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Monday, 2/2/2015

Over a million Australians use two mobile phones

Around 1.14 million Australians use two or more different mobile phones. And they're not all secret agents and adulterers.

Source: iTWire

UK telco BT to pilot copper broadband

British telco incumbent BT intends to kick off two large-scale pilots of the digital subscriber line, with the aim of delivering 500 megabit per-second broadband over copper to customers within a decade.

Source: iTnews Australia

Foxtel shakes up broadband vista

Foxtel has ignited a new battle for the nation’s 12.5 million internet subscribers, unveiling long-awaited broadband plans and renewed intent to greatly expand its pay-TV penetration.

Source: The Australian

Friday, 30/1/2015

NBN failure leaves man with no phone or internet, but he's still getting the bills

A resident of Wollongong suburb Dapto has spent the past three months without a phone or internet connection — but says Telstra keeps sending him bills anyway.

Source: SMH

Optus says data retention is 'workable'

Australia's second-largest telco has joined its biggest rival in confirming the proposed set of data that the government wants telcos to retain for law-enforcement purposes is 'workable' for the company.

Source: ZDNet Australia

No rules for data destruction in retention scheme

Optus has voiced concerns that the Government has made no provision to ensure data collected under its proposed retention regime is destroyed once the two-year mandatory storage period is up.

Source: iTnews Australia

Data retention to involve 'petabytes of data' for Vodafone

Recording data that will allow IP addresses to be matched to individual customers will involve Vodafone storing petabytes of information it would otherwise be unlikely to keep, the telco has said.

Source: Computerworld

Thursday, 29/1/2015

Top cop's claims cast shadow over data-retention plan

As Australian lawmakers debate legislation forcing telcos to retain customers' metadata for a minimum of two years, NSW Police deputy commissioner Nick Kaldas has claimed that he and others have been the target of inappropriately warranted electronic surveillance by his own force.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra refuses to disclose cost of data retention

Australia’s largest telco Telstra has refused to disclose how much it expects the Government’s data retention scheme will cost to implement, claiming the figure as commercial-in-confidence.

Source: iTnews Australia