The Chinese smartphone market is both the fastest growing and largest globally. Established electronic brands such as Samsung and Apple are placing a greater focus on these markets, but the leviathans are losing out to local Chinese smartphone companies, such as Xiaomi and Oppo. Xiaomi may have been crowned the number one smartphone vendor in China recently, but it is Oppo who will sell its smartphones to the western world first. Good Gear Guide has received an invitation to Oppo’s Australian launch. The event is scheduled within a fortnight on 2 September.
The Australian government buying back the copper network from Telstra almost 20 years after selling it to the public is a way for Telstra to move away from fixed line services, according to CEO David Thodey. Under the framework for a revise agreement between NBN Co and Telstra, the former government-owned incumbent telecommunications company will progressively hand over its copper and HFC network assets to NBN Co that will be used as part of a “multi-technology mix” model of the NBN that includes HFC and fibre to the node, in addition to the existing fibre to the premises, fixed wireless and satellite services.
NBN Co and Telstra have pushed back the disconnection of copper services for 58 areas in which fibre has been rolled out. The two companies had originally slated for copper services in the 58 fibre servicing area modules (FSAMs) to be disconnected in the Christmas and New Year period, but now say they want to make sure affected users are around to be notified of the disconnection. An NBN Co spokesperson said the dates had been deferred “so everyone can enjoy their summer holiday period”.
Internet service provider iiNet passed $1 billion in revenue for the first time in history during its fiscal year 2014, the company revealed today. The ISP attributed the milestone result to a return to organic growth following a string of recent acquisitions. The growth saw 40,000 new broadband customers join the company over the past 12 months. “The most pleasing aspect of these results is our return to organic growth,” iiNet’s new CEO David Buckhingam said.
[SYDNEY] Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia’s tax authority ruled Wednesday. In guidance designed to help people finalise their tax returns, the Australian Tax Office said Bitcoins were a form of property, disappointing those hoping they would be seen as a currency.The decision follows a similar move by the US Inland Revenue Service in March.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has chosen equipment vendor Ericsson to build its new core network, and plans to be Australia’s first telco to offer voice services over a 4G network. The partnership forms part of an effort by the telco to replace a network hobbled together as a result of its 2009 merger with Hutchison,. The patched network was blamed for service issues resulting in a customer exodus following the ‘Vodafail” movement in 2010. The deal will run for five years and is understood to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The NSW Government is rolling out an identity management solution that aims to provide all NSW public servants single sign-on to apps consumed from within its two new data centres. The ‘identity hub’ will manage all NSW Government user identifications, whether used to access government systems or cloud supplier services housed within the NSW Government’s Silverwater and Unanderra data centres.
Telstra announced today the launch of its global cloud-based unified communications service, the latest offering in its long-term partnership with networking giant Cisco. The service will be delivered through Telstra’s cloud infrastructure, which extends to seven locations around the world, including the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Telstra’s global solution, launched in partnership with Cisco last year, is now available across four continents in 25 countries, and is delivered over Telstra’s worldwide network extending to more than 2,000 point of presence according to Telstra global enterprise and services director of marketing Nathan Bell.
The change in business for Telstra Corporation Ltd (OTCPK:TLSYY) from what originally was Australia’s public telephone company to an increasingly international telecom and enterprise service company can be seen very easily within its latest 2014 full year results. As the market leader in Australian home phone, broadband and mobile phone service, the $64.3 billion company is known for its solid dividend payment, which currently has a yield of 5.1%.
The Silverwater data centre is one of two sites built by Metronode for its anchor tenant, the NSW government. While primarily focused on state government agencies, the facilities also host private sector workloads – Metronode general manager Malcolm Roe estimates the ratio is about 80:20 between public and private sector utilisation. Last week, NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet officially opened stage two of the Silverwater facility.
Metronode and the NSW Government expect that this time next year they will have produced the greenest facilities in the country, and the first to reach a five-star NABERS rating. At the opening of the second module of the Metronode facility in Silverwater today, CEO of Green Global Solutions Bob Sharon announced he had fitted the necessary equipment to commence the NABERS assessment process.
The NSW Procurement Board has directed state agencies to send all proposed telecommunications deals worth more than $100,000 past the state’s IT procurement working group. The formal directive is a response to findings by the state’s Auditor-General that many major agencies were not getting the best price for their telco deals. From Monday, NSW agencies will need to abide by a new procurement direction for the next two years.
Telstra’s Network Applications & Services (NAS) business grew by 27.8 percent in the 2014 financial year, totalling $1.9 billion in revenue. While the NAS unit only accounts for eight percent of overall products sales revenue, the carrier’s IT services business is growing fast – the unit has added $635 million in revenue since 2012. That growth is coming from three areas: managed network services are the big driver, increasing by 55.7 percent in the 2014 financial year. A key win was a Department of Defence contract during the year.
A regional retail complex in Victoria is using Apple’s Passbook and iBeacon technology combined with the centre’s free wi-fi network to allow stores to target passing customers with promotional offers. The Werribee Plaza shopping centre initiative follows in the footsteps of other retail properties including Chatswood Chase, Chadstone and DFO Homebush. iBeacons are small, inexpensive transmitters using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to detect nearby devices that can be housed in point of sale displays and merchandising areas.
Telstra will spend US$270 million (A$291 million) to boost its stake in Silicon Valley-based video streaming and analytics company Ooyala from 23 percent to 98 percent, following an incremental investment of US$61 million over the last two years. Telstra will incorporate Ooyala – which was founded in 2007 – into its global applications and platforms group, subject to customary closing conditions.
The federal government will release thousands of previously unavailable Commonwealth data sets to application developers within months, including some of its most commercial valuable. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the move to the finalists and winners of the GovHack 2014 awards ceremony in Brisbane last night. Turnbull said the information belonged to the public and the Abbott government had a ‘strong political commitment’ to making it available for use.
Apple and Samsung have agreed to call it quits on long-running patent battles in Australia and other jursidictions around the world, but continue to fight their most high-profile case over patent infringement in the United States. The companies today put out a joint statement advising of a mutual agreement to drop all litigation in courts outside the US, meaning legal battles in eight countries including Australia will now come to an end. But the pair warned the agreement “does not involve any licensing arrangements” and that the companies are “continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”
Listed satellite company NewSat has been asked by the Australian Stock Exchange to explain a sudden drop in the company’s share price, following reports of a series of recent financial setbacks. The company was asked last Thursday to reveal any material information that could explain why its share price had fallen from $0.26 to $0.19 on July 30. Company secretary Michael Hewins on Friday [pdf] attributed the share price drop to a Eureka Report story that contained “negative commentary on the company, its corporate governance, capital structure and earnings expectations” – commentary the company “disagrees with”.
Australia’s competition watchdog has put forward a number of proposals to cut the cost of mobile phone calls and text messages in order to bring them in line with international equivalents. As part of its inquiry into pricing the declared mobile terminating access service (MTAS), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today released a discussion paper outlining a number of ways to reduce the cost of calls and texts.
Exclusive Networks Group today announced its acquisition of Sydney-headquartered WhiteGold Solutions, the leading independent value added distributor of IT security, networking, converged infrastructure and datacentre solutions for the Australia/New Zealand enterprise channel. The acquisition is the Group’s first outside EMEA reflecting the continuing success of its business model, and signalling its long-term strategy to expand operations throughout the Asia-Pacific market.