British Airways workers to rally against Tata outsourcing of IT jobs

British Airways workers are to protest against the outsourcing of IT jobs to foreign workers employed by Tata Consultancy Services at a rally organised by general workers' union, the GMB.

Tassie Govt hack more serious than thought

It looks like the rogue group of Internet nuisances known as "S4t4n1c S0uls" didn't just break into the Tasmanian Government's media release distribution site recently, but also made off with a great deal of Government data.

Pirate Party Australia fails election rego again

For the second time in two years, Australia's division of the Pirate Party has failed key registration requirements determining its elegibility to contest major elections, with the group noting this week that it had fallen short of required numbers for the Australian Capital Territory's upcoming poll.

Up to $50m more for Fiona Stanley hospital IT

The Western Australian State Government has been forced to admit that the IT systems associated with the new Fiona Stanley Hospital being built in the state had blown out in cost by an amount expected to be between $25 million and $50 million, as delays continue to affect the opening of the new flagship facility.

Victory for Australian pirates as court blocks punitive damages

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

Delimiter is giving away a new Apple iPad

Our last giveaway, a Kindle Fire, went really well, and quite a few readers told me they would like to see more giveaways, so we've decided to give away another tablet -- and this time it's one of Apple's new iPads!

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.

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.

NBN Co conceals updated rollout stats

The National Broadband Network Company has declined to provide updated statistics relating to how many premises its predominantly fibre network has covered over the past two and half months, stating that it will only release updated details on its rollout every calendar quarter.

TPG releases unlimited NBN business plans

National broadband provider TPG has released a new range of National Broadband Network plans aimed at businesses, with the headline plan offering 100Mbps speeds and unlimited data and telephone usage for $120 per month.

Budget 2010: Border control’s $340m IT blowout

The Federal Government has allocated almost $340 million in funding towards technology related to border control in tonight's Budget -- including a $169.6 million top-up for the ongoing Systems for People project and $100.8 million for a new passports IT system.

IBM Australia goes through redundancy round

Global technology giant IBM is cutting jobs in its Australian operations, Delimiter can reveal, in a move which appears to be part of a broad global cull by Big Blue.

Sydney’s Bubble Gum studio raises $2.5m more

Sydney-based children's entertainment company Bubble Gum Interactive has raised another $2.5 million to help fund the expansion of its Little Space Heroes online game, adding to an initial $1 million raised in mid-2011.

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.

nbn project to hire 4,500 more staff

nbn this morning unveiled plans to train a further 4,500 workers to join the ranks of its construction partners and the company itself, in a move which Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hailed as a victory for a project he dubbed “The Coalition’s NBN”.

Telstra legislation to wait until 22 Feb

The legislation governing the potential break-up of Telstra's operations and the reform of Australia's telecommunications industry will be debated in the Federal Parliament starting 22 February.

AFR claims on NBN sale just plain “wrong”, says Fifield

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield today flatly rejected claims by the Financial Review newspaper that the Government was in talks to sell the bulk of the National Broadband Network to Telstra for as little as $20 billion, stating: "There are no plans to sell NBN".

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

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

‘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.

Four years later, Westpac will finally shift core banking to Celeriti

Four years after it first started talking about migrating its core banking platform to Celeriti, the next generation of CSC's Hogan system, and five years after it acquired St George, which already uses Hogan, top-tier bank Westpac has finally confirmed imminent plans to start taking action on the issue.

Did TSN tell its customers to churn away?

The Whirlpool forums of third-tier internet service provider TSN exploded with complaints over the weekend, with some users alleging that the ISP was recommending its customers churn to another provider as a result of a supplier dispute.

SAP Australia wins ‘biggest cloud deal ever’

German software giant SAP has won a substantial deal with the NSW Government’s Trade & Investment agency which it yesterday described as its biggest deployment of its Business ByDesign software as a service suite globally, and its first cloud platform win in the local public sector.

Photos: IBM’s datacentre in a shipping container hits Australia

Last week IBM launched its Portable Modular Data Centre solution in Australia. The unit is basically a self-contained datacentre located in a mobile shipping container. Prices range from US$700,000 to US$3 million, with site preparation and installation services not included. The launch follows similar product offerings by rivals such as Sun Microsystems (now owned by Oracle) in Australia over the past few years.

Turnbull’s Blue Book FoI funded: Thank you and next steps

The attempt to crowdfund a Freedom of Information campaign for the massive, 545 page 'Blue Book' departmental briefing received by new Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month is now fully funded and going ahead. This article is to thank readers for their support and to outline the next steps for the project.

End of an era for IIA as Coroneos retires

Australia's peak internet industry representative body is facing generational change, with its long-serving chief executive Peter Coroneos announcing yesterday he would retire after 13 years in the line of duty at the organisation.

Gillard must develop strategic IT plan, says analyst

Independent analyst firm Ovum has called on the Gillard government to publish a multi-year IT Strategic plan, claiming the state's public sector needed a new list of priorities following the knife-edge election, which resulted in a minority Labor Government.

Qld launches whole of government IaaS panel

The Queensland State Government has gone to market to set up a whole of government cloud computing panel which would allow its many departments and agencies to purchase IT infrastructure services in this category from a set list of suppliers.

Powermat chargers to hit Australia

The company behind the innovative range of Powermat cordless inductive charging devices has flagged plans to launch the products in Australia. Powermat chargers (pictured) allow...

Telstra unveils “double speed” USB modem

Telstra has unveiled a new USB modem that will allow customers to take advantage of the dual-carrier speed upgrade it switched on in its Next G mobile broadband network last month, saying the device would go on sale "later this year".

Symantec lets Australian engineers go

Global security giant Symantec this morning confirmed plans to make some of its Sydney-based engineers redundant, with the roles to go offshore.

Rivals NASH teeth as IBM wins e-health deal

IBM today revealed it had won a $23.6 million contract with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to deliver the Federal Government's National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) project.

Dell won’t talk Australian mobiles, tablets

Internationally, giant PC manufacturer Dell is expanding into Android-based smartphones and tablets left and right. But, at a press conference in Sydney yesterday, the company locally remained unable to confirm when the incoming wave of Dell devices would hit Australian shores.

Melbourne goes 3D-ish in Google Maps

Google appears to have switched on a feature in its geographical search product Google Maps which generates a partial 3D view of sections of Melbourne's central business district.

Aussie iPad pre-orders start Monday for 28 May

Apple will start taking online Australian iPad pre-orders tomorrow (Monday 10 May) as the iconic technology company prepares to start selling its new tablet device locally -- and in nine other countries around the globe -- on 28 May.

Archer quits as whole of government CIO

Seasoned public servant Glenn Archer has resigned from his role as whole of government chief information officer and from the Federal Government, just a year after taking it up as part of the split of the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

800 pound gorilla: Telstra throws its 4G weight around

The nation's largest telco Telstra this morning revealed it had more than 3.2 million devices operating on its 4G mobile network and that its 4G coverage was slated to reach 85 percent of the population by Christmas, in a move which will further solidify the company's 4G lead over its rivals.

Turnbull has “no-one else to blame”, Labor says on NBN cost blow-outs

The Opposition has blamed the up to $15 billion National Broadband Network funding blow-out revealed this morning on “poor decisions” and “wrong assumptions” made by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his stewardship of the project, as the war of words between the major parties on the issue ramps up.

Nintendo slashes Australian Wii price

Nintendo Australia announced today that it will slash $100 off the price of its flagship Wii console from $399.95 to $299.95, effective tomorrow, 29th April.

National incompetence: UK broadband massively improves while Australia dithers

UK telco regulator Ofcom has released a report showing that the country's average fixed-line broadband speed has dramatically improved by 11Mbps over the past five years, a period in which Australians have seen virtually no improvement due to a failure of the nation's politicians and telcos to agree on a unified upgrade path.

Internode has wanted Aussie WoW server for years

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

Atmail loses Raine & Horne as Office 365 slides in

Just two years after it announced a switch to the independent Atmail email platform, real estate giant Raine & Horne has revealed a migration to a new platform, with Microsoft's Office 365 and Exchange platforms getting the nod over for more than 3,000 staff.

Former Telstra staffer criticises offshoring initiatives

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

Troubled Optus slams NBN legislation

Optus has taken a sledgehammer to the Federal Government's proposed National Broadband Network legislation in flaming hot submissions to the Senate NBN committee, describing the option for the NBN Company to provide retail services as "deeply worrying".

Sydney iPhone 4 launch: Photos by Delimiter

In this last photo gallery of the Sydney iPhone 4 launch last night, Delimiter journalist Jenna Pitcher goes behind the scenes at Telstra to meet the crew from Masterchef -- and witnesses the cutting of a giant iPhone-shaped cake. Jenna also checks out the (lengthy) queue outside Optus' store down the street.

Politicians to attend Parliament House innovation ‘boot camp’

Federal MPs and senators will learn about coding and novel uses of technology at an innovation 'boot camp' today in Parliament House organised by tech giant Intel, along with students from five Canberra schools.

Good Guys partners with Airtasker on home installation

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

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.

“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.

Qld kicks off whole of Govt ICT audit

The new Liberal-National Party State Government in Queensland has announced it will conduct a six month whole of government audit into ICT systems used across the state public sector, in a bid to identify potential savings and efficiencies ahead of projected rationalisation of its ICT assets and processes.

Pollenizer coup: Dealised wins $5m round

Australian tech startup incubator Pollenizer has notched up another major success, announcing this morning that its Dealised company whose technology underpins Australian group buying site Spreets has taken a $5 million investment round led by a venture capital fund belonging to Singaporean telecommunications giant SingTel.

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.

Qld dumps cabinet ministers’ bags for iPads

The Queensland Government has revealed plans to become the first government in Australia to dump the traditional cabinet briefing bags full of paper documents and issue all of its ministers with iPads instead, for electronic access to the same information.

Telstra unhappy with ACCC ADSL regulation

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) decision to declare (regulate) a wholesale ADSL service and set an interim access determination for it has elicited strong reactions from Telstra and Optus. While Telstra expressed disappointment at the ACCC decision, Optus welcomed it as a significant win for both consumers and the industry.

Startup pays local to line up for iPad

Australian startup Airtasker has used its fledgling jobs board service to advertise for someone to line up outside the Sydney Apple store to buy the new iPad when it is launched this Friday in Australia.

Quigley slams “futile” wireless NBN debate

NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has again expressed his frustration with what he described as the "futile" ongoing debate about whether wireless technologies would make the mainly fibre-based National Broadband Network obsolete, arguing that both fixed and wireless technologies will be needed in the nation's future.

ATO hires its former Accenture account manager as CIO

The Australian Taxation Office appears to have taken the unorthodox step of appointing one of the key figures in its relationship with IT services partner Accenture, a 29-year veteran of the firm, as its new chief information officer.

Anonymous posts hacked AAPT data

The loose knit group of Internet activists known as 'Anonymous' over the weekend published some 3.5 gigabytes of data sourced from Australian telco AAPT, in protest against a wide-ranging package of surveillance and data retention reforms currently proposed by the Federal Government.

FTTN rollout hits 50,000 homes in record time

The NBN company today revealed its Fibre to the Node infrastructure was ready to be used at some 50,000 homes, a milestone that it reached just 51 days after formally launching the infrastructure in September.

Telstra publishes four page “transparency” report

The nation's biggest telco Telstra has published an extremely brief four page "Transparency Report" detailing a small amount of information about its interactions with law enforcement agencies, including the fact that it responded to over 40,000 requests for information over the six months to the end of 2013 alone.

Conroy: EFA deliberately misled public on filter

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has again accused the leaders of Electronic Frontiers Australia of deliberately misleading the Australian public in its campaign against the Government's internet filtering project.

Amazon’s virtual desktop hits Australia

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services today announced that its WorkSpaces virtual desktop platform was available to be delivered from its Sydney datacentre, in a move which may accelerate the adoption of virtual desktop infrastructure in Australia in general.

CA buys Sydney company Torokina

Global software giant CA Technologies yesterday revealed it had acquired a Sydney startup, Torokina Networks, which specialises in providing fault, several level and performance management technologies and services to support the implementation of next-generation mobile networks.

Xenophon wants Senate inquiry into cyber attacks following BoM breach

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has called for an urgent inquiry into cyber security following recent revelations that the Bureau of Meteorology’s systems have been breached, along with those of other government agencies.

Gamers 4 Croydon hails ‘fantastic’ Atkinson resignation

Gamers4Croydon has hailed the decision by South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson to step down as "fantastic", as the party nervously waits to find out if it won a Legislative Council seat in the state's election yesterday.

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.

When will Cisco stop selling the Flip in Australia?

Cisco this morning declined to issue a comment on the future of its Flip range of hand-held camcorders in Australia, after the company announced globally overnight that it would shut that side of its business down.

Netspace founders to leave post-iiNet deal

Netspace co-founders and sole investors Stuart Marburg and Richard Preen plan to leave the internet service provider before its $40 million acquisition by rival iiNet is completed by the end of April, iiNet chief Michael Malone revealed this afternoon.

Companies forgoing corporate UC for Skype

Australian enterprises have started using more public telephony and softphone services as part of their voice and video communications mix, analyst firm Telsyte has found -- with commodity platforms like Skype winning out ahead of more premium enterprise IT-focused offerings from the likes of Cisco and Avaya.

Victoria aims to be top NBN dog

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

Who will host an iPhone 4 launch party?

Despite a report to the contrary, none of Australia's major telcos will confirm whether they are planning to host a midnight launch party when Apple's new iPhone 4 goes on sale in Australia on Friday 30 July.

Qld Govt hitting “panic button” ICT policy, says Opposition

The Queensland Opposition has accused the incumbent Bligh Labor State Government of hitting the "panic button" in a belated attempt to enter "catch-up mode" when it comes to technology policy, with a state election looming on the horizon.

Kill software patents, says Pirate Party

In a call for an overhaul of the Innovation Patent System, Pirate Party Australia has made a submission to the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP), challenging the inclusion of software in the current patent system.

ACCAN CEO wins Charles Todd Medal for championing consumers

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) CEO Teresa Corbin has won this year's Charles Todd Medal for her efforts representing consumer interests throughout her almost 20 year career in the telecoms industry.

iiNet Labs fathers BoB Lite

National broadband company iiNet has extended its popular BoB integrated ADSL router product line with what it has billed as the first product to come out of its new in-house development labs -- a younger sibling dubbed BoB Lite.

Xenophon deal secures NBN business plan summary

After a week of fiery debate in the Senate and facing the prospect of its telecommunications industry restructuring bill being delayed, the Federal Government has agreed to release a summary of the business plan delivered to it several weeks ago by the National Broadband Network Company to clear its legislative path.

NBN future “clearly wireless”, claims Alan Jones

Radio shockjock Alan Jones made a statement riddled with factual errors about the Federal Government’s National Broadband Network project on his radio program this morning, describing it as a “white elephant” and a “disaster” and inaccurately claiming that the future of telecommunications is “clearly wireless”, rather than the mainly fibre model the NBN is mainly using.

Cloud burst: Oracle reveals second Australian datacentre

Oracle co-president Mark Hurd has used a visit to Australia over the past week to officially launch the company’s second local datacentre, which the US enterprise IT giant will use to expand the variety of cloud computing and hosted services it provides locally to Australian customers.

Treasury costings scant on NBN details

You might have expected that the Treasury's costings of the two major party's election policies -- released to the Independents and the media late yesterday -- would contain a fair amount of detail about how much each party's wildly differing broadband policy would cost.

Video: APC Magazine’s Master Builder final

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

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.

iiNet hints at new BoB in 2012

Dropping hints about new products due to be launched in 2012, iiNet Labs team member Simon Watt has revealed in a blog post this week that one of these is a major new broadband hardware product.

AFACT will appeal iiNet verdict

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and associated film and TV studios today revealed it would appeal the Federal Court's judgement against the...

Melbourne IT reveals extent of Oracle love-in

Domain name and hosting specialist Melbourne IT has for the first time revealed the full extent of its implementation of Oracle software as part of its $18 million systems revamp.

David Boyle appointed NAB CIO

The National Australia Bank has poached Ernst & Young Partner and long-time Accenture executive David Boyle to be its new chief information officer, following the departure of incumbent Denis McGee earlier this year.

Telstra cuts 651 jobs in offshoring move

The nation's largest telco has revealed it will cut some 651 Australian jobs in areas such as customer support, with some of the work to be absorbed by other workers locally and some to be offshored to facilities in countries such as the Phillipines.

PIPE founder, Gordon Bell invest in OrionVM

Australian cloud computing startup OrionVM today revealed it had taken angel investment capital from two high-profile technology sector luminaries: PIPE Networks co-founder Stephen Baxter and US engineer Gordon Bell, of Digital Equipment Corporation fame.

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...

Photos: Fujitsu opens Perth datacentre with sake for all

IT services giant Fujitsu this week opened what it billed as the nation's most advanced datacentre in Perth, signing up Commonwealth Bank subsidiary Bankwest as a key customer. The facility comprises 8000 square metres of tier three datacentre space, with three main general data halls and three smaller halls for companies requiring dedicated private suites.

Fiona Stanley Hospital IT gets $40m more

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

Samsung’s Galaxy S II hits Optus early June

Optus today confirmed the mobile phone which giant gadget blog Engadget has rated as possibly the best smartphone bar none will go on sale through its network in "early June", and will be available on a range of plans starting from $63 per month in total on a 24 month contract.

Research: Netflix now reaches over a million households in Australia

The number of Australian households with a Netflix subscription rose in October to top one million, according to data from Roy Morgan Research.

‘Please explain’, Conroy tells Hockey on filter

The office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy tonight challenged Shadow Treasurer to explain the Coalition's opposition revealed this afternoon to Labor's controversial internet filter policy.

Revamped Telstra plans bundle yearly handset upgrade

The nation's largest telco Telstra has launched two new ranges of mobile phone plans, in addition to offering customers the option to pay $10 a month extra for the ability to trade in their smartphone once a year for a new model.

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...

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.

Anonymous takes filter protest to the streets

The loose coalition of individuals who attacked Federal Government technology infrastructure last week under the banner of "Anonymous" has unveiled plans to take its protest against the internet filtering initiative to the streets.

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.

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.

Nobody has connected to NBN at 100Mbps, claims Christopher Pyne

Federal Shadow Education Minister Christopher Pyne has inaccurately claimed on national radio that the National Broadband Network has not connected any customers at speeds of 100Mbps, despite the fact that in fact, 44 percent of NBN customers connected so far to the project's fibre infrastructure have taken up such speeds.

IT’S DEAD: Opposition to block Labor’s filter

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey tonight revealed the Coalition would block Labor's mandatory internet filtering policy in parliament, in a move that will signal...

Yelp launches in Australia; but will it fly?

US-based community led search site Yelp has ventured into Australia through a local version of its site. The website is a platform for sharing opinions and recommendations on businesses and services in the neighbourhood.

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.

BlackBerry PlayBook to hit Australia in June

Research In Motion (RIM) has confirmed that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will launch in Australia in June this year, but has not yet been able to confirm any further pricing or availability details.

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.

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".

Whirlpool users support NBN opt-out policy

An extensive survey of broadband users by online forum Whirlpool has found that most support the so-called ‘opt-out’ approach to rolling out the National Broadband Network, and that overall sentiment towards the NBN policy as a whole has rapidly improved over the past several years.

NBN Co releases final telco contract

The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has published the final executable version of its contract with retail telcos. The 12-month contract was drawn up after five iterations and extensive consultations with the industry.

Pollenizer receives best job application ever

Melbourne’s James Goldie sent this video to Australian startup consultancy Pollenizer to apply for a job as a project/product manager. It just might be the best job application ever.

Greens unveil rival cyber-safety policy

The Australian Greens has released its own cyber-safety policy to rival that of the two major parties, with the central planks being an obligation for ISPs to offer PC- or modem-based filtering technology to customers, stronger cybercrime law enforcement and better research and education in the field.

Status quo remains in Telstra’s South Brisbane

The nation's largest telco Telstra has confirmed it will not address several of the largest complaints by other ISPs about the way it is handling its new fibre rollout in the South Brisbane exchange area, despite signing a new accord regarding the region with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

‘Improved’ telco consumer protection code released

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

Kindle Paperwhite lands at Dick Smith, Big W

Amazon has announced that it will shortly selling the new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite unit through Australian retailers Dick Smith and Big W.

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.

We predicted NBN construction blow-outs: Turnbull

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull late last week claimed the Opposition and sections of the telecommunications industry had predicted the NBN construction costs would blow out beyond the Government's estimates, in the wake of news that NBN Co had been forced to halt its tendering process in the area, after negotiations with suppliers broke down over price.

Queensland Health kicks off iPad trial

Queensland Health this week revealed it was running a trial of Apple's hyped iPad tablet, deploying the device within its administrative employees -- although tests with clinical staff have not yet kicked off.

“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".

ABS to permanently store personal data from Australian census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced that it will retain personal data collected in the 2016 census – a move that goes against the recommendation of a privacy impact assessment report that it commissioned 10 years ago.

Insider Robin Payne appointed NBN Co CFO

The National Broadband Network Company, the company constructing Australia’s national broadband network, has appointed Robin Payne, Chief Financial Officer. Payne has been acting as CFO, succeeding Jean-Pascal Beaufret, who retired in January 2012.

Eftel buys Engin from Seven

Diversified media group Seven has offloaded its ill-fated Internet telephony business Engin for just $9.1 million, in the second move by Seven this year to shift its emphasis away from failed investments in Australia’s telecommunications sector.

Victoria Police links IT failure to tragic death

The sustained inability of Victoria Police to deliver major IT projects appears to have come home to roost at the organisation, with the force this morning laying part of the blame for an 11-year-old boy's death this week at the doorstep of its ailing IT systems, which failed to provide officers with sufficient information to apprehend an offender in a timely manner.

AAPT sends Sydney call centre offshore

Australian telecommunications company AAPT confirmed today the migration of 80 call centre jobs in Glebe, Australia to an offshore customer call centre in Manila, Philippines.

NSW Police deploys on-body Fujitsu camera solution

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

Gillard hack a “wake-up call”, say security experts

The rogue attackers who are suspected of hacking into the parliamentary computers of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and others could have already covered their traces, a security expert said this week, as news of the apparent break-in sent shock waves through Australia's security community.

Opposition would cancel Telstra deal

The Opposition has slammed NBN Co's $11 billion deal with Telstra announced this afternoon, describing it as Labor's “desperate” attempt to progress its National Broadband Network policy “by throwing billions of dollars of taxpayers' cash at it”, and adding that it would cancel the deal if elected.

Conroy misleads public on Internet filter

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

Budget 2011: Govt discloses NBN equity payments

The Federal Government has used tonight’s annual budget to provide further detail about how it will inject equity funding into its flagship National Broadband Network project, to meet its capital requirements over the next decade as it rolls out infrastructure around the nation.

Who are Australia’s richest technologists?

We've always loved the annual rich list published by Fairfax magaxine Business Review Weekly. It's like gossip for the absolute top end of town. Each year you get to gloat as you see how family millionaires' fortunes fell a little this year on the rankings, and enjoy the success of young guns rising to the top on the back of their own effort.

‘Keen’ NAB joins global cloud alliance

National Australia Bank has become the latest Australian banking giant to flag an interest in the emerging cloud computing space, joining a global alliance of customers and vendors last week to help steer data centre requirements for the cloud.

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.

Budget 2011: Turnbull warns of NBN “charade”

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has labelled the Federal Government's continued approach of keeping the cost of building its flagship National Broadband Network project off the annual budget books a "charade", in the wake of early take-up figures of the network's services which the Coalition views as being less than expected.

$90,000 fine: Microsoft busts Qld pirate

Software giant Microsoft yesterday revealed it had successfully prosecuted a Queensland man who was selling counterfeit copies of the company's software packages, with a judge this week ruling the defendant would have to pay Microsoft $90,000 in civil damages and the man separately pleading guilty to several dozen counts of fraud.

iPad Sydney queue video: First in line

Rahul Koduri is first in line to buy an Apple iPad at Sydney's Apple store. He works in a Telstra shop, studies engineering and develops iPhone and iPad apps.

Video: Five ways to defeat the filter

Digital rights lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia has published this video consisting of five easy ways to defeat the Labor Federal Government's mandatory internet filtering scheme. The technology has not yet been implemented, but has already been trialled.

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.

CommBank upgrades to IE7

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has told staff it will shortly be upgrading their desktop browser from version 6 of Microsoft's Internet Explorer software to version 7.

Telstra boosts broadband bundle quotas

As it promised several weeks ago, Telstra has upped the included data quotas on some of its home bundled packages as part of its launch of its T-Box flagship integrated media centre, which goes on sale this week.

Whole of Govt CIO Archer joins Gartner

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

Optus pumps 2.3Gbps total through 4G towers

Optus last week announced it had achieved what it described as "a massive world first", generating a total of 2.3 gigabits per second (Gbps) site throughput on one of its custom-built mobile phone towers.

Telstra customers threaten desertion over P2P trial

Telstra's plans to kick off a trial that will see it throttle some peer to peer services on its ADSL broadband network have been met with an outraged reaction from its customers, with many instantly threatening to cancel their services and take their business elsewhere if the trial goes ahead.

Australia’s Internet freedom being eroded, Greens warn

The Australian Greens have issued a broad statement warning Australians that their Internet freedom is being steadily 'eroded', with a wide swathe of government initiatives in areas ranging from surveillance to data retention, to the freedom of expression and privacy set to affect the nation over the coming years.

Optus’ Interpol filter goes live

Optus has confirmed it has now put in place the voluntary filter that rival Telstra has had running for nearly a month. A spokesperson for Optus said today that the Interpol filter was put into operation “last thing” on Friday, and has been ‘live’ for customers over the weekend.

Data#3 flags job cuts: Read the internal email

There was one little fact which Data#3 didn't disclose to investors during its financial results briefing session this week: Job cuts

NBN: An electoral house divided

The Tasmanian State Election has shown Australia's politicians just how critical broadband can be as a hot button political issue. But the complete failure of the issue to register in the simultaneous poll being held in South Australia provides a balancing view for the informed observer, showing that broadband will not always be front of mind in every decision the Australian electorate makes; at least not yet.

NT Police rapidly expanding use of facial recognition technology

news The Northern Territory Police Force has revealed it is rapidly expanding its use of facial recognition technology it has purchased from Japanese vendor...

NBN blogger predicted FTTN congestion seven months ago

A prominent blogger about the National Broadband Network appears to have predicted significant congestion problems with the Coalition's preferred Fibre to the Node technology about seven months before early FTTN adopters started revealing them in the past week.

Four ISPs left — and Internode’s the point five, says Malone

There are only "four and a half" meaningful players left in Australia's internet service provider market, iiNet supremo Michael Malone said today -- with companies like Primus, Eftel and others just not relevant any more in terms of providing competition.

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

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

An unusual entrance at Pollenizer’s Christmas party

Web startup consultancy and seed fund Pollenizer last night held its Christmas party on the balcony above its Surry Hills, Sydney offices, in coalition with the Silicon Beach community of local tech startups. At one stage, co-founder Mick Liubinskas makes an unusual entrance, introduced by the company's other co-founder, Phil Morle.

VMware appoints new Asia-Pacific chief

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

Fujitsu toasts cloud SAP deal

Fujitsu this morning revealed its push into the local cloud computing market was starting to bear fruit, with local beverage giant Frucor contracting the IT services giant to provide it with a cloud computing-based implementation of a SAP platform.

Greens, independents demand NBN Co business plan

The Greens and key independent MPs have requested that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy table the business plan which has been delivered to the Government by NBN Co.

Attorney-General’s Dept seeks BitTorrent advice

The Federal Attorney-General's Department has invited major Australian ISPs and content owners to meet with officials and discuss the current landscape with regard to online copyright infringement, as it seeks to advise the Government on the current landscape and the views held by different sides of the debate.

Federal Govt kicks off cloud purchasing cycle

The Federal Government's centralised IT strategy branch has kicked off a major purchasing initiative which will inform the way it purchases infrastructure-, software- and platform-as-a-service offerings over the next few years.

Madness? Govt considers ERP shared services scheme that failed states

The Federal Government has started discussing the possibility of setting up a shared services function that would provide centralised Enterprise Resource Planning services to various departments and agencies, despite the fact that this very same model has abjectly failed several Australian State Governments over the past half-decade and been abandoned.

Linux fans file ACCC complaint over Win8 boot

A number of Australian Linux users have filed a formal complaint with the national competition regulator over what many perceive to be restrictive practices introduced in upcoming Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system which may stop many mass-market computers from being able to boot alternatives such as Linux.

Experts agree: Labor’s NBN ads are false

A trio of Australia's most prominent telecommunications analysts have reportedly backed complaints by the Coalition that much of Labor's election campaign material about the National Broadband Network contains outright lies or otherwise misleading material.

M2 to merge with Vocus

Mid-tier telcos M2 and Vocus this morning announced they would merge into a large company with a market capitalisation in excess of $3 billion, in a move that will further cement M2’s place as Australia’s fourth-largest broadband player and further consolidate the already minimalist Australian telecommunications industry.

ANZ’s startup accelerator reveals next class

The Innovyz START startup accelerator program recently launched by ANZ Bank has revealed the second 10 startups to which it will attract funding and mentorship, with the major of successful startups originating in South Australian capital city Adelaide.

Australia doesn’t want 100Mbps internet, says Turnbull

High-profile Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has slammed Labor’s National Broadband Network Policy in an impassioned speech, describing it as “a gigantic torching of taxpayers’ money” and claiming most of Australia doesn’t want 100Mbps fibre internet.

Nationals Leader grossly inaccurate on NBN

The Federal Leader of the Nationals, Warren Truss, has again made a number of major factually incorrect public statements with respect to Labor's National Broadband Network project, in an extended interview on the topic riddled with mis-statements about the project and his own party's rival policies.

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.

Australia Post reveals digital mailbox plan

Australia Post has announced that what it has described as a "Digital Mailbox" will be offered free to every Australian this year.

When will Aussie Android developers be able to sell apps?

Google has issued a terse statement on the issue of Australian software developers not being able to sell apps through its app market for the Android platform, saying it's "working hard" on bringing Australia up to speed with the rest of the world, but doesn't have a due date just yet.

Coalition kicks off promised PCEHR review

As promised during the Federal Election, the new Coalition Government has kicked off a formal review into Labor's extremely troubled Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record initiative, with Health Minister Peter Dutton claiming the previous administration had wasted "over a billion dollars" on the project.

SA Housing Trust dumping mainframe, possibly for cloud ERP

The South Australian Housing Trust has revealed plans to undertake a project to replace its mainframe-based business systems, with one option being considered being to shift onto a modern cloud computing platform for the provision of its services.

Internet Australia says broadband should be human right

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

Govt opens debate on children’s online safety

The Federal Government has issued a detailed discussion paper canvassing various options through which it can deal with the issue of children's safety on the Internet, including the potential establishment of a children's e-safety commissioner, developing an effective complaints system to deal with offensive material on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and even the potential establishment of a new cyber-bullying offence.

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.

Telstra signs up first Next G wholesaler

The nation's largest telco Telstra today revealed it had signed up the first telco customer to resell its flagship Next G network, with the company being itself a wholesaler of telecommunications services named iTelecom Wholesale.

Daily Telegraph repeatedly wrong in NBN reports

The Australian Press Council has expressed concern about the Daily Telegraph's coverage of the Federal Government's National Broadband Network project, backing a local critic's complaint that three articles in a short period of time had contained "inaccurate or misleading assertions" about the NBN.

PlayStation Vita now available for Aussie pre-order

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia announced yesterday in Sydney, the pre-order details for its next generation portable gaming and entertainment system, PlayStation Vita, launching in stores across Australia on February 23 next year. Pre-orders for PS Vita will be available through select Australian retailers including GAME, EB Games and JB Hi-Fi.

Litany of problems: Internal NBN doc warns of FTTN failures

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

Buy a HTC 7 Trophy, get a free XBOX 360 [mkt]

Been working up the courage to ask your spouse if you can buy an XBOX 360? Now you don't have to. Vodafone has a special until the end of March where if you buy one a HTC 7 Trophy handset on a $49 or higher monthly plan, you'll get a free XBOX plus either one of Microsoft's new Kinect motion-tracking controllers or a copy of Fable III or Halo Reach.

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

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

Fifield rejects concerns about $641m NBN FTTN blowout

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield this afternoon refused to substantially answer questions in the Senate about leaked internal NBN documents showing that the cost of remediating Telstra's copper network has blown out by a factor of ten times to $641 million, instead attacking Labor for its performance with respect to the project.

Greens finalise NBN joint committee

The Australian Greens today revealed it had reached an agreement with the Government to create a new parliamentary Joint Committee to oversee the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Telstra confirms Ericsson deal talks

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

Optus launches Wi-Fi calling, SMS

SingTel subsidiary Optus today revealed it had launched a smartphone app dubbed “Wi-Fi Talk” that would allow customers to make and receive calls and SMS over a Wi-Fi network, instead of through the company’s mobile network.

Online CRM battle: Microsoft Australia declares war

Microsoft's global war against software rivals and Oracle flared up dramatically on Australian shores this morning, as the company launched the software as a service version of its popular Dynamics CRM suite locally with a slew of partners and its first customer, in addition to an aggressive pricing scheme.

AGIMO drafts cloud computing strategy

The word 'Government' has virtually been a taboo subject within local cloud computing circles for the past decade, with most agreeing the public sector was too security-conscious to consider hosting data in what it has traditionally seen as risky environments. But all that may be about to change.

NBN HFC trial achieves 84Mbps/33Mbps average speeds

The NBN company today revealed it had completed its HFC cable in the Queensland region of Redcliffe and was on track for a June commercial launch of the technology, with users on the trial achieving average downlaod speeds of 84Mbps and average upload speeds of 33Mbps.

TechOne’s CRM package a hit

Australian software vendor TechnologyOne this week revealed it had landed five major local deals in the last quarter for its customer relationship management (CRM) software. The vendor's solution is set to replace a rival Microsoft platform at one of these sites, and believes its CRM solution be in use by over 10,000 people in the near future.

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.

Consumer group has piracy conflict of interest

A substantial conflict of interest issue has arisen regarding the participation by the sole consumer group invited to attend the Government's secret Internet piracy talks, with the group's chairman attending the meetings also currently leading the peak national organisation devoted to advocating copyright on behalf of creative professionals.

NBN Co gets permanent North Sydney digs

NBN Co has taken out an eight-year lease on three levels (10,11 and 12) in the Innovation Place building on 100 Arthur St in North Sydney as its permanent Sydney office.

Senate to force Turnbull to publish NBN Review

Labor and the Greens are likely to team up in the Senate today to force Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to publish next Monday the full Strategic Review which will guide the future of the National Broadband Network project.

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.

CSC core to $55.7m Defence eHealth project

The Department of Defence this morning unveiled plans to build a $55.7 million electronic health system to maintain records about armed forces personnel, commissioning IT services companies CSC and Oakton to assist it with the work.

Police target Gumtree Internet pirate

Officers from Green Valley Local Area Command and investigators from Australian Screen Association have executed a search warrant on a residential address in Busby, NSW during which they discovered a large number of allegedly illegally stored film and television titles.

Mana Bar expands to Sydney, Melbourne

"After only four months of being open, I can confirm that we will be expanding and opening up Mana Bars in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as internationally," said owner Guy 'Yug' Blomberg today.

Avaya picks up Defence switching work

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

“Cooked books”: Abbott misleads on NBN

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

Vodafone UK dumps telephone line rental on broadband plans

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

Telstra’s structural separation: It’s here

Depending on who you talk to, it's been coming since deregulation in 1997. Yesterday Communications Minister Stephen Conroy released draft versions of the regulatory instruments through which Telstra will be forced to structurally separate its operations into different whole and retail divisions, a process which will likely mainly be achieved though the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Future-Proofing Your Data Centre: Photos

CeBIT Australia today held the Future-Proofing Your Data Centre conference in Sydney. In attendance was Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, who outlined the Federal Government’s new datacentre strategy. Check out all the photos.

Australian standard published for IT governance

Australia's peak standards-setting body in late December claimed to have published what it described as "a significant new standard" that would support in successfully governing major information technology projects.

After 16 years, ANAO picks Unisys again for IT

The Australian National Audit Office this morning revealed it had renewed its extremely long-running relationship with US-headquartered IT outsourcer Unisys, in a move which will push the pair's partnership close to the 20 year mark and raise questions about the degree to which the agency is engaging in competitive tendering.

ANZ Bank renews Optus telco deals

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

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.

4G Galaxy Note II hits Australia next week

Want a larger version of Samsung's Galaxy S III handset? With a stylus and decent handwriting recognition? And 4G speeds to boot? You're in luck. Korean electronics giant Samsung announced last night at a Sydney event packed with ... well, hype and B-grade celebrities such as Todd Sampson.

Our Prime Minister may have been factually inaccurate on 7:30 on NBN copper costs

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have made a statement on national television which may have been factually inaccurate regarding the National Broadband Network, claiming on 7:30 tonight that the cost of remediating Telstra's copper network was not ten times the amount originally estimated, despite evidence to the contrary.

Telstra launches Voice over LTE, 600Mbps mobile hotspot

news The nation’s largest telco Telstra this week revealed it would shortly launch 4G Voice over LTE calling over its mobile network, in a...

Atlassian snatches Bitbucket

Australia-headquartered software company Atlassian has made its first buy since taking $60 million in venture capital investment in July -- picking up, a web-hosted service that has 60,000 users.

Vodafone, 3 Mobile, Telstra, Optus to offer iPad plans

Mobile carrier VHA today revealed it would offer dedicated iPad pricing plans for all of the models of Apple's new tablet from the end of May in Australia on both its 3 and Vodafone brands.

HP opens giant NSW datacentre (photos)

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

Vodafone turns on 4G in Tasmania

Vodafone has switched on its 4G (LTE) network in Tasmania, following successful live trials in recent weeks in West Moonah, Cambridge, New Norfolk, Warrane and Hobart Airport, and has confirmed plans to expand its coverage across the state in the coming months.

Westpac demotes CIO, makes CTO redundant

Westpac Banking Group has dramatically shaken up its senior IT executive team, slicing some responsibilities away from previous top IT dog Clive Whincup and reportedly making its chief technology officer Jeff Jacobs redundant.

Telstra delays NBN vote

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

Aussie invoicing startup Invoice2go raises $15 million

Australian-founded invoicing startup Invoice2go has raised $15 in investment capital to continue its mission of simplifying invoicing for small businesses.

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

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

Tasmania flags telco contract overhaul

The Tasmanian State Government has lifted the lid on a major overhaul of the way it buys voice and mobile telecommunications services, in an initiative which could see other providers take more of the telco spending pie it currently mainly allocates to Telstra.

ICT Audit largely clears Federal Govt of problems

A comprehensive ICT audit of the Federal Government's ICT operations has largely found they are sound and performing to required standards, with expenditure within appropriate levels and only a small proportion of major ICT projects at risk.

Which Victorian schools will get iPads?

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike this morning revealed the full list of seven Victorian Government schools -- five colleges and two primary schools -- and one children's hospital that will participate in the state's iPads in education trial.

Govt invites feedback on $8m startup incubator initiative

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

GPs call for $31m in e-health funding

A network of general practitioner doctors has called for $31 million in funding into electronic health projects to be allocated in the next Federal Government budget.

Telstra, NBN offshoring copper support to India

The NBN company and its partner Telstra appear to be offshoring support for Telstra's ageing copper network to India, with consultants in that country to be responsible for ensuring that broadband users can receive acceptable services over the copper that facilitates the Fibre to the Node model.

AGD ASIO’s “puppet”, claims Pirate Party

Digital rights political party the Pirate Party Australia this week claimed that a parliamentary submission made by the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) arguing for substantially increased government electronic surveillance powers indicated that the Department was little more than a "puppet" and "lobbyist for law enforcement and intelligence agencies".

“Cheap buy”: Budde and Ludlam believe the NBN will be sold to Telstra

Senior figures Paul Budde and Senator Scott Ludlam this week said they expected that the only company likely to buy a privatised National Broadband Network would be Telstra, as speculation continues to mount about a sale of Australia's largest ever infrastructure project before it is even finished.

Crowdsourced NBN think tank launches Senate submission

A loose-knit collective of Australian technologists has formed what it has dubbed an online crowdsourced think tank focused around the National Broadband Network project and has started putting together a submission to the NBN Senate Select Committee which will argue for a network built on the best available 'fit for purpose' technology - not on political ideology.

Budget 2010: $375.4m to fix crappy bush TV signal

The Federal Government has allocated $375.4 million over the next 12 years in tonight's budget to building its new satellite platform for providing digital free to air television services across the nation.

Turnbull resigns as Communications Minister to challenge Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull has reportedly resigned his post as Communications Minister and from Federal Cabinet to challenge Tony Abbott for the Prime Ministership, in a move that has the potential to result in a dramatic shake-up of the way the National Broadband Network project is run.

Perth to Geraldton NBN backbone lights up

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

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.

50Mbps “only a milestone” as Germany targets “gigabit society”

Germany's top technology minister Alexander Dobrindt and the heads of its telcos have reportedly described 50Mbps broadband speeds as only a "milestone" on the country's broadband roadmap, which will ultimately culminate in a "gigabit society".

Optus launches commercial femtocell service

The nation's number two telco Optus has ramped up its trial of femtocell technology into a fully-fledged commercial service offered across all of Australia's capital cities and large regional centres, with the flagship offer over the service seeing customers pay as little as $5 a month for unlimited calls nationally.

How many staff have already left NBN Co?

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

Telstra deploys eHealth record solution for St John of God

Telstra Health has announced it has deployed an electronic medical record (EMR) system at St John of God Midland public and private hospitals in Perth.

Foxtel wants IPTV locked to Telstra

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

Australians love the Pirate Bay, warns AFACT

The Australian organisation tasked with protecting the copyright of film and television studios locally has warned the nation has a love affair with BitTorrent haven the Pirate Bay and other sites which allow files to be traded online through peer to peer file sharing technologies.

Full speech: Paul O’Sullivan pumps big telco ideas

In this landmark speech delivered at the Kickstart Forum on the Gold Coast on Sunday 28 February, Optus chief Paul O'Sullivan attempts to reinvigorate debate in Australia's telecommunications sector about the National Broadband Network, Telstra's role, and the future of content regulation.

Can Australia lead global cloud market?

The Australian Government’s IT industry advisory body has stated in a report that the nation has the scope to become a global leader in cloud computing technology and drive innovation and productivity.

$408 outright: Telcos discount Galaxy Tab

Telstra and Vodafone have dramatically chopped their list price for the 7" version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet by more than half in some cases, with the device now costing as little as $408 outright -- compared to $999 when the tablet first launched in the closing months of 2010.

Turnbull NBN advisor leaves key facts out of MTM defence

An influential advisor to Malcolm Turnbull has published a spirited defence of the Coalition's controversial Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN, but without including key facts which show a stark difference between the MTM model and similar policies in comparable countries.

Krome puts staff on notice

Local video game studio Krome this morning confirmed staff at its Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane studios have been issued a notice, with the fate of studios and staff to be decided at the conclusion.

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.

Mac Uni adopts hundreds of iPads

Macquarie University this week revealed it had already deployed "hundreds" of iPads to meet staff demand for the hyped Apple tablet -- just a scant few months after the device launched in Australia in late May this year.

Feisty iiNet debuts wireless bridge

The flow of consumer electronics products emerging from the fledgling laboratory operation of national broadband provider iiNet shows no signs of stopping, with the company this week announcing it plans to shortly bring a 'wireless bridge' product to market.

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 gets two new 4G Motorola handsets

Google subsidiary Motorola has revealed it will launch two new Android-based handsets in Australia in the last three months of 2012, the RAZR M and the RAZR HD, with both models to be available exclusively through the nation's largest telco Telstra -- and supporting 4G speeds.

News aggregator Wotnews shuts down

Australian Internet news aggregator Wotnews has announced it will shut the site down to focus on its sister site WeAreHunted, potentially leaving site investor and multimillionaire Graeme Wood out of pocket.

Conroy’s NBN stalling may cause Greens pullout

The Greens have reportedly threatened to pull their support for the Federal Government's controversial telecommunications reform legislation due to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy's decision not to yet release the National Broadband Implementation study.

NBN Co now a wireless telco: Slattery

Labor's deal with the independents to roll out the National Broadband Network to regional areas first means it will now necessarily have to place a big emphasis on the wireless component of the network's construction, according to Pipe Networks managing director and long-time NBN critic Bevan Slattery.

BlackBerry 10 Jam, Sydney: Photo gallery

Last week Research in Motion held the Sydney leg of its BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour series of developer events to promote its upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Turnbull faces questions on NBN journalist bullying

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has faced a number of questions from the media over the past 24 hours as to whether his actions towards ABC journalist Nick Ross and others has constituted 'bullying' journalists with respect to the contentious National Broadband Network issue in his portfolio.

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.

Watch out, CIOs — CMOs are stealing chunks of your IT spend

Chief marketing officers are increasingly making technology decisions for their organisations, according to a new study published today by technology analyst firm Telsyte.

Vodafone kicks off NBN trial

'Better late than never' appears to be Vodafone's catch phrase with respect to the National Broadband Network, with the mobile telco revealing today it had formalised a deal with NBN Co to conduct trials on the company's fledgling fibre network as it is rolled out in the NSW town of Armidale over the next few months.

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.

HTC Desire S heads to Telstra

Telstra is hoarding new smartphones in Barcelona, with the telco confirming today it would exclusively bring the next-generation HTC Desire S to Australia in 2011, in a move which echoes its lockdown control on the distribution of the original HTC Desire throughout 2010.

Optus lacks vision and strategy, says Budde

Telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has published an entry in his blog thanking Optus, Australia’s second largest telco, on its 20th birthday for its contribution to telecommunications in the country over the last two decades, but also cautioning it on its lack of a vision for the future.

Health departments shun official iPad trials

Consumers love it. Business professionals in a wide range of fields love it. Politicians (hello, Mr Turnbull) love it. Even babies love it. And increasingly, doctors and other medical professionals love it. But six months after the iPad launched in Australia and with the hyped Apple tablet selling like hotcakes, Australia’s health departments don’t yet appear to be that interested in the device.

Defying the Senate: Turnbull to release NBN Review by end of 2013

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has signalled he will defy a Senate order to publish by next Monday the full Strategic Review which will guide the future of the NBN project, stating instead that he expects the document to be released by the end of 2013.

Senate committee recommends ‘take down’ legislation over revenge porn

A new report from the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee has recommended that government be given powers to take down 'non-consensual sharing of intimate images', otherwise known as 'revenge porn'.

Comcast runs successful real-world test of gigabit HFC

In what it is calling a "world first", Comcast has switched on gigabit hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) broadband at a home in the US.

McClelland, Carr exit technology-related portfolios

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has shifted Federal parliamentarians Kim Carr and Robert McLelland out of their respective industry and attorney-general ministerial portfolios, in shifts that will have a dramatic effect upon how the nation's technology sector will deal with the top levels of government over at least the next year.

Woolworths reviews Telstra contract

Retail giant Woolworths has confirmed it is currently reviewing its requirements for wide-ranging telecommunications services in a process that will test the fitness of...

FetchTV fail: iiNet has just 10,000 customers

National broadband provider iiNet today revealed that it had so far only signed up 10,000 customers to the FetchTV platform it launched in mid-2010, representing only a tiny success rate in converting its 824,000 ADSL broadband customers to the system.

TPG considering unlimited NBN plan

National broadband provider TPG is reportedly considering launching a National Broadband Network pricing plan offering unlimited download quota, similar to its popular existing ADSL2+ unlimited plans.

Closed Govt: Coalition may walk away from transparency

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

Telstra’s biggest rivals: Google, Apple, Facebook?

Telstra's biggest competition in future may come not from traditional telcos, but from innovative players like Google, Apple and Facebook, according to one analyst -- and the big T may not be prepared for what's coming.

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St George trials Apple iBeacon in branches

Westpac subsidiary St George Bank has revealed plans to deploy a trial of Apple's iBeacon technology in three Sydney branches, in a move which will see customers' iPhones sent a welcome message and "tailored information" when they enter a branch.

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

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

Turnbull’s NBN blowout caused by MTM, says Quigley

Former NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley has stated that the up to $15 billion blowout in the cost of the National Broadband Network was due to the Multi-Technology Mix imposed by Malcolm Turnbull, using previous comprehensive audits of the company as evidence.

Foxtel makes $1.9 billion bid for Austar

In a move long reported to be in the wings, Foxtel has made a bid to acquire fellow pay TV operator Austar, in a move which would create a much larger consolidated company which would dominate the subscription entertainment market in Australia.

Railcorp renews Fujitsu outsourcing deal

NSW transport body Railcorp has extended its IT outsourcing arrangement with Japanese IT services giant Fujitsu for another three years for an undisclosed sum.

Qld expansion: Optus beefs up 4G coverage

Optus has revealed that it has rapidly expanded its 4G coverage in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as the SingTel subsidiary races to catch up with the more widespread coverage offered by Australia’s largest 4G network operated by Telstra.

Morrow hints at long-term FTTP upgrade for MTM NBN

The chief executive of the NBN company has stated in a radio interview that the National Broadband Network will eventually go to "the same place" as Labor's original Fibre to the Premises model through continual upgrades to the network over time, in a move which appears to offer long-term hope for those displeased by the Government's controversial multi-technology model.

Attorney-General won’t confirm TSSR bill revamp

Attorney-General George Brandis has refused to confirm whether the Government will accede to the Opposition’s demand that it provide a revised draft of its planned telco national security bill, in the wake of loud complaints from Australia’s entire technology sector about the controversial legislation.

Turnbull lobbies US Congress to pass TPP

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull overnight told business executives in the United States that he would be lobbying US Congress to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty during his visit to Washington DC, despite recent reports claiming that the treaty will deliver very little benefit to Australia.

‘Why am I here?’ wonders Brumbies player

We couldn't help but be amused by this video shot at the opening of CA's new Canberra office. Not only does Senator Kate Lundy wax a little too lyrical about "one of the most exciting projects I've seen for a long time" -- the implementation of CA performance analysis software for the Brumbies -- but we couldn't help feeling Brumbies player Patrick Phibbs probably wished he was somewhere else during the entire process. Uncomfortable, much?

NBN Co in-sources contact centre

In what appears to be something of a reversal of a previous outsourcing strategy, the National Broadband Network Company has announced that it would set up a new contact centre located at Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The centre would be ready for operations in the second half of this year, and is expected create more than 130 jobs.

THQ closes Aussie game studios

Multinational video game publisher THQ overnight in the US revealed it would close two development studios in Australia and a team in Arizona, with the move to affect some 200 staff in total.

Optus replaces Telstra as official Olympics telecoms partner

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has inked a 10-year agreement that sees Optus become the official telecommunications partner of the Australian Olympic team.

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.

Quickflix raises $4.6m for Internet platform

Australian DVD rental service Quickflix this morning revealed it had raised over $4.6 million in funding through private investors, with the money set to be put towards the company’s growing expansion plans.

ASD adds ‘little clouds’ to list of Govt-approved cloud computing platforms

The Australian Signals Directorate appears to have added two smaller providers to its list of approved cloud computing services for use by Federal Government departments and agencies, with small local suppliers Sliced Tech and Vault Systems taking pride of place alongside major multinational vendors.

Turnbull will abandon FTTN copper for FTTdp, says Clare

Malcolm Turnbull's Coalition Government will "ditch" its plans to deploy Fibre to the Node infrastructure over Telstra's copper network prior to the 2016 Election and instead focus on deploying fibre to the 'distribution point' or driveway of premises on the National Broadband Network, the Opposition said yesterday.

Sarv Girn becomes Reserve Bank CIO

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

Turnbull involves NBN contractor in Canning by-election

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have called in National Broadband Network contractor Fulton Hogan to assist with a political photo opportunity associated with the by-election campaign in the Canning electorate in South-East Perth and Mandurah.

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 Australia finds its Leeder

Google Australia & New Zealand this afternoon revealed it has appointed Nick Leeder as its new managing director, after having tracked down candidates over the past three months.

Govt awards datacentre migration panel

The Federal Government has named six companies which will assist its departments and agencies in datacentre migration services, as it prepares to take a more unified approach to the way in which it provides IT infrastructure services.

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

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

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.

Tassie NBN “shambolic”, “farcical”, says TacICT

Tasmania's peak industry body of the information, communications and technology sector, TasICT, has published a strongly worded submission to the Federal Government slamming both sides of politics for the "shambolic" and "farcical" progress of NBN Co's network rollout in the state, stating that the project has become a "political tool".

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.

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.

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.

Redflow debuts ZCell enclosure at Sydney energy storage show

Australian energy storage specialist Redflow is set to show its recently launched ZCell home battery and new custom-designed enclosure at the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition this week in Sydney.

An Aussie IPTV revolution we can believe in

The founder of DVD and streaming online video service Quickflix has made a stirring speech to a local investment conference, arguing that Australia is at the beginning of "an IPTV revolution" that will see the nation's entertainment choices reach equal par with those available in the US through popular platforms such as Netflix.

OECD somewhat critical of NBN approach

The global Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has handed the Federal Government's flagship National Broadband Network project a mixed report card in its latest detailed examination of Australia's economic health.

Insurer IAG uses drones to assess fire damage in Australian ‘first’

In what it claims is a first in Australia, Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has used drones to examine damage caused by devastating bushfires and fast-track the assessment process for customer claims.

Hackett takes 40 percent UltraServe stake

Internode founder Simon Hackett has made another major investment in an Australian technology company, with the beneficiary this time around being cloud computing and managed hosting services group UltraServe, which has been in operation since the year 2000.

NBN Co halts network construction tender

The company building the National Broadband Network has been forced to halt a tendering process to find construction companies to lay the planned fibre around the nation, after negotiations broke down with 14 suppliers over price.

CSC cycles out Aussie chief Wilkinson

US IT outsourcing giant CSC has replaced incumbent Australian chief Nick Wilkinson with Gavin Larkins, a former local executive with the group who is returning from Harvard's Advanced Management Program.

Vic dental agency seeks CIO

Government agency Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has advertised for a chief information officer-level IT executive to lead delivery of ICT services to over 60 community health agencies throughout the state.

Equinix completes expansion of Melbourne datacentre

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

Apple reveals Aussie pricing for new Macs

Apple this morning released Australian pricing on its refreshed iMac and Mac Pro lines, as well as a new multi-touch trackpad peripheral. However, it has not yet released Australian pricing for its new 27" LED display, saying only that "international" pricing would be available in September.

Inside Xbox hits Australian consoles

Microsoft today launched a new channel on Australian Xbox 360 consoles. Dubbed 'Inside Xbox', the service is described as a "free digital daily magazine service" featuring new content on the latest games, special offers and so on.