Stories by James Hutchinson

Tasmanian towns trial NBN fibre extension

The seven stage 2 National Broadband Network sites in Tasmania will be first to trial a community-funded extension of the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) footprint beyond the 93 per cent currently mandated by government.

AMA calls for $328m Victorian e-health initiative

The Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for more than $18 million in funding over four years from the state government to roll out iPads and supporting infrastructure to doctors.

Black markets sprout in IP address shortage

With only days passed since the Asia Pacific regional internet registry initiated a severely reduced allocation policy for Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), ‘black’ markets have begun to appear for operators and address holders to trade address between themselves.

What is a femtocell?

When it comes to telecommunications, Australia isn’t usually far behind the curve. In 2010, we had the third highest number of mobile broadband subscribers per capita, our average broadband speeds are growing by the day, and let’s not forget that the National Broadband Network will be one of the few nationwide fibre-to-the-home deployments so far.

Small ISPs losers as APNIC exhausts IPv4

Developing economies and small ISPs are expected to be hardest hit by an Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address rationing policy enacted this week by the Asia Pacific regional registry.

International bandwidth demand grows as Japan stays online

The latest report from international bandwidth market analyst firm TeleGeography has found a spike in investment into international submarine cable systems this year, but building redundancy into the networks remains the biggest challenge to cable operators.

Birks steps down as AIIA chief

Updated: Ian Birks will step down as chief executive of peak industry body the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) after three years in the role.

We need to do more on NBN communication: Conroy

Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has flagged further attempts by stakeholders to improve take-up of National Broadband Network (NBN) services in Tasmania in coming months as the Federal Government moves to support clearer communication of the network’s technical aspects and wider benefits.

AARNet looks to specialised NBN services

The Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) is in negotiations with universities covered by the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) first mainland release sites in an attempt to offer “always-on access” to students and researchers at their homes.

MGM Wireless offers Cloud to schools

IT services company MGM Wireless (ASX:MWR) has begun offering its student management systems as a Cloud-based solution in an attempt to increase availability of its solution.

Health record concept sees public release

Health minister, Nicola Roxon, is expected to release the draft concept of operations document for the $467 million personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) as early as Friday this week, providing greater detail into the the construct and ongoing operations of the initiative.

CSC guns for iSoft R&D

CSC Australia’s director of health services this week pinpointed the research and development portfolio of ailing e-health provider iSoft (ASX:ISF) as a key attraction of the company’s $US188 million ($AUD180 million) takeover bid.

Queensland looks to NBN for service relocation

The Queensland Government has flagged a potential relocation of key state government services to regional centres as a means of maximising the benefits afforded by the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.

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