Stories by Adam Bender


A/NZ telcos to build $86.3 million trans-Tasman submarine cable

A 2300 kilometre undersea cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand across the Tasman Sea will commence construction in early 2015.

By Adam Bender | 18 December, 2014 09:57

Tags: infrastructure, New Zealand, trans-Tasman, internet, international, undersea cable, Telstra, Spark NZ, submarine cable, capacity, alcatel-lucent, Australia, Vodafone

Comms Alliance calls govt plan a 'data creation regime'

The telecom industry has disputed the notion that the government’s proposed data retention regime will not create significant additional costs for the industry.

By Adam Bender | 17 December, 2014 16:16

Tags: national security, John Stanton, law enforcement, Communications Alliance, Parliament, data retention, telecom, government, privacy, public safety, Comms Alliance, surveillance

Telstra, Tesla sign M2M deal for Model S electric car

Telstra will provide mobile connectivity for the new Tesla Motors electric car, the Model S, the telco has revealed.

By Adam Bender | 17 December, 2014 14:00

Tags: Tesla, connected cars, electric cars, Internet of Things, M2M, IoT, Model S, Telstra

Telco complaints fall to 7-year low

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has reported the lowest number of complaints about telcos in seven years.

By Adam Bender | 17 December, 2014 10:14

Tags: excess data charges, tio, telco complaints, national broadband network, bill shock, Telco, telecom, telcos, mobile, NBN, complaints

Enhanced Triple Zero detects location of mobile callers

People dialing 000 from a mobile phone in an emergency will now automatically transmit their current location.

By Adam Bender | 16 December, 2014 14:50

Tags: triple zero, emergency services, 000, telecom, emergency calls, telcos, first responders, mobile, public safety

Updated: Mobile payments in Australia: state of the banks

Major Australian banks have made mobile payments a priority tech initiative and are in various stages of rolling out technology that lets customers pay with smartphones. Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are so far leading the pack, but ANZ Bank and National Australia Bank (NAB) say they are planning to make their own moves soon.

By Adam Bender | 29 January, 2014 09:28

Tags: anz bank, Near Field Communications, Westpac, wireless, mobile, contactless payments, bankmecu, National Australia Bank, mobile payments, Bendigo Bank, Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, commbank, financial institutions, banks, mobile commerce, NAB, NFC

ACCC fines Telstra for iPhone 6 ad

Telstra has paid $102,000 in penalty for an ad that allegedly misrepresented the price of the Apple iPhone 6.

By Adam Bender | 16 December, 2014 10:43

Tags: TCP code, iphone 6, regulation, Australian Consumer Law, Telco, telecom, consumer protection, red tape reduction, Telstra

Suncorp backs NFC payments, Apple Pay

Suncorp Bank has revealed it will soon support contactless mobile payments on Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

By Adam Bender | 15 December, 2014 09:56

Tags: NFC, mobile wallets, digital wallets, banking, finance, mobile digital wallets, Suncorp, banks, financial institutions, Apple Pay, mobile payments

Vodafone includes international roaming in $100 Red plans

Vodafone has sweetened its international roaming offer days after Telstra simplified its roaming rates.

By Adam Bender | 12 December, 2014 11:19

Tags: phone plans, calls, Roaming, mobility, Vodafone, Telco, telecom, international, mobile, international roaming

St. Mary's College prepares for Windows 8 rollout

St. Mary’s College will upgrade student and staff devices to Windows 8 next year, following a recent technology refresh that included a rollout of new notebooks to students and teachers.

By Adam Bender | 12 December, 2014 10:43

Tags: education, Microsoft, laptops, Lenovo, ultrabooks, Chromebooks, operating systems, St. Mary's College, notebooks, Google, Windows 8

Australia gets poor marks for connectivity satisfaction

Australians are the least satisfied mobile customers among nine developed and emerging countries surveyed in a Juniper Networks report.

By Adam Bender | 11 December, 2014 09:07

Tags: connectivity, Networking, Australia, customer satisfaction, rankings, mobile, broadband, juniper networks

Mobile industry to push RadComms Act update in 2015: AMTA chair

The Australian mobile industry will seek a modernised spectrum framework and reduced regulations in 2015, according to the new chairman of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

By Adam Bender | 10 December, 2014 15:43

Tags: RadComms Act, AMTA, regulatory, regulation, wireless, government, red tape reduction, mobile, Radiocommunications Act, Telstra, Matthew Lobb, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), Vodafone

Telstra aims to simplify international roaming prices

Telstra has fired the latest volley in the telco price war for international roaming.

By Adam Bender | 09 December, 2014 15:35

Tags: phone plans, travel passes, bill shock, Telstra, international roaming

CIO guides strategic review at MTC Australia

A new CIO has led MTC Australia through a strategic review of its not-for-profit educational organisation.

By Adam Bender | 09 December, 2014 14:14

Tags: not-for-profits, Google, Chrome OS, education, Chromebooks, CIO, 802.11ac, MTC Australia, jobs

NEC snags $55 million contract with NT govt

The Northern Territory government has signed a $55 million, three-year contract with NEC to support 20,000 users across the territory.

By Adam Bender | 09 December, 2014 10:11

Tags: contracts, end-user computing, procurement, NT, northern territory, government, NEC

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