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Friday, 27 January 2017

Optus pushes ahead with voice over wi-fi

Optus has launched a new Voice over wi-fi (VoWiFi) service option that lets customers make calls and send messages seamlessly even when they are out of mobile coverage.

Source: iTnews Australia

NBN prospective customers in the dark on network progress: Patton

Internet Australia chief executive Laurie Patton says it is "disturbingly apparent” the company building the National Broadband Network, NBN Co, is becoming “reluctant to provide the sort of information its prospective customers need and expect” about progress on building the network.

Source: iTWire

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

NBN launches 'Gen NBN' marketing campaign

The new marketing campaign features a 60-second TV ad, outdoor advertising, and targeted digital and social media advertising encouraging customers to use the NBN for home, business, education, and healthcare.

Source: ZDNet Australia

NBN still no case study for nationalised broadband

Australia’s experience with the national broadband network should be reason enough for US policymakers to rebuff attempts by “broadband populists” to similarly nationalise broadband infrastructure, according to a US policy think tank.

Source: iTnews Australia

What's New On Netflix And Stan For February

From Jurassic Park, to Santa Clarita Diet - here's just a taste of what Netflix and Stan are streaming for the month of February.

Source: Gizmodo

Canberra's NBN Delays Are Bad, But Not As Bad As They Seem

The "NBN has abandoned Canberra". That's the strong proclamation from the ACT's Riot Act website, even if it's not entirely accurate. A former Labor candidate for the ACT's legislative assembly in the 2016 election is saying that some areas in the territory have had their NBN connections delayed by as much as 2.5 years.

Source: Gizmodo

Internet Australia appoints new chair

Anne Hurley has replaced George Fong as chair of Internet Australia, the not-for-profit organisation has announced.

Source: Computerworld

How close is the NBN to meeting Australia’s connectivity needs?

The NBN is almost halfway to completion, but will it meet Australia’s connectivity needs?

Source: ARN

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Satellite operators get spectrum license tax cuts

Satellite operators will pay less tax on the annual spectrum licenses needed for their services, but the cuts aren’t as deep for high-density areas as NBN Co and Communications Alliance had wanted.

Source: iTnews Australia

Rural Mobile Broadband Coverage Is Getting A Boost From Optus

Australia's remote internet coverage is so bad there is a dedicated lobby group to campaign for services. Steps are (slowly) being taken to increase coverage, and now Optus is installing satellite small cells in five locations across regional Northern Territory - as well as six locations across regional South Australia.

Source: Gizmodo

DNS: The ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of the Internet

Arbor Networks has released its twelfth annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR), singling out the Domain Name System (DNS) as one of the Internet services most targeted by DDoS attacks and saying it remains the Achilles Heel of global Internet infrastructure.

Source: Computerworld

Monday, 23 January 2017

Vodafone pushes to curb future NBN Co 'bad behaviour'

Laws used to sanction Telstra for alleged anti-competitive conduct should be kept to stop NBN Co from trying anything similar, according to Vodafone.

Source: iTnews Australia

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