NBN Co will provide a new satellite broadband service to up to 9000 premises in remote areas of mainland Australia to reach customers not covered by the over-subscribed Interim Satellite Service (ISS). The new NBN Co Satellite Support Scheme (NSS) will not be provided by the government-funded company. Instead, NBN Co has appointed IPStar to act as a wholesaler for regional internet providers. IPStar also provides satellites for the ISS. Reachnet and Active8me are participating in the NSS trial, with others expected to come onboard later, NBN Co said.
Telstra and Optus have secured early access to the 700MHz spectrum auctioned off by the Government last year, and will switch on the first 4G services in the band in a number of areas around the country over the coming weeks. The official launch of 700MHz spectrum, when technical trials are due to commence, is set for January 1 next year.
Within the next 15 years, Queenslanders could find their humble Go Card transformed into a loyalty card, a way of paying for bikes and taxis, or even phased out altogether in favour of a mobile phone or a simple fingerprint scan before boarding a train. The Queensland Government’s contract with current Go Card operator Cubic Transportation Systems is coming to an end, and the state’s transport department is scouring the market for new capabilities that have become available since Go Card went live in 2007.
Sydney Trains is in search of an IT system that will underpin an $11.4 million effort to improve the rail information delivered to customers as well as the performance of the city’s rail network. NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian last month announced a three-year project to upgrade the rail network’s operations centre, promising new technology and communications systems would offer train travellers more accurate, consistent and timely information.
The Federal Government has added the first four suppliers to its new data centre services panel following a revamp of its procurement arrangements. The finance department today named NextDC, Datapod, Canberra Data Centres and Australian Data Centres as the first batch of suppliers under the government’s new Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel.
Submarine cable builder SubPartners will land its APX-West and APX-Central cables in NextDC’s Perth P1 data centre, the company revealed today. The 5300km APX-Central cable will connect Perth and Sydney from the third quarter of 2016, with additional spurs planned for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. The 4700km APX-West will connect Perth to Changi North in Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island.
Qantas chief information officer Luc Hennekens has laid the foundations to shift many of the airline’s IT workloads to public cloud services, after being impressed with the results of three proof of concept trials. The Qantas IT team spent an intensive 18 weeks trialling the capabilities of public cloud computing services offered by Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM and Microsoft to help build a case for a radically different approach to technology provision at the airline.
Identity management company, Centrify, has recruited channel specialist, Niall King, in a bid to expand its footprint in Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. King’s appointment as senior director APAC sales will see the company place a stronger focus on North Asia. Centrify’s stronger push into Asia Pacific follows its May announcement that it had raised $42 million in funding from strategic investors including Samsung Ventures, Fortinet Inc. and Docomo Capital.
Travel booking titan Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) is making a big push for new users and revenue streams in Asia today with the A$703 million (US$659.5 million) acquisition of Australia-based Wotif Group (ASX:WTF). It runs a number of travel sites in the region, such as Wotif.com, Lastminute.com.au, Travel.com.au, LateStays, and GoDo.com.au (hat-tip to The Next Web). Wotif’s numerous sites will remain running under the auspices of US-based Expedia.
Japanese incumbent telco Nippon Telegraph and Telephone is reportedly lobbying Telstra for a partnership, amidst growing competition from Optus’ parent SingTel. In an article in the Australian Financial Review, NTT urges the Australian telco to use its global network of data centres, which would be connected to Telstra’s own networks. The news comes as Telstra repositions itself from being a traditional telecommunications company towards being a network applications and services (NAS) provider with a focus on south-east Asia.
The Australian Government is preparing an Open Data Toolkit to consolidate policies and guidance for agencies managing and sharing government data. “This Toolkit will consolidate policy, guidance, case studies and technical advice on how to manage, publish and share government data more effectively and efficiently for greater benefits to the public service, industry and the broader community. The Toolkit will be updated on a regular basis as new information, guidance, best practices and policies emerge, and you can subscribe to wiki updates there,” the data.gov.au team wrote in its latest blog.
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) is one of the largest non-alcoholic beverage bottlers in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the world’s top five Coca-Cola bottlers. The company, which operates in six countries and has 14,900 employees, 700,000 active customers and 270 million end consumers, was using what CIO Australia, Warwick Hutton, describes as ‘an ageing Lotus Notes system’. It was obvious that cloud computing — particularly a hybrid environment — was the answer.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Gigya, the Connected Consumer Management Suite, today announced its overseas growth in Australia, Asia and Latin America through the expansion of sales teams based out of Melbourne, Singapore, as well as a dedicated headquarters team focused on México, Brazil and South America. The company’s global expansion follows a year of torrid growth for the company, which processed more than 800 million logins in 2013 through its Registration-as-a-Service and Social Login products. Currently powering logins and registration in over 46 different countries, Gigya already has a large international footprint with customers such as Tommy Hilfiger, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, KLM, L’Occitane, Next Media, Japan Airlines and Canon.
Telstra has won a $150 million deal with NBN Co for the Government’s pilot of fibre-to-the-node technology in regional areas across Queensland and NSW. Telstra will build around 1000 nodes in certain parts of the two states over the next year to serve around 206,000 homes and businesses, as first reported by the Financial Review. The trial forms part of the Coalition’s attempts to move the NBN from a predominantly fibre-based network to its multi-technology mix.
The Australian Defence Force is readying the launch of a new human resources portal akin to a social network, for use by both current staff and alumni of the country’s armed forces. ForceNet is an internal social network through which Defence workers can connect with colleagues, send direct messages, post content, and create events and social groups.
Vodafone experienced major network issues today which downed mobile services for customers right across the country for several hours, in an afternoon when customers of all three Australian network providers suffered degrees of service interruptions. Australia’s third largest telecommunications provider informed customers earlier today of mobile service issues affecting users in all regions of the country. Calls and SMS services were affected, with customers also reporting intermittent issues with data.
Telstra has announced it will offer a point of presence on the East Coast of the United States for its VMware-based cloud infrastructure services, which are currently offered in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Nathan Bell, Telstra’s global marketing director told iTnews that the telco aspires to offer a suite of cloud services across a global footprint and with a consistent configuration.”
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA & BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd., today announced that it has won a transformational IT applications and infrastructure engagement from 7-Eleven, a leading convenience store chain, in Australia. The engagement is aimed at paving the way for an organisation-wide retail process re-engineering at 7-Eleven to enable it to launch new merchandise categories, improve the efficiency of existing merchandise categories, initiate real-time targeted promotions, and easily on-board new processes during mergers and acquisitions.
Tasmanian police are investigating how vandals managed to cut Telstra cables in three locations in one suburb on Wednesday night, causing significant disruption to the local network. The vandalism is the latest in a series of attacks on Telstra property in the state, with two of the areas targeted on Wednesday having been hit three times in as many months.