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Wednesday, 4/3/2015


Bipartisan support sees Senate pass online anti-bullying laws

The Australian government's proposed legislation to establish a children's e-safety commissioner in a bid to help combat online bullying has passed the Senate.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Australia's online retail sales slow to AU$16.6b year on year

Unlike last December, when the total Australian online retail sales index reached 11.9 percent year on year, the total online retail sales index for January 2015 was more subdued, due to a slowdown in domestic sales.

Source: ZDNet Australia


NBN Co fibre-on-demand product due this month

By the end of March, NBN Co will launch its fibre co-contribution and fibre-on-demand products, Senator Mitch Fifield has said.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Abbott wants data-retention law passed this week

​Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants the government's proposed mandatory data-retention scheme passed into law this week.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Data retention: 'A couple of issues which do require more work' says Shorten

Labor leader Bill Shorten today told journalists there were some issues with the government's proposed data retention legislation but none of them "are too hard to work out".

Source: Computerworld


European group wants 5G to be 100x faster than 4G

5G should go 100 times faster than 4G, connect 1,000 times as many devices and carry 1,000 times as much traffic in a given area, a European Commission group says.

Source: ARN


Telstra leads tech advances by taking risk: Thodey

Telstra CEO David Thodey has said the incumbent has maintained its leadership position in mobile technology advances through risk-taking, and putting its investments on the line.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Optus to release own brand ‘Cash by Optus’ smartphone

Optus has used the Mobile World Congress to announce a planned extension to its Cash by Optus mobile payments system which includes a credit card on a smartphone.

Source: iTWire


Tuesday, 3/3/2015


Telstra resells Presto, unmeters it on Telstra/Foxtel fixed broadband

Hey Presto, just like that, Telstra has become a Presto reseller in a move which comes as no surprise given Telstra’s 50% ownership of Presto’s parent, Foxtel.

Source: iTWire


iiNet flicks broadband quotas with quota-free Netflix

iiNet meets Netflix to flick off pesky broadband usage quotas from day one of Netflix’s Australia/NZ launch on 24 March 2015.

Source: iTWire


Govt to adopt all changes to data retention bill

A national data retention scheme is expected to be passed into law after the federal government announced it would adopt all the recommendations made for the bill by a joint Liberal and Labor committee.

Source: iTnews Australia


Data retention: Government agrees to detail data set in legislation

The government has agreed to set out in its data retention bill exactly what customer data telecommunications carriers and Internet service providers will need to store.

Source: Computerworld


iiNet hit with $204,000 ACCC fine

The nation’s largest independent ISP, iiNet, has been forced to pay $204,000 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for its advertising of its naked broadband plans.

Source: ARN


Netflix switches on Australia 24 March

Long awaited online video service, Netflix will finally be available in Australia and New Zealand this month. The popular online service will begin streaming in ANZ on 24 March, the company announced today.

Source: iTWire


NBN completes 3.5 GHz wireless trial

NBN Co, Ericsson and NetComm have completed a trial of 3.5 GHz wireless radio coverage and fixed-wireless service performance.

Source: iTWire


Monday, 2/3/2015


Quickflix losses deepen as Netflix Australia launch looms

​Quickflix has reported deepening losses, with a first-half net loss of AU$8.6 million for the six months ending December 2014, as the launch date for Netflix Australia closes in.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Optus records 480 Mbps download speeds to single user device

Optus has achieved download speeds of 480 megabits per second (Mbps) to a single user device.

Source: ARN


Australians harass George Brandis as the true cost of metadata retention is revealed

The true cost of the Abbott government's new metadata retention laws has been revealed, with the government quietly publishing the estimated price tag without announcing it.

Source: SMH


Telstra, Ericsson to partner on 5G

Telstra will partner with its long-term equipment supplier Ericsson to define 5G technology in an effort to launch the network for commercial use in 2020.

Source: iTnews Australia


Telstra unveils ambitious timetable for rollout of VoLTE, 5G

Telstra has announced an ambitious timetable to roll out new-age technologies that offer blisteringly fast broadband over wireless and in-built video calling as part of call services.

Source: The Australian