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Friday, 1/5/2015

Mozilla wants to deprecate HTTP sites to force move to secure web

Mozilla has announced that it wants to phase out non-secure HTTP, and plans to do so by only allowing new features on HTTPS websites.

Source: ZDNet Australia

TPG gears up with new NBN plans from $39.99

TPG is acting aggressively on all fronts, which newly includes a brand new set of NBN plans with more choices, speed options and contract terms.

Source: iTWire

Vodafone delivers up to 20GB ’double data’ for new Red customers

Although we’re still some time away before 20GB per month plans are normal for mobile broadband, Vodafone’s ‘double data’ plan offers a way to get it.

Source: iTWire

TPG share raid delays Vocus/Amcom merger

Amcom has pushed back the date of a scheduled vote on its merger with Vocus to give it time to rally shareholders to cast a ballot for the scheme in the face of active opposition from rival telco TPG.

Source: iTnews Australia

Site-blocking legislation targeted at 'arrogant' Australian infringers

Rights holders and their advocates have argued that while the site-blocking legislation won't stop piracy, it will send a message to Australians illicitly downloading with 'arrogant impunity'.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 30/4/2015

Equinix goes forth with fourth Sydney data centre

The premium data centre market continues seeing strong demand with Equinix investing $97+ million for its fourth facility in Sydney, and fifth in Australia.

Source: iTWire

ACMA overhauls spectrum licence and device rego system

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is transitioning off its ageing RADCOM platform to a new IT system for radiocommunications equipment apparatus and device registration.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG to block Vocus' $635 million purchase of Amcom

Amcom Chairman, Tony Grist, has come out stating his confusion over why TPG would want to disrupt Vocus’ proposed $635 million acquisition of the Perth-based telco.

Source: ARN

Vocus asks ACCC to investigate TPG blocking Amcom deal

Vocus has asked the Australian competition watchdog to investigate rival TPG's decision to up its stake in Amcom with the intention of blocking Amcom's sale to Vocus.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra names new CFO

Telstra's head of products will become the telco's new chief financial officer tomorrow when its current CFO steps up to lead the organisation as outgoing chief David Thodey's replacement.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG boosts Amcom stake to block Vocus merger

Vocus Communications and Amcom will embark on a "mass offensive" to get 80 percent of the latter's shareholders to vote for a proposed merger after rival TPG last night increased its stake in Amcom to block the bid.

Source: iTnews Australia

iiNet gives TPG opportunity to match M2 acquisition offer

The board of Internet service provider iiNet has formally offered TPG the opportunity to submit a counter-bid to M2’s acquisition offer.

Source: Computerworld

M2 Group gains upper hand in iiNet bidding war after $1.6 billion bid

M2 Group now appears to have the higher ground on TPG in the bidding war that has erupted over iiNet.

Source: ARN

Wednesday, 29/4/2015

​NBN database quirk hitting broadband resellers

The ability for NBN retailers in Australia to compete with Telstra in selling new services to the network is being hampered by an NBN Co database quirk, according to MyNetFone chief Rene Sugo.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra sells 4G LANES for mining, enterprise

After a successful pilot of dedicated 4G 'lanes' for emergency services during the G20 last year, Telstra is now selling the service in enterprise, particularly mining.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Foxtel wants to force search engines to block pirate sites

Foxtel wants to expand a proposed law that will force Internet service providers to block subscriber access to pirate websites.

Source: Computerworld

Fall in telco customer complaints, service satisfaction levels ‘mixed’

Customers are a mixed bag when it comes to their varying levels of satisfaction with their telecommunications providers over the past two years. Nevertheless, telco customer complaints to the industry ombudsman are at an eight-year low.

Source: iTWire

Rio Tinto fears spectrum lockout by 4G telcos

Rio Tinto wants the federal government to limit the amount of 1800MHz spectrum to be auctioned to mobile telcos, spectrum the miner relies on to deploy microwave backhaul to remote mine sites.

Source: iTnews Australia

Australia's telcos in early battle over regional 4G auction

Australia's second and third largest telcos Optus and Vodafone are arguing for the Government to restrict market leader Telstra from increasing its regional advantage in the upcoming 1800MHz spectrum auction.

Source: iTnews Australia