Stories by James Hutchinson

Optus eyes NBN wholesale aggregator role

Optus has flagged plans to aggregate and on-sell wholesale fibre, wireless and satellite services under the National Broadband Network (NBN) as a virtual ISP, as part of an attempt to maintain the viability of its fixed wholesale division into the future.

Satellite players arc up over NBN mission creep

Satellite operators and service providers have followed in the footsteps of the wider ISP sector, issuing a warning about the potential for ‘mission creep’ under the National Broadband Network (NBN).

IBM, Oracle in NBN Co support systems deal

IBM has been selected by NBN Co as prime integrator to deploy a mix of its own, Oracle and systems customised by the National Broadband Network (NBN) wholesaler under a $200 million deal to implement operational and business systems over three years.

Thodey calls for telco unity on customer service

Telstra chief executive, David Thodey, has issued a call to arms for the telecommunications industry to unite under a single voice, in an attempt to more effectively influence economic and policy influences on the industry.

Reassurances gained, Optus NBN talks continue

Optus negotiations around a Telstra-style agreement with NBN Co and the government to migrate its Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) customers are expected to progress shortly, now that key legislation has passed the Senate.

Optus livid over NBN access amendments

Optus has warned amendments proposed to National Broadband Network (NBN) legislation proposed by communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, last night would be a step backwards for the telecommunications industry.

Social engineering remains biggest cyber threat

Despite increases in the number and capability of botnets for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, social engineering remains one of the largest cyber security threats to IT infrastructure according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Austar developing local media "wonder box"

Regional pay television operator, Austar (ASX:AUN), is developing a cross-platform user interface that could aggregate and beam content to multiple devices simultaneously, in an effort to maintain the company’s viability under the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Cloud email crawls to RMIT students, staff

Though self-admittedly lagging on a trend most universities completed in the past few years, RMIT in Melbourne has committed to migrating its student and staff email accounts to a hosted solution.

Qld treasurer keeps hands off govt IT spend

Queensland treasurer, Andrew Fraser, has pledged not to dictate specific cuts or targets for government ICT activities, despite a floundering economy in the face of recent natural disasters striking the state.

Nextgen plugs South Australian backhaul blackspot

Fibre backhaul provider, Nextgen Networks, has completed the second link in as many weeks of the Federal Government’s $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP), with the 129 kilometre link in South Australia going live.

Unis prepare for next Cloud wave

Following a wave of migration to Cloud-based email systems for students and staff, Australian universities are preparing for the next migration trend, outsourcing instances of the popular Blackboard student resources portal to the vendor’s own servers.

AGIMO progresses data centre strategy

The Australian Government’s lead procurement agency to soon announce preferred vendors for a number of tenders forming part of the government’s 15-year data centre strategy in an attempt to progress from interim arrangements.