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Friday, 1st August 2014

ACCC pushes for cheaper mobile calls and texts

Australia's competition watchdog has put forward a number of proposals to cut the cost of mobile phone calls and text messages in order to bring them in line with international equivalents.
Source: iTnews Australia

An internet of bins: Networking Splendour in the Grass

Building a large temporary network in the middle of a remote field for a music festival presents some unique challenges to the Splendour in the Grass organisers.
Source: ZDNet Australia

ACCC revises mobile terminating access service prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has put mobile terminating access service (MTAS) pricing up for discussion to promote competition between telecommunications providers.
Source: ARN

Rights owners must sue mum and dad copyright infringers: Turnbull

Copyright holders must be prepared to sue mums and dads and students for copyright infringement in order for any deterrence scheme to be effective, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 31st July 2014

World Cup sets records for Akamai

Content delivery specialist Akamai says the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup set a new record for live sports events and contributed to the highest-ever total traffic peak.
Source: iTWire

Piracy is theft but content owners need to up their game: Turnbull

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said online copyright infringement needs to be deterred in Australia, but has said content owners should pay for any notification system and ensure their content is available in a timely and affordable manner.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Attorney-General seeks public input on anti-piracy law changes

Attorney-General George Brandis and communications minister Malcolm Turnbull have opened a public consultation on changes to the enforcement of copyright law.
Source: Computerworld

Ericsson Australia wins four-year NBN Co contract

NBN Co has handed Ericsson Australia a four year contract to deliver fixed wireless and satellite services to premises across regional Australia.
Source: ARN

NBN Co plans cut on controversial capacity charge

NBN Co has flagged it is planning to cut its controversial connectivity virtual circuit charge by 12.5 percent in October, amongst other proposals to change the company's pricing model.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Data retention scheme would lead to surveillance tax on consumers, say telcos

Internet users could pay up to $100 a year extra if the federal government implements a scheme requiring telecommunications companies to store customer phone and internet data for two years, according to one of the country’s largest internet service providers.
Source: SMH

TV finally losing its heated battle with the Internet

The seemingly inevitable is finally upon us - Internet use has almost taken over from TV as our preferred source of entertainment, while reading news online has overtaken newspapers according to a new survey.
Source: iTWire

Australian mobile users switch to Aldi, Amaysim

In a relatively saturated mobile market, Australian mobile resellers Amaysim and Aldi are picking up market share, according to the latest statistics.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Telstra retreat hands Vodafone Splendour mobile coverage win

The mobile services of both Telstra and Optus were virtually unusable for the 30,000 pundits attending this year's Splendour in the Grass festival, while the underdog Vodafone performed best.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone announces big 4G push – in the city

Vodafone says it aims to reach 95% of Australia’s metropolitan population with its 4G network by end of 2014.
Source: iTWire

Govt must store data in retention regime: iiNet

The Government must be responsible for the storage and protection of data held as part of its 'unnecessary and disproportionate' proposed mandatory data retention regime, according to the scheme's most vocal opponent, internet service provider iiNet.
Source: iTnews Australia