UWA researchers demonstrate new quantum algorithm circuits, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the University of Bristol have demonstrated a new methodology for performing algorithms using a quantum computer, which the university claims could potentially be used in a future supercomputer.


iiNet email, voice calls down throughout Australia

AustraliaIT News — Customers of TPG-owned internet service provider iiNet have been unable to access email and voice calls since this morning following a nationwide disruption. iiNet has acknowledged the webmail fault in a network status notification. The fault appears to stop customers from receiving email via the POP3 email protocol, with users reporting failed login attempts.


Telstra expands network in Asia

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — Australian telco Telstra has announced several initiatives that it says will extends its network services in Asia and offer more choice for customers. The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system will interconnect Telstra’s networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East. An additional route between Asia and the Americas with the FASTER cable system  should also be opened this summer.


Vodafone Australia trials NB-IoT with Huawei

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Vodafone and Huawei have completed pre-standard trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology in Australia. The trials at several live sites in Melbourne were carried out in late April, but are only being announced. More trials are being planned elsewhere in Australia in the coming months. Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen said the results of the tests have helped demonstrate the potential for the new 4G technology.


Asia Briefs: Vodafone trials NB-IoT in Melbourne, New iPhone to feature Intel modem chips & more

AustraliaMobile World Live — Australia’s third largest operator Vodafone partnered with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei to conduct pre-standard trials of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT), which is designed to boost coverage at lower power compared with existing mobile technologies. The operator held trials at several sites in Melbourne last month and is planning more trials in other cities in the coming months.


Telstra customers lose NBN services in NSW

AustraliaIT News — Telstra customers lost access to their NBN services in NSW this afternoon in another network problem for the country’s biggest telco. Complaints began flooding in just before 3pm Friday about a lack of internet and home phone services, according to social media and outage tracker Aussie Outages.


Optus revenue dragged down by lower mobile call, SMS rates

AustraliaIT News — A mandated industry-wide reduction in mobile call and SMS termination rates forced revenues of Optus and parent SingTel down as much as 9 percent in the last quarter, with the bottom-line impact expected to grow fourfold next year.


Macquarie Telecom invests $15m in data centers after big customer win

AustraliaData Center News — Australia’s Macquarie Telecom is investing around AU$15 million in its data center operations after signing a data center services deal with an unnamed Fortune 100 customer. The customer has contracted Macquarie Telecom to provide up to 2.5MW of capacity over an initial contract term of six years.


Telstra expands Asian backbone

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has expanded its Asian network backbone through capacity purchases on existing submarine cables and a new fully-owned overland circuit. A Telstra spokesman said the company was not part of the consortium that built the Bay of Bengal Gateway cable, but has secured capacity on the system that connects Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka with Oman and the United Arab Emirates.


Optus commences rollout of VoLTE

AustraliaAustralia’s Optus has commenced the rollout of VoLTE technology to Australia’s major capital cities. The Singtel subsidiary revealed that its initial rollout will concentrate on the central business district metro areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.


Telstra building more fibre, subsea cables across Asia-Pacific

AustraliaZDNet — Telstra has announced that it will be building a fibre overland route between Taiwan and Hong Kong, a fibre ring network in South Korea, and a submarine cable connecting its networks in Asia to India and the Middle East, as well as securing capacity on a new cable system connecting Asia with the United States.


Inside Qantas.com’s migration to the public cloud

AustraliaIT News — Qantas expects to complete the massive shift of its core qantas.com website to the public cloud at the end of this year, following a multi-year effort that has seen the airline rework its approach to the migration. In 2014, Qantas began exploring the possibility of shifting to a public cloud platform for qantas.com to better manage the million-odd bookings the website receives every day.


Attackers use Hacking Team exploit to drop ransomware, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Attackers are actively using an exploit leaked last year from Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team to install ransomware that locks users out of their Android devices, researchers have discovered. Security vendor Blue Coat and Zimperium analyst Joshua Drake have identified an exploit kit that executes malicious Javascript via booby-trapped advertisements, installing the Cyber.police or Dogspectus ransomware.


DDoS blackmailers scare users with empty threats, from AU

AustraliaIT News — An unknown group of criminals have been successful in extorting Cloudflare customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars simply by threatening denial of service attacks, but never actually executing one. Cloudflare’s founder and chief executive Matthew Prince revealed that over a hundred Cloudflare customers had received emails from the “Armada Collective” demanding “protection fees” of 10 to 50 Bitcoin (A$6000 – A$30,000) over the past two months.


Telstra opens its 4G network to MVNOs

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has begun wholesaling 4G mobile services to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners, but speeds will be capped below those available to the carrier’s retail customers. The launch will see a number of retail service providers including AldiMobile, Woolworths, Telechoice and Better Life progressively enable 4G on customers’ existing 3G accounts from today.


Telstra to pour $50m into network after outage woes

AustraliaIT News — Telstra has announced a $50 million injection into its mobile network to avoid a repeat of the three major outages that hit the telco’s customers in the first few months of this year. The telco has spent the last month conducting a “deep dive” into its network to improve its resilience with the help of network partners Cisco, Ericsson and Juniper.


Telstra to return $1.5bn to shareholders

AustraliaSBS — Telstra plans to hand at least $1.5 billion back to shareholders from the proceeds of its recent stake sale in Chinese online carsales business Autohome. The telco giant says it isn’t yet sure what form the capital return will take and is still examining various options.


Cybersphere is the globe’s new battlefront, from AU

AustraliaThe Australian — If the ambitious goals of Malcolm Turnbull’s just released cyber security strategy are achieved, the document could turn out to be the most important and innovative government strategy yet written. Its great strength is that it provides a clear plan for harnessing Australia’s transitioning economy to the enabling technology of the internet, while recognising that a secure cyber space is critical to exploiting the benefits of the digital age and to protecting our interests online.


Hong Kong overtakes Japan as most mature Asia Pacific cloud nation

Hong KongCloud Computing News — Hong Kong is the most ‘cloud-ready’ Asia Pacific nation with an overall ranking higher than that of the US and UK, according to the latest analysis from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Japan, previously the leader, moved down four places to #5 in the chart with an overall score of 73.0 compared to Hong Kong’s 78.1, with the latter scoring top markets in broadband quality, privacy, and data centre risk.


Telstra launches cloud-based online video platforms

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Telstra has added two cloud-based online video platforms to its global media portfolio — the Video Monetization Solution (VMS) and Online Video Solution (OVS) — designed to help professional and digital media organizations more effectively stream, deliver and distribute online video content.


Consumers benefit from competition in Australian telco sector

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — Consumers are reaping the benefits of competition in the telecommunications sector in the form of increased data allowances, new services, and lower prices, according to a new report released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).


Australia announces 6 new joint research centers with China

AustraliaEnterprise Innovation — Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne announced six new Joint Research Centres (JRCs) with China, which will be funded for three years under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF). The grants, totalling $5.95 million, would support the objectives of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, and help Australian research institutions build links with China.


Australia unveils anti-hacking plan worth hundreds of millions

AustraliaSYDNEY — Australia unveiled a massive cyber scheme to combat hacking on Thursday, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged an attack on the country’s weather bureau last year, but stopped short of blaming it on China. The Australian leader added that it was safe to assume “efforts are made by foreign actors, both governmental and nongovernmental, to penetrate” local agencies.


Telstra invests in NGINX web server

AustraliaZDNet — Telstra’s venture capital arm Telstra Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount in United States web server provider NGINX, boosting the company’s ability to expand throughout the APAC region. According to Mark Sherman, managing director of Telstra Ventures, Telstra eyed the investment as an opportunity to expand its provision of application delivery and deployment services.


Telstra to launch Cloud Gateway in June

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Australia’s largest operator Telstra will launch a product for businesses needing to connect to multiple cloud environments. The company has also added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its list of supported cloud platforms. The service, named Cloud Gateway, will launch in June 2016.


CenturyLink Cloud launched in Australia

AustraliaDatacenter Dynamics — CenturyLink has announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Australia, just over a year after its launch in Singapore. Located in Sydney, CenturyLink says the new cloud node will enable it to deliver enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security through its global network.


Australia’s Telstra to sell major stake in China’s Autohome to Ping An Insurance for US$1.6b

AustraliaSCMP — Telstra Corp, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, has agreed to sell most of its stake in Autohome, China’s leading online car retail website operator, to Ping An Insurance for US$1.6 billion. The deal announced on Friday has Ping An acquiring 47.7 per cent of the total issued shares in New York-traded Autohome, while Telstra retains a 6.5 per cent interest in the online business that it has owned since 2008.


ACCC ‘concerned’ about Telstra’s NBN contracts

AustraliaIT News — Australia’s competition watchdog is “concerned” about the level of Telstra’s involvement in the national broadband network rollout and its effect on competition in the telco sector. Just hours after the telco and NBN announced a $1.6 billion deal for the rollout of Telstra’s hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network, the ACCC said it was worried the telco could potentially receive a competitive advantage from its various NBN contracts.


CenturyLink Launches CenturyLink Cloud in Australia

AustraliaSonoran Weekly Review — CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), an integrated communications company, said Wednesday that CenturyLink Cloud is now available in Australia. The CenturyLink Cloud platform delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by CenturyLink’s global network.


Fastacash bets on social media payments surge

SingaporeSMH — Payments business Fastacash is predicting a multibillion-dollar boom in money transfers between people via social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp, as it eyes a potential Australian listing. The Singapore-based firm, reported to be planning a float on the ASX, is one of several companies targeting the potential for consumers to use social media apps to send money, as well as pictures or videos, to friends or family.