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Friday, 3/7/2015

Optus rolls over, offers data rollover on pre-paid

Earlier this year Optus subsidiary Virgin Mobile rolled over and offered data rollover, which it advertises heavily, and now Optus has finally done the same too.

Source: iTWire

'Rare' Telstra lattice tower beats heritage listing

Telstra must wait until the end of July to learn if it can demolish a 1960s lattice telecommunications tower in Melbourne’s suburbs after a council bid to heritage-list the “rare” structure was rejected.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thursday, 2/7/2015

​Telstra Health brings 24-hour medical care with ReadyCare

Australian doctors are now a phone or video call away with the launch of Telstra Health's ReadyCare telemedicine service.

Source: ZDNet Australia

North America runs out of IPv4 addresses

ARIN, the regional internet registry for North America, is no longer able to meet requests for IPv4 addresses.

Source: iTWire

Abbott and Hockey electorates named in FttN phase of NBN rollout

The suburb of North Manly in the prime minister's electorate of Warringah is among the next included in the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Source: ZDNet Australia

VPN users, beware: You may not be as safe as you think you are

It's become common practice to use virtual private networks for extra privacy and security in this era of mass surveillance, but a study published this week suggests such networks may not be as safe as they're commonly made out to be.

Source: Computerworld

NBN issues quarterly construction update

NBN has issued its quarterly construction update, adding 200,000 more premises to the rollout.

Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 1/7/2015

Telcos under pressure from new digital media players

The Australian telecommunications market is going through a real shake-up, with the market dominance of the established telcos under challenge from digital media, including OTT providers, offering new communications services at lower costs, or free of charge.

Source: iTWire

NBN to offer TV connections through fibre for greenfields

NBN will give developers the opportunity to ditch aerial cables for free-to-air television in their greenfields developments by offering the infrastructure through fibre.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tasmanian NBN contractor Visionstream sheds 60 jobs

About 60 workers are being laid off by Visionstream, the company charged with overseeing the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Tasmania.

Source: ABC News

1800 number calls free of charge, for most, from today

Calls to 1800 numbers are free of charge from today with most of the major mobile phone operators including Vodafone, Optus and Telstra to stop charging for the calls. Some operators, however, have not yet said they will offer the free calls.

Source: iTWire

ACCC recommends more information sharing by NBN

NBN would be compelled to share more information about the rollout of the National Broadband Network with retail service providers (RSPs) under a recommendation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Source: Computerworld

Quickflix rejigs business model

Under pressure from Netflix and other new entrants, struggling streaming pioneer Quickflix has revamped its distribution arrangements.

Source: iTWire