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Friday, 19/12/2014

Millions of routers, PCs vulnerable to decade-old cookie flaw

A critical software vulnerability that was supposedly patched in 2005 is still affecting at least 200 types of home and small business internet routers, and could also be used by hackers to compromise millions of networked PCs and IoT devices.

Source: PC Authority

Telstra signs $390m NBN design contract

Telstra has signed a $390 million deal with NBN Co to provide planning and design services for the national broadband network over the next four years.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN Co reveals date of HFC product launch

NBN Co will start piloting services on hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable towards the end of next year ahead of plans to release the product to wholesale partners in the first quarter of 2016.

Source: iTnews Australia

Metadata laws open to scope creep: lawyers

The federal government’s mandatory data retention bill has “enormous” potential for mission creep, prominent law firm Gilbert & Tobin has warned.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra designs new deal for NBN

Telstra is set to pick up more than 50 per cent of the design and planning work for the ­National Broadband Network in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the telco giant.

Source: The Australian

Thursday, 18/12/2014

Telcos to go ahead with delayed Tasman Sea cable

Telstra, Spark and Vodafone today reaffirmed their intention to build the Tasman Global Access (TGA) Cable for US$70 million (A$86 million), albeit with several changes to the original business plan.

Source: iTnews Australia

TIO: telco complaints lower than ever but NBN (dis)connection issues a worry

Telco complaints down 9.1% from Q2 2014, down 14.6% from Q3 2013, yet 30,359 complaints during Q3 2014 and NBN connection issues remain: Comms Alliance and AMTA respond.

Source: iTWire

NBN connections ‘shambolic’

Business owners who have signed NBN contracts say telephone, fax and EFTPOS connections are “shambolic”.

Source: The Australian

Wednesday, 17/12/2014

Telcos and law enforcement split over data-retention period

Telecommunications companies have argued that the period of mandatory data-retention in Australia should be less than two years, while law-enforcement agencies have indicated that they would like the data retained for as long as possible.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vocus confirms Amcom acquisition

Vocus Communication has struck a deal to acquire Perth-based rival Amcom Telecommunications in a deal which values the company at around $636 million.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra confirms talks to buy Pacnet

Telco giant, Telstra, has confirmed that it has been in discussions to buy undersea cable provider, Pacnet.

Source: ARN

Australian police fail to quantify metadata use in investigations

Australia's police forces say they are unable to actually quantify how helpful metadata is to criminal investigations and convictions, despite today repeating their argument for a two-year period of mandatory data retention by telco providers.

Source: iTnews Australia

Data retention may have helped police in Sydney siege: Abbott

Although the man involved in a fatal siege in Sydney on Monday was well known to police and out on bail, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that retaining every Australian's telecommunications data for two years may have helped police in the incident.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Tuesday, 16/12/2014

Investigator: NBN Shambles

Remember when the NBN was a thing? It was a good thing that people felt passionate about. Many were excited about the prospect of super fast, reliable internet piped right to their premises. The rallying cry of ‘build it once, build it with fibre’ could be heard from Tony Windsor’s parliamentary office to the regional areas with woeful internet.

Source: PC Authority

Triple Zero to include location data

Emergency service organisations will soon have access to upgraded location information for mobile callers to Triple Zero (000).

Source: iTWire

Benefits down the line: what broadband is really worth

Rolling out a national fixed broadband network by 2030 can boost a nation's economy by $5 for every $1 invested, a new reports shows.

Source: SMH

Telstra slugged with AU$102K fine for iPhone 6 ad

Australia's largest mobile provider Telstra has been fined AU$102,000 by the competition watchdog for not prominently detailing the full cost of a new iPhone 6 plan.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra the big winner from NBN deal

After steep rises in recent months, Telstra’s share price rose again yesterday. The market knows it’s on a winner with the NBN deal.

Source: iTWire

Monday, 15/12/2014

Optus, Telstra, NBN: What the HFC deals mean for customers

NBN Co struck a deal at the weekend to acquire the Optus and Telstra HFC networks and make them part of the NBN rollout. There will be implications for existing customers if the agreement is approved by the ACCC.

Source: iTWire

NBN Co may pay Telstra to maintain Telstra copper network

NBN Co could potentially pay Telstra to maintain the copper network that Telstra has now sold to NBN Co.

Source: ZDNet Australia


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