Tasmania to overhaul authentication in new network deal

The Tasmanian government is looking to make life easier for its staff, who currently struggle with a multitude of professional logins, as part of a revamped networking deal set to replace arrangements with Telstra and a number of other providers. The state government revealed in late 2013 that it would take the end of the contracts as an opportunity to rethink how it operates its network infrastructure.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399530,tasmania-to-overhaul-authentication-in-new-network-deal.aspx

Telstra to sell 100G service on subsea cables

Telstra will offer 100 gigabit per second connectivity on several subsea cables to meet the need for increased international capacity, particularly the large amounts of bandwidth required for high definition video and ultra-high definition (UHD) television. Telstra’s 100G Wavelength Service is available today on the company’s exclusive access fibre pair that runs between Hawaii and the United States West Coast on the Asia-America Gateway system.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399479,telstra-to-sell-100g-service-on-subsea-cables.aspx

Telstra power outage downs BigPond services

A power outage at one of Telstra’s data centres shuttered internet services to BigPond customers for up to four hours this morning. BigPond ADSL customers across Australia began complaining of difficulties connecting to the internet at around 6am today. The telco’s support line struggled to cope under the influx of callers, pushing wait times to over an hour.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399364,telstra-power-outage-downs-bigpond-services.aspx

Pacnet to boost Telstra’s presence in Asia

Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet will raise the value of its Asian operations to $2.4 billion,  says Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The value of Telstra’s operations in Asia took a hit after it sold Hong Kong-based mobile provider CSL in December 2013. But BoAML research analyst Sameer Chopra told clients that Telstra’s purchase of Pacnet for $US697 million ($858 million) in the dying days of 2014 was a boon that could help raise revenues and profits.

http://www.smh.com.au/business/pacnet-to-boost-telstras-presence-in-asia-20150107-12jlg6.html

ABC, Telstra drones to capture NYE fireworks from 1000ft

Drones flown by both the ABC and Telstra will add a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to TV and online broadcasts tonight. The national broadcaster is touting its live-to-air drone-filmed coverage of the 9pm and midnight fireworks as an “Australian television first”. It plans to send two purpose-built quadcopters equipped with HD cameras and broadcast links 1000 ft above Sydney Harbour, which will feed live video to feature in its annual New Years Eve broadcast, alongside footage from nine harbourside cameras and a manned helicopter.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399093,abc-telstra-drones-to-capture-nye-fireworks-from-1000ft.aspx

Telstra hopes to make inroads in Asia with Pacnet purchase

SIMON SANTOW; It’s been burned before, but Telstra is going back to try and make money in Asia. Australia’s biggest telco has just spent $858 million buying the Singapore and Hong Kong-based Pacnet. Telstra’s hoping Pacnet’s underwater telecommunications cables and data centres around the region, especially in China, will help grow its business customer base in Asia. The company’s chief financial officer Andrew Penn spoke with our business reporter Michael Janda.

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2014/s4154129.htm

Telstra to buy Pacnet for $857m

Telstra will spend US$697 million (A$857 million) to acquire cable operator and telecommunications provider Pacnet and gain access to Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network. Australia’s largest telco last week confirmed it was in discussions with the Asian company over potential acquisition, which would include Pacnet’s 46,500km of submarine cable between the US and Asia. The purchase is subject to certain completion adjustments as well as regulatory and Pacnet financier approvals, and is expected to close mid next year.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399064,telstra-to-buy-pacnet-for-697m.aspx

Telstra signs $390m NBN design contract

Telstra has signed a $390 million deal with NBN Co to provide planning and design services for the national broadband network over the next four years. The bundle of work comes as a result of the renegotiated definitive agreements between Telstra and NBN Co, under which Telstra handed over its copper and HFC networks to the infrastructure builder.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/399023,telstra-signs-390m-nbn-design-contract.aspx

Telstra eyes undersea cable company Pacnet

Telstra has confirmed it is in talks to buy the company that owns the world’s largest private submarine cable network, Pacnet. If successful, Telstra would take control of some 46,000 kms of undersea cable stretching between Asia and the United States. Telstra company secretary Damien Coleman confirmed the discussions in a statement on Wednesday, but said there was “no certainty” a transaction will take place.

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/cloud/telstra-eyes-undersea-cable-company-pacnet-20141217-129jvr.html

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398909,telstra-eyes-up-pacnet-for-acquisition.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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398841,telstra-hit-with-102k-penalty-for-misleading-iphone-6-ad.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.

http://www.fool.com.au/2014/12/15/will-the-4gx-mobile-network-of-telstra-corporation-ltd-see-it-win-big-in-2015/

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398793,telstra-hands-over-copper-hfc-in-new-11bn-nbn-deal.aspx

Telstra to move biggest clients to new billing system

Telstra has begun shifting 30 of its largest customers off a 15-year old internally-built billing platform onto a new managed solution provided by CSG. The first unnamed customer has been moved on to CSG’s Singleview platform, the telco said today. It will gradually transition around 30 of its biggest enterprise and government customers onto the new system “over time”.  Since the late 90’s these customers have been operating off a SQL-based billing system built internally by Telstra.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/398500,telstra-to-move-biggest-clients-to-new-billing-system.aspx

IT departments in Singapore still struggle to meet employee expectations: Telstra

Majority of IT leaders in Singapore (98 percent) find it a challenge to effectively implement all the technology tools employees expect to use to communicate in the workplace. This is according to a new Telstra research conducted by market research company Vanson Bourne, which polled 675 IT decision makers across Singapore, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States and Australia.

http://mis-asia.com/resource/applications/it-departments-in-singapore-still-struggle-to-meet-employee-expectations-telstra/

5 Australian Companies That Took Their Brands Global

Australia is one of the most affluent and advanced countries in the world, and it is home to many multinational companies. These companies managed to achieve success both domestically and globally because they are able to develop great products and marketing campaigns that are appealing to consumers around the world. Businesses of all sizes can learn valuable lessons from them. Here is a look at a few of the top Aussie companies that succeeded in taking their brands global.

http://www.businessreviewaustralia.com/leadership/1436/5-Australian-Companies-That-Took-Their-Brands-Global

Telstra to create Government Cloud

To help drive the adoption of Cloud services within the public sector, Telstra has announced it will create a Cloud environment built specifically for federal, state and local government. In a statement, Telstra said the Government Cloud was a key milestone in the implementation of its long term Cloud strategy, which is to offer customers scalable and flexible Cloud services.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/560287/telstra-create-government-cloud/

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