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EscapeNet enjoys life as an indie ISP

Australia's Internet service provider market has gone through an extended period of consolidation.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 April, 2014 10:00

Tags: Networking, national broadband network, Internet service providers, broadband

TPG pushes unlimited NBN fibre plans

Internet service provider TPG has launched its National Broadband Network plans, with all six of the offers including unlimited data quotas. The plans are TPG's first NBN offerings; the ISP foreshadowed offering an unlimited NBN data plan in 2012, but it hasn't started to sign up customers for NBN services until now.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 April, 2014 09:42

Tags: cherry picking, TPG, national broadband network, National Broadband Network (NBN), fibre to the premise, cherry-picking legislation, NBN

Execs out the door as Morrow begins NBN Co transformation

The chief financial officer, chief technology officer and head of corporate and commercial are all leaving NBN Co, the company charged with rolling out the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 April, 2014 13:53

Tags: Bill Morrow, national broadband network, nbn co

GPT's breakneck cloud transition

For an enterprise to completely ditch on-premise hardware for the cloud is a radical step. To do so in the space of a year might be considered a little unhinged.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 April, 2014 13:13

Tags: amazon, Amazon Web Services, AWS, Cloud, cloud computing

NBN: Good-bye FTTP, we hardly knew ye

The Coalition government today signed the death warrant for the roll out of a predominantly fibre-to-the-premises-based National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 April, 2014 14:50

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, national broadband network, nbn co, NBN

Monkeys, armed bees deliver resilience for NAB

Two open source tools have helped National Australia Bank build a resilient cloud-based infrastructure to deliver its online presence, David Broeren, head of the digital and online channels at the bank, told the Amazon Web Services summit in Sydney today.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 April, 2014 13:46

Tags: Amazon Web Services, National Australia Bank, Cloud, AWS, cloud computing, NAB

ABS registers significant jump in 24Mbps+ connections

The number of Australian Internet connections that deliver a speed of 24 megabits per second or faster grew by more than a quarter between December 2012 and December 2013, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 April, 2014 12:47

Tags: internet

Free Wi-Fi for Victoria's VLocity services

Commuters will be able to access free Wi-Fi on VLocity carriages on five V/Line services under a plan outlined by the Victorian government this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 April, 2014 11:47

Tags: Wi-Fi, mobility, wireless

ASIC examines 'pause' to tackle HFT: Report

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) reportedly may resurrect the idea of implementing a 500 millisecond pause on trades in an effort to put the brakes on high-frequency trading (HFT).

By Rohan Pearce | 07 April, 2014 15:57

Tags: high-frequency trades, ASIC, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

NICTA calls for smarter infrastructure

National ICT Australia — NICTA — is pushing for the Productivity Commission to recommend greater use of what the research organisation dubs 'smart ICT' to enable better decisions in the planning, construction and operation of public infrastructure.

By Rohan Pearce | 07 April, 2014 12:35

Tags: National ICT Australia (NICTA), nicta, infrastructure, Productivity Commission

Defence extends Optus satellite contract

The Department of Defence has extended its managed satellite services agreement with Optus for another four years, the telco announced this morning.

By Rohan Pearce | 04 April, 2014 11:45

Tags: department of defence, satellite communication, satellite, optus

State government announces mobile coverage upgrade for rail lines

Mobile coverage for tunnels on Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs railway line was switched on this week, NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian has announced.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 April, 2014 14:26

Tags: Sydney Trains, mobility, nsw, mobile phones, smartphones, wireless

NBN Co launches satellite subsidy scheme

NBN Co will launch a subsidy scheme to enable the 9000-strong list of users waiting for a chance to receive Internet access through the National Broadband Network Interim Satellite Service to instead access commercial satellite services.

By Rohan Pearce | 03 April, 2014 12:34

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, national broadband network, nbn co, broadband

Queensland Police to expand iPad, iPhone use

A tablet and smartphone trial by Queensland Police has been judged a success, with more iPads and iPhones to be deployed to frontline officers this year.

By Rohan Pearce | 02 April, 2014 15:11

Tags: mobility, iPhone, smartphones, queensland police service, queensland, iPad

Developing diversity: Will IT ever fix its gender problem?

IT has a diversity problem. And despite being widely acknowledged for a long time, it's not going away in a hurry. Although it's hardly confined to gender, it is the startling gap between men and women in tech — in terms of representation, income and treatment — that has been best studied and documented.

By Rohan Pearce | 31 March, 2014 14:26

Tags: open source, gender diversity, gender, sexism

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