodafone has announced details of its pricing strategy for Samsung's high-spec Galaxy offering, the Note7, which will be available for preorder online from 5 August at 12.01am.

Lockheed Martin to establish R&D facility in Melbourne

Multinational security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has revealed that it is to set up a multi-disciplinary research and development facility in Melbourne.

Cox is rolling out gigabit broadband across its US markets

US-based telco and entertainment provider Cox Communications has announced the launch of a gigabit Internet service for residential customers called "G1GABLASTSM", that it claims offers speeds "100 times faster" than the average speed in the country.

Brennan IT selects Commvault and Huawei for backup-as-a-service

Brennan IT, an IT and telecoms managed services provider, has deployed a "scalable and flexible" backup-as-a-service solution utilising Commvault software and support, alongside Huawei OceanStor hardware.

Datacom launches “National Network” of datacentres

Datacom has launched what it calls its "National Network" of interconnected data centres and digital assets.

VMware appoints new Asia-Pacific chief

Virtualisation giant VMware has announced the hiring of a new regional chief for the Asia Pacific and Japan.

Government role in NBN needs “re-evaluation”, says US think tank

The Technology Policy Institute, a US-based think tank, has published a paper on the NBN concluding that, while the network was set up to increase competition in the broadband sector, as well as boost quality and lower prices, it has evolved into a "intrusive policy subject to political pressures".

Oracle to buy NetSuite

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire US-based cloud solutions provider NetSuite at a cost of approximately US$9.3 billion (AU$12.34 billion) in cash.

SA Police invests in facial recognition technology

South Australia Police (SAPOL) has invested $780,000 in facial recognition software to be provided by NEC Australia.

MYOB acquires Greentree in bid for growth

MYOB, a provider of online business management solutions, has announced the acquisition of resource planning software group Greentree at a cost of NZ$28.5 million (AU$27.12 million).

auDA appoints policy development veteran as new CEO

.au Domain Administration (auDA) – the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space – has announced that policy development veteran Cameron Boardman has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Deakin Uni addresses student needs with Citrix cloud

Victoria's Deakin University has deployed a cloud platform based on Citrix technology in order to provide a solution for the evolving needs of its 53,000 students, Citrix has announced.

ACCC opens up superfast broadband to competition

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced it is opening up the wholesale superfast broadband services to competition with the declaration of a five-year "superfast broadband access service".

Vodafone announces continued “solid growth” in 2016

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced continued "solid growth" during the first six months of the year, with both customer base and earnings on the rise.

Visionstream secures $250M Telstra ‘wideband’ contract

Visionstream, a services provider to the telecoms industry, has inked a new deal with Telstra to extend its delivery of 'wideband' services across Australia.

Premier announces “technology revolution” for Victoria Police

Victoria’s frontline police men and women will soon be kitted out with state-of-the-art mobile technology intended to bring about a "technology revolution", thanks to funding allocated in the latest state budget.

4.6 million jobs “at risk” without future-ready workforce

According to StartupAUS, an advocacy group for startups, up to 4.6 million Australian jobs may be at risk within a decade if Australia fails to create a future-ready workforce.

Vodafone CTO quits to join Hutchison

Benoit Hanssen, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone Hutchison Australia, is to leave the company late next month for a post with the Hutchison group.

Tesla Powerwall helps slash electricity bill for early adopter family

One of the first Australian residents to install the Tesla Powerwall power storage unit has had its power bill slashed by over 10% in its first quarter.

DTO celebrates achievements in first year

The Digital Transformation Office (DTO) has celebrated its first birthday with a blog post penned by CEO Paul Shetler looking back at the "highlights and milestones" of its inaugural year.

Banks team up to deal with Apple Pay

In a move that looks likely aimed at countering the threat from mobile payments apps like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, a group of Australian banks has applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for authorisation to enter joint negotiations with providers of third-party mobile wallets.

iiNet launches unlimited NBN plans

iiNet has announced a trio of new plans offering limitless data on the NBN, starting at $69.99 a month.

Qld Govt invests in open data, startups, STEM

The Queensland Government made a number of announcements yesterday revealing how the state is investing in a number of areas, including open data, innovative startups and STEM training for teachers.

Unions challenge Telstra on redeployment during redundancy rounds

The Communication Workers Unions (CWU) has challenged Telstra over low rates of redeployment, even though the firm has powers to move people into new roles under the current enterprise agreement (EA).

Data#3 deploys Cisco network for Edith Cowan

Australian technology provider Data#3 has announced the deployment of a "next-generation" Cisco network service for Edith Cowan University (ECU).

ACCC calls for better broadband speed information

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for consumers to be provided with better information about broadband speeds.

Optus signs ICT services deal with QBE

Optus Business has inked a new three-year ICT services deal with QBE Australia to deliver voice, mobile and data network services for the insurance multinational.

Qld Govt invests $1 million in drone tech

The Queensland Government has invested $1m in drone technology – a move that the State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said will lead to 100 new aerospace industry jobs.

Internet Australia says broadband should be human right

Internet Australia, the peak body representing Internet users, has said the telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO) should be expanded to include the right for citizens to have Internet access via "fast and affordable" broadband.

NBN’s second satellite to launch in October

NBN Co has started the count down to the launch of its second telecoms satellite, which it has announced will take place on 5 October.

Virgin to launch in-flight Wi-Fi next year

Virgin Australia has announced it will introduce inflight Wi-Fi on its domestic and international fleet from next year.

Michelle Rowland appointed Shadow Minister for Communications

Labor MP Michelle Rowland has been appointed to the Shadow Cabinet, taking on the role of Shadow Minister for Communications.

NBN to boost HFC broadband with DOCSIS 3.1 in 2017

NBN Co has revealed that it plans to launch super-fast HFC broadband services next year using DOCSIS 3.1 – a new technology that can produce up to 10 Gbps symmetrical data speeds over the hybrid fibre-copper cable networks.

Telstra boosts 4G capacity in some areas

Telstra has expanded its 4G mobile capacity in North Queensland and South Australia, with "up to 200 sites receiving up to 50% more capacity", the firm said.

Queensland Police starts body-worn camera rollout

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has announced it is rolling out body-worn cameras (BWCs) for frontline police across the state.

Telstra calls for USO to be maintained

Telstra has said that the universal service obligation (USO), which guarantees that every Australian has reasonable access to a phone, should not be abandoned.

Fibre optic broadband to last 50 years, says Budde

While technology is generally advancing at a furious pace, fibre optic broadband has nothing that is likely to replace it for as much as 50 years, telecoms expert Paul Budde has said.

ACCC approves Telstra’s variation to NBN Migration Plan

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved Telstra’s variation to the Migration Plan, which is aimed to further protect customers and maintain services as the firm shifts to the national broadband network.

Crowdfunding campaign launched for book on “forgotten” Australian inventor

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help publish a new book on Australian inventor Henry Sutton – a self-taught engineer and inventor from Ballarat.

Spirit Telecom continues fibre rollout at up to 400Mbps

Fibre-optic broadband provider Spirit Telecom has released a shareholder update to the market, stating that it continues to expand its superfast broadband service to new buildings and that it is considering making acquisitions that would "complement" the firm's direction.

ACCC invites feedback on NBN Co’s proposal to expand remit

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published a consultation paper inviting feedback on NBN Co’s proposed variation to the way it provides services over the national broadband network.

Not a “flop”: Hunt defends Turnbull’s innovation push

Newly appointed Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science Greg Hunt has defended the government's emphasis on innovation after its Federal Election campaigning on the issue was described as a "flop".

Macquarie Bank planning OpenStack cloud solution with “large vendor”

Macquarie Bank has indicated that it is planning the development of a cloud infrastructure based on OpenStack – an open-source cloud operating system.

Non-profit Internet of Things Alliance launches in Sydney

A new not-for-profit entity called the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has been launched in Sydney by Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare.

Telstra launches multi-cloud management platform

Telstra has launched a cloud management platform aimed to help businesses with the operation of hybrid cloud environments.

Amaysim buys AusBBS to capitalise on NBN market

Mobile SIM card company Amaysim Australia has announced its entry into the broadband market via the acquisition of Internet service provider Australian Broadband Services (AusBBS).

Deloitte buys IT firm Sixtree to boost tech offerings

Professional services giant Deloitte has announced the acquisition of IT integration specialist firm Sixtree, calling the move "another strategic investment and building block" for the firm’s technology practice and business solutions.

StartupAUS welcomes Turnbull’s new innovation ministers

StartupAUS, the technology entrepreneurship advocacy group, has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's new innovation ministers, appointed as part of a post-election Cabinet reshuffle.

TPG launches unlimited HFC NBN plans from $59.99

Internet provider TPG has announced a number of broadband plus phone plans offering unlimited NBN via hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable starting at $59.99.

NBN in Tasmania “58% complete”

NBN Co has announced that passing of a "major construction milestone", with over half of Tasmanian premises now being able to connect to broadband services over the NBN network.

US Court: Microsoft can’t be forced to hand over overseas emails

A US Court has ruled that Microsoft cannot be forced hand over emails stored overseas even for domestic search warrants issued as part of criminal investigations.

Atlassian acquires StatusPage

Software giant Atlassian has announced the acquisition of its long-term partner StatusPage, a provider of status and incident communication services.

AT&T expands gigabit business fibre at cities across US

AT&T is giving a speed boost to its Business Fiber internet services in a long list of US markets, including San Francisco, Miami and Dallas.

Android Pay launches in Australia

Android Pay has now gone live in Australia, allowing smartphone users to pay for items anywhere contactless payments are accepted.

Telstra buys MSC Mobility to boost enterprise mobility focus

Telstra has announced it is acquiring long-term partner MSC Mobility (MSC), a provider of mobile device solutions for businesses in Australia, in a move that is designed to enhance the telco's enterprise mobility capabilities.

Move to FTTP viable but threatened by NBN monopoly, says Budde

It could be economically viable for Australia to eventually shift from fibre to the node (FTTN) to fibre to the home (FTTH), but the lack of commercial competition could be an impediment, telecoms expert Paul Budde has said.

NBN takes on delivery partners to deploy HFC network

NBN Co has inked deals with six delivery partners to deliver its growing broadband network to premises sitting within Telstra's hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable footprint.

Microsoft to offer Win10 as a service for businesses

Microsoft has announced that it will soon be offering Windows 10 as a service for enterprises through its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) channel.

IT firms dominate stock market listings, report says

An OnMarket report has revealed not only that IPOs in Australia are delivering some unusually high returns to investors, but that IT firms are now dominating stock market listings over all other sectors.

Rapper launches song slamming Turnbull’s FTTN network

A rapper called LLK recently released her first solo track, with lyrics that pull no punches in their criticism of the National Broadband Network's multi-mix technology policy.

Telstra employs drones to inspect mobile towers

Telstra has announced that it is using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to inspect its mobile towers, and said that the technology has "enormous potential" to change the way Australians work.

Telstra kicks off recruitment program to deal with NBN HFC contract

Telstra has launched an internal recruitment programme aimed to fulfil workforce needs as the firm prepares to design and manage the upgrade of its former hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) cable TV network as part of the NBN roll-out.

Good Guys partners with Airtasker on home installation

Household appliance retailer The Good Guys has partnered with local services marketplace Airtasker on a new appliance installation web platform that is more customer-focused yet still makes use of The Good Guys’ existing Australian installer network.

KPMG launches fintech startup accelerator for corporates

KPMG Australia has announced the launch of a corporate-focused accelerator called mLabs that is intended to connect mutual banks and credit unions with Australian fintech startups.

Optus to refund $2.4m over mobile insurance breaches

Optus is being forced to refund around $2.4 million to around 175,000 of its mobile customers following the Australian Securities & Investments Commission's (ASIC's) concerns about the telco's compliance with financial services laws.

IT firm Geek helps Adelaide accountants beat CryptoLocker attack

Australian IT services firm Geek said it has helped an Adelaide accounting firm recover from a CryptoLocker malware attack in "just 15 minutes" using a US security product called Datto.

Telstra offshores 326 more call centre jobs

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has condemned Telstra for its decision to sack 326 Australian workers and send some of those jobs overseas.

Telstra rejects Choice’s unfavourable price comparison as “flawed”

Telstra has said that a price comparison of some of its mobile and Internet plans that suggested consumers are paying a premium of up to 92% over other telcos' products is "flawed".

Consumers paying up to 92% more with Telstra, says Choice

Choice, the not-for-profit consumer advocacy group, has said that consumers are paying "up to a 92% price premium" to access Telstra’s network, which has experienced a number of major outages in the last six months.


The election is over, and Fibre to the Node is here to stay

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared victory in the hard-fought Federal Election, in a move that ensures that the controversial Fibre to the Node technology which Turnbull personally favours is here to stay as a core part of the National Broadband Network.

Medibank IT glitch delays tax statements

Australia's largest health insurance provider Medibank has announced that it is experiencing a technical issue which is "likely" to prevent it from providing annual tax statements to "a majority of customers" before its 15 July deadline.

The Good Guys calls in IBM for B2B digital portal launch

The Good Guys, the Australian household appliance retailer, has said it collaborated with IBM on the construction of its new B2B online portal aimed to transform engagement with its business customers.

Optus gives retail ISP customers access to 121 NBN POIs

Optus Wholesale has announced that it will provide wholesale NBN access to smaller ISPs, and has already signed an exclusive deal with SpinTel to allow wholesale NBN access for its residential broadband customers.

NBN Co launches social initiative with Men’s Sheds and Keith Schleiger

NBN Co has announced a collaboration with the Australian Men’s Shed Association that is aimed to highlight how access to fast broadband can help men "build supportive friendships and better connect with friends and family".

ABC suspends Catalyst host after “inaccurate” Wi-Fi show

The ABC has suspended a TV host and accepted there were errors in the "preparation and ultimate approval" of a February episode of the popular science show Catalyst, which discussed the health risks of wireless devices such as mobile phones.

Australia falls in global digital competitiveness rankings

Australia has slipped from 16th to 18th place in the global digital competitiveness rankings, according to the latest annual report from the World Economic Forum (WEF).

UK introduces new Digital Economy Bill

The UK Government laid its new Digital Economy Bill before Parliament this week – new legislation aimed to boost the country's digital economy and implement a number of manifesto commitments made by the ruling Conservative Party.

Ormiston College deploys smart Wi-Fi network to boost learning

Brisbane's Ormiston College has deployed a high-capacity, high-speed Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network across its campus to support the education of over 1,500 students.

AFP NBN raids illegal, says Conroy: Ziggy must resign

Labor Senator Stephen Conroy has obtained legal advice that the NBN company's referral of whistleblowers to the Australian Federal Police was illegal, and has demanded that NBN chair Ziggy Switkowski resign from his post as a result and that the AFP cease its investigations into the matter.

WorldSmart boosts data analysis with Microsoft SQL 2016

Retail technology specialist WorldSmart has deployed Microsoft SQL 2016 to greatly speed up its data analytics and digital marketing solutions.

NTT Data wins new $700m deal to operate Myki platform

NTT Data will continue to manage and operate the Myki ticketing system from the start of next year, following the signing of a new $700 million contract with Public Transport Victoria (PTV).

OneTable is scaling with Microsoft Azure

Ben Jackson has discussed how his organic food startup OneTable is scaling using Microsoft Azure, after a deliberately lean first year spent building support from the customers and developing the concept.

NBN Co deploys solar arrays across network

NBN Co has deployed solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays across its network in an effort to reduce its environmental impact.

Gartner details top 10 strategic Govt IT technologies

Technology research specialist Gartner has published what it considers the "top 10 strategic technologies" of 2016, aimed to help IT leaders to better carry out government transformation initiatives.

Telstra acquires app developer Readify

Telstra has announced the acquisition of Readify, an Australian app development firm that has previously provided services for Microsoft.

Telstra launches new mobile broadband plans

Telstra has introduced new mobile broadband plans with what it calls its "most generous" data allowances to date.

ACCC opens inquiry into ADSL regulation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a public inquiry into whether it should continue to regulate the wholesale ADSL service provided by Telstra.

Qantas CIO jets off to France

Qantas this afternoon revealed its chief information officer Luc Hennekens would leave the company at the end of September, after three years leading the IT operation of Australia's largest airline.

Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy may lose his seat

It appears that most tech-focused MPs and Senators have retained their seats in Saturday's Federal Election, in good news for Australia's technology community; with the exception of Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy, who appears set to lose his seat of Longman.

Pauline Hanson to fix NBN “white elephant” with FTTN/Wi-Fi combo

Senator-Elect Pauline Hanson wants to use a combination of Fibre to the Node and a wireless technology similar to Wi-Fi, it has emerged, as the One Nation Leader takes a step into the national spotlight courtesy of her victory in the Senate over the weekend.

NBN denies HFC launch in uber-marginal seat breaches Caretaker Conventions

The NBN company has denied that its launch yesterday of its new HFC cable network breaches the election campaign Caretaker Conventions, despite the company promoting the Coalition-backed technology in the uber-marginal seat of Petrie.

KPMG plans IBM Watson integration to boost audit analysis

Big four auditing firm KPMG has announced plans to integrate IBM Watson's cognitive computing technology to a range of its professional services in the Australian market.

Domain dumps spreadsheets for Salesforce

Real-estate marketing specialist Domain Group has abandoned spreadsheets and integrated with Salesforce's cloud platform in a bid to improve its customer relationship management process.

Cisco assists Queensland Uni with digital transformation

Cisco has published a blog post discussing its partnership with the University of Queensland as the two organisations sought to bring digital transformation to the educational institution over the last few years.

University of Melbourne launches new hybrid supercomputer

The University of Melbourne has launched a new supercomputing service called Spartan it says will boost research at the institution.

NBN launches HFC network, two days before election

The NBN company today officially launched its new HFC cable infrastructure, in a move that may further breach the Caretaker Conventions that govern the pre-election behaviour of public sector organisations.

NBN chief architect Tony Cross to quit on eve of election

The NBN's Chief Architect, Tony Cross, has said he will resign his post just a day before the 2016 Federal Election.

MyNetFone blasts Labor, Coalition for ignoring NBN congestion

MyNetFone, the provider of hosted voice and data communications services, has hit out at both the Coalition Government and Labor, saying neither has addressed the "inadequacies" of the NBN’s commercial model in their election pledges.

Telstra to invest $250m more to fix network issues

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has announced that his firm is to spend $250 million addressing issue that have hit users of its mobile and broadband networks in recent months.

Vocus to buy Nextgen Networks for $861m

Vocus Communications has announced the acquisition of Nextgen Networks, along with two undersea cable projects, the North West Cable System and Australia Singapore Cable.

Censored: NBN denies FOI access to skinny fibre trial results

The NBN company has flatly rejected an attempt to retrieve the results of its skinny fibre trials in Victoria through Freedom of Information laws, with the company listing a large number of reasons why it does not believe it should have to release the information.

Labor’s new policy won’t delay NBN again, says Quigley

Enacting Labor's new NBN policy wouldn't cause further delays in the project, Mike Quigley said in a press conference with former MP Tony Windsor, because it will primarily focus on established technologies such as Fibre to the Premises, unlike the Coalition's Multi-Technology Mix switch in 2013.

IBM announces national cybersecurity facility in Canberra

IBM has announced the creation of a cybersecurity centre in Canberra aimed to bring about greater cybersecurity resilience and collaboration between Australia's governments and businesses on strategy and policy.

Pullman Sydney Airport hotel deploys cloud-based communications

The newly opened Pullman Sydney Airport hotel, part of the AccorHotel Group, has deployed a cloud-based communications solution using technology by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) and McLaren Technologies.

Survey warns Australian businesses may be in “digital denial”

A new survey by Progress has found that, while most Australian business leaders recognise the benefits of going digital, over half said their organisations were "in denial" over the urgent need to transform their processes and services.

iiNet to double quota in new NBN satellite plans

iiNet has announced it will soon launch broadband products based on the wholesale availability of services from NBN's Sky Muster satellite, which was successfully launched last October.

Trainwreck interview: Finance Minister can’t answer basic NBN questions

Mathias Cormann has proven unable to answer basic questions about the NBN project or the Coalition's NBN policy, in a trainwreck interview yesterday morning which highlighted the Finance Minister's fundamental lack of NBN knowledge about the project, despite being one of the two ministers in charge of it.

NBN Co confirms flooding kills FTTN nodes

The NBN company has confirmed that minor flooding as has been seen in Bowral this week is enough to stop its Fibre to the Node cabinets from functioning, although the nodes do feature circuit breakers to stop them leaking electricity directly into floodwaters around them.

Oil firm taps IBM’s IT experience with app management deal

Oil and gas explorer and producer INPEX has announced the signing of a new application management deal with IBM in Australia.

La Trobe Uni deploys TechOne cloud app

La Trobe University in Melbourne has extended its existing partnership with Australian software as a service (SaaS) provider TechnologyOne with the signing of a Student Management SaaS deal.

Five more telcos get access to Vodafone 4G

Vodafone has announced it will give five more mobile virtual network operators access to its 4G network.

New analysis shows FTTN NBN areas significantly delayed

Analysis conducted on the NBN company's latest set of rollout plans has shown that around 105 areas currently slated to receive the Coalition's Multi-Technology Mix approach to the project are significantly delayed, in a move that will affect almost 300,000 premises.

Turnbull ignores NBN in campaign launch while Shorten goes hard

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have deliberately avoided mentioning the National Broadband Network in the official Liberal election campaign launch, in stark contrast to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who has mentioned Labor's pledge for a "first-rate" NBN frequently over the past several days.

Photos: Rain floods NBN nodes in Bowral

Heavy rain appears to have flooded Fibre to the Node infrastructure in the rural New South Wales town of Bowral, potentially causing a dangerous situation for local residents and causing outages with the local National Broadband Network.

iiNet’s NBN HFC trials will soon kick off in Queensland

iiNet has announced that it will soon be starting trials of HFC cable as part of the NBN rollout, adding that they will "bring faster, more reliable Internet to Australians faster".

Internet Australia repeats call for NBN inquiry

Internet Australia, a not-for-profit advocacy group representing Internet users, has made another call for an inquiry into the National Broadband Network.

Greens propose Digital Rights Commissioner

The Australian Greens have proposed that Australia should have an "independent human rights commissioner for digital rights" – a new post that would see the holder advocate for citizen's online safety, accessibility, privacy and security.

Qld police officer charged with hacking over database access

A Queensland police officer has been charged with hacking, according to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

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.

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.