Qld Govt inks $26.5m deal for Office 365

The Queensland State Government yesterday announced it had signed a $26.5 million deal with Microsoft which will gain the state access to Microsoft's Office 365 software and services platform. However, with the deal not covering operating system licences and not being mandatory for departments and agencies, it remains unclear what its impact will be.

Sydney Catholics warn against iOS confession

The Sydney Catholic Archdiocese (SCA) is warning its flock off an Apple confession application, saying the app can't do the work of a human priest.

Labor avoids all comment on that bothersome massive metadata expansion

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has not responded to a request for basic information on whether Labor will support adding any of the 61 agencies who have applied to the bipartisan data retention scheme which passed Parliament in 2015.

Telstra launches next-gen Samsung Windows phone

Nokia’s Lumia handsets might be just around the corner, but Korean electronics giant Samsung has beaten its Finnish rival to the punch when it comes to new Windows Phone 7 smartphones available in Australia, launching its high-end Omnia W handset through Telstra this week.

Visionstream bags $300m Tassie NBN deal

Leighton subsidiary Visionstream has won a $300 million contract from the National Broadband Network Company for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania.

Vodafone announces new national HQ in Sydney

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

NSW Police trialling body cameras to record everything

US-based body camera vendor Reveal Media has announced that the New South Wales police force is trialling use of its body cameras, in a move that will likely have transparency and accountability benefits for both ordinary Australians and officers.

Melbourne college in 1,100-seat Win7 migration

Uniting Church school St Leonard's College has in the past few months completed a sizable desktop migration to Microsoft's new flagship operating system Windows 7, in a rollout that also saw its supporting server infrastructure switched from Novell Netware to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Court throws out Australia Post digital lawsuit

The Federal Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Australia Post against fledgling e-post joint venture Digital Post Australia with reference to the similarity in the name of the company with its own well-established brand.

Fifield asks again: Which NBN policy do Australians have more confidence in?

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has again invited Australians to comment on whether they would prefer the Coalition or Labor versions of the National Broadband Network, defending the Coalition's Multi-Technology Mix from criticism by Labor and conservative commentator Andrew Bolt.

Unions challenge Telstra on redeployment during redundancy rounds

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

Neuromancing the stone: Ludlam’s OzLog war

Technologists and civil libertarians remained riveted to their computer screens right around Australia today as the intimate details of one of the Federal Government's most secretive projects came to light, inch by painful inch, in a tense exchange in a low-profile Senate committee late on a Friday afternoon.

Backdown: Turnbull accepts NBN budget accounting

Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged that the National Broadband Network's funding is correctly accounted for the in Federal Government budget as a capital investment and not an expense, in a move which opens up a divide between the Shadow Communications Minister and other senior Liberal leaders such as Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey.

NSW Govt refreshes ICT Advisory Panel

NSW Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance this week announced the State Government was taking nominations for the refreshed version of its ICT Advisory Panel, as well as the Industry Advisory Group of its Procurement Board.

Govt may force data breach disclosure

In a move which has been debated and rumoured within the IT security industry for years, the Federal Government this week confirmed it would seek public opinion on whether it should force organisations to disclose when their databases containing personal information had been broken into by hackers – or even inadvertently.

“Lay off the Kool-Aid,” Turnbull tells NBN believers

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last night declared National Broadband Network enthusiasts needed to demonstrate what applications would actually need the fibre network’s massively enhanced speeds, telling futurist Mark Pesce he needed to “lay off the kool-aid” with respect to the technology.

Telstra switches on free public Wi-Fi across Tasmania

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

NBN 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.

ACT Govt to legalise ride-sharing

news The ACT Government this morning announced it would legalise and regulate ride-sharing services such as UberX, in the wake of a wide-ranging review...

StarCraft II region lock angers Australian gamers

Video game manufacturer Blizzard Entertainment is facing a wave of dissent from Australian gamers furious about the company's decision to lock Australians into only being able to play multiplayer games of its upcoming StarCraft II title against players in Southeast Asia -- not in America or Europe.

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.

Coalition missteps on NBN budget savings

The Federal Opposition has again incorrectly alleged that it could save money by cutting the Labor Federal Government's multi-billion dollar National Broadband Network project, despite financial projections which show the project is likely to make the Government billions.

IT disaster waiting to happen: Qld Health to replace 22-year-old admin system

Queensland Health's beleaguered IT operation has turned its focus to a sizable IT replacement project slated to cost the state up to $438 million and see a 22-year-old patient administration program replaced, as the fallout from its billion-dollar botched payroll system upgrade continues to be felt in the state's public sector.

Defence hasn’t tested IBM contract since 1999

The Federal Department of Defence has revealed that it renewed a major IT hardware and software contract with IBM in late 2008 to the tune of $342 million, despite not having put the work out to public tender since 1999.

Govt commissions cyber-security whitepaper

Three of the Gillard Government's heaviest-hitting ministers have teamed up to announce this morning that their respective portfolio departments will work together to develop a major new white paper to map out the nation's response to cybersecurity issues which they say continue to build in importance.

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

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

Amazon Appstore challenging Google Play as Australian launch looms

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

Pirate Party registered for 2013 election

The Australian branch of digital freedom political group the Pirate Party today confirmed it had successfully registered as a political party to contest the upcoming 2013 Federal Election, overcoming registration issues which had prevented it from contesting the 2010 election as a party.

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.

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.

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.

iSOFT shares continue to sink

The share price of Australian e-health software group iSOFT today continued to sink further as investors absorbed bad news about the company’s operations in...

Wrong: NBN Co rejects News Ltd wireless science

NBN Co's chief technology officer has published an article strongly rejecting a claim by News Ltd publications last week that recent scientific breakthroughs in the area of wireless science could make the predominantly fibre-based National Broadband Project irrelevant.

Oxygen-fuelled SAP cloud achieves lift-off

German software giant SAP doesn’t appear to have placed a big emphasis on selling its applications in Australia over the past few years under the new style of software-as-a-service or cloud computing model. But all that might be about to change, courtesy of an offering launched last week by one of its largest local partners.

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.

MTM NBN roadmap “tortuous”, says Budde

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

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.

MSDN markup: 83 percent slug for Aussies

Microsoft is charging Australian software developers about 83 percent more than their US counterparts to access subscription services associated with its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) platform, it has emerged in the wake of parliamentary criticism of the company over price differences between the countries.

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.

Ziggy Switkowski appointed NBN Co exec chair

As expected, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this afternoon confirmed former Telstra and Optus chief executive Ziggy Switkowski had been appointed as executive chairman of NBN Co, with most of the company's board departing and NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley to leave the company.

Dental network builds Azure data extraction tool

Microsoft revealed this week that Australian dental network Dental Corporation had built a tool using its Windows Azure platform which allowed it to extract data stored in dental practices around Australia, in what the software giant is billing as a case study of its 'hybrid' cloud computing concept in action.

Vodafone may support Interpol filter

National mobile carrier Vodafone has signalled its support for the new voluntary Internet filtering scheme being implemented by rivals Telstra and Optus, but has refused to clarify whether it will definitely implement the scheme or not.

Tiger Airways joins growing list of spamming corporations

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

Labor slams the FTTN its new policy may also support

The Opposition has backed comments by upstart Singaporean telco MyRepublic that the Coalition’s preferred Fibre to the Node technology is “shit”, despite acknowledging that its new National Broadband Network policy currently under development may feature the same technology.

CES 2011: Which tablets and phones will hit Australia?

Companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, ASUS, Acer, Sony Ericsson, Lenovo and Dell have all announced new products at CES; but so far none of the companies have confirmed plans to launch their new products in Australia. When Delimiter asked the local representatives of the multinational technology giants this week asking for any local pricing or launch details, the almost universal response was: "It's too early to know", with local plans not yet having been finalised.

Telstra to launch HTC Wildfire in August

Telstra and HTC this afternoon revealed that the telco had won an exclusive deal to launch HTC's Android-based Wildfire handset in Australia in August -- but details remain scant as to pricing and availability.

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.

ShoreTel deploys unified communications for Brimbank City Council

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

iiNet launches faster ADSL transfer process

National broadband provider iiNet has introduced changes in its broadband transfer process, making it possible to switch to an iiNet service easily, in a few hours -- allowing them to avoid the lengthy downtime associated with churning to a new ISP, which can sometimes extend to several weeks.

Connecting to Australia’s first digital technology curriculum

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

‘No apologies’: ASIC pledges to block more sites

The chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission last week said the regulator would not "apologise" for using an obscure section of the Telecommunications Act to block websites suspected of fraud, and stated that the organisation would continue to use the controversial power to block more sites.

Systems for People done, Correll retires

Long-time Department of Immigration and Citizenship chief information officer Bob Correll has retired from his role, following the completion of most of the work under the department's mammoth Systems for People internal technology revamp.

Turnbull has no NBN plan, says Conroy

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has demanded that the Coalition publish its policy platform for the next election in the area of broadband and telecommunications, pointing out that this is the third time, in as many months, that he has made this inquiry of the Coalition; asking it to disclose its broadband policy, the technology it proposes to use, and the cost to Australians.

IBM takes Australian Open data onto private cloud

IBM announced yesterday that it is developing a global private cloud computing system for the 2012 Australian Open as part of its technology partnership for the international Grand Slam tennis tournament.

SAP’s SuccessFactors deploys Aussie datacentre

SAP subsidiary SuccessFactors has opened a datacentre located in Australia from which it will sell its software as a service-based human resource management and business execution software to local customers, in one of the first known deployments of such dedicated Australian infrastructure by a global SaaS vendor.

“No evidence” Aussie banks boycotting Apple Pay, claims RBA Governor

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens has claimed in a letter to a Labor MP that he has not seen "any evidence" that Australia's major banks are actively boycotting the Apple Pay mobile payments service, despite the fact that only American Express has signed up to the service in Australia.

nbn meets Turnbull’s June 30 rollout targets

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today confirmed nbn would meet its rollout targets for the start of the 2015/2016 financial year, although the success appeared to be based almost entirely upon the continual deployment of Labor’s previous Fibre to the Premises model, and not the Coalition’s technically inferior multi-technology alternative.

‘I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours’: Turnbull to open Blue Book...

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stated that he will seek to publicly release his 'Blue Book' incoming ministerial briefing if the Opposition will consent to release a number of NBN-related documents which were considered as part of the previous Labor administration's cabinet.

Stop “hiding” your NBN policy, Conroy tells Turnbull

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told his opposite Malcolm Turnbull to "stop hiding" and release the Coalition's rival broadband policy, as Australians "deserve to know" the basics of how the Coalition would handle the portfolio if it won the next Federal Election.

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.

Clare tables NBN petition in Parliament

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare yesterday presented to Federal Parliament the signatures of 272,000 Australians who want the new Coalition Government to build Labor’s all-fibre version of the National Broadband Network instead of the technically inferior version which is currently being proposed.

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.

Optus wants FetchTV on tablets, smartphones

Telecommunications industry rumours have long hinted that the nation’s number two telco Optus would follow in the footsteps of rivals iiNet and Internode and sign up with fledgling internet video player FetchTV. The rumours, it turns out, were true – but the partnership between the pair goes further than previous deals in the space.

Telstra, Optus, Apple release Aussie iPhone 4 pricing

Telstra, Optus and Apple itself this morning released their respective local pricing details for the iPhone 4, with the big T also confirming it would open its stores around Australia at midnight on Thursday night to give full access to customers keen to pick up the hyped Apple handset as soon as humanly possible.

Scrap the NBN, says Abbott, and build some roads

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has described Labor's plan to invest billions of dollars of equity funding in its flagship National Broadband Network project as "reckless", noting in his Federal Budget reply speech tonight that the capital could be re-allocated to fund a number of major transport infrastructure and hospital projects.

Federal Parliament warms to the iPad

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

Sell off the NBN? Abbott won’t confirm or deny

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether the Coalition would sell off finished portions of the National Broadband Network infrastructure if it won the next Federal Election, stating only that the Coalition believed the private sector could deliver broadband to Australia better than the Government.

FTTN or FTTH? We’re “agnostic”, says Telstra

The nation's largest telco Telstra has declared itself "agnostic" as to whether Labor or the Coalition has the best method of deploying faster broadband under the National Broadband Network project, stating that it is "very happy" to work with either major side of politics.

ViewSonic’s Android tablets to hit Australia January

ViewSonic will start selling its 7" and 10" ViewPad tablet devices in Australia in January 2011, the company revealed this morning, although the US display giant has not yet secured any distribution arrangements with local telcos.

Cloud computing player Ninefold shuts down

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

Govt still hasn’t certified Apple iOS devices

Apple's iPhone 3G was first released in Australia three and a half years ago, and its flagship iPad tablet 18 months ago. But the Federal Government still hasn't certified the devices for use in government agencies, despite having pledged to do so by September last year, and despite approving Research in Motion's unpopular rival, the BlackBerry PlayBook.

AAPT: Multiple Brisbane co-lo sites “under threat”

Telco giant AAPT this afternoon revealed a number of its Brisbane-based co-location hosting sites were in danger of being affected by rising floodwaters in the capital, in the wake of news this morning that it had powered down one site in Eagle Street.

Everyday Australians on the filter: Video

In the wake of news that the US Government has expressed concern about Australia's internet filtering plans, ZDNet.com.au took to the streets in Sydney to find out what the average Joe thinks of the plan.

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.

iPhone 4 to hit Australia in July

The next version of the iPhone will hit Australia in July as part of the second wave of countries to receive the handset, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs revealed this morning after demonstrating the new device.

Android Pay launches in Australia

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

Amazon puts Aussie face on global Kindle store

Online retailer Amazon this morning revealed it had formally launched an Australian version of its popular online bookstore, putting a formal face on a service which millions of Australians have already been accessing for years and further supporting Australian authors to sell their books online locally.

Labor, Coalition vote against strong encryption in Senate

Both of Australia's major political parties have explicitly rejected a Senate motion calling on the Government to support public use of strong encryption technologies, in a move that comes in the wake of the US Government's demand that Apple provide it with a backdoor for open access to its iPhone handset.

Michael Dell makes brief Aussie visit

Global Dell chief executive and company founder Michael Dell is reportedly in the midst of a brief two day visit to Australian shores, which is seeing the executive meet with customers and employees before heading off to India.

Macquarie Telecom bursts into cloud market

Enterprise-focused telco Macquarie Telecom today launched its cloud computing play in the Australian market, joining a throng of competitors to have entered the space over the past year.

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.

Hockey admits: We can’t shut down the NBN

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey yesterday admitted that the Opposition would find it hard to “shut down” the National Broadband Network project completely if it wins the upcoming Federal Election in September, and would release further details “in the next few weeks” about the Coalition’s plans for the project.

Datacom completes mammoth Health ICT takeover

New Zealand-headquartered IT services group Datacom this week announced it has successfully taken over the ICT infrastructure of the Federal Department of Health, in a long-awaited move which has seen the department remove large tranches of work from the hands of long-term outsourcer IBM.

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

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

Xero migrates to Amazon Web Services

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

NBN makes construction chief redundant

The National Broadband Network Company today confirmed it had made its head of construction Dan Flemming redundant, just 18 months after he was appointed, in a move that marks the second time the leadership of the company's construction team has changed in less than two years.

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.

Aussie non-profits adopt Office 365 en-masse

Non-profit Australian organisations such as charities are adopting Microsoft's Office 365 Software as a Service platform in large numbers, according to non-profit technology enablement group Infoxchange, which has recently helped 20 such organisations shift into Microsoft's cloud.

Ovum nicks Intermedium’s consulting chief

Analyst firm Ovum has nicked government technology advisory firm Intermedium's head of consulting, Kevin Noonan, to lead its Canberra-based public sector practice.

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

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

NSW creates health IT agency

The New South Wales State Government has opened a new page in its long and troubled history implementing electronic health solutions, committing yesterday to creating a dedicated agency to service the area, amid a much wider shake-up of the health sector in general driven by its new Coalition Government.

Allianz deploys Oracle Database Appliance

Technology giant Oracle has revealed that the specialist insurance arm of local financial services giant Allianz has deployed the vendor's Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 to replace legacy hardware that was reaching the end of its useful life.

Internode directly matches ADSL broadband plans to iiNet

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

Coalition makes $60m election promise to fix mobile blackspots

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

Delicious buys Aussie startup Trunk.ly

Global social bookmarking company Delicious has bought Australian startup Trunk.ly, less than a year after the site launched in the wake of Delicious' own temporary sunset at the hands of former owner Yahoo.

Turnbull’s MTM NBN plan “in crisis” says Jason Clare

The Opposition today said the Multi-Technology Mix plan which Malcolm Turnbull imposed on the National Broadband Network project was "in crisis", following revelations published over the weekend that its Fibre to the Node centrepiece was substantially behind projections and suffering a litany of issues.

Turnbull to reveal the ‘shocking’ NBN truth

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday said a Coalition Government would, following the election, release a full analysis of what Labor's NBN project would actually take in time and money to complete, an accounting which he said would leave the Australian public "shocked".

Was Datacom’s Melbourne datacentre flooded?

Dissension has emerged in Australia's ICT industry about whether a Melbourne datacentre belonging to New Zealand-headquartered player Datacom was flooded due to hailstorm weather conditions in the Victorian capital over the weekend.

NBN policy spurred Internode buyout, says Hackett

Internode's inability to gain sufficient scale to compete in a National Broadband Network world was a core reason why he decided to sell the company to rival Internet service provider iiNet, Internode supremo Simon Hackett said this afternoon.

Switkowski confirms FTTN for Tasmania

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

Two thirds of Australians support the NBN

A new study has found that two thirds of Australians support the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network project, with most planning to connect to the network when it’s connected to their premises, as the project continues to experience high levels of popularity on a sustained basis over several years.

NBN satellite gateway for Merimbula

Merimbula, on the NSW Far South Coast, is to be the site of the National Broadband Company’s first satellite ground station gateway. This facility will enable NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS) to “transmit high-speed internet to homes, farms and businesses in remote parts of Australia,” a media release by NBN Co issued last week said.

TPG may buy iiNet, Telstra tells staff

Telstra has issued a newsletter to its staff informing them that iiNet's buyout of Internode will likely see TPG vaulted into clear third place in Australia's broadband market, following a likely buyout of iiNet by TPG.

Cool SydStart videos: Live now

At the recent SydStart startup conference in Sydney, the guys from StartCastAU did a great deal of filming, and have recently published a handful of excellent speeches by luminaries from Australia's startup scene. We've embedded what we think are the best ones below -- but check out StartCastAU's YouTube channel for others.

Surveillance state near, warns Pirate Party Australia

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

Uni of Queensland to deploy private cloud

The University of Queensland has revealed plans to deploy a significant swathe of private cloud infrastructure, as it ramps up plans to provide its individual faculties and divisions with a centralised pool of computing resources that can easily provision hundreds of virtual servers.

Cartridges retailer dumps Microsoft, Salesforce, Magento for NetSuite whole-of-business ecommerce platform

Australian online printer cartridge retailer CartridgesDirect will shortly replace its existing Magenta-based web platform with a whole of business ecommerce solution from NetSuite, as the US software as a service firm continued to pick up mid-sized customer wins in Australia.

Pitcher Partners dumps desk phones for Skype for Business

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

Spat continues: Gartner rejects AIIA’s “squatter’s logic”

The high-profile falling out between a Gartner analyst and the Australian Information Industry Association continued late last week, with further shots being fired in the battle between the pair in public on a blog hosted by the analyst firm.

End of an era: JB Hi-Fi’s Uechtritz retires

Today marks the end of an era for technology and entertainment retailer JB Hi-Fi, with long-time chief executive Richard Uechtritz announcing his decision to retire from the company in July or August.

Wesfarmers applies whip to Coles IT

Coles parent Wesfarmers today said it was "driving" the re-development of the supermarket chain's supply chain and associated IT systems "harder" as it rolled...

Abbott pledges R18+ gaming review

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

“Malcolm in a muddle”: Husic accuses Turnbull of FTTP “porkies”

One of Labor's newest recruits to the broadband portfolio has accused Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of "telling porkies" and "complete fabrications" with respect to the Liberal MP's statement that businesses in key areas such as CBDs would not need to pay extra to have fibre connected to their premises under the Coalition's rival NBN policy.

ANZ Bank shifts 260 testing staff to Capgemini

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group late yesterday revealed it would shift 110 Melbourne IT testing staff and a further 250 located in India to employment with outsourcing and consulting company Capgemini, in a bid to deliver what it described as a "step change" in its development operations.

Aussie startup wants us to outsource chores

Airtasker, a new online community marketplace based in Australia that lets people outsource everyday tasks and chores to ‘runners’ -- local community members looking to earn some extra money -- was launched on February 21, according to a media release issued by the company this week.

Google takes on Microsoft with ‘free’ Apps offer

As part of its ongoing attempt to help itself to a big slice of Microsoft's pie, Google is offering companies 'free' use its online suite of apps for enterprise. There are conditions, however.

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.

Australians unsure on Assange Govt support

Most Australians are unsure whether the Federal Government has provided enough support to Australian citizen and Internet activist Julian Assange during his ongoing legal battles in Europe, a new poll has shown, as the Greens continue to call for further assistance for the Wikileaks founder.

NBN board, Govt blocking FTTdp despite FTTN-like cost

The NBN company yesterday revealed its board and the Federal Government were blocking a switch to a Fibre to the Distribution Point model, despite the fact that new revelations have shown the cost of the FTTdp option is coming very close to that of the technically inferior Fibre to the Node incumbent model.

Telstra remediation work delaying NBN?

The Federal Government has advised Sydney residents that at least one suburb due to have been connected to the National Broadband Network's fibre rollout has had its connection delayed due to the need to wait for Telstra to conduct remediation work in its pits and conduits in the area; however, Telstra has stated that the delays could be more properly attributed to NBN Co.

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

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

Experts cast doubt on Census DDoS claims

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

Aussie retailers put Vista on sale

Windows 7 has been available for purchase in Australia since October last year. But has Microsoft's previous operating system, Windows Vista, passed away? Not quite.

Unis trial Box cloud computing with AARNet

Education sector telco AARNet today announced that it would provide Box’s cloud content and collaboration management platform to Australian universities and other AARNet customers, in a move which has already spurred trials at half a dozen educational institutions located around Australia.

Monash web server briefly hacked

Victoria's Monash University has acknowledged that its website was briefly broken into on Saturday and replaced with what appeared to be an Iranian flag encased in a geographical map of the country.

Govt splits AGIMO, appointing CIO, CTO

The Federal Government has announced it will split its troubled IT strategy division the Australian Government Information Management Office in two, promoting internal staffers into two new chief information and technology officer roles in line with the recommendations of the Reinecke review regarding the agency’s future.

NBN Co picks Global Switch for datacentre

NBN Co has picked one of Global Switch's mammoth facility in Pyrmont, Sydney -- one Australia's largest datacentres -- to house much of its infrastructure on a long-term basis.

Havyatt appointed Conroy special adviser

As first reported by Communications Day, Telecommunications sector veteran David Havyatt has been appointed temporary special advisor to Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy starting today.

Amazon extends Sydney datacentre offerings

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services has launched several new services through its Sydney datacentre previously only available from international facilities, giving Australian customers access to a low-cost storage service designed for long-term backup, as well as a fast data warehouse service.

VHA reveals: Massive 3G network expansion

Mobile telco VHA has unveiled a giant expansion of its consolidated 3G mobile network, including the construction of a new network using the same 850MHz spectrum that Telstra has made popular with its rival Next G offering.

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.

Telstra loses enterprise chief Caesar

Telstra today revealed the head of its Enterprise & Government division, Nerida Caesar, would leave the company, with her role to be temporarily filled by the telco's wholesale chief Paul Geason.

Greens, Labor, slam Coalition’s NBN “train wreck”

The Greens and the Australian Labor Party have taken a pick axe to the Coalition's plans for the NBN following Senate hearings on the project this week, variously describing the current state of the Coalition's vision as "a dog's breakfast", a "train wreck" and "broadband limbo".

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.

Vodafone 4G network reaches 23 million Australians

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

Toyota picks Fujitsu’s cloud for dealer platform

Fujitsu has notched up another win for its growing cloud computing platform, signing a deal with Toyota which will see the company move its TUNE Dealership Management System used by dealerships across Australia onto the Japanese IT services giant's systems.

Apple rejects banks’ proposed mobile payments “cartel”

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

Nokia N8 goes for $749 on all carriers

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia this morning revealed it would sell its flagship N8 handset through all of Australia's three major mobile telcos for $749 up-front from 1 November.

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.

NSW Parliament turfs “aged” Novell platforms

The New South Wales State Parliament will replace a broad swathe of Novell platforms it described as "end of life", "aged" and "legacy", replacing them primarily with new Microsoft software in areas such as email, identity management and file and print services that will bring its desktop IT infrastructure up to the "industry standard".

Oracle plans Aussie CRM on-demand hosting

Technology behemoth Oracle has become one of the first multinational software giants to buck the trend and start offering software as a service from an Australian datacentre.

Queensland Rail CIO departs

Queensland Rail chief information officer Patrick Lilwall appears to have left the organisation after just over a month in its top technology role.

Sydney eCommerce CMS player takes $15m

News of another medium-sized Australian software as a service company taking significant amounts of investment from US venture capitalists was broken in July on TechCrunch. Here's the info.

Unions, iiNet welcome Telstra deal

Two major unions and Telstra rival iiNet have welcomed the telco's $11 billion deal with the company behind the National Broadband Network.

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.

Mystery man takes Primus reins as CEO quits

National broadband provider Primus overnight revealed the long-time chief executive of its Australian branch would leave his post, with a mysterious executive to take his place in the short term while a permanent replacement is sought.

‘Dumb’ people can’t see wireless is NBN future: Alan Jones

Radio shockjock Alan Jones has repeated his comments that wireless broadband represents the future of Internet access, describing those who can't face this situation as "dumb" and claiming that the Federal Government's National Broadband Network project will consequently be obsolete before it's finished.

Will Optus launch the Motorola Droid?

Australian technology blog Techanist yesterday reported that Optus would launch yet another handset based on Google’s Android operating system into the Australian market -- Motorola’s Droid device, which has been marketed internationally as the Milestone.

Telstra hosts midnight iPad launch tonight

The nation's largest telco Telstra has revealed plans to open its flagship downtown retail stores in Sydney and Melbourne at midnight tonight (Thursday night) to start selling Apple's new iPad tablet, eight hours ahead of planned retail launches by Optus, Vodafone and Apple itself.

Telstra to bring Foxtel to T-Box

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

LTE will kill the NBN, just as unicorns are real

Mobile broadband just isn’t the answer to replace our current, falling apart copper network. It’s just not. So can we just stop with saying it is?

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...

Telstra hogs BlackBerry Pearl 3G, revamps plans

The nation's largest telco Telstra today revealed it would exclusively sell Research in Motion's BlackBerry Pearl 3G for three months when the smartphone launches in Australia "later this month".

Show us your Telstra deal, Optus tells NBN Co

The nation's number two telco Optus today said it wanted to see the detail of Telstra's $11 billion deal with the National Broadband Network Company, so it could ensure its customers would be treated no different by the fledgling fibre monopoly than those of Telstra.

Xero buys Australia’s Paycycle for $1.5m

Accounting software provider Xero yesterday afternoon revealed it had signed an agreement which will see the company acquire Australian-based payroll startup Paycycle.

Turnbull’s MyBroadband tracker overestimates broadband speeds

A crowdsourced comparison of real-world broadband speeds has appeared to show that the MyBroadband broadband availability site launched by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week is significantly inaccurate, with speeds being almost universally below the data produced by the site.

NSW ‘ChildStory’ IT project drags heels on deployment

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

Optus launches Motorola Droid/Milestone

On the same day that Vodafone started selling Google's Nexus One, Optus has given its customers yet another high-end Android handset option, quietly adding Motorola's Milestone phone to its handset range.

Paul Fegan leaves Telstra

Telstra confirmed yesterday that Paul Fegan would be leaving the company after serving as Group Managing Director, Strategy and Corporate Services for less than a year. Fegan, who joined Telstra in January 2011, was responsible for the company’s mergers and acquisitions, communications, government/public policy and overall corporate strategy.

Developers association investigates Team Bondi

The video game industry's peak global body for professional developers has pledged to investigate Australian studio Team Bondi, in the wake of allegations the company mis-treated staff during the lengthy development process for its flagship L.A. Noire game launched last month.

APPLE LAWSUIT:Cupertino blocks Australian Galaxy Tab launch

Following legal proceedings in the Federal Court today, iconic technology giant Apple has reportedly reached an agreement with Samsung which will block the Korean electronics giant's upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet from being sold in Australia until patent concerns are resolved.

GAME Australia goes into administration

The Australian division of embattled video game retail chain GAME Group has gone into administration, video game media outlet Kotaku reported this morning.

Qantas tech chief becomes Jetstar CEO

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

NSW Education appoints new CIO

The NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) this morning confirmed it had appointed Victorian public servant Stephen Loquet as its new chief information officer.

Transformer Pad Infinity hits Oz for $999

Taiwanese consumer electronics giant ASUS has launched its most high-profile Android-based tablet yet, the Transformer Pad Infinity, with the device to sell in Australia for a local recommended retail price of $999.

Success: “Skinny” fibre trial cut FTTP costs by $450, rollout time by 4 weeks

The NBN company this morning revealed that its trial of "skinny fibre" to some 4,500 homes in the Victorian towns of Ballarat and Karingal had been highly successful, cutting the cost per premise of a Fibre to the Premise rollout by $450 and the rollout time by four weeks.

Nintendo Australia finances fall off a cliff

The Australian division of Japanese video gaming giant Nintendo has taken another staggering hit to its finances for the second year in a row, losing a further 36 percent of its overall revenue over the past year as its flagship Wii U console has flopped with consumers due to what is perceived to be a lack of quality games.

Aussie telcos seek iPad talks with Apple

Several of Australia's largest mobile telcos have flagged plans to open talks with Apple about how its tablet product announced this morning will be sold in Australia.

Is Abbott consciously lying on NBN costs?

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

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.

iSOFT: Australia playing follow the e-health leader

Australian e-health giant iSOFT has noted what it says are "early signs" of action on e-health by Australia's Federal Government but today said its...

Australia’s first driverless bus takes to the road

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

Alston successor Mitch Fifield is Australia’s new Communications Minister

Malcolm Turnbull has appointed veteran Senator Mitch Fifield to be Australia’s new Communications Minister as part of his new Cabinet, with the new Prime Minister’s former Parliamentary Secretary Paul Fletcher leaving the portfolio and current Attorney-General George Brandis to retain his role.

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.

New iMacs available now in Australia

Iconic technology giant Apple overnight unveiled a refresh of its popular iMac personal computer line, noting that the new hardware was already available locally and unveiling Australian pricing.

Police to investigate CenITex contract

Melbourne-based newspaper The Age reported this morning that police had been called in to investigate Victorian Government IT shared services agency CenITex, following an audit that had revealed public servants awarded themselves a contract eventually worth some $1.5 million.

Sydney’s Paloma wins $1.5m local investment

Sydney-based next-generation mobile startup Paloma Mobile has raised $1.5 million in investment funding from Australian venture capital firm OneVentures, in a move which will further highlight the growing strengths of the local funding landscape for Australia-based technology startups.

This is the year for NAB core banking overhaul

It's taken a while, but the Commonwealth Bank of Australia's ambitious project to overhaul its core banking system finally has a rival, with National Australia Bank flagging plans to rapidly increase the pace of its own core overhaul -- with a key tranche of the project to be delivered by the end of this year.

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".

NBN Co inks wireless, construction deals

The National Broadband today signed several major billion-dollar contracts that will allow it to proceed to roll out its planned fibre network in several major states, as well as its wireless network covering a smaller proportion of the population nationally.

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.

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.

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.

TPG launches unlimited HFC NBN plans from $59.99

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

Piracy costs Australia $1.37 billion a year, claims AFACT

The Australian Federation Against Copyright (AFACT) today published a report which it claimed showed movie piracy cost the Australian economy $1.37 billion in lost revenue over a 12 month period -- as well as some 6,100 jobs.

Cisco unveils DOCSIS design for massive HFC upload speeds

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

‘Keeping the company in Australia’: Freelancer.com turns down $400m buyout to list on ASX

Outspoken Freelancer.com chief executive Matt Barrie today noted that the company would turn down the offers it had received to sell to a larger group or take investment, instead flagging plans to list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year and continue the drive to develop Australia's home grown technology industry.

Mr Turnbull, what is going on here?

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

Turnbull launches national broadband survey

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a new national broadband survey which the Liberal MP said would allow Australians to determine the speed of their existing broadband services and which would provide data to help make better broadband available to “those who need upgrades” the most.

NBN media criticism highly politicised, says Budde

Telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has sharply criticised Australia's media for not levelling the same "malice" and "vicious media attacks" at the Coalition's National Broadband Network policy as it has with Labor's NBN vision, despite the fact that the two policies share a great deal of similarity.

Gizmodo comes to false conclusions about Data Retention

Technology blog Gizmodo yesterday published an article regarding the Federal Government’s controversial Data Retention policy which contains factually inaccurate information and draws some false conclusions that could lead those taking the article’s advice to have their data being captured by this and other electronic surveillance schemes.

HTC’s update “nightmare”: Desires finally get Froyo

Six months after Google first released the 2.2 or 'Froyo' version of its mobile operating system, HTC has made the update available to Australian owners of its flagship HTC Desire handset – through its website, if not directly over the air.

Telstra increases mobile, fixed phone costs

The nation's biggest telco Telstra has broadly increased its charges for fixed-line telephony services, a move that comes on the back of similar price increases unveiled at the beginning of this month for mobile customers.

Australian Privacy Foundation slams “Orwellian” census data retention

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

“Below target”: Andrew Bolt slams NBN progress

Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has continued his ongoing series of attacks on Labor's flagship National Broadband Network project, claiming that the project is behind target and describing the way it accounts for having finished network construction in a given area as being "rubbery".

Australian tests: New iPad’s 3G faster than iPad 2

Despite the lack of 4G support in Australia, Apple's new iPad offers substantially faster network speeds locally than previous models, according to tests conducted this week by Gizmodo.

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

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

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.

Angry consumers flood IT price hike inquiry

Dozens of frustrated Australians describing themselves as concerned private citizens have flooded the Government's IT price hike inquiry with hundreds of examples where they allege technology retailers and vendors have been ripping them off with unfair markups, while the major vendors concerned have yet to formally respond.

Samsung beats Apple to take top Aussie mobile spot

Analyst firm IDC’s ANZ Quarterly Mobile Devices Tracker released this week showed that Samsung has overtaken Apple to claim the No. 1 spot in the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) mobile phone market. Samsung has been growing rapidly and has shown continuous growth for the past three quarters in the ANZ market.

Conroy promises 1Gbps NBN speeds

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy confirmed today that the National Broadband Network NBN would reach speeds of up 1Gbps, ten times faster than the originally announced speeds of up to 100Mbps.

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.

CBA deploys iOS, Android ATM access

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has taken a significant step in the gradual shift to allowing Australians to conduct all of their banking transactions via their mobile phones, announcing this morning that it would allow customers to withdraw money from ATM machines without their cards and only using iPhone and Android apps.

New leaked docs appear to show further FTTN delays

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

Telstra loses video chief Chris Taylor

Just weeks after he helped to unveil Telstra's flagship T-Box set-top box, which he helped fill with third-party content, Telstra has revealed it will lose the director of its Media division Chris Taylor as part of a wider shake-up of executives within its media and marketing team.

“Heroic”: Turnbull savages ACCC Optus sign-off

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made a lengthy parliamentary speech damning the ACCC's decision to sign off on Optus' $800 million deal with the National Broadband Network Company, describing the regulator's assumptions when approving the arrangement as "heroic".

NBN commences real-world FTTN, FTTB trials

The National Broadband Network Company today confirmed it would shortly kick off real-world trials in several locations in major Australian cities of the Fibre to the Node and Fibre to the Basement technologies which the Coalition plans to use as key parts of its own Broadband Network project, which is seeing Labor's all-fibre NBN vision heavily modified.

Telstra’s cloud computing suffers 24 hour outage

Telstra has confirmed that it suffered a major outage in its high-end corporate cloud computing platform last week that left a number of its most high-profile customers without some of their services for a period as long as 24 hours.

iPad ship date slips to June 7?

The Australian shipping date for Apple's iPad appears to have been shifted back from May 28, with Apple's online store now listing the "estimated" date as "by June 7th".

Now TPG offers Terabyte broadband plan

TPG has become the latest internet service provider to launch a broadband plan featuring a total of a terabyte of monthly quota, following launches by iiNet and Primus this week.

Samsung 3D TVs to hit Australia next week

The first 3D-capable televisions from Samsung will begin to hit Australian stores from 19 April, the Korean manufacturer said today, giving it a head start over rivals in bringing the new technology Down Under.

Mo’s Mobile has gone Google

At a press conference held today at its Sydney headquarters, search giant Google revealed Mo's Mobile was the Australian mobile retailer which has adopted its Apps collaboration platform.

OneTable is scaling with Microsoft Azure

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

Ludlam demands Govt TrapWire answers

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has demanded answers from the Federal Government as to whether it knows whether the controversial TrapWire surveillance system had been deployed in Australia to keep tabs on locals through the use of public surveillance cameras.

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.

Govt receives 55,000 R18+ game rating submissions

The Federal Government has received more than 55,000 responses to a discussion paper about whether it should implement a R18+ rating category for video...

Microsoft to kill off SQL Server 2005 support in April

Software giant Microsoft has revealed it will formally end extended support for its ageing SQL Server 2005 database product in April next year, in news that will most likely not be welcomed by the substantial numbers of Australian organisations struggling to stay up to date with Microsoft’s refresh cycle.

Up to 45 agencies are seeking data retention powers

As many as 45 separate departments and agencies around Australia have petitioned the Attorney-General's Department to gain unwarranted access to Australians' metadata under the Government's Data Retention scheme, Delimiter can reveal.

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

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

“Get a warrant”: Ludlam net privacy bill lands in Senate

Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam has introduced legislation that would see Australian law enforcement agencies blocked from obtaining access to telecommunications records without a warrant; but it is not immediately clear if either of the major parties are prepared to support the bill.

ACCC rubber stamps Optus’ NBN deal

The national competition regulator has approved an $800 million deal which will see number two telco Optus shut down its HFC cable network and migrate its fixed-line broadband and telephony customers onto the National Broadband Network infrastructure as it is rolled out over the next decade.

Has Apple delayed Aussie iPad launch?

update Iconic technology vendor Apple has delayed the launch of its hotly anticipated Apple iPad device outside of its home country of the US...

Amazon launches new flagship Kindle e-reader for $449

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

Govt pays $280k to bring startup accelerator to Australia

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

Video review: the ABC’s iPad app

Australian Apple site MacTalk Australia has posted this video review of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's iPad app.

Australian startup Grabble bought by Walmart

Retail giant Walmart has acquired fledgling Aussie tech startup Grabble for an undisclosed figure, with the deal being announced this week on the company’s site by founders Stuart Argue and Anthony Marcar.

Optus dumps off-peak quota, raises prices

news The nation's number two telco Optus has revamped its broadband plan structure in a move which will see it follow rival iiNet and dump the practice of separating quota into on- and off-peak chunks, but it has also simultaneously raised prices on most broadband plans, in a move that has already angered some customers.

Internode cuts terabyte pricing by $30/month

Internode has cut the prices on its new terabyte broadband plans by $30 a month, bringing them into closer in line with what the national broadband provider's competitors are charging, although it will no longer offer the plans to customers using Optus' wholesale infrastructure as it had previously planned to.

Federal Govt releases R18+ game guidelines

The Federal Government this afternoon released draft guidelines which would support the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games, as it continued its push to convince the states and territories to bring video game classification in line with other mediums such as film.

Fire + Rescue NSW deploys real-time SAP

NSW emergency services agency Fire and Rescue NSW this month revealed it has implemented SAP's Business Suite and HANA products, in an effort to support a move towards real-time reporting and access to information across its entire emergency services network.

Regulators finger People Telecom, gotalk

Communications companies gotalk and People Telecom have attracted the attention of Australia’s regulators due to alleged breaches of the Do Not Call Register Act and for dodgy telemarketing and sales practices, respectively.

IBM selected to provide integration platform for the ANU

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

Google Nexus S skips Australia

This morning Google unveiled the Nexus S, the latest in its self-branded line-up of Android phones, and the first device globally to ship with the new 2.3 'Gingerbread' version of its operating system. The caveat? The search giant has no plans so far to launch the device in Australia.

The best Australian iPhone apps (under $5)

Good news everyone! Today Delimiter is launching its first eBook -- a 39 page effort entitled The Best Australian iPhone apps (under $5).

‘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.

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.

Huawei rejects “faceless” espionage talk

The Australian arm of Chinese networking vendor today again defended itself against what it described by "faceless accusations" of espionage in foreign countries by "one newspaper".

Switkowski makes ex-Labor NBN exec redundant

Ziggy Switkowski has made the position of a senior NBN Co executive with a Labor political history redundant and allocated his responsibilities to a former Telstra executive with close links to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in one of the NBN Co executive chairman’s first moves since taking the company’s reins.

Xenophon announces plan to save Dick Smith gift card holders

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has announced a possible solution for Dick Smith gift card holders following the electronics retailer's collapse.

McDonald’s swaps out IBM support for Unisys

The Australian division of fast food chain McDonald's today confirmed long-running industry rumours that it had given incumbent IT outsourcer IBM the boot, instead picking rival firm Unisys to support its IT infrastructure in a new five-year deal worth about $30 million.

Optus signs NBN wholesale contract

The nation's number two telco Optus this afternoon confirmed it had signed the wholesale services agreement which Optus and other telcos have been negotiating with NBN Co for the past 15 months.

Nokia previews Lumia 900, 610 in Australia

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has invited Australian journalists to a Sydney briefing previewing its new Lumia 900 and 610 smartphones, in one of the first indications that the Lumia 900, regarded as one of the top Windows Phone 7 smartphones globally, will eventually be sold through carriers in Australia.

Coalition attacks “discount” NBN ISPs Exetel, Dodo

Coalition MP and former Optus executive Paul Fletcher has attacked early NBN pricing released by cut-rate ISPs Exetel and Dodo, claiming the pair's commercial plans didn't reflect the reality of what he said would be increased pricing on the NBN compared to today's existing broadband options.

Tasmania mandates opt-out NBN model

The Tasmanian Government this afternoon revealed it would prepare legislation to mandate an "opt-out" model for the National Broadband Network rollout in the state -- essentially meaning all premises will receive the infrastructure unless they explicitly choose not to.

Turnbull in conflict of interest investment

Malcolm Turnbull has disclosed a new financial investment in France Telecom that places the Shadow Communications Minister in a significant conflict of interest situation with respect to the French telco, due to its extensive business operations in Australia through its Orange Business Services brand, including some 240 local staff.

NSW finalises colossal datacentre consolidation

The New South Wales State Government this week announced the Leighton subsidiary Metronode as the winner of its long-running and wide-ranging datacentre overhaul project, with the company to construct two new substantial facilities which will allow the state to consolidate its IT operations drastically.

Telstra cutting top execs’ pay levels

Telstra chief executive David Thodey appears to be taking a dramatically different approach to remunerating its top executives compared to his predecessor Sol Trujillo, with new executives coming on board over the past several years attracting pay packets millions of dollars less than those they are replacing.

Telstra launches Motorola Xoom 2 tablet

Hot on the heels of the Motorola Xoom, Motorola Mobility and Telstra are introducing the Xoom 2 tablet to Australia. The company claims the new slimmer and lighter version of the tablet is also faster, super-powerful, and features higher productivity, rich entertainment and customisable experiences. The Motorola Xoom 2 is available from Telstra starting this week.

$90 million payday: Aussie startup sells RetailMeNot

Melbourne based internet startup Stateless Systems has sold its RetailMeNot site to emerging US online media player WhaleShark Media for an amount close to $90 million.

Telstra LTE trial hits 149Mbps with Huawei

Telstra and Huawei have achieved downlink and uplink speeds significantly exceeding the throughputs seen on current mobile technology, in a trial of the Chinese vendor's Long-Term Evolution hardware.

Giddings offers NBN Co free access to power poles

Tasmanian Labor Premier Lara Giddings has offered the National Broadband Network Company free access to the overhead power poles of state-owned energy utility Aurora to incentivise a full rollout of Fibre to the Premises broadband in the state, as part of a package of technology policy promises associated with the State Election.

UK pledges “fastest” broadband in Europe

One of the key politicians responsible for delivering telecommunications policy in the UK delivered a major speech overnight pledging to deliver UK residents the "fastest" broadband of any major European country by 2015, through a range of initiatives combining fibre to the home, fibre to the node and wireless technologies.

Parliament must subpoena IT giants: Choice

Consumer group Choice has called for the Federal Parliament to use its powers of subpoena to force recalcitrant IT vendors such as Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to give evidence about their price setting practices in Australia, due to the vendors' reluctance to voluntarily appear before a committee into Australian IT price hikes.

Aussie tech stocks in share price bloodbath

The global sharemarket rout triggered by the downgrade of the US Government's credit rating has had a dramatic effect on Australian technology stocks, with all of the nation's major listed technology companies suffering share price drops over the past several days ranging from three percent to over 22 percent.

University of Newcastle to roll out Windows 10 to 10,000 devices

The University of Newcastle (UON) this week said it would roll out Microsoft Windows 10 to around 10,000 devices across its campuses by the end of 2016.

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".

Photos: Gillard launches IBM R&D lab

Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning launched a new global research & development lab which IBM has created at the University of Melbourne, partnering with the State and Federal Governments to create 150 new jobs at the facility over the next five years.

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.

Adobe’s biennial tradition: 50% Aussie price hikes

Global software giant Adobe has continued a long-running tradition of extensively marking up its prices for the Australian market, revealing yesterday that locals would pay up to $1,400 more for the exact same software when they buy the new version 6 of its Creative Suite platform compared to residents of the United States.

Google Australia claims 2010 financial loss

The Australian division of search giant Google has filed financial accounts with the nation’s corporate regulator stating it made a loss of $3.08 million in 2010, paying just $7.4 million in taxes as a result, off local revenues of $151.39 million.

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

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

Govt censors secret anti-piracy meeting notes

Citing the "public interest", the Federal Attorney-General's Department has censored from documents released under Freedom of Information laws eight pages of notes taken by one of its staff members at a secret meeting held in September last year to address the issue of Internet piracy, after initially stating that no minutes were taken of the meeting.

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.

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.

NSW agencies push very hard for SaaS rollouts

Several major New South Wales Government agencies have unveiled major and wide-ranging plans to imminently purchase Software as a Service-style IT solutions, in moves which have the potential to re-cast the dynamics of the perceived relationship between Australia's public sector and the burgeoning class of SaaS-delivered IT packages.

Internet Piracy rules won’t work, says Husic

Labor MP Ed Husic has published a lengthy article arguing new legislation and industry self-regulatory measures pushed by the Government will “do little” to resolve the issue of Internet piracy, arguing the issue is a market problem and needs to be addressed by focusing on bad corporate behaviour instead.

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

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

Introducing Delimiter 2.0

This morning Delimiter gets a sister site, Delimiter 2.0. It'll feature longer, in-depth articles, but no advertising, and be monetised through a monthly subscription. Let us know what you think!

Microsoft’s Dynamics AX for Azure cloud to launch in Australia

Microsoft has announced that Dynamics AX, the latest version of its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software product, will soon be available in Australia and hosted in local data centres.

9,000 get on the Vodafone class action bus

Local law firm Piper Alderman today claimed to have collected the details of some 9,000 customers who were interested in taking part in a class action lawsuit against mobile telco VHA over its troubled Vodafone network hiccups over the past few months.

Adelaide Uni gives students free iPads

The University of Adelaide is calling it quits with paper-based textbooks and will hand out free iPads to students enrolling in a science degree in 2011, claiming the new Apple tablets will revolutionise the way science is taught at the institution.

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.

Costello says Qld should sell IT services units

A landmark report into the Queensland Government's financial position penned by Howard-era Treasurer Peter Costello has recommended the state government consider selling off its IT shared services unit, as there was no guarantee they could provide IT services to the government efficiently.

Video: Vodafone iPhone 4 Sydney launch

In this video, Vodafone takes us on a tour through its iPhone 4 launch in Sydney last night -- including its party for customers at the famous Ivy bar in the Sydney central business district. There are Vodafone dancing girls, bands and customers get massages and drinks from Vodafone staff!

Analysing cloud computing contracts: Video

The good chaps over at iTNews had a fascinating event last week where they sat down and got into the nitty gritty of cloud computing contracts — you know, the ones where you sign all your customer data away to the likes of Salesforce.com without reading any fine print, or host your sensitive secrets on Amazon Web Services. The videos make excellent viewing and we’ve watched quite a few this morning … when we were supposed to be doing proper work. So check them out, if you have the time and inclination.

Turnbull appoints new Communications Department secretary

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

Government launches ad campaign to support Innovation Agenda

The government says it is launching a public information and community engagement campaign to support the National Innovation and Science Agenda and help boost Australia’s economy.

Full Stephen Conroy Q+A video

This afternoon at an event in Sydney to launch a new Macquarie Telecom call centre, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy took questions from the press on the timing of the internet filter legislation, Brisbane's proposal to run broadband through sewers, and whether he or Kim Carr is Australia's Minister for Information Technology.

Plibersek data retention support “shameful”: Ludlam

Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam has labelled the revelation this week of relatively unqualified support for data retention and mass surveillance by Tanya Plibersek as "shameful", accusing the Deputy Labor Leader of being naive or manipulative in public statements made on the issue.

Australia not on Internet piracy watchlist, says Internet Australia

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

ACCC knocks back NBN Co contract

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision rejecting the 'Special Access Undertaking' (SAU) which will guide NBN Co's long-term relationship with the regulator and retail ISPs, noting that the contract had a great deal of merit but still needed work.

Further details emerge about NBN Katoomba fatality

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

Nintendo has sold 31,000 3DS units since March

Nintendo today claimed to have registered record Australian sales for its 3DS portable device, within weeks from the console's launch locally.

Qld Premier defends iPad first claim

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has been forced to defend her claim that the state is the first government to allow ministers to read their briefing notes via Apple iPad, with a number of commentators pointing out a similar move by the Australian Capital Territory revealed just weeks ago.

Conroy staffer + Telstra PR enters Parliament

Stephen Conroy might no longer be Communications Minister, and his party might no longer be in power, but the Victorian Labor Senator has just gained a new ally in Parliament, courtesy of the election of his former policy advisor and current Telstra regulatory affairs manager Tim Watts to Nicola Roxon's seat of Gellibrand.

Tech Mahindra takes control of VHA’s IT

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) today confirmed it had appointed Indian IT services giant Tech Mahindra as its new IT managed service provider, in a deal which the Australian Financial Review has valued at around $250 million.

Federal Govt supports R18+ game rating

Julia Gillard's Labor Federal Government today revealed it would support the introduction of an R18+ classification for video games at the upcoming meeting of state and federal attorneys-general on this Friday 10 December.

Three years on, RailCorp may get CIO

More than three years after it lost its last chief information officer, NSW State Government agency Railcorp has finally flagged plans to overhaul its IT executive management structure, in moves associated with the split into two separate divisions, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.

Talent manager builds on Windows Azure

Talent management firm PageUp People has picked Microsoft's Windows Azure public cloud computing platform to host its CareerPath application, according to a statement issued by Redmond late last week.

Vodafone NZ may buy TelstraClear

The nation's largest telco Telstra this morning revealed it was in talks to sell its New Zealand unit TelstraClear to Vodafone New Zealand, in a move which would finally put an end to speculation about the future of the struggling division, which has always found it hard to bring in profits from the Kiwi nation.

Quickflix signs streaming deal with HBO

Leading Australian online movie rental and streaming company Quickflix has announced a content licensing agreement with top US television company, Home Box Office, Inc (HBO). However, new shows won't hit Quickflix's archive until 12 to 18 months after they first show in the US.

Australia gets its own Y Combinator-type fund

A close-knit group of Australia's technology startup elite has formed a new seed fund that will offer small investment rounds and up-close mentoring to local technology startups, in a similar model to famed US incubator Y Combinator.

SA Govt awards $30m smartcard deal

The South Australian Government has handed the contract to redevelop its new smartcard-based public transport ticketing system in Adelaide to Xerox subsidiary Affliated Computer Services (ACS), in a $30 million deal announced yesterday.

Specsavers outsources key IT services to Accenture

Global optical chain Specsavers has partnered with professional services company Accenture to help manage its IT services as it focuses on increasing the digital side of its business.

Vodafone finally dumping ‘3’ brand

National mobile carrier Vodafone has taken another significant step to ditching the '3' brand it inherited with its merger with Hutchison, radically overhauling the brand's separate website and revealing plans to sign up no further new customers using the '3' labelling.

Tassie election internet law sparks protests

A number of civil liberties, privacy, consumer groups and individuals have started to express displeasure at what they claim are out-of-date laws regarding disclosure of personal information when Tasmanian residents comment online about the upcoming state election.

Are NBN Co execs paid too much?

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

NBN Co confirms flooding kills FTTN nodes

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

Govt to continue secret anti-piracy talks

The Federal Government would "closely examine" the High Court's judgement in the long-running copyright infringement case won by ISP iiNet over film and TV studios this morning, Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said this afternoon, as she noted that closed door talks held by her department on the matter would continue.

NBN Co faces wireless tower backlash

The National Broadband Network Company is under fire for an alleged lack of community consultation as it rolls out fixed wireless infrastructure across parts of regional Australia, with local councils expressing frustration at what they say is an 'apply first, consult later' pattern of behaviour.