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Friday, 20 January 2017

Labor 'very concerned' about telco data retention use in civil cases

Mark Dreyfus has said the review of whether data retention should contain exceptions for use in some civil cases should be public, and needs to be explained 'very, very carefully' by Australia's 'incompetent attorney-general'.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Metadata ruling 'an analog decision in a digital age'

The Australian Privacy Foundation has described the Federal Court's judgment that key metadata is not personal information as an effective gutting of the Privacy Act.

Source: iTWire

Landmark Australian ruling on what counts as 'personal information'

A full bench of the Federal Court has today handed down a hotly awaited judgment on its interpretation of Australian privacy law, and what qualifies as personal information.

Source: iTnews Australia

Your Metadata Isn't Private Personal Information, Federal Court Decides

A long-running case on whether you're allowed access to view your own mobile phone metadata -- retained by Australia's telecommunications companies for government snooping, including comprehensive call logs and location data -- and whether that data is classified as "personal information" has come to an unceremonious end.

Source: Gizmodo

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Canberra to bolster its websites against DDoS attacks

The Department of Finance is weighing up ways to protect dozens of federal government websites on its Drupal-based GovCMS platform against DDoS and other potentially devastating attacks.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN rollout progress a ‘pyrrhic victory’, says Patton

Internet Australia chief Laurie Patton is unimpressed with the latest rollout forecasts for the National Broadband Network and says the predicted disruption caused by rollout works in metro areas of major cities could be avoided if the “inferior” copper FttN network is abandoned in favour of a full fibre network.

Source: iTWire

NBN warns of 'disruption' as it takes rollout to cities in 2017

NBN will begin rolling out its network to cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Fremantle, and the Gold Coast, with the company warning of disruptions as it needs to access pits and existing infrastructure.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN Co anticipating 'new problems' in metro rollout

NBN Co is expecting to hit “new problems” in its rollout as the company’s contractors begin connecting more of Australia’s high-density city areas to the network this year.

Source: iTnews Australia

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hawaiki ‘on schedule’ as route survey is completed

Hawaiki Submarine Cable and its main supplier, TE SubCom, say they have completed the survey of the cable’s 14,000km route and the project remains on schedule for completion in mid-2018.

Source: Computerworld

Vodafone voice outage caused by error in planned network maintenance

The almost three-hour outage in voice services was caused by an error made during planned work on the network, Vodafone has said, with services restored around 8am.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Telstra and Ericsson encrypt in-transit data over 10Gbps link

Having encrypted data while in transit over a 10Gbps link between the US and Australia, Ericsson and Telstra are now looking towards testing the optical encryption technology over a 100Gbps link.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vodafone taps Ericsson and Cisco for full-scale network virtualisation

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has named Ericsson as prime contractor with Cisco as the main subcontractor for a five-year project to virtualise both the core of its mobile network and the IP network supporting services and applications.

Source: Computerworld

Monday, 16 January 2017

Qantas to start NBN satellite trial next month

Qantas will commence testing of a proof-of-concept NBN-based satellite service onboard its aircraft at the start of February for the next nine months.

Source: iTnews Australia

ACMA opens applications for 700MHz mobile broadband spectrum auction

The 700MHz spectrum will be auctioned off in two lots: 2x 10MHz and 2x 5MHz, with bids starting at AU$571.8 million and AU$285.9 million, respectively.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Optus boosts WA coverage with satellite small cells

Mobile coverage in Western Australia will improve thanks to the small cells being installed along a 2,000km stretch of highway by Optus in an effort to bring 3G and 4G to remote areas.

Source: ZDNet Australia

Vic state property developer to sell off controversial FTTH network

The Victorian government's property development agency is seeking to sell off its controversial fibre-to-the-home network after deciding it no longer wants to manage telco networks.

Source: iTnews Australia

Telstra to guarantee connectivity over key subsea cable routes

Telstra said today that in the coming months it will launch an ‘Always On’ service guarantee for its Hong Kong to Singapore and Japan to Hong Kong cables routes.

Source: Computerworld

Friday, 13 January 2017

Telstra warns container ships off its subsea patch

Telstra is forced to warn the captains of between 30 and 50 container ships a month that are seen to be travelling too close to the telco’s subsea cable infrastructure paths.

Source: iTnews Australia

Thursday, 12 January 2017

NBN Co drops tiers, talks speed without mentioning speeds

NBN Co used to talk about the various tiers of service it offered. Now, presumably due to the shortcomings of the multi-technology mix, it refers to "speeds" and "plans" instead of "tiers" – but studiously avoids quantifying the speeds delivered.

Source: iTWire

Daniel Saffioti built his own private radio network to get access to NBN

The last straw for Daniel Saffioti​ came in mid-2014 when the National Broadband Network installed a fibre pillar right in front of his house – but refused to connect him.

Source: SMH