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Friday, 19/12/2014

Metadata laws open to scope creep: lawyers

The federal government’s mandatory data retention bill has “enormous” potential for mission creep, prominent law firm Gilbert & Tobin has warned.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra designs new deal for NBN

Telstra is set to pick up more than 50 per cent of the design and planning work for the ­National Broadband Network in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the telco giant.

Source: The Australian

Thursday, 18/12/2014

Telcos to go ahead with delayed Tasman Sea cable

Telstra, Spark and Vodafone today reaffirmed their intention to build the Tasman Global Access (TGA) Cable for US$70 million (A$86 million), albeit with several changes to the original business plan.

Source: iTnews Australia

TIO: telco complaints lower than ever but NBN (dis)connection issues a worry

Telco complaints down 9.1% from Q2 2014, down 14.6% from Q3 2013, yet 30,359 complaints during Q3 2014 and NBN connection issues remain: Comms Alliance and AMTA respond.

Source: iTWire

NBN connections ‘shambolic’

Business owners who have signed NBN contracts say telephone, fax and EFTPOS connections are “shambolic”.

Source: The Australian

Wednesday, 17/12/2014

Telcos and law enforcement split over data-retention period

Telecommunications companies have argued that the period of mandatory data-retention in Australia should be less than two years, while law-enforcement agencies have indicated that they would like the data retained for as long as possible.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vocus confirms Amcom acquisition

Vocus Communication has struck a deal to acquire Perth-based rival Amcom Telecommunications in a deal which values the company at around $636 million.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra confirms talks to buy Pacnet

Telco giant, Telstra, has confirmed that it has been in discussions to buy undersea cable provider, Pacnet.

Source: ARN

Australian police fail to quantify metadata use in investigations

Australia's police forces say they are unable to actually quantify how helpful metadata is to criminal investigations and convictions, despite today repeating their argument for a two-year period of mandatory data retention by telco providers.

Source: iTnews Australia

Data retention may have helped police in Sydney siege: Abbott

Although the man involved in a fatal siege in Sydney on Monday was well known to police and out on bail, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that retaining every Australian's telecommunications data for two years may have helped police in the incident.

Source: ZDNet Australia