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Tuesday, 31/3/2015

Inside Telstra's digital contact centre

Deep inside Telstra's Adelaide office, a team of 30 has been recruited to answer between 1,000 and 1,500 tweets, Facebook comments, and Crowdsupport posts as the company looks to become truly digital.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Data retention has created a giant risk to our privacy

The great irony of the Abbott government’s plan enforce the mandatory data retention legislation is that while this is being done to make us safer, in fact it creates new data security risks for us all.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co goes live with fibre-to-the-building product

NBN Co's commercial product for fibre to the basement (FttB) will be available from Tuesday, with just under 2,000 premises now able to connect to the service.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co releases FTTB product for sale

NBN Co today announced the commercial launch of its fibre-to-the-basement technology, with 2000 premises across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne set to receive the first connections.

Source: iTnews Australia

Monday, 30/3/2015

Telstra readies for Galaxy S6 launch with bonus data and bundled Presto

Customers buying a Samsung Galaxy S6 from Telstra can bundle the smartphone with plans that offer up to 10GB in data and a free subscription to the video-on-demand service Presto.

Source: ARN

Telstra brings data, Presto upgrades to mobile plans, too

Last week it was more data for fixed broadband, now select mobile plans are getting more data and six months free Presto - but no unmetering.

Source: iTWire

iiNet data points to big start for Netflix in Australia

Netflix has scored an early win with its hotly anticipated launch into Australia, with the subscription video-on-demand service already accounting for 15 per cent of iiNet's internet traffic, according to the internet service provider.

Source: SMH

Friday, 27/3/2015

Telstra begins preparing for data-retention regime

Following Labor and the government teaming up to pass mandatory data-retention legislation in the Senate on Thursday night, Telstra has announced plans to store the encrypted data in Australia.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone re-signs Nokia to run network from India

Vodafone Australia has signed long-term managed services partner Nokia Networks to continue running the telco's network operations for four more years.

Source: iTnews Australia

Optus admits to three big data breaches

Optus has admitted to three data breaches affecting more than 300,000 customers and promised the Australian Privacy Commissioner it will complete an independent review of its IT security systems and implement any recommendations.

Source: iTnews Australia

Data retention: Telstra to keep customer data within Australia

Telstra will store data that it is forced to retain under the government's new data retention regime within Australia, the telco has revealed.

Source: Computerworld

Major flaw in metadata bill, says top silks

The public interest advocate, a key aspect of the renegotiated metadata laws, would be unable to do anything more than “sermonise” when seeking to maintain the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, two silks have warned.

Source: The Australian

Smart criminals can get around metadata laws admits Brandis

Attorney-General George Brandis has conceded “smart criminals” may be able get around the government’s new metadata laws but defended data retention as a “very important source” in investigations.

Source: The Australian

Mandatory data retention passes Australian parliament

The government and Labor have jointly ensured that the telecommunications data of all Australians will be retained for two years for warrantless access by law-enforcement agencies.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Data retention now the law of the land

Australian now has one of the most draconian mass surveillance regimes in the Western world. Yesterday the Senate passed the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014.

Source: iTWire

Soul Patts chief takes aim at TPG founder Michael Malone

TPG Telecom’s second-biggest shareholder has hit out at criticism of its takeover bid for iiNet, saying company founder Michael Malone had been prepared to sell most of his shares for a lot less than the current takeover bid.

Source: The Australian