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Monday, 4/5/2015

Privacy ruling goes beyond data-retention requirements: Telstra

Telstra is challenging a ruling by Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim requiring the telco to hand over volumes of metadata to a journalist who requested it.

Source: ZDNet Australia

PIN system to improve deafblind access to telco service centres

A new model has been proposed to make it easier for deafblind consumers to access telco customers service call centres.

Source: iTWire

ACMA cracks whip over unlicensed mobile phone repeaters

ACMA and NSW Fair Trading are warning consumers that owning or operating an unlicensed mobile phone repeater can land you with a two year prison sentence.

Source: iTWire

NBN considers extra charges for regional satellite users

The national broadband network builder is proposing to charge service providers for instances when end-users miss appointments, make late cancellations or want to reactivate their service.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telco organisation cries foul over journo's 'metadata' victory

Telco industry organisation Communications Alliance says that a ruling by the Privacy Commissioner that will give a journalist access to so-called 'metadata' associated with his mobile phone service has "disturbing ramifications for the telecommunications sector and for its millions of customers throughout Australia".

Source: Computerworld

Australian companies lagging in uptake of digital technologies

Accenture has released new research showing Australian companies are lagging in their uptake of digital technologies, but use of mobile applications to drive benefits is on the increase.

Source: iTWire

Friday, 1/5/2015

Mozilla wants to deprecate HTTP sites to force move to secure web

Mozilla has announced that it wants to phase out non-secure HTTP, and plans to do so by only allowing new features on HTTPS websites.

Source: ZDNet Australia

TPG gears up with new NBN plans from $39.99

TPG is acting aggressively on all fronts, which newly includes a brand new set of NBN plans with more choices, speed options and contract terms.

Source: iTWire

Vodafone delivers up to 20GB ’double data’ for new Red customers

Although we’re still some time away before 20GB per month plans are normal for mobile broadband, Vodafone’s ‘double data’ plan offers a way to get it.

Source: iTWire

TPG share raid delays Vocus/Amcom merger

Amcom has pushed back the date of a scheduled vote on its merger with Vocus to give it time to rally shareholders to cast a ballot for the scheme in the face of active opposition from rival telco TPG.

Source: iTnews Australia

Site-blocking legislation targeted at 'arrogant' Australian infringers

Rights holders and their advocates have argued that while the site-blocking legislation won't stop piracy, it will send a message to Australians illicitly downloading with 'arrogant impunity'.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 30/4/2015

Equinix goes forth with fourth Sydney data centre

The premium data centre market continues seeing strong demand with Equinix investing $97+ million for its fourth facility in Sydney, and fifth in Australia.

Source: iTWire

ACMA overhauls spectrum licence and device rego system

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is transitioning off its ageing RADCOM platform to a new IT system for radiocommunications equipment apparatus and device registration.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG to block Vocus' $635 million purchase of Amcom

Amcom Chairman, Tony Grist, has come out stating his confusion over why TPG would want to disrupt Vocus’ proposed $635 million acquisition of the Perth-based telco.

Source: ARN

Vocus asks ACCC to investigate TPG blocking Amcom deal

Vocus has asked the Australian competition watchdog to investigate rival TPG's decision to up its stake in Amcom with the intention of blocking Amcom's sale to Vocus.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra names new CFO

Telstra's head of products will become the telco's new chief financial officer tomorrow when its current CFO steps up to lead the organisation as outgoing chief David Thodey's replacement.

Source: iTnews Australia

TPG boosts Amcom stake to block Vocus merger

Vocus Communications and Amcom will embark on a "mass offensive" to get 80 percent of the latter's shareholders to vote for a proposed merger after rival TPG last night increased its stake in Amcom to block the bid.

Source: iTnews Australia

iiNet gives TPG opportunity to match M2 acquisition offer

The board of Internet service provider iiNet has formally offered TPG the opportunity to submit a counter-bid to M2’s acquisition offer.

Source: Computerworld

M2 Group gains upper hand in iiNet bidding war after $1.6 billion bid

M2 Group now appears to have the higher ground on TPG in the bidding war that has erupted over iiNet.

Source: ARN