Capgemini deploys Amazon cloud insurance platform for SICorp

Consulting company Capgemini this week announced that it has successfully implemented a new cloud-based system to deliver a complete outsourced core insurance platform for the New South Wales Self Insurance Corporation (SICorp). fires back at Oracle launch

Software as a service vendor has delivered a backhander to its big brother Oracle following the decision by Larry Ellison's baby to start providing its on-demand customer relationship management tools from a Sydney datacentre for the first time.

TPG wins deal with I-MED for national network

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

Health seeks new ICT outsourcing advice

The Federal Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has gone to market for an advisor to develop a strategy for its future information and communications technology needs, in a move which is likely to see it examine a key IT outsourcing contract with IBM which has not been formally tested in a tender process since it was signed in 1999.

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

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

NRL, AFL win appeal in Optus TV Now case

The full bench of the Federal Court has ruled that Optus's TV Now online television recording service is in breach of the Copyright Act, in the next stage of a closely watched lawsuit seeing the National Rugby League (and eventually the AFL and Telstra) pitted against the telco for its attempt to make TV broadcasts more readily available to customers online.

Interpol filter causes sharp drop in offensive requests

The implementation of a limited Internet filter at Telstra has caused a dramatic and rapid drop in the numbers of attempts by the telco's customers to access child abuse materials online, statistics released by the Australian Federal Police have shown.

Digital Rights Watch calls for independent inquiry into Census fail

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

NBN Photos: Kiama’s big orange button

Did the Federal Government buy big "turn it on" buttons in bulk when it approved the National Broadband Network policy? It's starting to look that way, judging by the amount of NBN launch events it has held over the past few years. Today's big orange button comes from Kiama, where the NBN was officially switched on this morning.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage boosts mobility with shift to Office 365

The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) says it has rolled out Office 365 in order to boost mobility for its many employees.

Gartner details top 10 strategic Govt IT technologies

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

ASIC repeatedly delays S.313 FoI responses

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has on multiple occasions over the past month, involving multiple parties, delayed responding to Freedom of Information requests seeking documents relating to its controversial decision to start unilaterally blocking websites it suspects of fraudulent activity.

Oops: Pro-NBN ad campaign raises $40k

A crowdfunding campaign which aimed to raise $15,000 to place pro-FTTP NBN ads Malcolm Turnbull’s local newspaper has massively blown its original target in a matter of days, with almost $40,000 being pledged to the cause so far.

Vic Govt kicks off CenITex outsourcing

Just several months after the plans leaked to the media, the Victorian Government has gone to market for IT outsourcing partners to replace large chunks of the service delivery functionality currently provided by its extremely troubled IT shared serices agency CenITex.

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.

Females in IT & Telecommunications lunch

Hundreds of women in Australia's technology industry gathered in Sydney yesterday to celebrate International Women's Day at a lunch held by Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Qantas lounges go exclusively Apple

Tough luck if you're a Windows 7 fan. The nation's largest airline Qantas yesterday announced it would go Apple-only in its frequent flyer lounges around Australia, giving travellers access to "the latest generation Macs" in a national rollout.

City of Melbourne out to mark new CIO

The City of Melbourne (CoM) has advertised on employment website for a chief information officer position with a 3 year contract at $216,300 annual package.

New Qld CIO defends Govt IT debacles

Queensland's new whole of government chief information officer Peter Grant has defended the state's record on major IT projects in his first interview since taking the position in December last year.

Tech.Ed 2010 kicks off in Queensland has posted the following video of the opening keynote at Microsoft's Tech.Ed 2010 conference on the Gold Coast this week. Let the games begin!

Report savages NT Govt’s ICT performance

The Northern Territory's parliament has published a landmark report into the management of ICT projects by its departments and agencies, finding a similar list of disasters as have been suffered by other state jurisdictions in Australia and recommending the immediate appointment of a whole of government chief information officer to help rectify the systemic issues.

CeBIT: Bartlett slams ‘uninformed’ NBN media sideshow

The former Premier of Tasmania and one of the architects of the early National Broadband Network rollout in the state has slammed what he has described as “stupid, uninformed debate” from much of Australia’s media over what he saw as tiny issues in the rollout of the network over the past year.

Despite quick, cheap, legal option, Australia still top Games of Thrones pirating nation

Analysis by file-sharing news site TorrentFreak has shown that Australia continues to be the world's most enthusiastic nation globally in terms of illegally downloading HBO's hit TV series Game of Thrones, despite the fact that the series was made available legally, cheaply and in high quality in Australia shortly after it was broadcast in the US.

iBooks textbooks? Sorry, not for Australia

Apple has limited access to the broad range of new educational textbooks announced through its iBookstore overnight to students in the US, locking Australians and those in other countries out of accessing the new content from publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Pearson.

Turnbull appoints new Communications Department secretary

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has appointed a new Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Sky TV deploys Citrix to manage network demands during Olympic broadcasts

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

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.

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.

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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.

Microsoft Surface 3 4G hits Australia this month

Microsoft Australia says the Surface 3 4G LTE will soon be on sale at select outlets in Australia, while the Microsoft Band and Surface Book will soon be more widely available.

You’ll get the NBN: Conroy promises Tassie schools

The Office of Communciations Minister Stephen Conroy has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to bringing the National Broadband Network to Tasmanian schools, in the wake of news yesterday that schools in early stage rollout zones in Tasmania had not had the NBN fibre switched on a year after it was connected.

Arch hypocrisy: Coalition continues NBN cost/benefit criticism

The Coalition has produced a controversial political pamphlet slamming, among other issues associated with "Labor's mess", the previous Government's move to go ahead with its National Broadband Network project without a cost/benefit analysis, just weeks after Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the Coalition would do the same.

Conroy denies filter circumvention offence planned

The office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has acknowledged the existence of a protected online forum used to discuss controversial issues about the internet filter, but has appeared to reject forum suggestions from departmental officials that the Government could make it an offence to promote methods of circumventing the filter.

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.

ACCC approves FOXTEL and Austar merger

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of AUSTAR by FOXTEL, greenlighting the multi-billion dollar merger of the two pay TV giants and paving the way for Australia's digital TV sphere to be re-shaped.

New Bondi Junction Apple Store: Video tour

Shortly after Apple's opened its new store in Bondi Junction this morning, we were allowed in to video the store and show fans what it looks like. It's honestly not that much different from Apple's other stores, although it does have four large trees at the back, providing validity to the rumours of greenery inside.

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.

Centrelink issues $500m+ telco tender

Welfare agency Centrelink has kicked off a gigantic purchasing effort which will see it consolidate a number of telecommunications contracts into a number of overarching deals expected to be worth in excess of $500 million in total.

Internode offers free FetchTV trial

In response to Australian customers’ interest in the FetchTV service, Internode has revealed a new offer for those hesitating to commit to a two-year subscription. The company has introduced a 30-day ‘no penalty’ return process to boost potential customers’ confidence.

“Extortion”: Pirate Party slams piracy letters

The Pirate Party of Australia has described as "extortion as a business model" action by a Sydney-based law firm which has seen Australian ISPs issued with a series of letters requesting they hand over the details of users who have allegedly used peer to peer file sharing platforms to pirate content owned by the firm's clients.

Qld Treasury terminates failed IT overhaul

Queensland's Labor government has been caught on the wrong foot again with another failed IT project, with the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) revealing it had spent $15 million on dumped finance platforms, recently terminating a $7.5 million contract with supplier Temenos and throwing away an equivalent amount on internal work.

Ericsson wins VHA backhaul deal

Ericsson has won a contract worth an undisclosed amount to build a nationwide transmission network for mobile telco VHA, involving the construction of thousands of upgraded microwave radio and optic fibre links around the country.

NBN-connected Tassie schools finally get access

The Tasmanian Government has finalised a solution to a contractual impasse which has seen a number of schools in early stage National Broadband Network rollout zones in the state unable to utilise the infrastructure, despite the fibre having been physically connected to their premises.

Linux option $100k more than Windows, claims Members Equity Bank

Small Australian bank Members Equity Bank (ME Bank) has issued a joint statement with Microsoft claiming that using Linux as its core operating system underpinning its new core banking platform would cost $100,000 more than using a platform based on Windows Server 2012, but without providing any evidence for its claim.

Alan Hyde takes NEC Australia’s reins

Ex-SAP Australia and New Zealand chief Alan Hyde has taken on a new role leading the local operation of Japanese electronics giant NEC.

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.

iiNet IPTV available this month

Earlier this week iiNet chief executive Michael Malone teased iiNet's (Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) launch date as "before the end of this month" and pricing to be revealed at the end of this week.

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.

SMS goes after Brits as revenues soar

SMS Management and Technology Limited (SMS) today announced it was planning to import more brains from the UK and Ireland as well as hiring locally, as its revenues and earnings headed substantially upward over the past six months.

Optus takes TV Now case to High Court

The nation's second-largest telco Optus today said it would appeal its Federal Court loss over its TV Now cloud-based personal video recording software to the High Court.

Greens call on ABS to rule out census fines

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

Brisbane taps Azure as Microsoft pushes cloud

Microsoft has revealed Brisbane City Council as the first Australian public sector customer of its flagship Windows Azure platform, in a response to the Federal Government's cloud computing discussion paper released earlier this month.

$100k fine: Software cops bust ad agency

A un-named Melbourne-based advertising agency has agreed to pay $100,000 in damages to an alliance representing software companies, after it admitted it didn't have licences for all of the software it was using.

Massive customer outage increasing: Vodafone loses 8.4% in six months

Vodafone Australia has it lost a further 551,000 customers in the first half of this year, in further evidence that the turnaround plan put in place for the telco by its new chief executive Bill Morrow is having little effect upon the company's fortunes; in fact, the numbers of customers leaving the troubled telco are actually accelerating.

Optus details own network expansion effort

Its rivals Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia have over the past several weeks detailed mobile network expansion plans in the hundreds of millions of dollars or even more. But SingTel subsidiary Optus doesn't appear fazed by the revelations -- laying out progress on its own efforts in a detailed statement this week.

Nintendo 3DS to hit Australia March 31

Nintendo last night announced that it would start selling its flagship handheld 3DS console in Australia on March 31 for $349.95, bringing 3D viewing technology to the gaming market for the first time.

Conroy will release NBN study

The office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has confirmed the controversial $25 million National Broadband Network implementation study will be released before the Federal Budget in May.

NBN here to stay under Coalition, says analyst

Labor's flagship National Broadband Network project is here to stay in one form or another and won't be discontinued as a whole, telecommunications analyst Paul Budde said this week, even if the Coalition was to take power in the next Federal Election.

Hack shuts down NSW Trainlink booking system

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

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.

Telstra ups customer service offerings

Telstra today delivered a handful of fixes and updates to its BigPond broadband services to include faster shaped speeds, transferrable email addresses, free customer service calls and up to 15 free mailboxes.

4,800 DistributeIT sites “unrecoverable”

Beleagured domain name seller and web hosting group DistributeIT today informed customers who had sites hosted on a number of its servers that their sites and emails were now considered "unrecoverable", as fallout continued to rain down from a disastrous hack on the company's infrastructure over the past several weeks.

AIIA announces new CEO

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has announced that Rob Fitzpatrick – previously a director at Data61 and a long-term corporate executive and consultant – is to take over as its new CEO.

ISPs don’t have to collect voluntary filter data

The Australian Federal Police has confirmed there is no obligation by Internet service providers participating in its voluntary Internet filtering trial to collect data about how many requests to visit the sites they block under the trial -- or to disclose that data if it is actually collected.

Ballarat best ‘on-shoring’ IT services hub

Enterprise IT analyst firm capioIT has crowned the Victorian region of Ballarat as the best non-metropolitan location in Australia for IT services delivery, for a range of factors including historical investment in the area and integration between the government, education and commercial sectors.

MyNetFone demands NBN ‘level the playing field’ for mid-sized ISPs

MyNetFone has demanded that the NBN "level the playing field" for mid-size telcos in Australia by taking several measures it said would bring healthier competition in the telecoms industry.

Xenophon demands uniform NBN pricing

It's only been a matter of days since independent Senator Nick Xenophon forced the Federal Government into a corner over one piece of legislation pertaining to the National Broadband Network; now he's flagged plans to do it again.

Nintendo haul just normal business, says Customs

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service yesterday said the seizure of a number of R4 cartridges which allow piracy on Nintendo's DS and DSi handheld consoles was just part of normal business for the agency.

Fixed broadband replacement? Voda unveils 20GB mobile plan

National mobile operator Vodafone this week launched what it said was Australia’s largest data allowance in a smartphone plan, offering customers 20GB of quota for $130 per month on a two-year plan and pitching the plan as a potential replacement for customers’ traditional fixed broadband plans.

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.

High Court doesn’t feel the Optus vibe

The High Court has knocked back Optus' request to appeal its lost case against sporting groups the NRL, AFL and rival telco Telstra over Optus' TV Now cloud TV recording service, spelling the end of the ongoing legal action on the issue.

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.

Credibility blown: NBN Co wildly revises targets again

The National Broadband Network Company has revised its fibre to the premises rollout forecasts dramatically down for the third time in six months, with the company now projecting that only 729,000 premises will be passed by its fibre by the end of June 2014, a little over half of what it was projecting in August 2012.

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

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

Internode ads target BigPond’s Kombi van

Tier two internet service provider Internode has unveiled a series of advertisements satirising Telstra's "I've been everywhere" broadband ads, which feature a blue Kombi van.

Acer wins $70m PC contract with Victorian education department

Acer, which believes it is the largest supplier of computers to the Australian K-12 education market, has won a further $70 million contract from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, continuing its track record of engagement with the Victorian public sector.

Defence desktop overhaul gets green light

The Department of Defence’s long-awaited desktop PC overhaul project has been given the green light to go ahead in a mass deployment, after a successful trial of 700 users conducted by the project’s main technology vendor Thales.

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.

We’re giving away another Nexus 7

Because it's still the season of giving, and also because it really helped promote our weekly newsletter last time, we've got our hands on another Google Nexus 7 tablet for another reader giveaway, as we did at the end of last year.

Two years on, Virgin happy with Exadata

When it was first revealed in 2008, Oracle's Exadata machine was an unproven new factor; its new model tying Oracle's software to a specific hardware platform for the first time. But two years after its implementation, one of the first Australian customers to deploy an Exadata has praised the platform, giving credence to the idea that it has earnt its place.

NBN takes on delivery partners to deploy HFC network

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

Turnbull establishes advisory panel to boost Australian FinTech

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has established an expert advisory group aimed at making Australia the leading FinTech market in the Asia-Pacific region.

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.

‘Unbalanced’: Turnbull hammers ABC again on NBN

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has again hit out at the reporting of the National Broadband Network debate by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, accusing the broadcaster of “superficial, misleading and unbalanced reporting” of the issue and detailing a litany of complaints about the ABC’s Lateline program specifically.

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

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

ING Direct appoints new head of IT

Financial services group ING Direct this week revealed it had appointed a new local head of its information technology division, importing the chief information officer of the company's Italian division for the role.

Jellema’s ZEROmail hits closed beta

It’s only been six weeks since Australian technology startup luminary Bart Jellema announced his ambitious next project: Fixing what he sees as the currently broken email paradigm. But the entrepreneur’s project has already hit private beta and is evolving fast.

Former health CIOs, IT startup luminary to fix troubled eHealth records project

news Two of Australia’s most high-profile chief information officers in the health field have been appointed to sit on a new committee overseeing the...

Fed Govt to maintain locked-down desktops

The Federal Government's peak technology strategy group has published a significant new policy that lays out common standards for deploying new desktop PC and laptop enviroments for the entire public sector in Canberra. However, workers frustrated with their lack of control over their work computer may not find much to like in the document.

Jason Clare appointed Shadow Comms Minister; Michelle Rowland to assist

Former Home Affairs and Justice Minister Jason Clare, a politician with no previous known history in the Communications portfolio, has been appointed Shadow Communications Minister, with experienced former telco lawyer Michelle Rowland to assist him in opposing sitting Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Asciano nicks Boral CIO

Ports and rail giant Asciano has established a new overarching chief information officer position, pinching the IT chief of Boral to fill the spot.

Watch out, Victoria: NSW wants to lead Australian ICT

Victoria looks to have a dogfight on its hands to retain its title as Australia's technology capital, with the new Coalition State Government in NSW today vowing it would lead the nation when it came to the sector.

Fight! Next G vs ‘The Open Network’

Optus this afternoon revealed it would re-badge its mobile networks 'The Open Network' in an effort to position the network as "an essential resource" for customers.

First LTE base stations go live for Telstra

The nation's biggest telco Telstra this morning revealed it had switched on the first hardware using the Long-Term Evolution standard for faster mobile access to its flagship Next G network, as debate in the industry about the so-called 'fourth generation' or 4G of mobile networks continues to swirl.

Australia’s Society of Authors joins US lawsuit over digital book debacle

Australia's Society of Authors has today announced it's joined a lawsuit against significant American universities, once again debating the contentious issue of digital copies...

Integral Energy CIO takes Urban Utilities role

Long-time Integral Energy chief information officer George Cascales has left the utility to take the top IT job at newly formed water management authority Queensland Urban Utilities.

Data retention: Roxon makes YouTube plea

Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has taken to YouTube to make an impassioned plea to Australians not to believe some of the criticism which is being spread about the Federal Government's highly controversial data retention and surveillance package, which has been widely slammed by a large number of interest groups as being over the top.

TPG is rapidly expanding … NBN or not

TPG’s results briefing package yesterday was, as per its custom, relatively sparse – just a page and a half of management commentary and a brief PowerPoint pack focused on the numbers. But if you delve beneath the surface at the telco, you’ll find a hive of activity.

Surface Pro 3 lands locally in August

US technology giant Microsoft announced this morning that its Surface Pro 3 tablet -- unveiled in New York overnight -- would start shipping in Australia from the end of August, with Microsoft itself, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi to sell the unit for prices starting from AU$979.

Non-profit Internet of Things Alliance launches in Sydney

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

“Labor mindset”: Turnbull denies cost/benefit hypocrisy

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has denied there is any hypocrisy in the Coalition Government not waiting for the same kind of cost/benefit analysis to be conducted into its broadband policy that it demanded from the previous Labor administration, accusing his critics of being 'stuck in a Labor mindset'.

Leaders needed: Thodey wants united telco front

Telstra chief executive David Thodey has issued a call to arms for Australia’s telecommunications industry to present a united front on a range of issues, in the face of what he described as “shocking” intervention by regulators on issues such as customer service.

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.

Filter blocks Senators’ access to over 35m sites

Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens communications spokesperson revealed in a media release yesterday that Australia’s parliamentarians have had their Web access heavily filtered. This follows the defeat of the Government’s proposed mandatory Internet filtering scheme more than a year ago.

Video: Optus customers queue for iPhone 4

With only scant hours to go before the launch of the iPhone 4 in Australia, we spoke with the gentlemen first in line outside Optus' flagship store in the Sydney CBD.

IBM sued for bullying, sexual harassment

A former senior sales consultant who worked in for IBM in Melbourne has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against the technology giant for sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination and bullying, noting she feels "worthless" after an alleged ordeal at the company she had formerly put on a "pedestal".

Electronic Frontiers Australia outlines 2016 priorities

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has spelled out its priorities for the coming year, addressing a host of areas including data retention, intelligence gathering and copyright issues.

Internode unveils NBN pricing

National broadband provider Internode this afternoon revealed its initial pricing plans for commercial services over the planned National Broadband Network infrastructure, with the ISP to only offer so-called 'bundled' plans which come with a telephone connection and prices starting at $59.95 a month.

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.

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.

Vodafone promises: Our 4G will be fastest

Mobile carrier Vodafone today revealed it would launch its 4G network in June this year in Australia's capital cities, promising the long-delayed network would deliver Australia's fastest 4G speeds so far due to initial spectrum advantages over rivals Telstra and Optus, which have had 4G infrastructure available for a substantial period already.

Bloodbath: Qld Govt sacks one quarter of IT staff

The Queensland Government has cut its information technology workforce by about a quarter in just a year, the state's Public Service Commission has revealed, in startling figures that come as the state is grappling with substantial problems with fundamental IT project and service delivery.

Nintendo Wii U to hit Australia before Christmas

Japanese video game giant Nintendo has reportedly confirmed plans to launch its next-generation Wii U console in Australia before the end of 2012, listing a local launch in line with simultaneous releases in Japan, the US and Europe.

Telstra kicks off P2P throttling trial

Six months after it notified customers of its plans, the nation's largest telco Telstra has finally kicked off a limited and completely voluntary trial of advanced traffic management techniques on its network that will see peer to peer traffic through platforms such as BitTorrent throttled.

Tribunal backs ANZ Bank’s IT outsourcing

Industrial regulator Fair Work Australia has issued a ruling supporting ANZ Bank's decision to shift some 260 Australian and Indian staff IT testing staff to employment with outsourcer Capgemini, rejecting union demands that the bank must negotiate with staff over the move.

Evernote buys Aussie startup Skitch

Information collation service Evernote has acquired Australian startup Skitch, which publishes a popular Mac OS X image editing application and associated web service, for an amount which has not been disclosed.

New Sony Android tablets hit Australia

Sony has launched the new Walkman Z series and the Sony Tablet P and Sony Tablet S 3G in Australia. Both the tablets and the Walkman are powered by the Android OS. The existing Sony Tablet S will also have a new pricing for its Wi-Fi model.

Telcos urge “regulatory restraint” on data retention compliance

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

HTC Desire bug fix reaches consummation

Telstra and HTC late on Friday said they would that night make a bug fix available for the GPS problems which had been plaguing owners of the handset manufacturer's Android-based Desire mobile phone, which went on sale for the first time in Australia late last month.

Telstra left out as Xperia arc lands in April

Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson today announced its new Xperia arc smartphone would hit Australian shores by early April and would be available through Optus and Vodafone -- but Telstra won't get a look-in.

Have the first NBN customers been connected?

Speculation that the first customers in Tasmania are now receiving National Broadband Network services is running high tonight, with one vocal member of broadband forum Whirlpool claiming to be connected and a press conference scheduled for Friday morning with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and NBN Co.

iiNet, Internode implement Conroy’s new filter

National broadband provider iiNet and its subsidiary Internode have pledged to implement the limited child abuse Internet filtering scheme adopted as policy last week by the Federal Government, noting they had received independent legal advice advising them to comply with a new "compulsory" request by police to do so.

No internet “kill switch” for Australia, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy this morning said the Australian Government wouldn't take the sort of action its counterpart in Egypt has over the past week, in attempting to block communication between protesters in the country by shutting down all access to the internet.

NBN Senate Committee will hold hearings next week … without NBN Co

The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network has resolved to hold hearings in Parliament House in Canberra next Friday 4 March, but has opted to hear from a diverse range of witnesses in academia and industry, without the presence of its usual target, the NBN company.

ACT audit praises IT security; without testing it

The ACT Auditor-General's Office has published a report praising the security of the territorial government's IT systems, basing its conclusions on the evidence presented by government staff, but without actually testing that security, as some State Governments have done over the past several years.

$20,000 for 1Gbps: Turnbull’s Lateline lie

Malcolm Turnbull appears to have made a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the cost of connecting to the National Broadband Network's upcoming 1Gbps fibre service, claiming on national television last night that such connections would cost "at least $20,000" a month, despite the fact that the Shadow Communications Minister is aware the cost is likely to be much less.

Huawei’s Ascend P1 lands in Australia

Chinese manufacturer Huawei this morning confirmed that it had started selling its high-end Android smartphone, the Ascend P1, in Australia, with the model being on sale outright through retailer Dick Smith for $499.

Andrew Bolt slams Turnbull for ‘fumbling’ NBN fix

Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has opened fire on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his handling of the National Broadband Network, stating Turnbull has “fumbled” the catch on the NBN and let the project blow out to twice the cost and four years behind the delivery that Turnbull promised.

NSA spy scandal: Turnbull, Ludlam demand answers

Several of Australia's most high-profile politicians in the telecommunications portfolio have publicly demanded answers from the governments of the United States and Australia in the wake of news that the US National Security Agency had obtained open access to private data held by US technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

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.

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.

Reform still needed despite Telstra deal, says Optus

Australia's number two telco Optus has “cautiously” welcomed a wide-ranging deal revealed today between Telstra and NBN Co; however the SingTel subsidiary also emphasised what it said was the continuing importance of legislation to reform the telecommunications sector as a whole.

Budget 2010: Govt to issue $300m of NBN Bonds

In tonight's Budget, the Federal Government has revealed plans to issue $300 million of infrastructure bonds to help fund the construction of the National Broadband Network -- but has provided few other details related to its flagship NBN project.

NSW Health to dump Novell GroupWise

To be honest, whenever we realise there's still a GroupWise implementation out there, we kind of feel like we've discovered an untouched ancient archeological dig. Who knows what treasures can be found buried there, amongst the musty trappings of the past covered in dust? What glories await? What ghosts of the past?

Coalition NBN policy “bulletproof”, says Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has reportedly described the Coalition's National Broadband Network policy as "absolutely bulletproof", despite the fact that the Coalition has refused to formally cost the plan, and despite it containing a number of controversial assumptions which have been significantly questioned.

Hyde quit NEC to run HP’s Enterprise division

Seasoned Australian technology executive Alan Hyde left his managing director role at NEC to lead the South Pacific division of HP's Enterprise Group, it has been revealed.

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.

Microsoft beats to another CRM deal

Microsoft announced this week that its Dynamics CRM solution had beaten rival platform to another Australian deal for CRM delivered through a web browser, with the company picking up work at local conferencing services provider Redback Conferencing.

SAP Australia poaches Unisys chief

The Australian division of German software giant SAP today confirmed it had poached Andrew Barkla, the long-serving Asia-Pacific chief of IT services giant Unisys to lead its Australian operations, following the departure of incumbent Tim Ebbeck in January this year.

Govt outlines guidelines for data retention grants

The government has initiated a grants program that will provide up to $128.4 million to assist the telecommunications industry with the upfront costs of meeting their data retention obligations.

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.

Google grilled in privacy enquiry

Google today faced a public grilling from Australian senators in a privacy enquiry in Canberra today, with questions on topics ranging from its high-profile blunder in collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars, to whether it uses "cookies" and whether it monitors the PCs of its employees to prevent data leakage.

Wireless could beat NBN’s fibre, claims AFR

In its main masthead editorial, The Financial Review newspaper this morning published a number of heavily disputed statements regarding the Federal Government's National Broadband Network project, including backing the controversial claim that a new generation of wireless technologies could make the NBN's fibre rollout obsolete.

Pollenizer calls for new startup partners

Local startup incubator Pollenizer has launched the opening of its Autumn semester intake for new startups from 1 April 2012, calling for applications until 20 January. Those businesses shortlisted will be notified between 23 and 25 January.

Qld to deploy whole of govt search

The Queensland Government has flagged plans to deploy a whole of government search package which will allow Internet users to search its hundreds of websites and other online resources through a single, centralised portal.

Optus, Cisco announce $12m innovation partnership

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

Conroy F-bomb beats policy debate on Google News

Fascinating video above by Jim Stewart from our favourite Aussie search engine optimisation firm StewArtMedia. In the video, Stewart dissects how news aggregator Google News treated reporting of yesterday's speech by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

“Ignorance”: Conroy slams Turnbull’s “fail” NBN policy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has taken a pickaxe to the Coalition's rival broadband policy released this morning, describing the plan as a "fail" on the part of Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and lambasting the Coalition for its "ignorance" when it comes to broadband policy.

NBN Co inks WA, Vic construction deals

news NBN Co has signed landmark contracts with two construction firms which will fuel the rollout of the fledgling fibre network in Victoria and...

Turnbull defends Geelong MP from FTTN critics

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning travelled to Geelong to spruik the benefits of its looming Fibre to the Node deployment, braving the ire of local residents and Labor politicians, who are increasingly demanding local Liberal MP Sarah Henderson support the technically superior Fibre to the Premises version of the NBN instead.

Wi-Fi company SkyFii raises $4 million

New institutional and retail investors have provided Australian wireless company SkyFii with over $4 million in new investment capital through the issue of new shares.

CHOGM delegates greeted with Windows Vista

The IT services company which provided the technology infrastructure behind last week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth has revealed most of the desktop PCs supplied for the session were running Microsoft's poorly received legacy platform Windows Vista.

Optus revamps mobile broadband plans

SingTel subsidiary Optus today released a range of revamped mobile broadband plans, promising better value during peak times as well as off-peak data allowances.

Labor backs Govt’s new Joint NBN Committee

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

ANZ becomes Apple Pay’s first Australian bank partner

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

iiBorg assimilates Adam Internet

Highly acquisitive Internet service provider iiNet has revealed plans to buy Adelaide-based ISP Adam Internet, swooping in quickly on the company following the collapse of a controversial deal that would have seen it bought by Australia's incumbent telco Telstra.

Video: Full Conroy press Q+A on Thurs 8 July

At this press conference on 8 July 2010, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy discusses the National Broadband Network, the internet filter, the "campaign" to create a separate IT portfolio and why the Government doesn't trust internet companies. NBN Co chief Mike Quigley also takes quite a few questions from the press about the next rollout sites planned for the NBN. The event was held at NBN Co's headquarters in North Sydney.

Gold Coast police commences roll out of body-worn cameras

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has started a roll out of body-worn video cameras (BWV) for frontline officers on the Gold Coast, thanks to $6 million in local government funding.

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.

Video: Top Telstra execs work call centre shift

We'd like to offer a round of congratulations to Telstra's senior management team -- including chief executive David Thodey and CFO John Stanhope, who recently took a crash course in Telstra customer service and got their hands dirty in one of the company's call centres for an afternoon. It's very, very few executives that would eat humble pie like this to learn how their business *really* functions, and this sort of effort should be applauded.

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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.

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge to hit Australia in early March

Samsung has announced that the latest additions to its Galaxy range – the S7 and S7 edge mobile phones – will be available in Australia from the middle of March.

ABC embroiled in copyright debate over iview

The ABC has found itself caught up in a copyright debate after it forced the removal of an application that enabled people to download and watch programs offered on its iview service.

Jason Clare a ‘coward’, claims Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has taken the extraordinary step of accusing his opposite Jason Clare of not having the "courage" to question him about the National Broadband Network project in Parliament, in response to building allegations that the Communications Minister and other Coalition figures are openly lying about the project in public.

USO scope should be broadened, says ACCAN

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

Telstra, VHA confirm iPhone 4 launch

Mobile telcos Telstra and VHA today confirmed they will launch Apple's new iPhone when the device hits Australia in July, but Optus has not yet flagged its own interest in the device.

Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom hits JB Hi-Fi

Motorola has launched a version of its Xoom Android tablet without 3G mobile broadband support, with the device having gone on sale through JB Hi-Fi and other retailers today for a recommended retail price of $689, a price which makes it comparable with the Wi-Fi version of Apple's market-dominating iPad.

Abbott would ‘dig NBN cables up’, says Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning claimed the Opposition was still determined to destroy her government's flagship National Broadband Network project, and would take a policy to the next election of literally ripping the initiative's fibre-optic cables "out of the ground".

Get your face onto NBN Co’s second satellite

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

NBN revises June forecast to 190k to 220k

NBN Co today revealed it would substantially downgrade its forecast figure for how many premises its fibre network will have passed by the end of June this year, with the figure shifting down from an initial 341,000 premises (including green- and brownfields premises) to between 190,000 and 220,000 premises, as construction delays have continued to bite the company.

Professionals first for doubled Next G speeds

Telstra today unlocked significantly higher speeds on its Next G mobile broadband network. But consumers will have to wait a little longer to take advantage … with business and government customers first in line.

Privacy Commissioner sits on OzLog fence

Australian Privacy Commissioner Karen Curtis has issued a muted statement in reaction to a proposal -- dubbed "OzLog" online -- by the Federal Attorney-General's Department which could see Australians' email and telephone records tracked by internet service providers.

Aussie Windows counterfeit disks contain malware

Testing conducted by Microsoft Australia has revealed that many counterfeit Windows and Office software disks sold in local markets contain malware, in a revelation which the software giant hopes will stimulate more consumers to buy legit copies of its products.

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.

Kindle Touch 3G goes on sale to Australians

Online retailer has announced that the Kindle Touch 3G is available for pre-order online to customers in over 175 countries and territories, including Australia. The Kindle Touch 3G will be shipped to customers from April 27.

Foxtel to launch broadband by late 2014

Pay TV giant Foxtel today announced it would launch broadband internet and fixed-line telephony services bundled with its television product, with a target date of "late 2014" and no pricing yet announced.

Westpac delays core IT overhaul

Big four bank Westpac this afternoon confirmed a report by the Financial Review that it had postponed migrating to CSC’s Hogan core banking platform, citing the need to focus on other projects first as the reason for the delay.

Conroy to hold midday NBN report press lockup

The office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will today exclusively reveal the contents of the controversial National Broadband Implementation study to the Canberra press gallery in a budget-style lock-up lasting from 12 midday to 1:30pm.

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.

ninemsn opens up emails

Microsoft and PBL media joint venture ninemsn this week started allowing users to register email addresses in the Australian domain, as opposed to the traditional domain.

Defence issues $340m systems integration tender

The Department of Defence's Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) today announced it would be shortly be selecting companies for an Applications Management Services Partner Arrangement (AMSPA) in a deal expected to push through approximately $340 million worth of value.

Quickflix goes into administration, blames rival firm

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

Now Hockey contradicts Turnbull on NBN costs

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has joined Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in contradicting comments made by Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the budget accounting for Labor’s National Broadband Network project, describing the NBN’s off-budget treatment as “accounting tricks”, despite the accounting model having been independently verified.

Customs regularly seizes Nintendo fakes

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service "regularly" detects counterfeit Nintendo products hitting Australian shores, the video game manufacturer said this afternoon.

Telstra to launch first 4G Windows phone

Telstra will shortly launch its first smartphone based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system that will support 4G mobile speeds, according to a product catalogue seen by local Windows Phone enthusiast site WPDownUnder, with the model to be a HTC Titan II 4G.

Optus revamps plans with easier data sharing

The nations number two telco Optus has revamped its mobile phone plans, allowing customers to pay only a once-off setup fee of $5 to share data between devices with different SIM cards, launching SIM-only plans, bolstering voice and data value and setting excess data fees at $10 per gigabyte per month.

Turnbull pressured to ‘fix’ NBN for far north Queensland

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

No Telstra 4G version for Galaxy S III

Korean electronics giant Samsung this morning confirmed its highly anticipated Galaxy S III handset would launch today through all of Australia's major mobile carriers, but without a version supporting Telstra's next-generation 4G mobile network, which is the fastest and least congested mobile network in Australia.

Victoria reveals board members for startup booster LaunchVic

The Victorian Government has announced the board members of its new $60 million startup launch pad, LaunchVic, which is aimed to help accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in the state.

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.

Microsoft launches update for Dynamics CRM, hints at IoT future

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

Aussie mobile startup wins $2m funding

Australian mobile app platform startup biNu this week revealed it has picked up $2 million in investment funding from a number of high-profile investors, including TomorrowVentures, the investment group of Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

iiNet on the AAPT buyout: Audio Q&A

This afternoon iiNet chief financial officer David Buckingham took questions from the media on the telco's $60 million acquisition of the retail customers of Telecom New Zealand subsidiary AAPT. You can listen to the conversation in this audio file of the teleconference.

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.

NBN in Tasmania “58% complete”

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

Lockheed Martin wins ATO desktop deal

The Australian Taxation Office has awarded Lockheed Martin – a US technology giant more known for its strengths in the construction of fighter jets and missiles than in enterprise IT services – preferred tenderer status for a contract estimated at $60 million a year for the provision of desktop PC and other end-user computing services.

Video: Quigley talks the election + Coalition

With the fate of his company hanging in the balance depending on who wins the Federal Election this Saturday, NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley took a range of questions from the media yesterday after a landmark speech slamming the Coalition's broadband policy.

Perth VC pumps $1.5m into agriculture IT startup

Perth-based venture capital firm Yuuwa Capital has injected $1.5 million worth of investment into data capture and management player Agworld, which focuses specifically on the agricultural industry.

Parramatta first to Windows 8.1 

Microsoft and Parramatta City Council today announced that the council would be the formally first in Australia to deploy the latest Windows 8.1 version of its flagship desktop and tablet operating system that Redmond is releasing this Friday.

NBN no CommBank or Qantas, says Hockey

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has taken an axe to the Federal Government's budget treatment of its National Broadband Network project, arguing that NBN Co is not an asset like previous government-owned companies such as Qantas or the Commonwealth Bank, which were eventually successfully privatised.

Rejected: Labor to block Greens warrants bill

The Labor Federal Government has flatly rejected legislation introduced this week that would see Australian law enforcement agencies blocked from obtaining access to telecommunications records without a warrant, stating that such regulations would "critically impede national security and law enforcement investigations".

Watch David Thodey explain Telstra’s 4G

Telstra has just posted this video of chief executive David Thodey announcing his company's LTE/4G rollout at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We'd be lying if we said you could learn anything from the video that you didn't already know, but no doubt there are some people out there who will want to hear it direct from the horse's mouth. In addition, Thodey is well-known for having the sort of soothing voice that makes you want to pipe down and believe everything he says -- it's relaxing, like the Hypno-Toad. Enjoy!

Filter an example of Rudd’s Whitlamesque stupidity, says Linton

Reactions to Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey's startling revelation last night that the Coalition would vote against Labor's mandatory internet filtering policy -- likely dooming it to fail -- continued to roll in this morning, including one from outspoken filter opponent and Exetel chief John Linton.

Apple, Google the new threat, warns Optus

Optus chief executive Paul O’Sullivan has warned of new “dangerous” players in the telecommunications market that could create new monopolies in the field of content and applications, flagging iconic US technology giants Google and Apple specifically as being worthy of attention.

Buggy Parliament web filter blocked The Punch

The Federal Government's internet filtering scheme isn't in place yet, but politicians are already complaining about an overly zealous web filter much closer to home -- the one installed in Canberra's Parliament House.

Internode streams music festival Australia-wide

Internet service provider Internode has introduced a public high definition video stream of the first Gorgeous Festival, which features rock icon band Icehouse backed by supporting acts Josh Pyke and Emma Louise, showcasing the newest enhancements of its Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Internode’s business plans: Now identical to iiNet

National broadband provider Internode has changed its business broadband bundled plans to be identical to those of parent iiNet, in the latest sign that the Adelaide-based ISP will follow other iiNet acquisitions Netspace, Westnet, AAPT and OzEmail and become just another brand under the larger iiNet group.

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

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

Quigley openly slams Coalition’s broadband policy

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has delivered a stinging attack on the Coalition's broadband policy, publicly backing Labor's rival National Broadband Network project just days before the Federal Election due on Saturday.

UNSW creates IT startup incubator

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has announced the launch of what it describes as its Venture Incubator Space under the auspices of the university’s School of Computer Science and Engineering.

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.

RIM Australia MD quits

The long-time leader of Research in Motion's Australian division has quit her post, leaving the company she has spent a decade at, as it continues to flounder in a market increasingly dominated by competing platforms from Apple and Google.

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.

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.

Federal Govt issues datacentre migration tender

The Federal Government has finally kicked off one aspect of a long-awaited purchasing initiative that will see it establish new panels of datacentre services providers, with the aim of saving $1 billion in future datacentre costs.

Nintendo may target other mod chip sellers

Nintendo Australia today said it could take similar action against other sellers of devices that allow games to be illegally copied for use on its consoles, after it won a $620,000 victory against one such firm this week.

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

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

WA Government to complete delayed school IT upgrades

The Western Australian Government has announced an IT investment at the state's schools that will allow students and teachers to use wireless devices around campuses and bring greater mobility to classrooms.

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.

Harvey Norman bulks up for SAP overhaul

Retail giant Harvey Norman has advertised for two senior executives to drive the SAP-based transformation of its merchandising system. But neither will report to the company's chief information officer.

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.

Abbott won’t recreate Labor’s “ham-fisted” Internet filter

The Opposition has formed a new working group to deal with the issue of online safety for Australian children, stating that its rival policy will avoid the "ham-fisted" "cyber-censorship" mandatory Internet filtering approach that remains Labor Federal Government policy for dealing with the issue of how children are protected from Internet nasties.

“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”.

Pia Waugh quits as Senator Lundy advisor

IT industry personality Pia Waugh has announced her decision to resign from her job as policy advisor to Labor Senator Kate Lundy, with a new role in the public service looming.

SA Govt appoints Premier’s insider as CIO

The South Australian State Government has appointed the long-term executive director of the Department of Premier and Cabinet as its new whole of government chief information officer, to replace outgoing CIO Andrew Mills, who this month commenced the same role in Queensland.

BoB security is ‘standard practice’, says iiNet

National broadband provider iiNet this week said the default setup of its new BoB Lite ADSL router – which leaves its Wi-Fi functionality open and the device’s administration password publicly available – was “standard practice” used by router manufacturers.

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.

SAN failure bedevils Tech.Ed training

Problems with the storage area network serving Microsoft's Tech.Ed conference on the Gold Coast this week have resulted in some attendees not being able to complete the Microsoft-focused training they had booked in for.

iiTrial spurs ISP industry piracy code

The organisation representing Australia's internet industry today revealed it would "immediately" start working on a new industry code of practice to detail ISPs and hosting providers' rights and obligations when dealing with alleged copyright infringements by their users, in the wake of an interim result in copyright holders' high-profile legal action against iiNet.

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.

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.

Telstra nabs startup star for incubator

The nation's largest telco Telstra has poached Pollenizer co-founder Mick Liubinskas to help it get its new startup incubator Muru Digital (muru-d), in a move that marks the end of an era for startup incubator Pollenizer and one of the most famous partnerships in Australia's technology startup ecosystem.

Internode simplifies broadband plans

National broadband provider Internode has revamped its monthly plan structure, with the aim of unifying its disparate product offerings under one simplified structure, and giving customers small bonuses in terms of extra quota and bundled services.

Stop favouring the US, customers tell Google

US-headquartered technology giant Google is facing a wave of complaints from users around the globe after it launched another in a string of online services which are only available to those who live in the United States.

Network upgrade on cards for Finance

The Federal Department of Finance and Deregulation has flagged plans to upgrade its network infrastructure to deal with single points of failure in its existing infrastructure and plan for the future -- likely including the eventual deployment of an IP telephony/unified communications platform.

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.

Nine deploys Centrify to assist with Mac/Active Directory admin

Identification management and security vendor Centrify has revealed the Nine Network has deployed its solution to drastically simplify administration of its recently expanded fleet of Apple Mac desktops.

UXC execs on leave while company for sale

Troubled diversified technology services group UXC has defended the fact that its two most senior executives are on annual leave while it is negotiating with other groups over its potential acquisition.

Optus releases Galaxy Tab 10.1 pricing

National telco Optus has announced the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to its tablet range, just in time for Christmas. Starting from this week, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be on offer at the Optus online store bundled with a variety of plans for householders and small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Corruption allegation hits Sydney Uni IT manager

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will hold a public inquiry commencing on Tuesday 20 March 2012 as part of an investigation it is conducting into corruption allegations concerning a University of Sydney manager's use of a recruitment agency, in which he and his wife had an interest, to recruit contractors and staff to the university.

Locking Apple, Microsoft out: Electoral commissions want 6,000 Android tablets

Apple and Microsoft might be kicking goals when it comes to corporate tablet deployments, but one group of Australian state government agencies has baldly stated they prefer neither: Instead going to market for almost 6,000 tablets specifically using Google’s Android operating system.

Adobe misleads IT price hike inquiry

Adobe appears to have given a number of misleading and highly contestable answers to key questions posed to the software giant by the Federal Parliament's inquiry into IT price hikes in the Australian market, in a move which builds on questions currently being debated about the company's future relationship with its customers.

Telstra to offshore over 170 more jobs, says union

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

Optus gives away free PlayBooks on BlackBerry plans

Optus has announced attractive deals with the release of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 that will see customers buying the smartphone on the $49 Optus cap (or above) receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook worth $579.

Back off: Optus, TPG tell Govt on Telstra pricing

Major telcos Optus and TPG have joined the rest of Australia’s broadband sector and sharply warned Malcolm Turnbull’s Department to stop interfering in the competition regulator’s decision to cut Telstra’s wholesale pricing by 9.6 percent.

Microsoft finally launches Surface Pro in Australia

Almost 12 months after it first announced the device, Microsoft has finally confirmed that it will launch its Surface Pro family of Windows 8-based tablets in Australia later this month.

HP layoffs likely to hit Australia

Technology giant HP this morning said it expected its massive global job cuts -- which are expected to see some 27,000 employees exit the company -- to affect all of its regions across the world, with the implication that Australia will not be left off the list of locations to receive retrenchment targets.

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.

Delimiter has been approved to join the Press Gallery in Canberra

I just wanted to drop readers a brief note to let you know that yesterday I was approved to join the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra.

TransGrid reveals mass Win8 tablet rollout

NSW electrity grid operator TransGrid has revealed plans to deploy a sizable fleet of Windows 8-based tablets across its operations, as part of a wider comprehensive revamp of its desktop PC infrastructure that will also see the organisation migrate the majority of its desktops to virtualised instances through thin client technology.

AFP denies Facebook tribute crackdown

The Australian Federal Police has denied reports that it was seeking to block minors from creating tribute pages on Facebook to friends who have passed away in an untimely manner.

Red Cloud to build $40m next-gen datacentre in Hobart

Red Cloud Ltd, a data centre services provider, has announced it will build a $40-million, resilient, Tier-3 data centre in Hobart using proven state-of-the-art modular technology.

Kogan adds brand name products to gadget range

Kogan has this morning announced it's now begun selling homebrand electronic gadgets, from companies including Apple, Nikon, Samsung and Canon. In a major move for...

Copper rapidly losing ground to fibre in global broadband figures

IT market intelligence provider Point Topic has released new figures revealing that the numbers of people using fixed broadband globally climbed in the third quarter of 2015, with the numbers using copper-based technologies to connect taking a sharp downturn and fibre rapidly on the way up.

Attorney-General ignoring consumers: Pirate Party

The Pirate Party of Australia has strongly criticised the former Attorney-General Robert McClelland for ignoring consumers and supporting the content industry instead, in secretive talks held by his department.

Telstra the problem, claims Blizzard on Aussie servers

Video gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment has reportedly labelled Telstra as the biggest roadblock in its way to setting up dedicated Australian servers for its popular World of Warcraft and StarCraft II games.

Surprise! Coalition re-kindles anti-piracy talks

The new Coalition Federal Government has reportedly signalled plans to restart long-running talks between the telecommunications and content industries to deal with the issue of Internet piracy, despite the fact that a previous round of talks between the two sides under the previous Labor administration proved pointless.

EMC, Avaya get new Aussie chiefs

Enterprise IT vendors EMC and Avaya have revealed they have new leaders of their Australian divisions, following the promotion and departure of their local incumbent managing directors.

Optus targets renters with 50GB 4G wireless broadband plan

Australia’s second-largest telecommunications company, Optus, has announced a new 50GB 4G wireless broadband plan it says is perfect for renters or students who need to quickly set up a reliable Internet connection or those living in areas with no access to cable broadband.

Tasmania to build on-island cloud for community and government services

The Tasmanian Government has announced it will build an on-island cloud service that will host most government data and services in the near future.

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.

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).

VHA more than doubles mobile data caps

The latest shot in Australia's mobile price war has been fired -- and it's not a good one for Telstra and Optus.

Govt censors NBN Co’s FTTP projection data

The Federal Government has taken steps to stop the public getting access to a key data set which details why the NBN company believes a full-Fibre to the Premises rollout would cost up to $38 billion more and take eight years longer to finalise than its currrent controversial Multi-Technology Mix plan.

Telstra wants on-shore Office 365

The nation's largest telco Telstra has reportedly publicly stated that it wants to host Microsoft's Office 365 software as a service suite from its own datacentre facilities in Australia, in a move which would finally put paid to data sovereignty concerns around the service.

Exetel reveals 300GB, 100Mbps NBN plan for $70

Second-tier Australian ISP Exetel has launched a 300GB National Broadband Network pricing plan at 100Mbps for just $70 a month just a week after being criticised for having low top-end plans and undercutting rivals such as iiNet and Internode in the process.

Optus revamps plans for iPad 2 launch

The nation's number two telco Optus has revealed a refresh of its iPad plans in preparation for this afternoon's 5PM Australian launch of the second version of Apple's flagship tablet.

REA Group moves email to Telstra’s cloud

Online real estate giant REA Group has migrated its in-house staff email system to Telstra's T-Suite platform, purchasing 750 Exchange Online accounts in what Telstra said was its biggest T-Suite cloud computing deal so far.

Google Fiber takes 1Gbps to 34 new US cities

US technology giant Google has announced that it will work with a further 34 cities in the US on deploying its high-speed Fibre to the Premises broadband infrastructure, in a move that further solidifies the long-term case for the FTTP deployment model globally.

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".

Customs seizes Nintendo R4 imports

Video game giant Nintendo today revealed the Australian Customs Service had seized a number of the R4 cartridges which allow piracy on its handheld DS and DSi consoles, as well as other game products claimed to be counterfeit.

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.

Finally, Amazon launches Sydney datacentre

After six months of rumours and the launch of several ancillary services down under, US cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services has finally announced the availability of locally-hosted cloud computing services from an Australian datacentre; with prices comparable to those seen overseas.

IT sector? Australia doesn’t need it,claims Reserve Bank

Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens has waded into the debate about whether Australia needs a strong home-grown IT sector, claiming the nation hasn't been disadvantaged by failing to grow one since the dot com bubble burst a decade ago.

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.

Rural Australia wants the NBN as quickly as possible

Rural and regional Australian communities are strongly committed to the Federal Government's National Broadband Network project, with a focus on maximising the potential of the infrastructure when it arrives in their area, a new independent report has found.

Digital Rights Watch group launches to fight for “free and open Internet”

A new advocacy organisation called Digital Rights Watch has launched with the aim of protecting the rights of Australian Internet users.

ViewSonic brings Android tablets down under

US display giant ViewSonic has unveiled plans to shortly bring its 7" and 10" ViewPad tablet devices to Australia, inviting journalists to a launch event next week in Sydney.

CenITex cuts another 60 staff

Troubled Victorian Government IT shared services group CenITex has flagged plans to cut another 60 staff from its roster, as wider plans progress to outsource the infrastructure and services currently being provided by the group to other Victorian Government departments and agencies.

Australia gets black Nintendo Wii, DSi XL

Video game giant Nintendo has unveiled plans to start selling a black-coloured Wii console in Australia from March 11, with its new, larger handheld DSi XL to launch locally from 15 April.

NBN Co releases three-year rollout plan

The National Broadband Network company today released a detailed plan of the locations and schedule where it plans to deploy fibre and wireless broadband infrastructure over the next three years, noting that the rollout was slated to hit some 3.5 million premises in 1500 communities in every state and territory in Australia.

Qld Premier’s Dept seeks Woolley replacement

Queensland's Department of Premier and Cabinet has kicked off the search for a senior IT executive to replace its former chief information officer Phil Woolley, who recently joined Queensland Health.

Markups a wider issue for Aussie industry: Adobe

Global software giant Adobe has responded to criticism in Federal Parliament of markups on its products in Australia by stating the issue wasn't one for the technology industry alone -- claiming it was a wider problem affecting other areas such as the automotive sector as well.

Abbott’s cuts are reckless, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has described Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as "reckless" and election promises to save millions by dropping a training fund for Telstra employees and other sections of NBN Co's deal with Telstra as "senseless cuts".

Virgin Blue sacks 20 for reported porn collection

Virgin Blue late yesterday confirmed it had sacked 20 staff for what the airline said was inappropriate use of computer systems and what the Sydney Morning Herald reported was participation in a pornography swap ring.

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.

$1bn deal: TPG to shift all mobile customers to Vodafone, build dark fibre

As speculation increases about a possible merger, Vodafone and TPG this morning announced a $1 billion deal which will see the pair increasingly link their operations together, with TPG to shift its mobile customers to Vodafone’s mobile network and construct an extensive dark fibre network to support its partner’s mobile towers.

Cashed-up Telstra abandoning Aussie workforce, says union

One of Telstra's main unions has heavily criticised the company for a reported plan to send as many as 1,000 jobs offshore in yet another round of offshoring at the telco, stating that Telstra isn't treating its Australian workforce fairly in the context of its ongoing profit growth.

Optus nurses health provider to cloud

Optus has added another corporate customer to its cloud computing roster, with South Australia’s Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) signing up to use the telco’s facility to support its disaster recovery functions.

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.

Internode rolls out IPv6 to customers

Australian internet service provider (ISP) Internode has announced that from this week, all its customers now have the option of being assigned a range of IPv6 addresses for their use.

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.

Exetel to compensate heavy downloaders over ‘unfair’ contracts

Internet service provider Exetel is to compensate consumers over residential broadband contracts that were deemed "unfair" by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Greens get their surveillance inquiry

Following several unsuccessful attempts, the Greens have successfully moved a motion in the Senate to establish a formal inquiry into Internet surveillance, through a review that will take place into the controversial Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act.

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.

“Systematic erosion of privacy”: Parliament launches surveillance review

The Federal Parliament has kicked off a review of and is seeking public submissions into a wide-reaching package of legislative reforms proposed by the Federal Government which the Greens have slammed as constituting a "systematic erosion of privacy" in Australia.

NBN Co seeks IT ops manager

The state-owned company behind the National Broadband Network has advertised for a top-level manager to lead its newly created IT operations team.

Atlassian files for US$3 billion IPO in United States

Australian software giant Atlassian has reportedly quietly filed to take its operations public in the United States at a value of more than US$3 billion, in a move that will make its founders two of Australia’s richest technologists but disappoint those hoping for a large listing on Australia’s on stockmarket.