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Tuesday, 30th September 2014

Telstra trials 1000 public Wi-Fi sites for free in November

Australians will be able to surf the Internet at no cost on Telstra’s public Wi-Fi network when trials commence in November.
Source: ARN

ACMA to offer self-service portal for spectrum licensing

Australia's communications regulator is set to open its spectrum license database to software developers and the broader public in a bid to accelerate commercial trade in the country's radio assets.
Source: iTnews Australia

Monday, 29th September 2014

NBN Co says powering nodes cheaper than fibre

NBN Co has said that the annual cost of powering the nodes in the multi-technology mix will be cheaper than the capital cost of rolling out fibre to the premises.
Source: ZDNet Australia

SingTel Optus under spotlight over company tax

Optus parent Singtel has been exposed as paying only nine percent tax in Australia in a report which found that around one third of Australia’s biggest companies are paying less than 10 percent in corporate tax.
Source: iTnews Australia

Friday, 26th September 2014

NBN Co execs face grilling over Melton fibre trial 'conspiracy'

NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has said there is no conspiracy over fibre savings with the company reviewing the outcome of a trial of new fibre deployment technology and methods implemented in a trial in Victoria that was leaked to media earlier this month.
Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co chief claims leaked Melton pilot has a 'bad smell'

NBN Co has continued to challenge the validity of a leaked report suggesting fibre-to-the-premise could have been rolled out cheaper and faster than originally forecast.
Source: iTnews Australia

Vodafone plans to log what websites customers visit

Vodafone has revealed it is working a project that will record for up to 90 days what online services customers access.
Source: Computerworld

Coalition, Labor back boost in ASIO's powers

Coalition and Labor senators have combined to pass the government's first tranche of national security legislation.
Source: Computerworld

Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed

Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet with just one warrant, and journalists and whistleblowers will face up to 10 years' jail for disclosing classified information.
Source: SMH

Thursday, 25th September 2014

Australia's spy agency to get power to tap unlimited devices

Legislation that is likely to pass the Australian parliament this week will allow ASIO to get a warrant for access to an unlimited amount of devices, Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed.
Source: ZDNet Australia

Australian telcos remain holdouts on IPv6

Australian ISPs continue to make a poor showing on IPv6 adoption, based on data released this week by World IPv6 Launch.
Source: Computerworld

Wednesday, 24th September 2014

'Absolutely right': Gillard stands by Labor's NBN vision

In her memoir, former prime minister Julia Gillard has said while the fibre to the premises National Broadband Network had implementation issues, the ultimate goal of the project was "absolutely right".
Source: ZDNet Australia

Are we using all our gigabytes?

With Australians getting faster Internet as the NBN rollout rolls on, an increasing number of Australians signing up for over 300GB per month of internet data. But are they using them?
Source: iTWire

New laws could give ASIO a warrant for the entire internet, jail journalists and whistleblowers

Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists' ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation – expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday – becomes law, academics, lawyers, the Greens party and rights groups fear.
Source: SMH

Hawaiki ramps up bandwidth plans with Hawaii landing partner deal

Hawaiki Cable Limited, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected Hawaiian Telcom Services Company, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, as its landing partner in Hawaiʻi.
Source: Computerworld