IT News — TPG is now offering wholesale partners the opportunity to access its fibre-to-the-basement network through a Layer 2 product for $27 per month, as demanded by the government’s carrier license conditions. Last December the government revealed carriers, such as TPG, who compete with the NBN would need to offer non-discriminatory wholesale access to their networks and structurally separate their retail and wholesale businesses.
IT News — Telstra’s ‘media content’ home page has been infected with ‘malvertising’ which links to a malicious exploit kit. Malvertising is a form of distributing ‘injected’ malware into legitimate online advertising. A malvertisement appearing to show a Lamborghini Gallardo for sale, actually contained a link to redirect users (via Google’s own URL shortener) to a separate website where a Nuclear exploit kit payload was lying in wait. The payload in this case was a banking Trojan.
IT News — Mobile customers are expected to benefit from lower call and SMS rates after Australia’s competition regulator decided to halve the cost telcos can charge each other to receive calls on their network. The ACCC today released its final decision on the regulated price for the mobile termination access service (MTAS). The MTAS is the price mobile network operators can charge others to land calls.
PRNewswire Asia — KUALA LUMPUR: Telstra Health, a division of Australia’s largest telecommunication and technology company, today announced several key contract wins and implementations of hospital electronic medical record systems in Malaysia and Thailand, adding to its existing customer base in Asia and its established offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.
Global telecommunications giant Huawei on Wednesday furthered their innovation and talent development, investing A$30 million (US$22.1 million) in a new training and innovation center in Sydney. Inaugurating the center on Wednesday, Huawei Global rotating chief executive Ken Hu said innovation is part of the giant’s DNA, investing at least 10% of revenue into research and development since the companies founding in 1987.
IT News — NSW cops are set to receive yet another gadget to strap to their belts, adding fingerprint scanners to a fleet of Samsung smartphones and body-worn video cameras being progressively rolled out across the force. The state’s police force has approached technology vendors for portable fingerprint scanner options, as it looks to digitise the day-to-day work of police on the beat so they no longer have to waste time returning to the station to register and verify IDs.
IT News — iiNet founder and former chief executive Michael Malone feels bittersweet about TPG’s takeover of his internet service provider, after the deal was approved by the ACCC yesterday. iiNet will now cease trading as part of the S&P/ASX 200 Index after the close of trading on August 24. The $1.56 billion acquisition of iiNet will see TPG overtake Optus as the country’s second-largest provider of retail broadband services.
IT News — Telstra is investigating complaints from some of its customers that activating the Telstra Air service causes a sudden and dramatic decrease to the speeds they receive on their home broadband service. Complaints about the issue have surfaced on both the Whirlpool discussion board as well as the Telstra’s own crowd support page. The issues emerged after the company officially launched the network in June, following a free trial that began in November last year.
IT News — Vodafone chief executive Iñaki Berroeta has said he expects the carrier to be profitable “in the near future”, as the company continues to struggle to turn around falling customer numbers and profits. The comments came as the carrier announced it would include unlimited national voice calls and texts as a feature of all its business and consumer plans in a bid to lure customers.
IT News — The competition regulator’s approval of TPG’s proposed acquisition of iiNet today will mean Telstra has a new fixed-line rival nipping at its heels. The ACCC was able to overcome its initial concerns about the effect the merger would have on competition to give the buyout the official stamp of approval. The $1.56 billion takeover of iiNet will allow TPG to leapfrog Optus to become the country’s second-largest provider of retail broadband services.
The NSW government is turning to the state’s mobile application developers to help it rent out its unused car spaces to members of the public. The state Finance department operates nearly 400 car spaces for the use of public servants and their fleet vehicles – many of which sit empty a lot of the time, Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet said today.
Data Center Dynamics — NextGen Networks, a global provider of high-speed fiber-optic services, announced that it has deployed new Points of Presence (PoPs) in data centers run by Equinix in Tokyo (TY3) and Frankfurt (FR2). This expansion adds coverage of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region for NexGen. As a longtime Equinix customer, the company has used Platform Equinix to scale its business to provide an ultra-low latency route between Europe and Asia to meet the needs of global enterprises.
IT News — NEC will take over the job of manning the helpdesk for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s international communications network, stealing the tech support deal off incumbent Fujitsu in a $36.6 million contract win. The support deal was the first major procurement put to market under DFAT’s $216 million international communications network (ICN) program in August last year.
PRNewswire Asia — LONDON: Global Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, is working with Microsoft Azure to deliver a free cloud BI offering, available via the Azure Marketplace. Yellowfin on Azure allows companies to get started with BI in the cloud for free via the Azure Marketplace (Azure usage fees apply). With just a few clicks, users will be able to deploy an enterprise-grade BI environment in minutes, which includes a free 12-month three-user subscription license for Yellowfin.
IT News — Telstra today recorded a 1 percent slump in net profit to $4.23 billion for FY2015, reporting its first full-year results without the CSL Hong Kong mobile business. The telco’s earnings – which were in line with analyst expectations – were affected by the May 2014 sale of its stake in CSL. “This is our first full financial year operating without the CSL Hong Kong business,” CEO Andy Penn said in a statement.
Financial Review — Telstra chief Andy Penn’s maiden profit has not disappointed but investors will need to see more evidence this year that new management’s strategy to transform the telco into a global technology company is making progress. Telstra is investing heavily in its mobile network to maintain its leadership position but the full-year results demonstrate the need to find more growth offshore as it outgrows in Australian market.
MIS Asia — Cloud-based communications solutions provider, xMatters, has reported strong growth for the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2015. The company has now posted 13 consecutive quarters of record recurring revenue growth and over 80 percent year-over-year subscription revenue growth, attributed in large part to the rapid adoption of its Cloud-based offerings.
IT News — Optus has become the first Australian carrier to deliver commercial voice over wi-fi to its mobile consumers, offering the service through a new Android and iPhone app dubbed WiFi Talk. The app is a free download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play, and works on devices running at least iOS 6 or Android version 4.0.
Computer Weekly — Cyber criminals don’t stand still, and neither do the people who protect organisations against them. We caught up with six analysts and security experts to ask them about the current risk factors in Australia and New Zealand. We asked each person four questions – and got more than 8,000 words of transcript in response. What follows here is a representative selection of their answers to those questions. It makes for interesting and sobering reading.
IT News — Australia’s telecommunications sector is continuing its crusade against the government’s proposed industry security reforms, with submissions to the draft legislation revealing universal opposition to the suggested changes. The Attorney-General’s Department released its ‘telecommunications sector security reforms’ in June. The sweeping draft laws would see telcos forced to hand over sensitive information about network changes and procurement plans in order to address national security risks.