Stories by Adam Bender

Router issue takes out Optus 3G

Optus suffered a 3G data outage across Australia last night, mostly affecting New South Wales and Queensland. Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) Amaysim, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile all run on the Optus network.

Hutchison says sorry to customers amid losses

Hutchison has apologised to customers for problems on the Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) mobile network as VHA reported a customer loss of 178,000 in the first half of this year.

Queensland, Victoria seen lacking privacy leadership

Queensland and Victoria must immediately appoint new privacy commissioners, urged the Australian Privacy Foundation. Each state has an acting commissioner, but the privacy group said that’s unacceptable in letters to each state's attorney general.

Scoreboard at TIO Stadium has 42 LED screens, Wi-Fi

TIO Stadium in the Northern Territory has installed a $300,000 scoreboard with Wi-Fi on board, the Northern Territory Government said. AFL fans can see it for themselves at the game this week weekend between Melbourne and Port Adelaide.

Australia to assign ‘05’ mobile numbers to prevent run out

Australia will start assigning “05” phone numbers to mobile users in an effort to avoid number exhaustion, the Australian Communications and Media Authority said. The ACMA revised the <I>Telecommunications Number Plan 1977</I> to implement that and two other changes [[artnid: 410749|proposed earlier this year]].

CommBank fights rivals with Android payment station

Commonwealth Bank is betting that an EFTPOS terminal that looks like a tablet will give it the edge over competitors. The bank just announced Pi, a smart point-of-sale payment platform embracing modern touch-screen technology and apps.

Family Court seeks network refresh

The Family Court of Australia wants to replace ageing network equipment nationally, and build and fit a new design, according to a tender published 13 July.

TCP code usage warnings won't stop bill shock: WhistleOut

Bill shock will perpetuate even with SMS usage warnings required by the revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) code, said WhistleOut director Cameron Craig. Carriers should instead let customer place a “hard stop” on their phone accounts when they reach limits, he said.