Telcos to go ahead with delayed Tasman Sea cable

Telstra, Spark and Vodafone today reaffirmed their intention to build the Tasman Global Access (TGA) Cable for US$70 million (A$86 million), albeit with several changes to the original business plan. Spanning 2300 kilometres, the cable will land at Oxford Falls in Sydney and Raglan in the Waikato in New Zealand where it will connect to Vodafone’s existing Acqua Link infrastructure, and have a starting design capacity of 20 terabit per second.,telcos-to-go-ahead-with-delayed-tasman-sea-cable.aspx

Telstra eyes up Pacnet for acquisition

Telstra is in discussions with cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet over potential acquisition, the telco confirmed today. Australia’s largest telecommunications company today informed the Australian Stock Exchange it was in negotiations with Pacnet to potentially acquire the company, but said there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate.,telstra-eyes-up-pacnet-for-acquisition.aspx

Australian police fail to quantify metadata use in investigations

Australia’s police forces say they are unable to actually quantify how helpful metadata is to criminal investigations and convictions, despite today repeating their argument for a two-year period of mandatory data retention by telco providers. The country’s three largest law enforcement and national security agencies today fronted a parliamentary committee investigating the Government’s draft data retention bill to plead their case for the scheme, arguing it is necessary to protect the nation against 21st Century security threats.,australian-police-fail-to-quantify-metadata-use-in-investigations.aspx

Telstra hit with $102k penalty for ‘misleading’ iPhone 6 ad

Telstra has been forced to pay $102,000 for misleading customers about the true cost of one of its iPhone 6 plans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said it had issued an infringement notice against Telstra over an ad placed by the telco in a newspaper in late September for the smartphone. The consumer watchdog said Telstra had advertised the iPhone 6 plan as costing $70 per month, neglecting to highlight an extra $11 customers would have to pay for the handset itself.,telstra-hit-with-102k-penalty-for-misleading-iphone-6-ad.aspx

NAB takes new approach to software testing, from AU

NAB has implemented a new method of testing software development within the bank which has replaced the traditional effort-based model with units of work, in an effort to cut out waste and extra cost within the process. In partnership with provider Infosys, the bank developed a charter aimed at increasing upstream quality in testing in order to cut down on costs by up to 40 percent over three years, and ensure NAB’s staff resources were being used to their full extent.,nab-takes-new-approach-to-software-testing.aspx

Fujitsu launches Cloud for SAP solutions in Australia

The new cloud service leverages Fujitsu’s IP for the optimal management of systems running SAP software, and is offered via Fujitsu Australia’s Private Hosted Cloud Platform hosted on its secure, local data centres. According to Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand, the cloud service offering is unique in that it is delivered “end-to-end” by Fujitsu, with the platform leveraging the breadth of Fujitsu’s capability including data centres, managed services, hardware and SAP application support.

Hockey mulls selling off Canberra’s secure fibre network

The Government will investigate the feasibility of selling off Canberra’s secure public sector communications network to a third party provider, in an effort to reduce the operating costs of the federal government. The Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) is the secure fibre network connecting 400 government buildings and 80 agencies throughout Canberra. It began operations in 1991 as a private communications link between Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sites, and has since expanded to 150,000km of fibre across the nation’s capital.,hockey-mulls-selling-off-canberras-secure-fibre-network.aspx

Will the 4GX mobile network of Telstra Corporation Ltd see it win big in 2015?

Australia’s leading telecommunications business Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) has announced that it has switched on its latest 4GX mobile service in parts of central Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. Telstra says that for customers with compatible devices it is now delivering some of the fastest commercial mobile speeds in the world, with Melbournians generally getting improved data download speeds and more reliable networks.

Australia and New Zealand lead on data publication

Australia and New Zealand publish the most open government datasets in the region, according to the Global Open Data Index published by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) this week. Both Australia and New Zealand rank fifth out of 97 countries in the index, which judges availability and accessibility of 10 key government datasets based on whether they are available to the public for free on the internet. The United Kingdom has come out on top with all the 10 datasets published in open formats.

Telstra hands over copper, HFC in new $11bn NBN deal

Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks while remaining committed to its structural separation under renegotiated definitive agreements with NBN Co that retain the $11 billion value of the 2011 deal. Telstra and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the re-signing of the landmark deal, which will see NBN Co continue to pay Telstra $5 billion in infrastructure payments, $4 billion in disconnection payments and $2 billion in Commonwealth agreements.,telstra-hands-over-copper-hfc-in-new-11bn-nbn-deal.aspx

Australia to crack down on online pirates

SYDNEY: Australia’s government outlined plans to tackle online piracy as it moves to end the country’s position as one of the world’s top illegal downloaders of television shows such as Game of Thrones.  Copyright holders will be able to apply for court orders requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites outside the country that give access to infringing content, according to the proposed amendments to the Copyright Act.

How defence agencies can use GIS to better understand scenarios

Geographic information systems allow agencies to better understand interconnected data and share data with other agencies. Here’s how geospatial data can help defence organisations make better decisions. “When making decisions, being able to understand the ‘where’ component is vital,” David Eastman, Esri Australia National Security industry specialist said. At the same time, the ‘why’ and ‘what’ have to be understood.

Victoria to release real-time bus data

Public Transport Victoria is set to release long-awaited real-time arrival APIs for the state’s buses and trams by March 2015, meaning Victorian commuters should soon be able to rely on GPS-based arrival information rather than a static timetable.  The transport authority is planning to hand over the information to developers via a series of ‘hackathon’ events in Melbourne promoting the data release. It has set itself a target of fostering at least three new or “significantly improved” digital products before 31 May.,victoria-to-release-real-time-bus-data.aspx

Kaseya names its top MSPs for 2014

Cloud IT management software vendor Kaseya has announced its top A/NZ MSP partners for 2014. Code Blue, CNS, centreREDIT and Datacom were the big winners, as each of these companies achieved ‘outstanding results across several areas and demonstrated particular success in revenue growth, business value generated for their customers and their progressive use of Kaseya solutions throughout 2014,’ the company said in a statement.

Data centre outage hits all Queensland hospitals

Queensland’s hospitals and health services are without access to key systems and have been forced in some instances to revert to paper-based processes after a routine upgrade in the health department’s core Brisbane data centre went awry. On Wednesday afternoon, Queensland Health issued a public advisory explaining that a data centre issue meant that all the state’s hospitals were turning to “contingency plans” to maintain services in the absence of a number of clinical systems.,data-centre-outage-hits-all-queensland-hospitals.aspx

Govt gives ISPs four months to develop piracy code

The federal government has warned ISPs they will need to agree on an industry code for tackling online copyright infringement by April next year or have one forced upon them. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis today published a letter to ISPs informing them they will need to agree on a process to notify customers of allegations of copyright infringement and advise them how to access legitimate content within 120 days.,govt-gives-isps-four-months-to-develop-piracy-code.aspx

AWS Zocalo comes to Sydney

Amazon Web Services has made its new Zocalo collaboration and file sharing service available in Sydney from today. A representative for AWS announced the availability in the web services giant’s developer forums (registration required). Until today, local Zocalo users had been hosted on the Oregon AWS instance on the West Coast of the United States.,aws-zocalo-comes-to-sydney.aspx

Inside BOQ’s new approach to end-user computing, from AU

The move into a new headquarters in Brisbane’s Newstead precinct provided the perfect opportunity for Bank of Queensland CIO Julie Bale to sow the seeds of technological change in the way the bank – and its branches – approached working. As its existing Brisbane CBD lease approached expiry, the bank started plotting how a new-look headquarters would evolve. It settled on the growing area of Newstead and decided to take an entirely new approach to workplace design – underpinned by technology.,inside-boq8217s-new-approach-to-end-user-computing.aspx

Queensland’s mobile police shift away from HTML5

The Queensland Police Service has taken a leap of faith with iOS and has re-written its award-winning QLiTE mobile interface as a native application, turning its back on HTML5. Yesterday, Queensland’s Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey officially launched the second version of QLiTE with a range of new features, and revealed that the rollout of iPads and other devices within the force had reached 2850 – more than 1000 beyond its G20 target.,queensland8217s-mobile-police-evolve-beyond-html5.aspx

Australian sites vulnerable to new POODLE attack

Researchers have discovered a new variant of the vulnerability in the third version of the SSL (secure sockets layer) web encryption protocol, dubbed POODLE, which has left many different websites open to man-in-the-middle attacks. Google security engineer Adam Langley noted that while Google, Firefox and others have “done pretty well at killing off SSL version 3″ in response to the original POODLE attack by moving to Transport Layer Security (TLS), this alone was not enough to secure websites.,new-poodle-attack-dogs-ssltls-protected-sites.aspx