IT News — Five of Telstra’s rivals have come out strongly against the Department of Communications’ support for a hike in the regulated wholesale prices Telstra can charge access seekers for its copper network. The Competitive Carriers Coalition, comprising telcos Vodafone, Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, Nextgen Networks and MyNetFone today took umbrage at a submission to the ACCC’s enquiry on the issue written by Communications secretary Drew Clarke.
IT News — Australia’s biggest telco and the wider telecommunications industry have lashed out at the federal government over plans to introduce new security laws that represent further legislative burden on the sector. Late last month the Attorney-General’s Department released information on its proposed ‘telecommunications security sector reforms’, The laws aim to better protect telco infrastrucure and systems from attack, while also giving the government power to intervene when a security risk is identified.
IT Wire — Penn delivered his first speech as CEO at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) lunch today, and we reprint it here in full. Australians haven’t yet had the opportunity to hear him publicly speak since it was announced in February that he would over the top job from David Thodey.
IoT Evolution World — Over the past 15 years, the team at M2M Connectivity & M2M One have coached, consulted, celebrated and at times commiserated with thousands of hopeful developers trying to make their mark on the M2M and IoT landscape in Australia. This series of blog posts is designed to pass on some M2M 101 style tips to developers looking to get into the space.
IT News — Telstra today cut the ribbon on its ReadyCare telemedicine service, allowing customers to consult with a general practitioner remotely using voice or video. The ReadyCare service is a joint venture with Swiss online health service provider Medgate. It provides customers medical advice, treatment, diagnosis and prescriptions from registered Australian doctors.
IT News — Telstra is facing a potential 10 percent mandated drop in the fees it charges wholesale partners to access its fixed-line copper network after the competition watchdog moved to ensure end users don’t suffer “absurd pricing”. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today issued a new draft determination on pricing for the declared fixed-line services, revealing it may now lump Telstra with a 9.6 percent drop in wholesale fixed-line prices compared to the 0.7 percent it had previously proposed.
THE majority of Singaporean consumers using mobile banking applications want their mobile devices to instantly recognise them via biometrics such as fingerprint and voiceprint, instead of having to prove who they are with passwords and usernames. Indeed, one in four is also willing to share DNA [information] with their bank to secure financial and personal information, Telstra said in a statement, citing a new report it released.
Telstra will retire its dial-up internet plans and migrate the last of its remaining customers by December this year. The telco’s director of fixed broadband Stuart Bird today said customers still on a dial-up account would be contacted about migrating their services over the coming months, and would be able to keep their existing email addresses as part of the migration.
SINGAPORE: Telstra emerged tops with 3 awards at the 2015 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific ICT Awards held at The Westin Singapore. The company bagged the Asia Pacific Telco Cloud Service Provider of the Year, Asia Pacific Fixed Broadband Service Provider of The Year and Asia Pacific Managed Service Provider of the Year awards. Mayank Kapoor, Research Manager, ICT – Data Centre & Cloud Computing, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan said that Telstra’s focus on developing a multi-cloud platform and orchestration capability was central to its success in the region as most enterprises today are in the process of implementing a Hybrid IT environment.
Telstra will start turning off its free wi-fi hotspots from Sunday in preparation for the official launch of its national wi-fi network, which it will charge non-Telstra home broadband customers a fee to access. The telco announced its plans to build a $100 million international wi-fi network within five years mid last year. The network will include 8000 Telstra-built wi-fi hotspots located in old pay phones and a planned 1.9 million hotspots offered by its home broadband customers.
The world of cloud has historically been divided into two: public and private. Public cloud advocates highlight the cost efficiency, flexibility and scalability that allow companies to respond quickly to market and business demands. Conversely, the high availability, various options and robust security lures many to choose private clouds for their everyday applications and services. So what if there was a hybrid, customer centric cloud infrastructure that combined the best of both options? It’s a solution that many businesses are seeking, according to a new Telstra whitepaper Customer Centric Cloud: Hype or Hybrid?
Undersea cable company Pacnet, recently acquired by Australian telecommunications giant Telstra, confirmed today that it has been the victim of a cyberattack targeting its email and administration systems and potentially exposing sensitive data of thousands of business and government customers. Telstra said that an unauthorised third party had been able to gain access to the Pacnet business management systems through a malicious software installed via a vulnerability on an SQL server.
The message was simple: Companies should expect to be attacked, according to Telstra chief information officer, Mike Burgess, who delivered his company’s view of the cyber security landscape at the 2015 Check Point Cyber Security Symposium. The threat, according to Burgess, is both an internal and external thing. On the external side the threat consists of individuals motivated by fame and fortune; issue motivated groups looking to protest and make a point online by engaging in hactivism to steal data or embarrass organisations or governments; organised crime gangs looking to make serious money; and nation states looking to gain a tactical or strategic advantage.
Telstra has won an extension to a 15-year-partnership with mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu, signing a three-year extension valued at $23 million. Under the deal, Telstra will continue to provide voice, data and mobile services as well as machine-to-machine and cloud services to the company. The telco will help Komatsu extend a recent trial of M2M technology, which Komatsu said had allowed the company to remotely download performance diagnostic data from more than 700 pieces of Komatsu equipment on mine sites without human interaction.
Telstra has deployed a predictive analytics system that uses its operational data to help identify network issues before they occur. The big data facility is managed by CTO Vish Nandlall, who described it as “one of the largest Hadoop infrastructures in Australia”. Telstra has not revealed the cost of the facility, which has been rolled out progressively during the past nine months. “Conventional network problem solving generally only responds to events that have occurred,” a Telstra spokesperson said.
Telstra has revealed a security breach on its Pacnet network allowed unknown third parties full access into the subsidiary’s corporate systems. The telco today said the breach had occured before Telstra took ownership of the company following its December takeover announcement. Telstra said it was told about the breach when it finalised the A$857 million purchase of Pacnet on April 16.
Telstra today announced it has extended its new global Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform into the optical layer, enabling high-bandwidth provisioning up to 100G and automated fault restoration across its global Points of Presence (PoPs). Jim Clarke, Telstra’s Director of Marketing, Product and Pricing – International, said the extension of SDN and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) capabilities into Layer 1 followed the announcement last month that Telstra had added nine Telstra PEN PoPs to Pacnet’s existing footprint of sixteen PoPs across Asia, creating a globally connected on-demand networking Platform.
After the successful launch of its first accelerator in Sydney in October 2013, Communications company Telstra has launched its startup accelerator, muru-D, in Singapore on Wednesday. According to Telstra, it wants to attract the region’s best digital talent, foster local technology innovation and grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Southeast Asia. Applications will open in May for ten technology startups from across Southeast Asia to be recruited for the inaugural six-month accelerator program, which begins in August 2015.
Australia’s second and third largest telcos Optus and Vodafone are arguing for the Government to restrict market leader Telstra from increasing its regional advantage in the upcoming 1800MHx spectrum auction. The ACCC was earlier this month directed by the Communications department to advise on whether the Government should introduce limits to the ACMA’s November auction for licences covering parts of the 1800MHz band in regional Australia.
One of the United States’ biggest telecommunications companies, CenturyLink, has attacked Telstra on its home soil by launching its popular cloud computing services in Australia. CenturyLink has a market capitalisation of $US20.51 billion ($26.18 billion) and is the third-largest telco in the United States. It is also one of the world’s leading providers of cloud computing and managed services, according to technology analysis firm Gartner.