Google, Telstra trial balloon internet in Queensland

Google’s mission to bring internet to regional areas of the world via high-altitude balloons has arrived in Australia, as the company prepares to kick off a 20-balloon trial with Telstra in Queensland. Google’s Project Loon officially commenced in New Zealand mid-last year, when the company launched 30 ballons in the skies above Canterbury in the south island to test whether reliable internet services could be delivered to 50 users in under-served areas.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397919,google-telstra-trial-balloon-internet-in-queensland.aspx

Telstra deploys Matrixx for real-time data usage alerts

Telstra has deployed a new solution based on Matrixx technology that will allow it to provide near instantaneous alerts to customers when they reach specific data usage thresholds. Australia’s largest telcos were required to start alerting customers when they had reached 50, 85 and 100 percent of their mobile voice and data quotas by September 1 last year under a revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code. The code specifies that telcos are required to send the alerts within 48 hours of users reaching the thresholds.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397763,telstra-deploys-matrixx-to-offer-real-time-data-usage-alerts.aspx

Inside Telstra’s Clayton data centre

Telstra has unveiled its new data centre facilities in Clayton, Melbourne – two years after announcing it would pour $100 million into its construction. “Over the past two years, we have created a world-class purpose-built facility which adds more than 40 percent capacity to our current data centre capability and forms an integral part of our cloud infrastructure,” said Telstra property executive director John Romano in a blog post. “The Clayton build has been a huge effort – in excess of 550,000 man-hours worked by a peak workforce of 180 people.”

http://www.crn.com.au/News/397707,telstras-new-melbourne-data-centre-to-host-cisco-and-vmware-clouds.aspx

Telstra opens new datacentre to host VMware and Cisco

Telstra has opened a new 2000sqm datacentre in Clayton, Victoria, to host WMware Cloud’s service, VCloud Air. The 6MW datacentre will also be leveraged to host vendor Cisco’s cloud offering as well as internal IT infrastructure to support Telstra’s back office systems (Siebel etc). The opening follows last week’s vForum announcement it would host VMware’s hybrid Cloud service as part of its growing Cloud strategy. The datacentre will add more than 40 per cent to its datacentre capability and will consist of two 1000sqm data halls.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/559211/telstra-opens-new-datacentre-host-vmware-cisco/

Former ACCC head warns content is the new telco battleground

The former chairman of Australia’s competition watchdog has warned that content control will be the biggest theat to competition to emerge as a result of the NBN, while criticising the federal government’s six reviews into the network as ‘politically tarnished’. Speaking at the Charles Todd Oration lunch today, Graeme Samuel warned telco providers that competition in the sector would not come from ‘clipping the wings’ of those deemed by their rivals to have a competitive advantage – as is the current situation with Optus and Telstra – but rather from being able to structure bundles that provide compelling offers to customers.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397573,former-accc-head-warns-content-is-the-new-telco-battleground.aspx

Telstra class action won’t end like Vodafone, says law firm

The lawyers behind a class action levelled at Telstra over late fees are confident their efforts will be more successful than a recent class action over network issues that failed to get up against against Vodafone. Late in August, ACA Lawyers announced it would target Australia’s largest telco on behalf of customers who had been forced to pay a late payment fee. They said if the case was successful, the firm would also go after Optus and Vodafone.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397485,telstra-class-action-won8217t-end-like-vodafone-says-law-firm.aspx

Telstra strikes Motorola broadband network deal

Telstra and Motorola have inked a deal to provide a public safety broadband network. The solution will be based on the LTE Advanced Network for emergency services, products and services developed by Telstra. This will be enhanced by Motorola Solutions’ public safety applications, interoperability solutions and public safety optimised devices. It is designed to provide broadband data access to emergency services during a large scale incident and to ensure that critical information can be shared in real time between emergency service operatives who need to make quick and accurate decisions in the field.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/558548/telstra-strikes-motorola-broadband-network-deal/

Microsoft offers dedicated fibre connections to Aussie Azure cloud

Microsoft today held a launch event for the arrival of its Azure cloud platform in Australia and announced would offer its “ExpressRoute” dedicated fibre connections to its local data centres in partnership with Telstra and Equinix. Microsoft Australia’s US parent last week jumped the gun on the local subsidiary’s launch announcement, revealing Azure would go live in Sydney and Melbourne this week.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397190,microsoft-offers-dedicated-fibre-connections-to-aussie-azure-cloud.aspx

Telstra earmarks A$5bn war chest for Asia expansion

Telstra, the Australian telecoms group, plans to use its A$5bn-plus war chest to pursue growth in Asia but says it will not be rushed into making big acquisitions that do not benefit shareholders. “We have high aspirations to grow our business in Asia. We think it is a great opportunity but it has got to reach our investment criteria,” says David Thodey, Telstra chief executive. “We are very considered investors, just like Warren Buffet, like Microsoft, like any well run company.”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9b8efb62-5b13-11e4-8625-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3HHKfQARC

Cashed-up Telstra stuck at the growth crossroads

As it lays bets on new technologies and acquisitions, the $68 billion telco is struggling to explain where the next wave of growth is likely to come from. While there’s no shortage of ideas or new businesses opportunities for Telstra to pursue, the unanswered question remains: will any succeed? If you ask Telstra chief executive David Thodey, he will answer with an unequivocal yes.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/cashedup-telstra-stuck-at-the-growth-crossroads/story-e6frgakx-1227101617806

Would you trust Telstra with your healthcare?

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/Feature/397157,would-you-trust-telstra-with-your-healthcare.aspx

NBN Co expects Telstra deal to be signed by Christmas

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397113,nbn-co-expects-telstra-deal-to-be-signed-by-christmas.aspx

Telstra restructures internally to target Asia

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/397110,telstra-restructures-internally-to-target-asia.aspx

Telstra accused of misleading customers on mobile phone rights

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396972,telstra-accused-of-misleading-customers-on-mobile-phone-rights.aspx

Telstra unveils $112m Sydney HQ revamp

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396926,telstra-unveils-112m-sydney-hq-revamp.aspx

Telstra to buy managed network specialist Bridge Point

Telstra will acquire Brisbane-based network solutions and information security specialist Bridge Point as part of an ongoing effort to bolster its network applications and services business. The 14 year-old Telstra partner counts 75 employees on its books and services government and enterprise clients including Queensland Health, Transport and Education, as well as Suncorp, Virgin Australia, Tatts Group and BP, according to its website.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396828,telstra-to-buy-managed-network-specialist-bridge-point.aspx

Japanese VC Global Brain joins Telstra, Sequoia, and Canaan in AdNear’s $19M series B funding

Indian startup AdNear, which provides location-based intelligence for advertising, has just raised US$19 million in series B funding. What is significant is that a leading Japanese venture capital firm, Global Brain, and the VC arm of Australian telecom giant Telstra have come on board, joining existing investors Sequoia Capital and Canaan Partners in this round. AdNear, which started in Bangalore but is now headquartered in Singapore, has taken its unique adtech model across Southeast Asia, Australia, and most recently, Japan.

https://www.techinasia.com/japanese-vc-global-brain-telstra-ventures-invest-19-million-in-adnear/

Telstra ditches 900 MHz for LTE-A

Telstra will cease development of 900 Mhz + 1800 Mhz for its LTE-Advanced network to instead focus on pairing 1800 Mhz with its newly acquired 700 Mhz spectrum. Telstra’s first round of trials for LTE carrier aggregation technology – in which two frequencies are used at the same time to theoretically double upload and download speeds – in July last year combined 900 MHz and 1800 Mhz spectrum on the Sunshine Coast.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392391,telstra-ditches-900-mhz-for-lte-a.aspx

Telstra expands into digital signatures service

Telstra has expanded its investment spree into the digital signatures space, sinking an undisclosed sum into San Francisco-based transaction management firm DocuSign. DocuSign specialises in encrypted document exchange technologies and digital signature document authentication, and boasts 40 million users globally.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392380,telstra-expands-into-digital-signatures-service.aspx

3 reasons to like Telstra Corporation Ltd and TPG Telecom Ltd

Tech stocks are always interesting to follow and in some cases can be can be quite profitable for investors. Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) and TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) are up 45% and 201% respectively over the last two years. However, that isn’t the end of the story. Here are three reasons why you should like what both companies have planned in the near future. If you don’t have a tech stock in your portfolio already, one of them may be a good addition.

https://www.fool.com.au/2014/09/15/3-reasons-to-like-telstra-corporation-ltd-and-tpg-telecom-ltd/