Australia top Game of Thrones pirating nation

Australia is the nation which most pirates the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones, new analysis released this week has shown, with time delays and cable TV lock-in being the primary culprits believed to be behind the nation's copyright infringing habits.

Speeding tickets: iiNet proposes copyright authority

National broadband provider iiNet today proposed the creation of an independent body to administer allegations of copyright infringement by internet users, including the power to issue fines and demerits to those who had purloined television shows, films and music online.

iiNet to buy Netspace for $60-75m?

Challenger internet service provider iiNet has put its shares into a trading halt following press speculation that it is in talks to acquire rival...

The sharp end of copyright policy: Village Roadshow will sue Internet pirates, block websites

Film distributor Village Roadshow has officially confirmed it will take legal action to both sue alleged Internet pirates and block websites which host pirated material, in moves which signal the start of the implementation phase for the Government’s controversial policies on Internet copyright infringement.

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.

Angry iiNet roars dissent at FOXTEL/Austar merger

National broadband provider iiNet has fired off a sternly worded missive to the national competition regulator arguing that a proposed undertaking by FOXTEL to mitigate anti-competitive outcomes in the subscription television space was wholly unsatisfactory and may allow FOXTEL part-owner Telstra to extend its broadband dominance in regional areas.

IT’S MANDATORY: Govt forces open source option

The Federal Government has dramatically changed its position on the use of open source software by departments and agencies in Canberra, publishing a policy today that mandates the consideration of such options in any technology purchase.

Queensland policeman charged over unauthorised database access

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

HPE to merge IT services business with CSC

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

iiNet cuts price of terabyte 100Mbps NBN plans

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

Fiona Stanley Hospital IT gets $40m more

The Western Australian Government has allocated a further $40 million in funding to the troubled IT systems of the state's flagship Fiona Stanley Hospital, in a state budget which comes ahead of the similar, $187 million deployment of similar new IT systems at the upcoming Perth Children's Hospital.

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.

iiNet exports BoB to New Zealand

Australian internet service provider iiNet today announced a new deal which will see products coming out of its Labs division sold in New Zealand as early as next week.

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.

Visionstream to cut workforce, says union

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

‘Cooked books’, ‘funny money’, ‘trickery’: Coalition on NBN budgeting

Leading Opposition figures have slammed the Government's handling of funding for the National Broadband Network in this week's Federal Budget, alleging that the project's finances are being misallocated to cover up holes that would have sabotaged the policy aim of delivering a budget surplus.

Tech management bloodbath hits Internode

Citing "very difficult times" in the past 12 months, national broadband provider Internode has conducted an extensive restructure of its leadership team which has seen four of its most senior technical managers leave the company and managing director Simon Hackett appointed as chief technical officer.

Internode has wanted Aussie WoW server for years

National broadband player Internode has discussed the need for an Australian World of Warcraft server with iconic game publisher Blizzard "for many years", the company's managing director Simon Hackett said today.

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.

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.

Former whole of Qld Govt CIO Grant resigns

High-flying IT executive Peter Grant has left his senior position in the Queensland State Government, a year after the state demoted him from the whole of government chief information officer role he had held for the second time.

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.

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".

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.

Filter will be “exorcised” if it returns, says Turnbull

Liberal MPs Malcolm Turnbull and Paul Fletcher flayed Labor’s mandatory internet filter project at an anti-filter forum held by the former Opposition Leader on Saturday in Sydney, where not a single voice was raised in praise of the controversial policy and Turnbull claimed the idea was now in the past.

Please explain Alcatel bribes, Turnbull tells Quigley

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has demanded an explanation from the chief executive and chief financial officers of the National Broadband Network Company over the bribery scandal which has engulfed their former employer and now key equipment supplier, French networking giant Alcatel-Lucent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Telstra delays NBN vote

The nation’s largest telco Telstra this morning revealed it had been forced to delay a vote to be put to shareholders regarding whether it should go ahead with its $11 billion deal to transfer customers onto the National Broadband Network as the new fibre monopoly rolls out its infrastructure around the nation.

Amazon hiring Sydney datacentre manager

Cloud computing giant Amazon has advertised more than a half dozen new positions as it ramps up its operations in Australia, including a role for a Sydney-based datacentre operations manager, which will re-kindle speculation the company wants to roll out infrastructure locally.

Weather bureau gets $80m Cray supercomputer

The Bureau of Meteorology this week revealed it had signed a US$59 million (AU$80 million) contract with US supercomputer specialist Cray for a beefy machine that will deliver the agency about 16 times its current computing capacity and allow it to predict the weather that much better.

Filtering technically impossible for us, says NBN Co

The National Broadband Network Company late yesterday confirmed it wouldn't be implementing the limited filtering scheme being implemented by other Australian telcos, noting that the national network it was constructing was incompatible with the type of technology being used in the filter.

Closed Govt: Coalition may walk away from transparency

The Coalition Federal Government has reportedly signalled it is reconsidering the previous Labor administration's commitment to join the multilateral Open Government Partnership aimed at increasing citizen engagement and government transparency, in a move which would place Australia alongside just one other nation to withdraw: Russia.

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.

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.

Village Roadshow goes cloud with Interactive, NetApp

Village Roadshow, the Melbourne-based company that has been entertaining Australians since 1954 with theme parks, resorts and attractions, cinemas, music and DVD distribution, has moved its data storage to the cloud. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) data centre model for Village Roadshow was built on NetApp hardware and provided by service provider Interactive to manage Village Roadshow’s substantial data growth.

Australian Govt has “cloud last” policy, says Ovum

The Federal Government has taken a "cloud-last" position on the adoption of the new generation of cloud computing technologies, analyst firm Ovum said today, as it lacked a clear vision of the benefits of the cloud computing model, but was very clear about its risks.

IT price hike inquiry may subpoena rebel vendors

Labor MP Ed Husic has publicly raised the prospect of forcing recalcitrant technology vendors to appear before a parliamentary committee on IT price hikes in Australia, alleging that some suppliers are "treating the Parliament with contempt".

Beleaguered Qld IT Minister quits

Beleaguered Queensland Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates today revealed she would quit her position effective immediately, following a string of controversies and health problems which have dogged the politician since the state's LNP administration took power in March 2012.

EB Games army makes 46,000 R18+ submissions

Video games retailer EB Games today revealed it had received over 46,000 submissions from customers in support of a new R18+ Australian classification category...

Australia’s economic future in high-tech, says Shadow Treasurer

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has given a landmark speech in which he argues that much of the future for Australia's economy lies in high-tech jobs, innovation and entrepreneurship, in sentiments which run directly contrary to the thrust of the Coalition Government's first budget.

Court reversal: TPG ads not misleading

The full Federal Court has largely reversed an earlier decision by a single judge which had found that TPG's advertisements of its $29.99 'unlimited' ADSL and telephone bundles had been misleading, forcing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission onto the back foot in the case.

Nokia Lumia rollout for Sara Lee

Finnish smartphone seller Nokia today added another name to the growing public list of large Australian organisations which have decided to deploy its Windows Phone-based Lumia line as their corporate smartphone, picking the series ahead of competing options from Apple and Android.

Microsoft Australia picks new government chief

Microsoft Australia this morning revealed its health chief Michael Gration had been promoted to lead its local public sector business, following the promotion of incumbent Pip Marlow to lead the local company as a whole.

Samsung Galaxy S owners getting Froyo shortly

Australian owners of Samsung's Galaxy S handset will be receiving the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update over the air to their devices shortly, if they haven't already, according to the South Korean electronics giant.

Australia to get IBM public cloud in Q4

Global IT giant IBM today confirmed plans to deploy its enterprise-class public cloud computing infrastructure in Australia, in a move which will give large organisations and government departments with data sovereignty concerns another option for utilising public cloud facilities based in Australia, as opposed to offshore.

Google Australia increases tax bill slightly, but results still globally inconsistent

The Australian division of search and software giant Google has published its latest set of financial results for the 2012 calendar year, revealing that it paid several million dollars more tax than the paltry $74,000 sum it claimed in 2011, but also that its revenues and headcount jumped substantially over that period.

NSW wants to ban smartphone, tablets, from courts

The New South Wales State Government has flagged plans to amend court security legislation to ban the use of devices such as smartphones and tablets to communicate events inside courtrooms to those outside, in a move that could squash see a trend towards using Twitter to report court events live.

Coalition NBN policy launch: Full video

Missed the Coalition's rival policy launch on TV this morning and want to catch up? No worries, Delimiter's got your back. Catch the whole presentation by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull in this YouTube video. We're also working on uploading the question and answer session in which yours truly and a number of other journalists put the tough questions to the pair.
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Turnbull backs away from encryption reform

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have rejected the need to reform laws on telecommunications encryption technology in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, telling the Parliament today that human factors were more important than ever in the context of a different technological landscape.

Clothing with Bluetooth safety alerts idea wins mining hackathon

After over two days of non-stop brainstorming, a team composed of university students and scientists has won the 2015 Unearthed Melbourne Hackathon.

Labor targets Turnbull’s NBN record with election mailout

The Opposition has directly targeted the record of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the National Broadband Network project, in what appears to be the first of a new wave of mailouts to voters designed to influence its electoral results, mimicking its approach during the last Federal Election in mid-2013.

NBN Co replaces respected COO with Turnbull Telstra contact

NBN Co today announced that its chief operating officer Ralph Steffens, one of the company's most qualified and experienced international fibre rollout experts, would be replaced with a Telstra executive who appears to have little direct last mile construction experience but does have a pre-election connection with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

NBN a “financial disaster”, claims Andrew Bolt

Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has published a series of strongly worded blog posts over the past week arguing that the "gold-plated" National Broadband Network project is turning into the Federal Government's "biggest financial disaster by far".

Thodey to deliver Mobile World Congress keynote

Telstra chief executive David Thodey has confirmed plans to deliver a keynote address at the mobile industry's flagship Mobile World Congress confab in Spain next week, in coalition with partner Amdocs.

Data#3 to deploy Cisco network for Edith Cowan University

Business technology provider Data#3 this week announced it had inked a multi-million dollar deal to provide a “highly available, scalable and future-proof” communications platform for Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University (ECU).
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Palmer United Senator Wang stumps Govt with basic IT sector questions

Palmer United Party Senator Dio (Zhenya) Wang has taken the Government to task over its handling of Australia’s ICT research and tech startup sector, in a fraught Senate session which appeared to illustrate how little the Government’s Senate spokesperson on the issue appeared to understand about the sector’s basic dynamics.

Telstra wins $474m DHS telco contract

Telstra has emerged as the victor from a prolonged tendering process for a comprehensive suite of telecommunications services at the Federal Department of Human Services, announcing today that it had won a deal with the department worth $474 million.

“Welcome to the 1940s”: Labor lampoons NBN Co for deploying new copper

The Australian Labor Party has lampooned the NBN company for its willingness to deploy brand new copper cables in some areas to ensure the Government’s Fibre to the Node model will succeed, welcoming the company back to the “1940’s”, when copper cables were regarded as state of the art technology.

Government issues draft amendments to Copyright Act

The government has announced proposed changes that are designed to simplify and modernise Australia's copyright laws.

Australian CIOs will be focused on business intelligence, cloud in 2016

The annual survey of Australian chief information officers by analyst firm Gartner has found business intelligence software and cloud computing platforms will be the hottest technologies in large Australian organisations over the next year.

Telecoms industry raises concerns over latest TSSR draft

A coalition of industry groups has raised concerns over new national security legislation for the telco sector – the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

Basslink cable repairs ‘on schedule’ for March repair

Basslink has said repairs to the failed cable linking to Tasmania and Victoria are on schedule and the faulty section has been located. However, the fault will likely take until mid-March to fix, according to the firm's timeline.

Solar firm formally warned over Do Not Call Register complaints

A solar company and a call centre firm have been issued formal warnings by The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for making telemarketing calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Register.

NBN gridlock: Peak hour congestion takes down FTTN for some

Some early adopter users of the Coalition's preferred Fibre to the Node technology on the National Broadband Network are seeing their broadband service slow to a crawl during peak hour periods, leading to questions about the fitness of model for permanent use on the NBN.

NBN scammers target Tasmania

Tasmanian technology lobby group Digital Tasmania has warned that scammers may be targeting residents in the state and fraudulently offering to sign them up to receive services over the National Broadband Network.

Tassie FTTN decision Visionstream’s fault, says Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has explicitly blamed construction contractor Visionstream for the Federal Government's decision not to fully deploy the Fibre to the Premises model for the Coalition's Broadband Network in Tasmania, claiming the company was not able to deliver the infrastructure at the cost it agreed to.

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.

NSW Police deploys on-body Fujitsu camera solution

The NSW Police Force last week revealed it would start deploying an on-body camera solution from Japanese vendor Fujitsu to frontline police, as part of a global trend which is seeing the technology increasingly adopted by law enforcement authorities around the world.

Turnbull’s NBN “fundamentally unfair”, says Michelle Rowland

Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland has delivered a speech criticising the Coalition’s version of the National Broadband Network for not being “fair”, highlighting among other factors the fact that premises with inferior technologies such as Fibre to the Node will pay the same access charges as those on full fibre.

Pro-NBN National Day of Action is tomorrow

Supporters of Labor's all-fibre vision for the National Broadband Network project have organised a national day of action for Tuesday 26 November, which will see thousands of Australians physically present Members of Parliament with copies of a 270,000-strong petition on the issue.

Senate to force TPP publication

The Greens and Labor teamed up in the Senate yesterday to successfully move a motion which would force the Coalition Government to table the text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before Australia signs the treaty.

US tech visionary Harper Reed to keynote Cisco Live

Technology giant Cisco has unveiled the line-up for its Cisco Live confab in Melbourne next week, with US-based technology evangelist Harper Reed to feature as one of the main keynotes, alongside several senior global Cisco executives.

Vodafone replaces Morrow with Romanian exec

Ailing national mobile telco Vodafone today revealed it would bring in Inaki Berroeta, chief executive of Vodafone Romania to replace its outgoing local leader Bill Morrow, who is set to take the reins of the National Broadband Network Company from March.

New tax incentives bill aimed to promote innovation and risk taking

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

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

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

Ads not misleading: Google wins High Court case

Search giant Google has won a High Court case against the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in which the regulator had alleged that Google breached the law by displaying misleading or deceptive advertisements on its search results pages.

NEC Australia announces new leadership team

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

Internode sale shows NBN killing competition: Turnbull

news iiNet's buyout of fellow ISP Internode demonstrated the dramatic reduction in competition Labor's flagship National Broadband Network policy was wreaking on Australia's telecommunications...

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!

Groupon finally enters Australia

Stardeals.com.au -- a new coupon website -- landed in Australia on Valentine's Day yesterday.

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".

Xero sum game for ANZ’s SME customers

New Zealand online accounting software provider Xero and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group have announced an exclusive joint marketing and referral partnership where Xero's online accounting services will be provided as an option to ANZ's 450,000 small business customers and their financial advisers.

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

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

TPG pledges to retain iiNet, Internode brands, call centre

news TPG has told iiNet staff that it will maintain the iiNet and Internode brands as well as the pair’s call centre operations, as...

Conroy misleads public on Internet filter

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today appeared to consciously tell a factual inaccuracy with respect to the current implementation status of Labor's controversial Internet filtering project, stating that Telstra and Optus had implemented the filtering system, when they have only implemented a drastically reduced version.

Our growth is blitzing iiNet, claims TPG

National broadband provider TPG today claimed it was signing up customers faster than any of its rivals, including fast-growing iiNet, as well as the nation's two major telcos Telstra and Optus, with the upstart telco on track to crack the half a million customer level by the end of September.

Basslink completes first leg of Tasmanian cable fix

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

Pirate Party launches anti-surveillance petition

The Australian division of digital rights movement the Pirate Party has launched an online petition through which it is collecting support from Australians who object to the wide-ranging new tranche of surveillance and data retention powers currently being proposed by the Labor Federal Government.

Labor, Coalition reject Intelligence committee reformation

Both Labor and the Coalition have voted down a motion put by the Greens in the Senate which would have called on the Parliament to re-establish the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence and Security, a key oversight mechanism of Australia's intelligence agencies which has lain dormant since the election.

Google Australia appoints new MD from the inside

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

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

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

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

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

Telstra wants “quick” NBN negotiations

Telstra chief executive David Thodey has congratulated the Coalition on its Federal Election weekend over the weekend and noted that the telco wanted to finalise negotiations over planned changes to its agreements with NBN Co "quickly" with a view to minimising "uncertainty".

NSW Police trials iPad minis for tickets

New South Wales' police force has revealed plans to undertake a four-week field trial of a mobile app for officers to issue traffic infringement notices, which will be deployed in the field on locked-down versions of Apple's iPad mini tablets.

‘Partisan ideology’: Turnbull blasts pro-NBN ‘media apologists’

Shadow Communications Minister has taken a verbal pick axe to a number of ‘pro-NBN specialist commentators’ who he said were delivering a “partisan ideology” and helping “fantasy” triumph over fact in the ongoing national debate over the specific details of how Labor’s flagship National Broadband Network project should go ahead.

“Policy vacuum”: iiNet slams politicians’ NBN ‘fail’

Australia's third-largest broadband player iiNet has opened a broadside on the nation's political class over the "policy vacuum" the ISP says exists in telecommunications policy, agreeing with veteran analyst Paul Budde that further discussion is needed around the actual uses of upgraded broadband infrastructure and less discussion of entry level broadband speeds.

Telcos and Govt in TSSR “unity ticket”, claims Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed that the telecommunications industry and the Government are on a “unity ticket” with respect to the new tranche of national security-related telco reforms, despite sharp disagreement from the industry and a recent history of the Government ignoring industry concern on such issues.

Smart Grid program largely successful

The Federal Government's Auditor-General has published an extensive report on a trial of smart grid and other innovative technologies which was funded in the 2009 Federal Budget at a cost of $100 million, finding that quite a few components of the overall trial were delivered successfully, although some aspects did not quite deliver up to spec.

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.

Victoria aims to be top NBN dog

The Victorian Government wants to have the best broadband-based economy in Australia, a representative from the state told the National Broadband Conference at the CeBIT Australia trade show yesterday.

We’ll filter when the law makes us: Internode

National broadband provider Internode has clarified its position with respect to the limited filtering scheme being implemented by other ISPs, saying it will implement the scheme when it's forced to by law - but not otherwise.

Labor decries more NBN “jobs for the boys”

The Opposition has accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of unethical behaviour in the appointment of another former Telstra executive of his personal acquaintance to help guide the National Broadband Network Company, with the news today that former BigPond and OzEmail chief Justin Milne would join NBN Co's board.

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.

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.

“A real barrier”: Sports Commission CIO speaks up on new Govt cloud policy

A chief information officer from a minor agency has publicly criticised the Federal Government's new risk management guidelines on storing offshore data, stating that they constitute "a real barrier" to the adoption of public cloud technologies in the public sector.

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 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.

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.

Brisbane commits to fibre rollout

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman today reportedly confirmed the city would roll out fibre broadband to homes around the city, in a move that sparked a mixed reaction from Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

Amendments turn NBN Co into a retailer: Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a sharp warning that an extensive package of amendments to key National Broadband Network legislation published by the Federal Government yesterday made a mockery of the claim that NBN Co would be a wholesale-only player in the telecommunications market.

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".

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.

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.

Foxtel wants IPTV locked to Telstra

Cable TV operator Foxtel has asked the nation's competition regulator to let it provide what appears to be a new internet video service through its iQ and iQ2 set-top boxes on the condition that customers have a broadband connection with its part-owner Telstra.

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.

Crackdown: ATO targets eight major tech giants paying little tax

The Australian Taxation Office has revealed plans to investigate eight major multinational technology companies, some of which which are paying "very low or no" tax in Australia, as scrutiny on so-called 'profit-shifting' activities by the local operations of technology giants such as Apple and Google continues to ramp up.

Interpol filter scope creep: ASIC ordering unilateral website blocks

The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios.

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.

Greens’ Ludlam loses WA Senate seat

Technology-focused Greens politician Scott Ludlam has formally lost his Senate seat in Western Australia, the Australian Electoral Commission confirmed today, in a move which will be interpreted as a substantial blow to the digital rights movement in Australia.

Exetel’s John Linton has passed away

John Linton, the maverick chief executive of Internet service provider Exetel, has tragically passed away, according to several public notices published by Exetel staff this morning.

NBN take-up “a bitter jest”, says Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has labelled news that NBN Co has signed up some 4,000 customers to its networks as "a bitter jest", pointing out that the company's own corporate plan planned for 35,000 customers to be using the infrastructure by June 2011, and 137,000 by June 2012.

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".

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.

NSW kickstarts cloud email, virtual desktop trial

The New South Wales State Government today kicked off two trials of virtual desktop and cloud email services, in a move which could eventually signal a mass migration of some 30,000 government users into the cloud and which represents one of the first concrete steps by the state into the new cloud computing landscape.

Developers prefer Android, says survey

Google’s Android operating system has replaced Apple’s iOS in terms of importance to developers in the Asia-Pacific region in the last 12 months, according to a new survey by independent technology analysts Ovum. However, both still form the core of developer support and almost all developers support both platforms. The survey also reveals that there is increasing interest from developers in Blackberry OS and Microsoft’s Windows phone.

Attorneys-General delay R18+ game decision

Australia’s Federal and State Attorneys-General have further postponed reaching a decision on whether to introduce a R18+ classification for video games in Australia, according to the gaming industry’s peak representative body.

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.

Why setting the floor price for digital dividends auction is the right approach

Last week’s directive from Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to postpone setting the reserve prices for the upcoming digital dividends auction will help ensure the sale’s success.

BoQ deploys Salesforce.com CRM

Bank of Queensland today revealed that it is deploying a new software as a service-based customer relationship management system which would deliver it a dramatically simplified and flexible platform for dealing with customer accounts, with the technology reported to be supplied by US-headquartered vendor Salesforce.com

Vodafone investigates reported security breach

Mobile telco VHA this afternoon said it was investigating an alleged breach of its security which has reportedly seen customers' personal information -- including details of who they called and when -- made available to some individuals who have gained password access to its internal customer database for its Vodafone brand.

New tests: Optus 4G as fast as Telstra

A series of new speed tests on Optus’ fledgling 4G mobile network in the Hunter region of NSW appear to show the network has the potential to be at least as fast as Telstra’s 4G network, reversing earlier results which had appeared to show Optus’ infrastructure was much slower than that of its rival.

Avaya wins Cochlear from Cisco, Alcatel

IP telephony and data player Avaya today announced it has signed a US$1 million contract to deploy integrated voice and data solutions for Cochlear, replacing previous vendors Cisco and Alcatel at the hearing giant's head office in North Ryde.

Turnbull loose with facts on NBN finances

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has inaccurately claimed that the Federal Government is wasting tens of billions of dollars building its National Broadband Network project, despite the fact that the organisation’s business plan shows it will actually make a modest return on investment for the Government.

Blackbird launches $30m Aussie VC fund

Less than 24 hours after one of Australia's most high-profile declared Australia's venture capital industry "dead", a new $30 million venture capital fund has launched locally to support the next wave of Australian tech startups, backed by a who's who list of the local early stage technology industry.

iiNet launches $109.99 100Mbps terabyte NBN plans

National broadband player iiNet has revamped its National Broadband Network plans to match its newly minted ADSL and VDSL broadband plans, with the headline offering seeing customers offered a terabyte of download quota coupled with 100Mbps speeds and local and national telephone calls included, for $109.99 per month.

Australian Defence College pilots Google Apps for academic programs

The Australian Defence College (ADC) has launched a pilot scheme that will see its academic programs using Google Apps, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, Minister for Defence, announced this week.

PCEHR review recommends NEHTA be ‘dissolved’

Following a protracted Freedom of Information battle, the Federal Government has finally released a report into the the troubled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR) project, with one of the document's main recommendations being that the National e-Health Transition Authority be 'dissolved' due to governance issues.

NBN management credibility “shattered”: Turnbull

The credibility of NBN Co's management has been "shattered" by revelations that a third of the premises which its network rollout has passed with fibre can't actually connect to the network yet, Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said this afternoon.

Coalition NBN policy shifts to fibre to the node

The Coalition appears to have evolved its alternative National Broadband Network policy over the past few weeks to focus squarely on the so-called fibre to the node network rollout style which was rejected by the Federal Government's expert NBN committee in early 2009.

ACCC letting NBN descend into retail “market failure”, says Macquarie

Top-tier business telco Macquarie Telecom has accused the ACCC of having little idea of what is going on in the competitive NBN market, in the wake of comments made by the competition regulator that it was not planning re-examine its controversial decision to set the number of points of interconnect with the NBN at 121.

Review brands ATO’s Change Program a success

An extensive review of the Australian Taxation Office's colossal $814 million Change Program IT platform overhaul has found the program broadly to be a success, with the initiative delivering on most of its objectives and making a return on its investment in just four years, despite a history which at times seemed close to going off the rails.

Victoria splurges $40m on train wireless

The Victorian Government this morning announced it would spend some $40 million setting up free Wi-Fi services and fixing mobile broadband blackspots on the Seymour line servicing Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon.

Copyright experts demand “termination” piracy code

A panel of academics overseen by the Australian Copyright Council has recommended the Federal Government modify copyright legislation to support a "repeat infringer" industry code to deal with those who repeatedly infringe copyright online by illegally downloading content such as films through file-sharing platforms like BitTorrent.

Victoria partners with Oxford Uni on new cyber-security centre

The Victorian Government has inked a deal that will see Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) establish its first ever international office in Melbourne.

Retailer Dick Smith enters administration

Dick Smith Holdings Ltd, the Australian electrical retail group, has entered receivership, according to a statement.

DHS issues show Turnbull’s innovation talk just ‘spam’, says Labor

Labor has criticised the Turnbull government over recent IT and other issues at the Department of Human Services (DHS), saying they reveal that the Prime Minster's talk of Innovation is just "spam".

iiNet offers 50% discount on terabyte HFC cable plans

iiNet is offering a 50 percent discount for a limited period on HFC cable plans in some parts of Victoria where it owns its own infrastructure.

Govt releases assurance policy for migration to NBN

The government has released a Migration Assurance Policy (MAP) that sets out its plans to limit disruption during the switch-over to the National Broadband Network.

NEC Australia opens new HQ and Innovation Centre in Victoria

Japanese IT services and products giant NEC has opened a new Australian headquarters in Victoria.

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.

Customers, ISPs praise NBN Tasmania launch

Some of the first customers and ISPs to use the fledging National Broadband Network fibre rollout in Tasmania have praised the network in promotional videos distributed last week by NBN Co as part of the infrastructure's official launch.

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.
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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.

Sayonara Fujitsu: NEC wins $37m DFAT deal

The local arm of NEC today revealed it had picked up a $36.6 million contract to operate the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ICT support desk, in a deal which would appear to knock incumbent supplier and fellow Japanese technology giant Fujitsu off its perch.

NBN Co estimates up to $10.5k for 300m of fibre in Newcastle CBD

The NBN company has given a Newcastle business an estimate ranging up to $9,500 to extend fibre cables 300 metres from the local streetside 'node' through existing Telstra pipes to their facility in the Newcastle CBD, as signals continue to grow that the Coalition's election estimates on fibre on demand costs were inaccurate.

Litany of problems: Internal NBN doc warns of FTTN failures

The NBN company is reportedly suffering a litany of issues with respect to Malcolm Turnbull's preferred Fibre to the Node technology, with an internal document warning the company's management that its FTTN rollout has gone badly off track due to a "plethora of faults".

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.

Square’s low-cost credit card reader launches in Australia

Global payments technology provider Square has announced that its low cost 'Square Reader' credit and debit card reader is now available in Australia.

Victorian Govt continues to suffer major issues with ICT projects

A new report from Victoria's Acting Auditor-General Dr Peter Frost has criticised the state government over failed and badly planned ICT projects that he said were, in some cases, "not acceptable".

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

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

Telstra shares millions with Box

The nation's largest telco Telstra has added to a recent splurge of funding on smaller companies, ploughing a reported $10 million into US-based corporate cloud file-sharing company and Dropbox competitor Box.

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.

Audinate raises another $4m

Australian audiovisual technology startup Audinate has raised another $4 million in funding from existing local investors Starfish Ventures and Innovation Capital.

NBN: 85% of Australians want 50Mbps or higher

85 percent of Australian consumers want to be able to connect to the Internet at speeds of 50Mbps and higher, a new survey released this week showed, in figures which support the release of statistics by NBN Co showing that most new NBN connections are opting for the network's higher speed tiers.

Carosa’s baby funds another three startups

Local web 2.0 investment house Future Capital Development Fund (FCDF) today revealed it had invested in three more online Australian web properties, adding to the company's already extensive list of targets over the past year.

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.

Evidence: Rural Australia is demanding the NBN

An analysis of rural coverage following the announcement of the three-year rollout plan for the National Broadband Network has shown overwhelming demand for the infrastructure from a large number of rural and regional Australian communities, with many expressing disappointment that they had been left off the list for the NBN's first few years.

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

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

iiNet sells TransACT’s FTTP to NBN Co

National broadband provider iiNet this afternoon revealed it had reached an agreement which would see the National Broadband Network Company buy the fibre to the premises network which iiNet bought 18 months ago with its acquisition of Canberra-based TransACT.

iiNet, Internode double-team Telstra on South Brisbane

National broadband providers iiNet and Internode have joined forces to escalate their ongoing complaints about Telstra's fibre rollout project in South Brisbane, filing a joint submission with the competition regulator demanding that Telstra's wholesale fibre services in the area be subject to regulation as the previous copper services were.

iiNet unveils IPTV pricing

At 11:23pm on Friday night through an email to customers and the launch of a page on its website, national broadband provider iiNet announced...

Virgin Media announces “largest” UK FTTP rollout ever

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

Pirate Party can’t contest Federal election

The Australian wing of the libertarian digital rights group the Pirate Party has had to abandon its stated aim of contesting the imminent Federal Election due to election regulations.

Can Game of Thrones help save Quickflix?

Struggling Australian streaming-media provider Quickflix has taken a punt on the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones, securing an electronic distribution deal that will allow online users to watch the series even if they aren’t Quickflix customers.

NSW Govt launches 10 year eHealth strategy

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

Victorian Govt outlines new IT strategy

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

Telstra apologises for further network disruption

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

Firing back at the ‘innovation PM’: Labor to extend HELP to ‘startup year’

Labor has fired the first shot at Malcolm Turnbull in what looks set to become a war beterrn the major parties on who can develop the best innovation policy, announcing it will extend the HELP system to allow university students to take 12 months after their degree to launch their own startup.

Federal Police charges Victorian ‘hacker’

The Australian Federal Police has arrested a 33-year-old man from Hampton Park in Victoria, claiming he hacked into more than 90 internet accounts.

Technical “dead-end”: Conroy smashes Turnbull’s NBN policy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has taken an axe to the national broadband policy outlined by his Coalition counterpart over the past few months, arguing Malcolm Turnbull's vision for Australia's future telecommunications needs would end up with the nation stuck in "a dead end".

Internode to migrate customers to iiNet DSLAMs

National broadband provider Internode this week said its intention was, where possible, to eventually migrate all customers using ADSL infrastructure from rival wholesale providers Optus and Telstra to infrastructure owned by its new parent iiNet, as part of a "highest-priority" project following its acquisition.

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'.

Electricity outage takes Centrelink services down

Centrelink suffered a power outage to a datacentre in Canberra last Friday morning that crippled phone, web and face to face services nationwide. Staff were said to be sent home early for at least one Canberra branch and were kept in the dark about what had happened.

Turnbull’s NBN answers “make sense”, says Budde

Veteran telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has praised the Coalition for publishing an extensive 'frequently asked questions’ regarding its rival National Broadband Network policy unveiled last month, noting that the additional explanations of the policy "make sense" and that the Coalition is "moving forward" on the issue.

Internode to “quietly” shut down Usenet service

National broadband provider Internode has internally flagged plans to "quietly" shut down the Premium Usenet newsgroup server it has offered to customers for some years as a free value-add to their existing broadband plans.

Internode expands Adelaide datacentre

National broadband provider Internode has announced a $1.4 million investment in its Adelaide datacentre, additionally promising energy efficiency upgrades for the facility.

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.
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‘Insane’ NBN pricing will kill small ISPs: Hackett

Internode managing director Simon Hackett today described the National Broadband Network’s pricing model as “insane” for small internet service providers, warning that none will survive their walk through the “valley of death” transition from the current copper network to the fibre future envisioned by the Federal Government.

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".

Sarv Girn becomes Reserve Bank CIO

Recently departed Westpac group general manager of Enterprise Technology Services Sarv Girn has picked up a high-profile position as the new chief information officer of the Reserve Bank.

Atlassian acquires StatusPage

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

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.

Govt email may not be more secure, says Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has advised the public not to assume that Government email services are more secure than private systems, in the wake of news that the new Prime Minister will continue to use non-Government email and instant messaging platforms for communication.

Rebel telco alliance backs Turnbull’s NBN bill

The splinter group of telcos concerned about Labor's National Broadband Network project has backed Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbulll's legislation to inject more transparency into the project, in an open letter to the Federal independent and Green MPs who will ultimately decide its fate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coalition unveils rival $6bn broadband policy

The Coalition this afternoon unveiled its rival, $6 billion broadband policy to Labor's National Broadband Network project, with the central planks being a competitive backhaul network, regional and metropolitan wireless networks and an ADSL enrichment program that will target telephone exchanges without ADSL2+ broadband.

NBN Co already acting like a monopoly, says Optus

Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan has accused NBN Co of attempts to cement its monopoly over the telco sector that "would make a Telstra executive blush", in a fiery speech in Sydney this afternoon in which he also opened fire on traditional Optus target Telstra and even the Federal Opposition.

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.

Telstra still working with Conroy on filter

Telstra is continuing to work with the Federal Government to filter a blacklist of child abuse sites developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, despite the fact that the telco and rival Optus have already implemented a similar scheme with the cooperation of the Australian Federal Police and international policing agency Interpol.

Gillard: Conroy will get filter into shape

New Prime Minister Julia Gillard today said she understands concerns about the Government's controversial mandatory internet filtering policy, but Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was putting effort in to get the policy into shape.

ASIC blocked “numerous” sites over 9 months

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission revealed tonight that it had in fact blocked "numerous" websites over the past nine months which it suspected contained illegal material, as fears about the extent of the agency's covert Internet filtering scheme continue to grow.

Quigley smears are “Godwin Grech revisited”: Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this morning laughed off questions about the appointment of Mike Quigley to lead NBN Co, describing issues raised by his shadow Malcolm Turnbull as being a "pathetic" smear campaign and "Godwin Grech re-visited".

Government reveals new IT services panel policy

The Australian Government’s Special Minister of State Gary Gray has announced a policy that will halve the number of IT panels servicing Government agencies.

Qld Health payroll fix may cost $440m

The Australian newspaper has reported that the cost of fixing Queensland Health's botched payroll systems implementation may rise eventually to $440 million.

Cloud could help fix Govt IT paradigm: Hodgkinson

Independent analyst firm Ovum said this week that developing and maintaining ICT capabilities constitutes an ongoing challenge for government agencies, with one of the organisation's Australian public sector specialists noting that the utilisation of cloud computing services could provide an edge in an “unsustainable game of ICT snakes and ladders being played by many government agencies”.

Photos: PM Gillard launches Macquarie datacentre

Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched Macquarie Telecom's new Sydney datacentre in Sydney last week. Macquarie is billing the facility, dubbed the 'Intellicentre 2' as Australia's most advanced high-security datacentre. It cost $60 million to build.

$63m baby: Oracle sells ‘the works’ to Defence

Oracle has revealed that it signed a wide-ranging $63 million contract with the Federal Department of Defence earlier this year that will see the US technology giant supply virtually all of its major product lines, ranging from its popular PeopleSoft, Database and Fusion products to its Exadata hardware and even its Exalogic Elastic Cloud technology.

‘Bad journalism’: Seven’s GTA report under fire

Several high-profile members of Australia's technology and gaming industries have written directly to the Seven Network, alleging the television station's report last week into a call to have the video game Grand Theft Auto banned in Australia did not represent fair coverage of the issue and made incorrect statements about gaming in general.

Pollenizer takes a further $1.1m, rejigs model

Australian startup incubator Pollenizer has raised a further $1.1 million to continue to develop its operations, and has substantially reformed its model on building startups to place a higher emphasis on its staff acting as co-founders of the startup companies it helps to foster.

VMware out, Hyper-V in at ING Direct

Internet banking brand ING Direct revealed this week that it had upgraded its server infrastructure to the latest version 2012 of Microsoft’s Windows Server operating system and further standardised on the vendor’s Hyper-V solution, as the bank’s enthusiasm for Microsoft’s server stack continues to grow at the cost of virtualisation rival VMware.

Xbox 360 slim to hit Australia 1 July

The newly designed Xbox 360 announced overnight at the E3 gaming show in the US is set to be released in Australia on 1 July this year with a recommended retail price tag of $499, a Microsoft spokesperson said this morning -- the price of Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite bundle.

It’s policy: Victoria rejects NBN opt-out

Victoria’s new technology minister has confirmed the state’s new Coalition Government does not support the introduction of Labor’s preferred ‘opt-out’ model for the National Broadband Network, in a move that will force residents to actively choose to receive fibre infrastructure when the rollout hits their neighbourhood.

LG’s new Android mobiles hit Australia

Korean electronics giant LG has launched a new range of Android-based smartphones in Australia, dubbed the Optimus L-Style series.

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.

DHS reveals year of IT outages

New Federal Government super-department the Department of Human Services has revealed it suffered 137 IT outages thoughout the year to the end of September 2012, with dozens of instances where customers of services such as Centrelink were unable to access online services through Centrelink's web site.

Web chat transcends customer service generational differences: Fifth Quadrant

New figures out of customer experience research house Fifth Quadrant suggest that older Australians, despite being less enthusiastic adopters of social media and smartphone apps, are as keen as younger Australians to use Web-based chats to interact with customer service representatives during online transactions.

CSC announces revised UXC acquisition agreement

Global IT services provider CSC has now entered a binding Scheme of Implementation agreement to acquire UXC, an Australian IT services company with headquarters in Melbourne.

Australia recommits to Open Government Partnership

The Australian Government says it has restarted the process of joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – a global initiative that aims to get commitments from governments to increase transparency, empower citizens, reduce corruption, and use new technologies to strengthen governance.

Victoria partners with Zendesk to boost Melbourne employment

Customer service platform provider Zendesk, Inc, has announced a new partnership with the Victorian Government that will create up to 175 new jobs in the state's developing tech industry.

Now Telstra threatens to do its own FTTB

The nation's largest telco Telstra has become the latest private sector player to threaten to deploy its own Fibre to the Basement solution in apartment blocks around Australia, in a move designed to both head off rivals and capitalise on delays suffered in Labor's National Broadband Network project.

‘Parochial’: Turnbull slams ‘NBN cheerleader’ media

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again heavily criticised Australia’s technology media for what he described as its “cheerleader” approach to the Government’s National Broadband Network, saying the nation was “let down by the so-called technology media” as it did not examine local events closely enough with reference to the global telecommunications sector.

FTTP “superceded” by FTTN, claims Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week made the controversial claim that the fibre to the premises technology used in Labor's National Broadband Network had been "largely superceded" by the Coalition's preferred fibre to the node model, and that there wasn't significant evidence to show that the higher capacity of FTTP was "necessary" or "valuable".

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.

CommBank, Telstra invest $20m in quantum computing technology

Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank have both announced plans to invest $10 million and in-kind support to help develop silicon quantum computing technology in Australia.

“Stopping surveillance overreach”: Greens unveil digital privacy policy

The Australian Greens has unveiled a broad digital rights and privacy policy aimed at stopping what the party this week week described as "surveillance overreach" by Australian and international law enforcement initiatives, as both Labor and the Coalition continue to ignore the area, refusing to release policies to deal with digital rights.

Fifield praises “superfast” Fibre to the Node rollout

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has praised the controversial Fibre to the Node technology which the NBN company is launching at the moment as part of the Coalition's Multi-Technology Mix vision, describing FTTN as "superfast", despite the fact that some residents may only get speeds of 50Mbps.

WA taxi reforms to ‘level playing field’ with firms like Uber

The Western Australian Government has announced plans to transform the state's highly regulated taxi industry to increase flexibility, safety and affordability in the face of disruptive competition such as Uber.

Fixed Wireless NBN turns out worse than ADSL for some

It was supposed to be next-generation infrastructure which would make their old broadband connection obsolete. But for some connected to the NBN company's Fixed Wireless infrastructure, the performance of the platform is leading them to question whether their old ADSL broadband was actually a better option.

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.

NBN satellite engineer wins Australia Day honours

One of the key engineers who helped guide the NBN company's first satellite into orders has been awarded Australia Day Honours.

NBN Co invites ISPs to retail FTTB trial

The National Broadband Network Company has invited retail ISPs to participate in a trial of the Fibre to the Basement network infrastructure model, as the Coalition’s plan to reshape Labor’s previously Fibre to the Premises-based NBN vision kicks into gear.

Atlassian seeks engineering VP

Fast-growing Australian software development house Atlassian has started looking for a vice president of engineering to lead a 120-strong team of developers in Australia and San Francisco.

Liberals admit: Turnbull CBN plan could lose Tasmanian election

Tasmanian Liberal Leader Will Hodgman has made the extraordinary admission that the Federal Coalition's unpopular broadband policy could cost the party the upcoming Tasmanian State Election, in the latest in a series of ongoing signs that the policy is not going down well in the island state.

Turnbull slams Twitter’s NBN “craziness”

Malcolm Turnbull has accused users of social networking site Twitter of misrepresenting his position on the Coalition's broadband policy during a stoush with a small business operator unable to get broadband in a rural area, with the Communications Minister claiming the episode could be a case study "of the volatile and sometimes distorting character of social media".

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.

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...

Turnbull requests Labor’s secret NBN docs

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten requesting the Labor leader release cabinet documents from the previous Labor administration relating to the National Broadband Network, despite the fact that Turnbull himself is holding back similar material from the Coalition's period in power.

Doubts remain about NBN Gigabit HFC upgrade

Questions have continued to arise about whether nbn’s planned Gigabit upgrade of the HFC cable networks it is acquiring from Telstra and Optus will be able to deliver on its speed promises, with a number of telecommunications industry sources pouring cold water on the long-term capacity of the ageing networks.

Fifield refuses to accept NBN Co’s own evidence of FTTN delays

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has repeatedly refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of evidence contained in leaked internal documentation, in which the NBN company's chief network engineering explicitly states that its Fibre to the Node rollout is categorically behind target.

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.

Microsoft confirms shrunken TechEd Australia

Microsoft has confirmed it will radically overhaul its giant TechEd conference in Australia in a way that will essentially spell the end of the iconic conference in its traditional mega-format, with the company confirming it will hold smaller TechEd conferences in Sydney and Melbourne in October and additional dates and cities in planning for early 2015.

Tassie Govt criticises TPG over Basslink Internet issues

The Tasmanian Government has expressed its disappointment over service interruptions for customers of TPG's Internet service provider brands following the cutting of the Basslink cable.

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.

Telstra launches HD movies on demand

The nation’s biggest telco has thrown a spanner in the works for rivals hoping to compete with its BigPond Movies video on demand service, announcing today it had switched on high definition downloads on some platforms for some content.

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).

FTTN a huge “mistake”, says ex-BT CTO

One of the UK's foremost telecommunications experts, a former chief technology officer of British telco BT, has publicly stated that fibre to the node-style broadband is "one of the biggest mistakes humanity has made", imposing huge bandwidth and unreliability problems on those who implement it, as the Coalition may do in Australia.

Gillard’s PC hack surfaces in Stratfor leaks

A document published by Wikileaks on the public Internet appearing to be an internal briefing document from global intelligence firm Stratfor has mentioned the alleged security breach on Prime Minister Julia Gillard's parliamentary computer and has alleged that similar hack attacks have occurred before.

Video: APC Magazine’s Master Builder final

This video documents the final of APC Magazine's Master Builder competition for systems builders. We think it's safe to say we're jealous both of the hardware used and of the speed at which these guys can put together an amazing PC rig!

AXA Group CEO appointed Telstra CFO

Australia’s largest telco Telstra has announced that Andrew Penn would take over the position of Chief Financial Officer and Group Managing Director, Finance, starting March 1st, 2012. This follows a June announcement that Telstra’s long-time CFO John Stanhope would retire at the end of 2011.

NBN pays Telstra $1.6bn to extend HFC cable network

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

Bugcrowd raises $15m in Series B funding round

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

iiNet ramps up Internode digestion

iiNet has taken several key milestone actions over the past week as it continues its ongoing efforts to integrate the operations of fellow national broadband provider Internode into its own, following its acquisition of the company in late December last year.

Perth to Geraldton NBN backbone lights up

Telecommunications and construction firm Nextgen Networks has finished building one of the most anticipated long-haul fibre links in the Federal Government's flagship National Broadband Network project, with fibre between the Western Australian cities of Perth and Geraldton having been laid and the first telco customers -- iiNet and NEC Nextep -- signed up to use the connection.

iiNet on the brink of IPTV launch

iiNet has already started trialling its planned internet television services (IPTV) in the homes of a group of its own staff, as it advances plans to get the first customers onto the new service in March.

Victory for Australian pirates as court blocks punitive damages

The Federal Court this morning ruled that copyright owners could not use the preliminary discovery process to sue alleged Internet pirates for punitive damages, in a move that will be likely to limit the potential liability of those Australians illicitly downloading films and TV programs.

iiNet opposes data retention, web blocking plans

One of Australia's largest telcos, iiNet, has sent the Australian Senate committee examining reform of national telecommunications interception legislation an extremely strongly worded statement warning of the dangers of extending or even maintaining current data retention and website blocking practices.

HBO to invest $10 million in Quickflix

Leading Australian online movie rental company Quickflix announced yesterday that US television giant Home Box Office (HBO) would invest $10 million for a strategic stake in the company.

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.

Vodafone, Huawei complete Narrowband Internet of Things trial

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

NBN reaches 1 million customer milestone

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

Desktop disaster: So bad Vic Police use home PCs

Victoria Police's IT systems are so out of date that police officers often simply go home to open modern documents on their own PCs, a new report has found, and officers are also required to fax hardcopy documentation into a central repository following the end of their shift.

Victoria finally kills $180m Ultranet disaster

The Victorian Government has reportedly terminated its disastrous Ultranet schools portal, which ballooned in cost to $180 million over the past seven years but ended up being barely used by the education stakeholders it was supposed to serve.

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.

iiNet’s new BoB goes on sale

National broadband provider iiNet has started selling the second major version of its popular BoB integrated routers, as well as a wireless bridge which aims to link customers' loungeroom media centres with their Internet connections.

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.

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.

“Cooked books”: Abbott misleads on NBN

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott appears to have made a number of mistakes or factual inaccuracies in a wide-ranging speech criticising Labor's National Broadband Network project, alleging, for example, that the project's funding was based on "cooked books" and that retail prices would be three times higher than on current broadband networks.

Internode wants to resell Telstra HFC, Next G

National broadband provider Internode today revealed it had asked Telstra repeatedly for wholesale access to its Next G mobile and HFC cable networks, requests which the larger telco has consistently turned down.

Internode revamps plans, plans FetchTV launch

Second tier internet service provider Internode has revealed plans to revamp its broadband offerings this month, as well as offer the newly launched FetchTV...

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.

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.

ANZ Bank CIO Weatherston quits

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group announced late last week that its chief information officer Anne Weatherston would "step down", with the executive's responsibilities to be assumed by the bank's chief operating officer while a global search is undertaken for her replacement.

Liberal MP misleads Parliament with NBN motion

Liberal MP Ann Sudmalis has moved a motion in the House of Representatives which appears to contain demonstrably false information about Labor's National Broadband Network policy, in a controversial move which caused instant uproar on the part of Labor figures focused on the NBN policy.

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.

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.

Abbott is a Luddite, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this afternoon opened fire on Tony Abbott, labelling him a "luddite" for not having appearing to have anything to do with his party's technology policies, on a day in which the Canberra press gallery also criticised the Opposition Leader on the issue.

Quigley faces down Alcatel bribery questions

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has mounted a good-humoured defence against claims he and his chief financial officer could have contributed to a poor management culture at their previous employer Alcatel, which US regulators have linked to corruption in the company’s South American subsidiaries.

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.

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.

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.

Labor colleagues pay tribute to “visionary” Conroy

Labor politicians from across Australia have paid tribute to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and longtime Victorian Senator, Stephen Conroy who announced his retirement from politics on Thursday.

Consumer VoIP not reliable, says Telstra

Telstra today said it did not believe Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony could deliver sufficient reliability and quality to enable the telco to launch a VoIP service to consumers, despite revealing plans to launch a VoIP service to small businesses, including those with staff working from home.

Amazon bugs persist for Aussie Android dev

Australian development firm Shifty Jelly has delivered another embarassing backhander to global technology giant Amazon over the company's handling of its Android applications store, listing a litany of bugs and customer service issues regarding the platform.

Labor dances around telco national security support

Labor’s Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland has made a series of nebulous statements expressing vague concern about the Government’s latest package of telco-related national security reform, but without actually taking a position on the controversial legislation.

Optus’ filter can be defeated by ‘trivial’ DNS change

The nation's second-largest telco Optus this afternoon confirmed users would be able to defeat its implementation of a blacklist filter of sites containing child pornography merely by changing the DNS settings on their PC.

IIA hands baton to Comms Alliance

Australia's Internet Industry Association is to to shut down and transfer its operations to the Communications Alliance, in the second major termination of an Australian telecommunications representative group in under three years.

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.

Shame on you, Dodo tells Paul Fletcher

Cut-rate broadband provider Dodo has slammed comments made about its customer service record in parliament by Liberal MP Paul Fletcher as "grossly unfair" and noted it would have expected more from the politician, given he was a former telecommunications sector executive.

Wells quits Avaya for SaaS firm Workday

Australian IT industry stalwart Rob Wells has quit his post as the managing director of Avaya's Australian operations and will instead establish the local division of Software as a Service business software group Workday.

Qld Transport in huge IT infrastructure refresh

Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads has kicked off an extremely wide-ranging refresh of its underlying desktop IT infrastructure which is slated to see legacy products such as Lotus Notes, IBM Sametime, Windows XP and Novell's file, print and application deployment software replaced with more popular and updated equivalents.

DoHA latest to ditch Lotus Notes for Exchange

The Federal Department of Health and Ageing has revealed it will be the latest Australian government agency to dump IBM's Lotus Notes/Domino environment in favour of a switch to a collaboration platform built on the Outlook/Exchange ecosystem, as part of a continuing trend of migrations to the Microsoft platform.

“Diabolical mess”, “Scandal of epic proportions”: NT ICT Minister damns Fujitsu to hell in...

Those of you who’ve been with us for a while will recall that the Northern Territory Government is more than a little annoyed at technology giant Fujitsu for what it sees as the company’s botched implementation of a new asset management system using software from German giant SAP. But what you may not have realised is just how annoyed the Territorians are. Well, to get the full feeling, you need to read this extraordinary statement made by NT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Corporate and Information Services David Tollner in Parliament last week.

EB Games starts StarCraft II pre-orders

Video games retailer EB Games late yesterday revealed it had started taking pre-orders for the hotly anticipated real-time strategy game StarCraft II, which recently...

Budget 2014: VCs demand long-term growth plan

An industry group representing venture capitalists and private equity firms has heavily criticised the Federal Government’s substantial cuts to supporting startup and venture capital resources as part of this year’s budget, backing startup industry commments that the Government must move quickly to fill the gap it has created.