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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

Thursday, 26/3/2015

Industry warns site blocking could have unintended consequences

Australia's internet and telecommunications industries have warned the Government's plan to allow content holders to apply for piracy websites to be blocked could have negative unintended consequences.

Source: iTnews Australia

Turnbull embraces the Internet of Things

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind the Internet of Things (IoT), spruiking the potential of the technology to deliver huge efficiencies for cities and generate revenue.

Source: Computerworld

Malone predicts further consolidation – is Vodafone next?

As he fights against TPG’s takeover of iiNet, the company he founded, Michael Malone has predicted that is only the first step in a wider industry consolidation, tipping that Vodafone Hutchison Australia will be next to be swallowed.

Source: iTWire

Turnbull takes ownership of site-blocking bill

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been handed responsibility for an online copyright infringement bill that will allow content owners to apply for websites that faciliate online piracy to be blocked.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co director Simon Hackett slams fibre-to-the node

Internet entrepreneur and NBN Co board director Simon Hackett has slammed the fibre-to-the-node technology underpinning the government’s National Broadband Network saying it “sucks” and that he wishes it would disappear.

Source: The Australian

Akamai: Most Internet attacks in Q4 originated in China

A majority of the Internet attack traffic in 2014's fourth quarter originated in China, followed by the U.S., according to cloud service provider Akamai.

Source: ARN