This week Telstra announced a major investment into the development of its health business, but is our biggest telco facing an uphill battle to make money out of this new venture? The latest addition to its portfolio of health services will come through a collaboration with Swiss company Medgate. Medgate currently offers Swiss patients the ability to consult with a doctor via telephone or computer and to order prescriptions online for home delivery.
The uptake of cloud computing amongst Australian enterprises in particular is skyrocketing, according to analyst firm Telsyte. In the ‘Telsyte Australian Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Market Study 2014′ report by the firm, it was revealed that the total market value for public cloud infrastructure services is set to reach $650 million by 2018, up from $305 million in 2014. In addition, more than half of all organisations greater than 20 employees are now using public cloud IaaS for at least some part of their IT infrastructure, according to the research firm.
NBN Co expects to have reached a deal to resign its $11.2 billion definitive agreements with Telstra by the end of the year, with the network builder’s chief executive today revealing the two had reached material agreement on the new contract. The Coalition Government had originally promised to have the historic renegotiation complete by mid-2014, but Telstra boss David Thodey recently said he expected the discussions to continue into 2015.
iiNet is facing a fresh round of copyright litigation from Hollywood as it seeks to avoid disclosing information about customers suspected of online movie piracy. The internet provider has chosen to fight a federal court application by the owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club requiring it to hand over details of customers suspected of illegally sharing the film online. iiNet’s chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby in a blog post said the ISP had serious concerns about Dallas Buyers Club’s motivations.
If you earn a living off of your own online web store, Alibaba wants your business. The Chinese ecommerce behemoth is partnering with Bigcommerce, a service provider for online retailers, to help international web vendors source products from Alibaba.com, the company’s flagship business-to-business marketplace.
Telstra has unveiled details of its strategy to take advantage of Asia’s rapidly growing appetite for cloud and managed network services. The carrier today revealed it has heavily reorganised its network application services and enterprise divisions to point the business squarely into Asia. It also flagged potential hundreds of millions of dollars in capital spend to establish its presence offshore.
Telstra has been forced to review its handling of complaints about faulty mobile phones after an investigtion by the consumer watchdog uncovered 400 instances where customers may have been misled. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today said that following an investigation into how Telstra staff responded to complaints about faulty mobile phones, it had found customers may have been misled about their consumer guarantee rights, specifically that they weren’t entitled to a refund, replacement or repair.
Australia has today launched the beta site for its redesigned e-government portal, australia.gov.au, asking for user feedback and displaying its current thinking on how the next generation website will look. The site follows on from the alpha site launched in July, ditching images for blocks of text that relate to broad areas of government services. For example, there is a health section, a law and justice section, and a money, benefits and tax section.
Microsoft today confirmed the long-awaited arrival of its Azure cloud service in Australia, announcing general availability from its Sydney and Melbourne data centres as of next week. The company first revealed it would bring Azure to Australian shores a year and a half ago, but has consistently declined to provide an availability date beyond “the end of 2014″.
Victoria’s life sciences supercomputer will continue to operate for another two years, thanks to a $6.65 million funding top-up from the state government following the expiry of its original grant term. The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) is touted as the world’s largest computational facility dedicated to biological and health studies. It was kicked off in 2009 thanks to $50 million in start-up capital from the government, matched by another $50 million worth of private and research sector contributions.
The amount of requests made by Australian Government agencies for citizens’ phone, internet and location data grew by almost 5 percent in the last financial year, according to the national communications and media watchdog. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today revealed government agencies had made 563,012 authorisations for access to non-content or metadata for criminal law enforcement purposes in the fiscal year to June 2014 [pdf] – an almost 5 percent rise on the 538,317 made in the previous year to June 2013.
Telstra today cut the ribbon on its revamped Sydney headquarters, part of a $112 million refurbishment effort to remodel the centre into a “state-of-the-art customer technology hub”. Telstra’s 400 George St headquarters has been redesigned around the customer in order to create a “digitally intimate experience”, CEO David Thodey said, and now boasts a ‘discovery store’ and collaborative ground floor reception area for staff and Telstra users.
The former boss of telecommunications provider AAPT, David Yuile, has joined network and data centre provider Nextgen Group to head its networks business. Yuile left AAPT in February after the business was bought by internet service provider TPG for $450 million. Nextgen Group CEO Peter McGrath said Yuile’s appointment was designed to boost the company’s focus on its networks operations.
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The office of NSW Attorney-General Brad Hazzard has confirmed the government’s intentions to update the state’s privacy legislation to make it clear where agencies and healthcare providers stand when it comes to storing data offshore, particularly as part of cloud computing arrangements. The NSW Privacy Commissioner, Elizabeth Coombs, finalised her draft code of practice for offshore data hosting and handed it to the Attorney-General in May this year, after a number of aborted attempts by her predecessors.
The boards of Australia’s top four banks increasingly see information security as an issue worthy of their focus, according to the security chiefs at ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac. Taking part in a spirited and congenial discussion at the annual AISA conference in Melbourne, the four executives described how their organisations today regard the IS function as essential and no longer view it through the narrow lens of compliance and cost.
The NSW government is calling on the state’s best developers to help design apps to boost government service delivery, using open data. Finance and services minister, Dominic Perrottet, said citizens deserve state of the art services and we’d like to co-design them with the best and brightest minds in the private sector.
The New South Wales state government called on businesses to help design the next generation of apps to boost government service delivery using open data. Dominic Perrottet, New South Wales Minister for Finance and Services, launched the latest round of the apps4nsw competition this morning. apps4nsw is a series of events aimed at encouraging the citizens and businesses to use open data to create innovative web and mobile apps.
Information security professionals from Australia’s defence, law enforcement and intelligence services have finally started moving into the $630m ‘Ben Chifley’ building constructed for the Australian Security and Intelligence Operation (ASIO) to form the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). Major General Stephen Day, deputy director of cyber and information security at the Australian Signals Directorate, told the AISA national conference today that he expected the new centre would be functional by November and fully operational by December.
Dell is set to open two new Australian datacentres as part of a Cloud expansion plan in partnership with Digital Realty and 6YS. The two new data centres will be located in Sydney and Melbourne, to add to its two existing data centres in Canberra and Brisbane. “As an end-to-end solutions provider, Dell is focused on meeting customer’s evolving needs including demand to have a data centre presence in local geographical proximity to customer operations,” according to a statement.