IT Web — NBN will give developers the opportunity to ditch aerial cables for free-to-air television in their greenfields developments by offering the infrastructure through fibre. The national network builder today revealed it was working on a TV infrastructure offering for new developments, which it is planning to make available in the first quarter of next year. NBN would charge for the service on top of the fees it levies on developers to connect their apartment blocks and estates with fibre.
IT News — Optus is set to take the lead as the first Australian carrier to deliver a commercial voice over wi-fi service to its consumers. The carrier has committed to launch a voice over wi-fi service within weeks. “Optus is always looking at ways to enhance our customer experience and we’re currently working on exciting developments for wi-fi calling which we expect to announce mid-2015,” an Optus spokesman said.
IT News — The national network builder will soon be controlled by a new license condition dictating how it shares information on the rollout with retail service providers, despite protestations against the move. Earlier this year the government asked the ACCC to consult with the industry on whether to introduce a new carrier licence condition for NBN (formerly NBN Co), which would govern the rollout information it provides to RSPs.
IT News —- Transport for NSW will hand NEC $134 million over the next five years to take over its end user computing functions, iTnews can reveal. Last November the agency confirmed it had officially signed IBM as the data centre partner for its massive next-generation infrastructure services (NGIS) overhaul in a $99 million deal due to last five years.
IT Wire — According to ALE, the “tailor-made” offers are the first to combine the power of the cloud with an outcome-based approach for customer success. Matthieu Destot, Vice-President, ALE Asia Pacific, says ALE has made strong progress with cloud communication services for large enterprises and SMBs in Australia and New Zealand, recently delivering tailor-made cloud services for the Accor hotel group and at the G20 with partner, UXC Connect.
IT News — Telstra is facing a potential 10 percent mandated drop in the fees it charges wholesale partners to access its fixed-line copper network after the competition watchdog moved to ensure end users don’t suffer “absurd pricing”. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued a new draft determination on pricing for the declared fixed-line services, revealing it may now lump Telstra with a 9.6 percent drop in wholesale fixed-line prices compared to the 0.7 percent it had previously proposed.
IT News — Carwardine joined the Navy at 15 and spent the next 15 years on Naval destroyers and in submarines before deciding to pack it all in to write code for Qantas. Turns out being underwater and being a father were not compatible occupations. But there are a few parallels between manning a military vessel and heading up IT and network operations for a multi-channel telecommunications group.
Optus has admitted to handing over its customer’s phone numbers to certain third-party websites accessed by the user. As first flagged by a user on telco forum Whirlpool, when a user browses certain websites, Optus provides the customer’s mobile phone number to the website operator where a “commercial relationship” exists. The practice, known as HTTP header enrichment, includes a mobile browser’s phone number in the HTTP header of the website request. The process aims to streamline direct billing for customers.
The Australian Senate today voted through legislation which allows rights holders to apply to a court to block overseas websites facilitating copyright infringment. The legislation passed despite strong opposition from the Australian Greens and a number of independent and minor party MPs, the telecommunications industry, technology companies and consumer groups.
The NSW government will set aside nearly $100 million worth of capital funding to be spent on IT enhancements within its flagship customer service entity Service NSW. Service NSW has consolidated the customer-facing transactions previously operated by agencies like Roads and Maritime Services and the births, deaths and marriages registry. It is working to inject a level of digital functionality and customer service innovation seen in industries like banking into public sector service delivery.
THE majority of Singaporean consumers using mobile banking applications want their mobile devices to instantly recognise them via biometrics such as fingerprint and voiceprint, instead of having to prove who they are with passwords and usernames. Indeed, one in four is also willing to share DNA [information] with their bank to secure financial and personal information, Telstra said in a statement, citing a new report it released.
Telstra will retire its dial-up internet plans and migrate the last of its remaining customers by December this year. The telco’s director of fixed broadband Stuart Bird today said customers still on a dial-up account would be contacted about migrating their services over the coming months, and would be able to keep their existing email addresses as part of the migration.
SINGAPORE: Telstra emerged tops with 3 awards at the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards held at The Westin Singapore. The company bagged the Asia Pacific Telco Cloud Service Provider of the Year, Asia Pacific Fixed Broadband Service Provider of The Year and Asia Pacific Managed Service Provider of the Year awards. Mayank Kapoor, Research Manager, ICT – Data Centre & Cloud Computing, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan said that Telstra’s focus on developing a multi-cloud platform and orchestration capability was central to its success in the region as most enterprises today are in the process of implementing a Hybrid IT environment.
NexGen Networks Works with iAdvantage to Build a Hong Kong Point of Presence in their World-class Hong Kong data center to help NexGen maintain top tier service as it expands its global reach NexGen Networks, a leading global provider of ultra high-speed fiber-optic services with a distinctive customer service approach, has teamed with iAdvantage, a leading data center solution provider in Hong Kong, to build its Hong Kong point of presence (POP) in the 30-story, 350,000 sq. ft. MEGA-iAdvantage facility—one of the largest Tier 3+ Internet Service Center buildings in the world.
Australia’s law enforcement chiefs are willing to relax physical requirements for employees and offer increased salaries in an effort to recruit more cyber security specialists. Addressing the 2015 Cyber Security Summit sponsored by Informa and Australian Defence Magazine yesterday, Australian Army modernisation chief Major-General Fergus McLachlan said he recognised the need to embrace a “non-linear recruiting model” in order to draw cyber expertise into the organisation.
The federal government is likely to face opposition over its proposal to increase the thickness of overhead cables erected as part of the national broadband network “to the size of your wrist” without requiring local or state planning approvals. Under schedule three of the Telecommunications Act and related regulations, carriers currently have limited immunity from local, state and territory planning and environmental laws when installing overhead cables with a diameter of 30mm or less.
TPG inched closer to attaining its hard-fought goal of buying out rival internet service provider iiNet yesterday, but it faces a nerve-wracking wait to learn the deal’s regulatory fate. iiNet and TPG yesterday registered their scheme booklet with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) after an independent reviewer found the $1.56 billion share and cash-based offer to be “fair, reasonable and in the best interests of shareholders”.
National crime data authority CrimTrac has commenced a refresh of Australia’s national fingerprint database, used by police and law enforcement agencies to match collected biometrics to criminals and suspects. CrimTrac has operated the national automated fingerprint identification system (NAFIS) since 1987, and is the custodian of 6.5 million sets of prints from more than 3.8 million individuals. The database is searched more than two million times every year. Justice Minister Michael Keenan first announced the agency’s intention to market-test the deal close to a year ago.
A misconfiguration at Telekom Malaysia late last week caused large-scale routing issues which cascaded through providers in Oceania and elsewhere in the world, resulting in customers experiencing severe network problems. The issue started at at 6:43pm AEST last Friday when Telekom Malaysia made changes to its routers using the border gateway protocol (BGP), which is used by providers and networks to decide how data traffic flows via prefixes inserted into the internet routing table.
Developments in M2M set to speed up smart grid deploymentsBy making the electricity grid ‘intelligent’ and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually move away from the electricity companies and be directed towards the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through sensors, M2M devices, and the internet of things (IoT). Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, but the market is expected to shift increasingly towards Asia and the developing world.