“Political indecision” leaving Australia a broadband backwater: ex-NBN CTO

The NBN company's first chief technology officer this week said that the protracted disagreement between Australia's two major political parties on how to best upgrade broadband networks was leaving Australia languishing in global broadband rankings, despite several obvious ways forward.

SAP sets up public, financial services business units

SAP, a multinational provider of enterprise software, has established a public services business unit in Australia, along with a financial services business unit covering both Australia and New Zealand – both have been set up to help the company scale in the region, the firm said.

Watch: TPP makes a “farce” of democracy, says Greens Senator

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has labelled the democratic process around the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty as being a "farce", with the Government having failed to conduct a detailed public interest analysis into the treaty, and Federal Parliament blocked from modifying the agreement at all.

Telstra switches on free public Wi-Fi across Tasmania

Telstra has switched on over 40 public Wi-Fi hotspots across Tasmania in a joint partnership with the Tasmanian Government.

NBN Co, Telstra help Greg Hunt out with election campaign event

The NBN company join Telstra at an election campaign event to be held by Environment Minister Greg Hunt in his electorate of Flinders in late March, Delimiter can reveal, in a move that further calls into question the NBN company's independence in the pre-election period.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

Telstra launches new mobile broadband plans

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

NBN audit: Smith slams “chaotic Conroy”

Shadow Communications Minister Tony Smith has branded his "chaotic" opposite Stephen Conroy as "the master of disaster" on the heels of an investigation by the Auditor-General into the first terminated $4.7 billion National Broadband Network tender process.

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.

BigPond chief Justin Milne quits: Report

The long-time leader of Telstra’s BigPond internet service provider division and current fixed line chief, Justin Milne, has reportedly resigned.

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.

iPad Sydney queue video: Second in line

2DayFM street reporter Michael Batty (Ticketman) is second in line outside the Apple store in Sydney's central business district to buy the iPad. And he's actually doing it as part of his job as a street reporter for Kyle and Jackie O!

Gillard ducks filter questions

The office of new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has declined to answer questions about the Labor leader’s personal views on her party’s mandatory internet filtering policy, directing enquiries to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

Qantas tech chief becomes Jetstar CEO

The executive who has described himself as Qantas' "quasi-chief information officer" has been promoted out of his role to head up the Australia and New Zealand operations of the airline's JetStar subsidiary.

Internode joins terabyte brigade

Internode has become the latest internet service provider to launch an ADSL broadband plan featuring a terabyte of broadband quota.

ACTA hits Australia to Pirate Party derision

Depending on who you ask, a draft of the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) released by the Federal Government in Australia today is either a welcome measure which will benefit the the nation’s creative industries — or a draconian control proposal which will cut down our civil liberties.

Future Fund snubs Telstra

Telstra's shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favour of three resolutions at its annual general meeting on Friday. The only problem? The company's largest shareholder, the Federal Government's Future Fund, issued a protest vote against all three.

Gigabit fibre for ~ $150/month: NBN Co plan revealed

The Federal Government this morning released the long-awaited corporate plan outlining how NBN Co plans to build and operate its planned fibre network over the next decade and more, including tantalising details such as the promise of a uniform national wholesale price for 1Gbps fibre broadband for close to $150 per month.

Vic opt-out block no big deal, says NBN chief

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley isn't fazed by the Victorian Government's decision to reject the 'opt-out' policy which would have seen every premise in the state receive fast broadband by default, noting today Australians could make their own decision to sign up to his company's planned new network or not.

Telstra confirms Ericsson deal talks

The nation's largest telco Telstra this morning confirmed it was in talks with Swedish networking giant Ericsson, which built its flagship Next G mobile network, for a major network expansion project reportedly worth $473 million.

Turnbull embarks on Asian broadband tour

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has embarked on an impromptu tour of broadband facilities and networks throughout the greater Asian region, in what appears to be an effort to keep on the cutting edge of technology as part of the debate about Australia's own National Broadband Network.

Conroy factually incorrect on Internode NBN submission

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has been caught out making a factually incorrect public statement about national broadband provider Internode, falsely claiming the company did not make a submission to the competition regulator's 2010 inquiry into the number of points of interconnect the National Broadband Network would need.

Conroy has “stuffed up” NBN pricing, says Hackett

In the latest salvo in an ongoing war of words with Stephen Conroy and NBN Co, Internode managing director Simon Hackett has accused the Communications Minister of having "stuffed up" the National Broadband Network pricing model in a way that will slow the growth of broadband in Australia.

Mana Bar Melbourne opens 16 July

It's taken quite a bit longer than expected, but trendy video game-focused cocktail bar the Mana Bar today finally confirmed the launch date for its Melbourne facility as 16 July this year.

Amcom wins Uni of WA cloud work

Perth-headquartered telco Amcom has won a $9 million deal to provide hosted services to the University of Western Australia, in a deal which will see the telco deliver hundreds of servers and over 400 terabytes of storage to the institution.

Conroy must acknowledge wireless threat: Turnbull

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy must acknowledge the incoming generation of wireless broadband products represents a threat to the economic case for the National Broadband Network, Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday, in the wake of the revelation that NBN Co itself was concerned about the issue.

iiNet starts selling mobile phones

National broadband provider iiNet has launched itself into the cut-throat post-paid mobile phone market, announcing plans today to offer Samsung's Galaxy S II and original Galaxy S smartphones to small business customers on its mobile plan, as well as a little-known handset made by Alcatel-Lucent.

VIC GOVERNMENT IT IN FLAMES: $1.4 billion over budget, all projects late or failed

Victoria's Ombudsman has handed down one of the most damning assessments of public sector IT project governance in Australia's history, noting total cost over-runs of $1.44 billion, extensive delays and a general failure to actually deliver on stated aims in 10 major IT projects carried out by the state over the past half-decade.

iiNet to buy Internode

iiNet has revealed it will buy fellow Australian Internet service provider Internode, in a surprise pre-Christmas announcement this afternoon which will dramatically consolidate Australia's broadband sector ahead of the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Suncorp picks Oracle to replace core

Tier two banking and insurance giant Suncorp has picked Oracle's next-generation banking platform to replace its aging Hogan core banking system, as the momentum around core banking replacement projects accelerates in Australia.

iiNet announces NBN satellite plans

Australia’s second largest DSL Internet provider, iiNet has announced it will launch its first National Broadband Network satellite services in the latter part of March and has provided details of its pricing plans, which start at $49.95 per month.

Dick Smith in new offer after game sale fiasco

Electronics retailer Dick Smith has kicked off a new sale on video games and accessories, to mollify customers miffed by a poorly handled sale last week which saw thousands of customers lining up in front of stores for deals, only to walk away empty-handed.

Is Abbott consciously lying on NBN costs?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott appears to have again misrepresented the cost of connecting to National Broadband Network fibre infrastructure, in comments which the Government has said represent a deliberate attempt to mislead the Australian public on the issue.

HP opens giant NSW datacentre (photos)

Global technology giant HP yesterday opened its colossal $119 million new datacentre in Western Sydney, revealing that it had dubbed the new facility "Aurora".

HTC One S to hit Telstra, Optus, Virgin

Taiwanese consumer electronics giant HTC yesterday afternoon revealed that the middle smartphone in its flagship One series, the One S, would shortly launch through Australian mobile carriers Telstra, Optus and Optus brand Virgin Mobile.

Telstra’s 4G much faster than Optus’ 4G

A real-world comparison test conducted by Lifehacker has found that Optus' fledgling 4G mobile network does not deliver anywhere near the speeds possible on Telstra's rival 4G infrastructure, despite claims by Optus that the telco was planning to build "the best-performing network in Australia".

Victorian school may deploy 3,500 iPads

Independent Melbourne school Haileybury has already rolled out 1,000 iPads to staff members and students throughout its three campuses in the Victorian capital and may roll out several thousand more as it attempts to take advantage of the Apple technology in education.

CommBank standardises in-house fleet on iPhone

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has revealed that it will standardise its mobile phone fleet on Apple’s iPhone platform, as it progresses plans to move away from its high-profile softphone-based unified communications strategy recently implemented at its flagship Commonwealth Bank Place facility in Sydney.

Parliament’s IT systems a complete shambles

The department which runs Australia's Federal Parliament has published a damning report acknowledging it has widespread problems with IT service delivery and infrastructure, stemming from the fact that it has "no parliament-wide IT strategic plan" and no mechanism for making strategic IT decisions, despite a decade of reports warning of the situation.

Finally: Conroy kills mandatory filter for good

Ding, dong, the witch is dead. Almost five years after the current Labor Federal Government starting trying to force its controversial mandatory Internet filter policy on an extremely unwilling Australian population, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has formally dumped the policy in favour of a much more limited system already in place at Telstra and Optus.

NSW moves closer to ‘cloud-first’ strategy

The New South Wales Government has given further signs that it is moving to adopt the kind of ‘cloud-first’ IT procurement strategy which jurisdictions such as the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand have pursued over the past several years, in a move which could fundamentally change the way the state buys and uses technology.

‘Bold & visionary’: UK MP loves Australia’s NBN

One of the UK Government’s up and coming technology-focused politicians, Chi Onwurah, has declared Australia’s National Broadband Network to be bold and visionary following a visit Down Under and asked her own country’s administration why it doesn’t have similar ambitions in its own, much more limited broadband policy.

Attanasio quits Customs as CIO role abolished

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has revealed plans to abolish its chief information officer role in the wake of the resignation of its incumbent CIO Joe Attanasio from the position in late November last year.

IT sector abusing 457 visa program, says Gillard

Julia Gillard this morning stated that the nation's IT sector was taking jobs away from Australians by importing foreign workers en-masse under the 457 visa program, a situation which the Prime Minister said was "just not acceptable".

Coalition’s FTTN NBN to cost $29.4bn

So today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The day when the Coalition finally releases its rival telecommunications policy to go up against Labor’s flagship National Broadband Network project. Sadly, so far we still don’t have the actual policy documents which detail the Coalition’s plans; they’ll (presumably) be released later today.

NBN rollout update a “fantasy”, says Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the latest update to the rollout plans for Labor's National Broadband Network project as a "fantasy", pointing out that the initiative has been under way for four years but has failed to meet its targets and has only successfully rolled out infrastructure to a "miniscule" number of premises.

Fairfax columnist prints blatant NBN falsehoods

A senior columnist writing for Melbourne newspaper The Age has falsely claimed that the fibre technology used in Labor's NBN project had a life of only 25 years and that it could be made obsolete by "low earth orbiting satellites", in an article riddled with inaccurate and highly disputed claims regarding the project.

Turnbull demands NBN audit

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for the Federal Government to "immediately" commit to auditing the National Broadband Network rollout following reports that NBN contractors have stopped work in Ballarat, in news that represents the latest blow to the project's already delayed rollout schedule.

Turnbull avoids Treasury costing question

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has avoided directly answering the question of whether the Coalition will submit its alternative National Broadband Network policy to the Treasury or any other organisation for costing purposes, instead accusing the Labor Government of not being transparent about its own numbers.

Screw the NBN, says TPG: We’ll do our own FTTB

National broadband company TPG has flagged plans to deploy so-called fibre to the basement infrastructure to some 500,000 apartments in major Australian capital cities, in a move which will compete directly with the new Coalition Government's plans to conduct similar rollouts under the National Broadband Network scheme.

Rumours place Rowland as Turnbull’s Shadow

Rumours flying around the telecommunications industry have named second-term MP and former corporate lawyer Michelle Rowland as having picked up the role of Shadow Communications Minister in Bill Shorten's new Labor Shadow Cabinet, leaving more high-profile candidates such as Kate Lundy and Ed Husic out of the running.

Victoria Police appoints CIO without IT background

Victoria Police, which has one of the most troubled IT departments in Australia's public sector, has appointed as its new chief information officer a senior police officer with a distinguished career but who appears to have no specific experience with IT operations, in an effort to pull itself out of the deep mire which has swallowed its technology capability in recent years.

NBN Co internal FTTN analysis: Turnbull refuses to retract inaccurate claim

Malcolm Turnbull has flatly ignored a request to retract a highly inaccurate claim the Communications Minister made on national television last week in an attempt to discredit an important internal NBN Co analysis casting doubt on viability of the Coalition's NBN policy.

Union protests against Tassie losing 56 IT jobs

The Community and Public Sector Union has gone on the attack over a proposal to shift the roles of some 56 Tasmanian IT workers employed by the Department of Human Services onto the mainland, presenting Employment Minister and Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz with a 1,000-strong petition against the move.

Switkowski confirms FTTN for Tasmania

NBN Co executive chairman has confirmed the Coalition's Broadband Network model will see a Fibre to the Node deployment through at least part of Tasmania, in a move that the Opposition has branded as yet another example of "Liberal lies".

Bloodbath: Qantas to cut $200m in IT costs, jobs

Embattled airline Qantas has flagged plans to cut $200 million out of its technology budget over the next three years and undertake reviews of its major technology supplier contracts, as part of a company-wide cost-cutting initiative that will see a total 5,000 staff leave the company and some $2 billion in total costs cut.

Reversal: Switkowski admits Tassie NBN contracts specified FTTP

NBN Co executive chairman Ziggy Switkowski has been forced to retract a statement he made earlier this month regarding the company's network rollout contracts in Tasmania, admitting yesterday that the contracts did specify Labor's preferred Fibre to the Premises network model was to be used in the state.

Qld Police buys 1,250 more iPads, iPhones

The Queensland Police Service has committed to buying another 1,250 Apple iPads and iPhones to better deliver information to front-line police officers, following a successful trial of the devices from mid-2013 and the recent announcement that live CCTV footage would be piped to officers using the technology.

Whole of Govt CIO Archer joins Gartner

Technology research and advisory firm Gartner has appointed former whole of Federal Government chief information officer Glenn Archer to the role of research vice president in its public sector research group, several months after the executive resigned from his post in early February.

NBN Co renews Service Stream greenfields deal

National construction firm Service Stream this morning revealed the National Broadband Network Company had renewed its contract to design and deploy NBN Co's fibre network to greenfield developments (usually housing estates), in a deal which could eventually be worth some $140 million.

15 years later, Health breaks up IBM’s crown

Fifteen years after it first outsourced its IT department to global technology IBM, in a deal renewed half a dozen times and worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the Federal Department of Health has finally placed key components of the deal back on the market, in its first formal request for the tender in the area since 1999.

“Extraordinary”: Telcos slam Turnbull’s Dept for backing Telstra over consumers

A group of major Australian telcos have issued a fiery statement damning Malcolm Turnbull’s Department of Communications for its “extraordinary” attempt to support Telstra’s profitability and keep telecommunications prices from dropping.

Labor introduces PJCIS reform bill

The Opposition has introduced a bill designed to significantly expand the powers of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security as well as freeing up its operations, in a move which could have a significant impact on the chief parliamentary oversight body of Australia’s national electronic surveillance regime.

Foxtel more than doubles broadband quotas to beat Telstra

Foxtel has more than doubled the quota available on the broadband packages it bundles with telephone and pay TV offerings, with customers now able to receive a terabyte of quota along with a Foxtel subscription TV package and unlimited local and national calls for $130 a month, in plan bundles that appear to beat those offered by Foxtel partner Telstra.

Analysts expect ‘unchained’ Turnbull to return NBN to FTTP model

Several of Australia’s telecommunications analysts have published statements noting they expect Malcolm Turnbull to reveal his ‘real’ views about the National Broadband Network project after taking the Prime Ministership and perhaps even return the project to a footing more based on its previous Fibre to the Premises technology.

Now David Jones gets hacked

news David Jones today notified customers that it had become the latest casualty in a hacking spree which appears to be targeting Australian retailers. The...

Microsoft inks giant cloud, software deal with NSW Govt

The New South Wales Government this morning revealed it had signed a new deal with Microsoft that will give the state access to the vendor’s extensive product suite on a wide-ranging basis, with a focus on departments and agencies adoption collaboration and cloud computing technologies.

Unita dumps MYOB, Excel spreadsheets for NetSuite

Interior-construction company Unita has replaced a number of instances of MYOB, Accentus and Excel spreadsheets with a single instance of NetSuite OneWorld to manage its core business processes.

River City Labs to double in size with new Fortitude Valley premises

Not-for-profit co-working space and startup hub River City Labs has announced plans to double in size within the next six months, following a shift to new premises.

Bronwyn Bishop to chair new House of Reps tech Committee

The Federal House of Representatives has reformed its internal committee dealing with matters pertaining to telecommunications, setting up a new structure which has seen tech-savvy Liberal MP Jane Prentice replaced as chair with veteran MP Bronwyn Bishop.

Ruddock committee finds data retention may breach journalists’ rights

The Federal Parliament's human rights committee chaired by Liberal MP Philip Ruddock has found that the mechanisms in the recent data retention legislation for protecting journalists and their sources may be inadequate and may breach human rights covenants.

Apple reseller Next Byte to close following revenue decline

Vita Group has announced it will close the remaining eight stores of its subsidiary Next Byte – an Apple product reseller – over three months starting from January 2016.

Fifield ignores evidence in angry NBN response

news Mitch Fifield has released a sharply worded response to detailed evidence showing Malcolm Turnbull's version of the NBN has fallen behind on its...

eHealth NSW hiring for yet another CIO

New South Wales' peak electronic health agency NSW eHealth has yet again advertised for a new chief information and chief executive officer, as the latest swing in a revolving door of senior executives.

‘Appalling treatment’: Vic IT minister to take Ross’s cause to ABC MD

Victoria's Innovation Minister has described the ABC's treatment of its former technology editor Nick Ross as "appalling" and has expressed a desire to meet with the journalist and take his case directly to the managing director of the broadcaster.

Apple Australia insists it pays all its taxes

US technology juggernaut Apple has insisted that it pays all of its local taxes, despite the company having filed financial results this week that saw the company pay extra taxes of just $4.5 million last year off an extra $1.8 billion in local revenue.

CSIRO job cuts a ‘body blow to science’, says union

The Community and Public Sector Union has strongly criticised the federal government over the "mass axing" of 350 more scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

NBN calls for ‘experienced technicians’ to help with Tassie rollout

The NBN company has called for experienced telecoms technicians and workers to assist the network rollout in Tasmania during 2016 and beyond.

Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone resigns

Telstra Chairman Catherine Livingstone has announced she is resigning from her position on the board of directors at Australia's largest telecommunications company.

Leaking NBN Co staff in “rebellion” against MTM, says Husic

The NBN company's staff is leaking internal documents because they are in a "rebellion" against the Multi-Technology Mix model which is being foisted against them, Labor MP Ed Husic said yesterday, in a fiery speech which also touched upon the lack of suitability of HFC cable for the NBN network.

Govt invites feedback on $8m startup incubator initiative

The Federal Government has called for comment on a new $8m initiative aimed to boost Australia’s next generation of 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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

iiNet selling 4,000 BoBs per month

Tier two ISP iiNet today revealed it was selling about 4,000 units per month of its flagship BoB combination ADSL router and internet telephony...

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).

Luna Park madness: Visual Studio 2010 launch

Earlier this week Microsoft took over Sydney's Luna Park to launch its Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 platforms. The result looked like a whole lot of fun!

Labor slams Turnbull’s NBN “broken promises”

The Labor Party has hit out at what it calls Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's "broken promises" over the NBN rollout and listed a number of perceived "stuff-ups" during his first year of office.

Surveillance state near, warns Pirate Party Australia

Australia’s division of the Pirate Party has declared war on the Federal Government over a controversial proposal which could potentially see telcos required to keep records of web browsing history, telephone calls and emails of their users.

How many staff have already left NBN Co?

As the sun rises, so must it also set. Just as promotions inside the ranks of the National Broadband Network Company have taken place speedily over the past year since it was formed, so have departures.

Abbott pledges R18+ gaming review

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott tonight said he would be happy to examine the issue of an R18+ classification rating for video games if the Coalition won the upcoming Federal Election, although he admitted he did not know there had been a debate on the issue.

Ludlam warns Turnbull: Don’t be a “NBN wrecker”

Greens Communications Spokesman Scott Ludlam today welcomed Malcolm Turnbull's appointment as Shadow Communications Minister but warned the Liberal heavyweight against "wrecking" Labor's National Broadband Network project.

Conroy’s dept is not working on the filter

The year-long delay which Stephen Conroy has introduced before the planned implementation of the Federal Government's mandatory internet filter project has had a dramatic impact on the activities of the Communications Minister's Department.

Australian web hosts wouldn’t host WikiLeaks

It’s been dumped by Amazon and mirrored across the globe as it attempts to spread its whistleblowing message to the masses. But would any web hosting company in Australia consent to play host to Wikileaks? The answer, so far, appears to be “probably not”.

ACCC spurs Dell to action on warranties

It may be Christmas, but that doesn't mean the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is in a giving mood.

POWERED DOWN: Flood takes out AAPT datacentre

The Queensland floods have claimed their first datacentre victim, with AAPT's facility at 167 Eagle St in Brisbane confirmed to have powered down. And a number of other facilities may be about to follow it, as the statewide disaster continues to hit technology providers where it hurts.

Internode snips broadband plan range

National broadband provider Internode today announced it would massively simplify its broadband plans on offer, cutting out 60 of its 78 plans.

Avaya picks up Defence switching work

Global enterprise networking giant Avaya has won the trust of the Department of Defence, and will deploy routing and switching solutions throughout the organisation's network.

SHINING A LIGHT IN: Victoria’s major IT projects under review

Several of Victoria’s major government watchdogs and the new Coalition government itself have taken the first steps in bringing the state’s trouble-plagued technology projects to heel, putting one flagship project on ice and scheduling others for a series of reviews that will govern their future.

Are NBN Co execs paid too much?

Debate is swirling in the telecommunications industry this week about whether NBN Co executives are paid too much, with one newspaper and the Opposition criticising the company's remuneration structure, but the company itself highlighting its achievements so far and the need to pay commercial salaries to attract the right talent.

iiNet’s Malone calls for end to NBN politics

iiNet chief executive Michael Malone has called for those commenting on the National Broadband Network to return to judging ideas on their "technical merit", instead of letting politics cloud the national debate.

New Coalition NBN policy: Splitting Telstra, using HFC

The Federal Coalition has proposed a new National Broadband Network policy which would see Australia provided with broadband through a combination of developed HFC cable in urban areas, splitting up Telstra into wholesale and retail arms to serve suburban and regional areas, and wireless and satellite solutions to serve the rest of Australia in remote regions.

Turnbull’s biggest problem: How to halt the NBN

A senior telecommunications analyst has praised the Coalition's new telecommunications policy as being worthy of respect, while warning the fallout from its commitment to halting Labor's flagship National Broadband Network project would remain its biggest problem if it took Government in the next Federal Election.

When mainstream media covers cloud startups

Hilarious video above of a segment broadcast recently on Channel 10 news about Australian cloud computing startup OrionVM.

Mills slams ‘failed re-run’ Qld CIO appointment

Bruce Mills' Outsourcing Council Asia Pacific (OCAP) has severely criticised the Queensland State Government’s appointment last week of Peter Grant as the new whole-of-government Chief Information Officer.

E*Trade flooded with DDoS before Christmas

ANZ Bank's stockbroking service E*Trade was hit by a distributed denial of service attack in the lead-up to the 2011 Christmas season. After initial denials that the site had been attacked, the company sent its customers a letter informing them about the attack yesterday.

NBN policy: Show us some detail, Conroy tells Turnbull

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has demanded that the Coalition disclose some basic details of its rival broadband policy, noting that Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not substantially outlined the policy further in public since a landmark speech on the issue in the middle of 2011.

Microsoft Hyper-V wins huge Coles rollout

Microsoft has revealed that a virtualisation solution built on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise with Hyper-V technology has been implemented by retail giant Coles, at each of its 741 supermarkets, to tackle an aging, in-store fleet of server hardware.

Amazon mulls Aussie distribution centre

According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, giant international Internet retailer and cloud computing giant Amazon is considering deploying a distribution centre -- Amazon-speak for giant warehouse filled with goods to ship to customers -- in Australia.

IT price hike inquiry kicks off: Submissions wanted

The Federal Parliament's inquiry into local price markups on technology goods and services has gotten under way, with the committee overseeing the initiative issuing its terms of reference and calling for submissions from the general public on the issue.

Transfer pricing rules won’t affect Google tax

New legislation introduced by the Federal Government to stop multinationals such as Google from transferring profits out of Australia and evading local taxation won't have much effect on the search giant and similar Internet firms, it appears, despite statements by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy that they would.

Fairfax wants to dump Office, Exchange for Google

Media giant Fairfax has announced plans to will ditch Microsoft's Office and Exchange platforms for most of its 11,000-odd staff, with the company to become one of the largest known Australian organisations to shift onto Google's Apps platform for both email and office productivity software.

MyNetFone supplies VoIP to Tassie Govt

IP telephony and broadband company MyNetFone this week revealed it had been selected by the Tasmanian Government to supply Voice over IP telephony services to the state, in a three-year deal expected to be worth some $20 million over the period.

NAB shifts UBank onto new core IT platform

The National Australia Bank today revealed it had migrated its UBank online brand onto its new Oracle-based core banking platform, in a move which is slated to deliver both the bank and its 300,000 UBank customers significant immediate benefits from the new technology.

NBN could cost $100bn, claims Hockey

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has claimed the National Broadband Network could cost as much as $100 billion to build, despite the company’s own estimates showing that it will require around $37 billion of capital injection from the Government and eventually make a return, paying back the investment with some profit on top.

Tiger Airways joins growing list of spamming corporations

Tiger Airways is likely to face further damage to its reputation, after joining a growing list of big corporations being fined for breaching the Spam Act.

Just watch, Quigley tells NBN critics: We’re on track

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has laughed off criticism of the speed of the rollout of the National Broadband Network’s fibre deployment, confirming it is on track for its December target of 758,000 premises being constructed, and pointing out similar criticism levelled at the deployment of Australia’s first telephone networks in 1909.

Free ‘trinkets’ while courses cut: Union condemns UWS iPads plan

The academics union has condemned a plan by the University of Western Sydney to give away 11,000 iPads as part of a $35 million bid to keep its content and teaching relevant to students.

Tasmania’s huge payroll overhaul may go cloud

The Tasmanian Government has flagged plans to overhaul its dated whole of government human resources and payroll systems, in a move which will affect some 28,000 employees and may see the state shift its systems into a cloud computing/software as a service model.

Adobe faces piracy backlash over Australian pricing

Many Adobe customers have taken to the Internet to openly pledge to dump the software vendor's products or pirate them illegally, with thousands more signalling their general displeasure with what many saw as the arrogant refusal of its chief executive Shantanu Narayenlast week to answer the question of how the company can justify charging Australians up to $1,400 more for its software than US residents.

Apple blames rights holders for Aussie price hikes

Technology giant Apple has blamed copyright owners such as film and music studios for Australian price hikes on content sold through its iTunes digital store, despite politicians at the Parliament's IT price hike inquiry pointing out to the company that its size as the world's largest company by capitalisation gave it substantial market power.

Coalition rejected: 78% support Labor’s NBN

An informal online poll taken by the ABC appears to have shown that voters have already rejected the Coalition's rival National Broadband Network policy, with 78 percent of some 5,700 readers noting that they didn't support the policy revealed last week.

Qantas still finalising Outlook shift

The nation's largest airline Qantas has revealed that it's still in the process of migrating its corporate email platform off IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino platform and onto Microsoft's Outlook/Exchange system, with the rollout now into its fourth year.

Questions raised about Post IT transformation

Australia Post has issued a statement staunchly defending the progress of its IT transformation program, Building Future Ready IT, as questions are being raised about some aspects of the project's ability to meet its goals on time and while avoiding significant risks associated with any such corporate technology renewal effort.

Tassie NBN “will take 80 years”, claims Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has inaccurately claimed that the rollout of Labor's National Broadband Network in Tasmania will take "80 years" to complete, in what Labor's Regional Communications Minister Sharon Bird immediately labelled a deliberate attempt to deceive residents and businesses in the state.

Fibre on demand could cost $50k, claims Albo

Communications Minister Anthony Albanese has controversially claimed that the Coalition's fibre on demand service could cost end customers as much as $50,000, as the debate escalates about which major side of politics is presenting a more accurate picture of National Broadband Network finances going into the Federal Election.

Tassie NBN rollout “in limbo”, claim activists

The Digital Tasmania lobby group has accused the Federal Government of leaving the Tasmanian rollout of the National Broadband Network "in limbo" by refusing to confirm whether the state would receive a predominantly fibre to the premises-based NBN deployment in last week's new NBN rollout orders.

NBN Co awash with review consultants

The National Broadband Network Company revealed late last week that it would appoint three consulting firms to assist with its Strategic Review process, despite the fact that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull had stipulated it was his intention that the review be conducted by NBN Co itself.

Farce: AG’s Dept deletes FoI PDFs to improve “accessibility”

Representatives of the Federal Attorney-General's Department yesterday claimed the department had removed PDFs previously published on its website as part of its Freedom of Information disclosure log because they did not meet web "accessibility" guidelines and were hurting the website's overall accessibility rating.

Labor forces NBN Co back to Senate

The Opposition has forced senior executives from the National Broadband Network back to take questions from a Senate committee for the third time in a month, as debate grows about whether and to what extent such constant hearings represent obstruction of the company's work.

NSW Health seeks CIOs in restructure

NSW Health has advertised two high-profile chief information officer roles, as the State Government's plan to ramp up improvements in healthcare through the use of technology impacts the organisation and it's eHealth NSW sub-division.

Ansell turns to SAP as Oracle ERP project lags

Australian condom and medical protection giant Ansell this week revealed it had chosen to extend an existing SAP-based business systems platform from its acquisition of French protective equipment company Comasec to other areas of its business, instead of further extending its new Oracle ERP rollout, which has suffered significant problems.

Connecting to Australia’s first digital technology curriculum

Australia finally has its first digital technology curriculum which is mandatory for all Australian children from Foundation, the name replacing kindergarten, to Year 8.

TPG, iiNet, ACCC support competitive FTTB rollouts

National broadband companies TPG and iiNet, as well as the competition regulator, have published extensive submissions to the Federal Government supporting the right for commercial telcos to deploy their own Fibre to the Basement (FTTB) infrastructure throughout Australia in competition with the Coalition's Broadband Network (CBN) project, rejecting the idea that such planned investments should be blocked or otherwise regulated to support NBN Co's finances.

Seven months later, Turnbull still won’t talk TPG

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has direct responsibility for setting and administering telecommunications law and regulation in Australia, has again refused to clarify whether national broadband company TPG is breaking the law by deploying its own Fibre to the Basement infrastructure in competition with NBN Co, seven months after the move was first revealed.

“Fictitious”: Turnbull rejects every Senate NBN allegation

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has published an extensive, 33 page Coalition rebuttal of specific allegations raised by the Opposition in late March claiming that evidence shows NBN Co’s Strategic Review published last year is based on “flawed and unreliable” premises and was in fact designed by Turnbull to constitute a “pre-ordained political outcome”.

Turnbull insists MTM CBN not “old technology”

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a statement insisting that the Coalition's new "Multi-Technology Mix" approach to its Coalition's Broadband Network (CBN) project is "NOT" "old technology", despite that several of its constituent parts -- the existing copper and HFC cable networks -- 15 years to many decades old.

Jeff Smith quits Suncorp for IBM

Second-tier Australian bank and financial services group Suncorp today announced that its long-serving top technology executive Jeff Smith would leave to take up a senior role with IBM in the United States, in an announcement which marks the end of an era for the nation’s banking IT sector.

ICAC to investigate NSW TAFE ICT manager

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry starting on 17 August 2015 as part of an investigation it is conducting into allegations that a TAFE ICT manager dishonestly obtained over $1.7 million from the Department of Education and Communities TAFE South West Sydney Institute (SWSI).

“Marvel of science”: First NBN satellite to launch 1 October this year

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning revealed the first of two satellites planned for the National Broadband Network will launch on 1 October this year from French Guiana, describing the infrastructure as “literally a marvel of science”.

“They don’t get it”: Huston slams “Village Idiot” approach on Data Retention

Global Internet networks expert Geoff Huston this week said Australia was at risk of being positioned as the “Global Village Idiot” courtesy of the Data Retention legislation passed by the “bureaucrats” in the Government, alleging that none of the organisations in support of the policy actually understand technology.

Microsoft’s giant Aussie Office 365 migration has started

Software and services giant Microsoft last week revealed it had started migrating the data of its Australian customers onto datacentres based locally, in a move that will affect customers in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand.

Attorney-General’s Dept proven comprehensively unable to administer Data Retention scheme

The Federal Government has comprehensively bungled the implementation of its controversial Data Retention policy, with data released by the Communications Alliance today showing the Attorney-General’s Department has proven comprehensively unable to successfully administer the scheme.

NBN G.Fast “more hype than reality”, says Budde

Veteran telecommunications analyst has described the G.Fast technology which the NBN company plans to deploy into its network from 2017 as "more hype than reality", questioning whether it will actually be able to deliver on its close to a gigabit speed promises.

Atlassian files for IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market

Australian enterprise software provider Atlassian has publicly filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to list common stock on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol 'TEAM'.

STM Bags dumps MYOB and SugarCRM for NetSuite

STM Bags, an international designer and distributor of laptop bags, tablet and phone cases, has deployed NetSuite OneWorld to manage its business operations as the company continues to expand worldwide.

‘Improved’ telco consumer protection code released

The Communications Alliance has released a series of proposed revisions to the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code 2012 that are aimed to improve the code's provisions and reduce complaints to the industry ombudsman, CommCom.

Crowd-funding legislation reaches parliament

New laws aimed to provide a framework for crowd-sourced equity funding (CSEF) have been introduced into Parliament.

Greens take aim at Government’s national facial recognition database

The Australian Greens have raised privacy concerns over the government's plans to introduce a national facial recognition scheme next year.

Fifield redacts large chunks of NBN info in ‘Blue Book’ release

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield today released a version of the 'Blue Book' incoming ministerial briefing he received from his department when he became Communications Minister, with the sections relating to the National Broadband Network having been heavily redacted.

How to fix NBN Fixed Wireless: Install a roof antenna extension

Having trouble with your NBN Fixed Wireless connection? The solution may be simple: Install a 'mast' on the roof of your premises that will boost your antenna higher than nearby trees. It sounds stupid, but it's done the trick for some -- and it may fix your connection too.

Apple recalls some Australian AC adapters over shock risk

Apple has announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Australia, as well as some other countries.

Telstra offers free data following mobile network outage

Telstra is offering free data for a day for all customers this Sunday following an outage in its national mobile network that affected voice and data services for some customers.

Decrypt the iPhone, Brandis, eSafety Commissioner tell Apple

Attorney-General George Brandis has called for Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December's San Bernadino massacre.

Shanghai to host latest tech startup ‘landing pad’

The Federal Government had announced that the host city for the latest startup 'landing pad' will be Shanghai, China's largest city

My Health Record trial criticised over opt out, privacy

The new system is already under criticism for failing to explain how or why users would opt out, enabling automatic enrolment, and glossing over the potential for user information to be accessed by non-medical government agencies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

iiNet confirms Netspace talks

iiNet this afternoon confirmed reports this morning that it was in talks to acquire fellow ISP Netspace, but said the discussions were "at an early stage and remain incomplete".

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.

Fujitsu picks up WA Police IT services work

Japanese technology giant Fujitsu has picked up a new IT services contract with the Western Australian police force potentially worth $15 million over five years.

National Party members vote against internet filter

The National Party of Australia has come out swinging against the Federal Government's mandatory internet filter policy, with a motion passed at the party's Federal conference on the weekend against the idea.

BigPond price cuts anger Internode, iiNet

National broadband providers Internode and iiNet have cried foul with regards to a massive price cut unveiled yesterday by Telstra's BigPond internet service provider...

Govt chaos: Has NBN Co stopped the rollout?

The National Broadband Network Company would not confirm this morning whether it would continue to roll out optic fibre around the nation while Australia’s Parliament attempts to resolve whether the Coalition or Labor would form Government.

Conroy: We’re not walking away from filter

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy last night remained stalwart in his support for Labor's controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme in a heated debate on the ABC's Q&A program with representatives of the public, the Coalition, the Australian Sex Party and more.

Optus a closed shop on NBN

The nation's number two telco Optus yesterday again refused to disclose what the outcome of any ongoing discussions with the National Broadband Network Company might be -- or when it might commence a trial of retail services with the company.

HP unveils private cloud model in Australia

As expected, global technology giant HP this morning unveiled its private cloud model for the Australian market, revealing it had been working on the platform locally for some six months and that it was planning to release the names of its first customers early in the new year.

ON HOLD: WA slams brakes on shared services

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has hit the pause button on one critical aspect of the state's Shared Corporate Services project, pending a further review into what the Liberal leader described as "teething problems".

The big update: Telco networks in Queensland

Telecommunication companies are currently struggling to restore their services in flooded Queensland territory, as access to damaged exchange sites is still denied and power outages prevent networks from operating.

iiNet booms on back of acquisitions

National broadband provider iiNet's latest set of financial results released today showed the company was still expanding rapidly, with the acquisitions of Netspace and the consumer division of AAPT over the past twelve months fuelling revenue growth and gross profit growth, although net profit remained even for the company.

Hotmail’s secure, says Microsoft

Software behemoth Microsoft has maintained that its online services are secure, in the face of news that the department which houses Prime Minister Julia Gillard, her staff and the Cabinet would block public web-based email services such as Hotmail and Gmail from 1 July as a security risk.

Internode launches FetchTV IPTV

Ten months after it kicked off a trial of the service and almost a year after it was launched by rival iiNet, national broadband provider Internode has launched the FetchTV internet video service on its network, pricing the offering at very similar rates to those offered by iiNet.

Gillard’s ‘rip it out’ claims ludicrous, says Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described claims by Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning that a Coalition Government would "dig up" NBN optic fibre out of the ground instead of using it as "ludicrous" and "false".

Patriot Act applies to Amazon Australia, warns Ninefold

Australian cloud computing specialist Ninefold has warned that any datacentre set up by global rival Amazon Web Services in Australia would still be subject to US legislation, despite being located in a different jurisdiction.

iiNet’s NBN costs “similar” to ADSL

National broadband provider iiNet today described the costs of connecting customers to the National Broadband Network as being similar to that of existing ADSL broadband services, breaking ranks with industry rivals who have complained about what they see as NBN Co's extortionate pricing model.

Google beats ACCC in misleading ad case

Google has won a lawsuit in which Australia's national competition regulator had alleged the search giant wasn't adequately distinguishing paid advertisements displayed by its search engine from ordinary 'organic' search results.

BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes to Australia

Research In Motion (RIM) announced this week in Sydney that the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is now available in Australia.

Conroy’s attacks lack “hard evidence,” claims Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a cold and lengthy rejoinder to a fiery speech by his opposite Stephen Conroy this afternoon, arguing the Labor Senator had failed to provide "hard evidence" regarding a number of claims about the Coalition's rival telecommunications policy.

Atlassian doubles staff, revenues in 18 months

Australian enterprise software group Atlassian overnight revealed it had approximately doubled its headcount and revenues over the past 18 months, as it rapidly expands its operations internationally on the back of the $60 million in venture capital investment it took in mid-2010.

NBN enjoys prolonged popular support

The results of a new poll released this week by research houses Essential Media and Your Source has shown that Labor's flagship National Broadband Network policy has continued to enjoy strong levels of popularity, especially amongst Labor and Greens voters, since the last Federal Election.

Gillard strongly defends Huawei NBN ban

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has strongly defended the Government's decision to ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from making bids to supply equipment to the National Broadband Network project, rejecting suggestions the move would cause diplomatic ructions and emphasising the Australian Government's right to make its own choice.

Worst of the worst: Photos of Australia’s copper network

You don't always have a perfect day. Some days, you just get out of bed on the wrong side of the bed, and things go wrong for you all day. Australia's copper telecommunications network is like that. Most days it works OK, but on some days it's just a shocker. And there's a very good reason why -- it's old and in many areas it hasn't been maintained very well.

Australian protests erupt over Wikileaks’ Assange

A series of protests will be held around the nation this afternoon to demand the Federal Government protect Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from potential extradition to the United States, despite statements by Foreign Minister Bob Carr to the effect that the Australian Government has done his utmost for the Australian citizen.

Has Fortescue dumped BlackBerry for Nokia?

Australian iron ore group Fortescue metals has declined to comment on an unverified rumour that the company has recently deployed over 600 new staff smartphones, allegedly swapping out its existing BlackBerry fleet in the latest corporate switch to Microsoft's rival Windows Phone 7 ecosystem.

New surveillance powers akin to ‘China, Iran’

Digital rights lobby group Electronic Frontiers Austraklia has described the Federal Government's proposed new surveillance and data retention powers as being akin to those applied in restrictive countries such as China and Iran, as the group and others have renewed calls for an inquiry into the powers to have its timeframe extended.

Westpac launches Android NFC payments app

Westpac Banking Corporation has joined the throng of Australian financial services giants attempting to stay ahead of the growing trend towards payments from mobile phones, launching an app yesterday that will allow those with Android smartphones to make mobile payments through their embedded NFC chip.

Data retention “hysteria” needs “cold shower”: Roxon

Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has called for critics of the Federal Government's proposed new data retention and surveillance package to take a "cold shower" and stop insulting in "hysteria" over the proposal.

Top cybercop had no idea about Telstra logging

Australia’s highest-ranking cybercrime police officer yesterday acknowledged he had not followed the controversial news which broke in June that the nation’s largest telco Telstra had been archiving the web browsing activity of its users, despite the fact that his organisation, the Australian Federal Police, received requests by concerned citizens to investigate the issue.

Market better to deliver broadband, says Abbott

Tony Abbott this week said the private sector could deliver broadband cheaper and more swiftly than the Government's National Broadband Network project, in comments which Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said illustrated a growing divide between the Opposition Leader and Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

NSW Govt launches Opal card on ferries

However, the new Coalition Government in NSW over the weekend shone a ray of light into the public transport smartcard ticketing situation, with the new Opal smartcard being launched on Sydney ferries, to start with.

WiPro outsourcing takes chunk out of Woolworths

Retail giant Woolworths has confirmed the jobs of some 64 in-house technical staff will be affected as part of a wide-ranging IT infrastructure outsourcing contract inked last year with Indian IT services company WiPro.

Mainframe out; Westpac adopts Exadata, Exalogic

Top-tier bank Westpac has revealed that it will shift some processing resources off existing mainframe infrastructure and onto Oracle’s Exadata and Exalogic platforms, as it attempts to gain higher levels of efficiency in the platforms that underpin its project to achieve a single view of customer information.

Abbott confirms Turnbull as future Comms Minister

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott confirmed over the weekend that he expected Malcolm Turnbull to become Communications Minister and have responsibility for the National Broadband Network project in a Coalition Government, following his time as Shadow Minister since September 2010.

Incompetence: NBN Co forced to ‘re-do’ segments

The National Broadband Network Company is reportedly being forced to re-do portions of its fibre rollout in some areas because of the incompetence of its contractors, according to leaked documents the Financial Review newspaper published from within the company this morning.

Amazon Appstore challenging Google Play as Australian launch looms

Australian Android users will soon have an alternative source for sourcing paid and free mobile apps, but will they embrace it? Yes, if the first analysis of Amazon Appstore sales figures – which suggests the site is rapidly increasing its appeal to US consumers as a source of paid apps – is any indication.

Australia gets two Windows Azure datacentres

Microsoft this morning revealed plans to offer its Windows Azure platform as a service from Australian datacentres located in Sydney and Melbourne, in the latest move by a global technology giant to offer cloud computing services from Australian facilities to meet local demand and address concerns around data sovereignty.

“Aussies treated like second-class citizens”: Choice blasts US TV giants

Consumer watchdog Choice has issued a fiery statement accusing US content giants of giving Australians "a raw deal" when it comes to making television shows and films available in Australia, pointing out that Australians pay substantially more to access the same content and encouraging locals to use technical mechanisms to get around so-called "geo-blocking".

“Get fucked”: Turnbull staffer turns on blogger

One of Malcolm Turnbull's senior staffers has sent a popular Australian technology blogger a caustic email telling him to "get fucked" and informing him that "nobody takes your psychotic rantings seriously", as the relationship between Turnbull and sections of Australia's technology community continues to sour.

The shape of things to come: FTTN criticism will not die

The creation of a fast-growing petition and the publication of a landmark article by the ABC on the issue are among growing signs that a powerful level of dissent about the Coalition's unpopular fibre to the node-based National Broadband Network policy will come to dog the incoming Abbott government on an ongoing basis.

Tassie NBN rollout “dead in the water”: Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the National Broadband Network rollout in Tasmania as being "dead in the water", with no progress in the state having been made "for month", in the context of calls from activists in the state for the Fibre to the Premises rollout promised under Labor to be completed.

Brandis refuses to answer piracy questions

Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has flatly refused to comment on a report that the new Coalition Government has signalled plans to restart long-running talks between the telecommunications and content industries to deal with the issue of Internet piracy, with the Liberal Senator declining to answer any question on the issue.

A decade later, third time lucky, NSW LifeLink IT project finishes

The NSW Government has revealed that it is finally close to completing its extremely troubled LifeLink IT project to replace the key administration platform used by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, some 11 years after the project was first begun.

iiNet made CTO Lindsay redundant

iiNet made its outgoing Adelaide-based chief technology officer John Lindsay redundant, it has emerged, as the company appears to be increasingly centralising the technical management of its infrastructure to its head office in Perth.

Turnbull destabilises broadband regulatory environment

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made a public statement which appears to have significantly undercut the stability of Australia's telecommunications regulatory environment, winding back the potential for telcos such as TPG and Optus to invest in their own broadband infrastructure ahead of the rollout of the Coalition's Broadband Network.

Pressured Turnbull agrees to aerial FTTP trials in Tasmania

Under siege from all sides of politics over the Federal Coalition's reluctance to pursue a full Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband rollout in Tasmania, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken to NBN Co about the possibility of conducting FTTP trials in the state that would test Labor's plan to deploy fibre on aerial electricity poles.

Vendors poach another Qld central Govt CIO

Queensland-based software vendor Technology One has poached the executive in charge of the state government's IT renewal program to become a business development executive, in a move that will further stimulate ongoing questions about the close relationship between the state's public sector and its IT vendors.

Screw you, Turnbull: TPG starts FTTB deployment

National broadband company TPG today revealed it had started deploying its planned Fibre to the Basement rollout in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, in a move which directly challenges a statement by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the legality of such deployments would be examined by a panel within the next six months.

Anti-piracy lobbyist enjoys cozy email chats with AGD Secretary

A key lobbyist for the anti-piracy group originally known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft enjoys a congenial email relationship with the secretary of the Attorney-General's Department and other senior officials, a Freedom of Information request has revealed, with the lobbyist regularly using the channel to pass on anti-piracy propaganda.

Budget 2014: PCEHR project continues, for now

The Federal Government has opted to continue to progress the previous Labor administration's troubled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records project for now, allocating funding of $140.6 million to the project over the next 12 months while it decides its ultimate fate.

“Liar!” Rowland demands Turnbull tell NBN truth

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland has accused Malcolm Turnbull of being a "liar" and failing to "tell the truth", with respect to the Communications Minister's ongoing false statements about the cost of Labor's National Broadband Network policy.

Three years later, Optus finally gets HD voice

Almost three years after Telstra and two years after Vodafone, national mobile operator Optus has finally enabled high-definition voice calling on its mobile network.

Govt blows $14.4m on Windows XP, Server 2003 support

The Federal Government has paid Microsoft more than $14.4 million for custom support of the outdated Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems, in a costly move which further demonstrates the extreme cost of running operating systems which are no longer formally supported by their vendors.

NBN overbuild based on “fairer competition”, says Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a statement to the effect that the NBN company’s alleged “overbuilding” activities were based on regulatory decisions to ensure “fairer” competition in the broadband market that would allow the NBN company to compete with commercial providers.

CIO Curran outlines ambitious Westpac IT consolidation strategy

news Westpac chief information officer Dave Curran has outlined an ambitious IT platform consolidation strategy for the bank which will result in a centralised...

Macquarie Uni dumps Gmail for Office 365 for staff

Macquarie University yesterday revealed it had decided to ditch Google’s hosted email and calendaring platform and would migrate its staff to Microsoft’s rival Office 365 platform, in the wake of a controversial decision by Google to shift the university’s data from its previous datacentre location in Europe and move it to the United States.

Fifield denies Turnbull asked NBN Co to create “distorted” info to attack FTTP

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has rejected a claim by the Opposition that Malcolm Turnbull asked the NBN company to generate “distorted” information to help the Coalition attack Labor’s previous Fibre to the Premises approach to the NBN.

Cloud computing player Ninefold shuts down

Ninefold, the Macquarie Telecom-owned cloud computing company which provides infrastructure as a service offerings, has decided to shut down, with its last day of operation being January 30, 2016.

Queensland TAFE suffers security breach, student data accessed

The Queensland Government says is working with security experts to assess a security breach of the TAFE Queensland and Department of Education and Training websites in which students' details have been exposed.

Dimension Data to fit out flagship Queensland Government skyscraper

Global ICT services provider Dimension Data has won the bid to fit out and support the networking infrastructure for the Queensland Government’s new flagship offices at 1 William Street, Brisbane.

ShoreTel deploys unified communications for Brimbank City Council

ShoreTel, a California-based provider of phone systems and unified communications (UC) solutions, has announced it has deployed a unified communications solution for Brimbank City Council in Victoria.

Jason Clare says Turnbull ‘lied’ on copper NBN costs

The Opposition has accused Malcolm Turnbull of telling a "lie" with respect to the cost of upgrading Telstra's copper network to support Fibre to the Node technology on the National Broadband Network, at the time when the Prime Minister was the Shadow Communications Minister.

Mobile blackspot nominations deadline extended

The government has announced that the deadline for public nominations for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme has been extended from 31 December 2015 to 15 January 2016.

Telstra says it has 50 percent NBN market share, wants more

Telstra this week said it had already taken a 50 percent market share of National Broadband Network customers and wanted to push to achieve even more, in news set to call into question controversial NBN decisions made by the Government and the ACCC meant to advance broadband competition.

Labor, Greens slam Turnbull hypocrisy: PM pumps innovation but ‘trashes’ NBN

Labor and Greens politicians have this week labelled Malcolm Turnbull a hypocrite for pushing Australia's innovation credentials in the United States while simultaneously having "trashed" the National Broadband Network, as debate grows about the infrastructure's significant to the Prime Minister's innovation vision.

“Get on with it”: Ludlam tells Govt on data breach notification bill

Greens Deputy Leader and Senator Scott Ludlam has filed a Senate motion demanding the Government "get on with" its plans to introduce mandatory data breach legislation, pointing out that the concept had multi-partisan support and would be likely to pass Federal Parliament in quick order.

Victorian Government sets up expert panel to boost innovation

The Victorian Government has set up an Innovation Expert Panel aimed to boost the state's position as an innovation and technology hub.

Watch: Conroy’s NBN transparency reform a “legislative stunt”, says Fifield

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has labelled Stephen Conroy's successful amendments to force a radical degree of transparency on the NBN company as being a "legislative stunt" from the Labor Senator he said was still serving as the defacto Shadow Communications Minister.

Senate Committee calls NBN Co for full day of hearings

The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network has resolved to hold another full day of hearings in Canberra, with the date to be 15 March and the only witness to be called being the NBN company.

Adecco dumps handsets for softphones with Optus, Cisco

news Human resources group Adecco yesterday revealed it had undertaken a substantial refresh of its internal telephony and Internet platform with the primary assistance...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

Judge: iiNet did not authorise infringement

Justice Cowdroy today handed iiNet a sound victory in the Australian ISP's long-running battle against a coalition of film and television studios, finding that iiNet did not authorise copyright infringement carried out by its customers.

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.

Acquisition sends iiNet into trading halt

Internet service provider iiNet has halted trading of its shares as it prepares to release information about an acquisition that would be material to its business.

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.

iiNet: We’re not part of Conroy’s filter club

National broadband provider iiNet today rejected Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's claim over the weekend that it welcomed the Government's filtering project.

Telstra to bring Foxtel to T-Box

Telstra chief executive David Thodey tonight revealed that the telco was talking with its joint venture partner Foxtel to bring the payTV service to Telstra's T-Box internet television platform launched last month.

Christian lobby slams “incomprehensible” filter block

The Australian Christian Lobby has slammed as "incomprehensible" a revelation by Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey late yesterday that the Coalition would vote against Labor's controversial mandatory internet filtering project if associated legislation made it into parliament.

NSW Housing loses CIO Leonas

New South Wales Department of Housing this morning confirmed its long-standing chief information officer after Dr Vladas Leonas resigned from his position late August after holding the position for more than four years.

Telstra: No preference on NBN opt-out

Telstra chief executive David Thodey this afternoon said that the telco had no real preference as to whether Australians should be forced to “opt-out” of the National Broadband Network rather than opt in, in the wake of a decision this week by the Tasmanian Government to pursue such a policy through legislation.

NBN Co plan “thoroughly inadequate”, says Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has labelled the summary of NBN Co's business plan released today as being "thoroughly inadequate" and lacking in financial detail.

NBN: Abbott rejects “video entertainment system”

The Federal Opposition Leader has once again taken an axe to Labor’s National Broadband Network project, claiming it wasn’t worth spending government money on a telecommunications upgrade which would primarily be used to fuel the nation’s passion for high-end video and gaming content.

Video: Complete Quigley press conference

This 35 minute video constitutes the complete press conference which NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley held at NBN Co's headquarters in Sydney on 7 January 2011.

Office format war: AGIMO faces horde of critics

The Federal Government's peak IT strategy group has been forced to defend its decision to standardise the public sector on a Microsoft-focused office document standard, as online commentators used the weekend to slam the group for what they saw as a lack of vision regarding rival open standards.

Mr Turnbull, what is going on here?

A little birdie sent us this video of Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy looking ... extremely uncomfortable, while a man who appears to be from the South Korean parliament continually tells them they're going to be on "YouTube". We can only assume Turnbull shot this video while in Korea as part of his broadband study tour this week ... but we need to ask the question -- what the dickens is it all about?

Poor OzLog consultation led to FUD, finds Senate

The Senate's communications committee yesterday took an axe to the proposal by the Attorney-General's Departmentment to force ISPs to retain data about all telephone calls and emails made by Australians, highlighting a lack of consultation with the wider community which had given the so-called 'OzLog' proposal a bad reputation.

Federal Parliament warms to the iPad

Liberal MP Jamie Briggs has one. Labor MP Ed Husic read his maiden speech from his. And Malcolm Turnbull is famous for using his all the time. But officials in Federal Parliament are only gradually beginning to concede that it might be OK for Apple-obsessed politicians to connect their iDevices to the parliamentary Wi-Fi network.

Gillard repeats: Abbott would ‘rip the NBN fibre up’

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has repeated her claim that a Coalition Government would physically remove the National Broadband Networks' fibre cables out of the ground if it were to take office.