Stories by Adam Bender


Eftpos goes live with payments infrastructure overhaul

Eftpos has switched on new centralised payments infrastructure that is meant to speed up the rollout of products including Eftpos online and mobile payments.

Smart Sparrow wins Gates e-learning grant

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has selected Australian e-learning startup Smart Sparrow for a grant in a $20 million international competition to develop next-generation courseware.

Ingogo raises $9 million from Australian investors, crowdfunding

After a pivot into mobile payments, Ingogo has raised $9.1 million in a pre-IPO funding round.

Telstra to trial public Wi-Fi network in November

The first Wi-Fi hotspots under Telstra’s $100 million plan to canvas Australia with public Wi-Fi are set to come online in November.

Tinybeans fetches $2 million for parenting network

Sydney startup Tinybeans has secured $2 million in funding from private investors to fuel the parenting social network’s international ambitions.

Lenovo spends $5 million in A/NZ as IBM server acquisition wraps

Lenovo plans to close its acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business this Wednesday (1 October), the companies have revealed.

NRMA accelerates startups with Jumpstart

The National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) is the latest large organisation to engage with Australian startups, launching an accelerator program called Jumpstart.

Telstra says it only keeps customer data for billing, network assurance

A mandatory data retention scheme could be difficult and expensive for Telstra, according to the telco’s chief risk officer.

NBN Co would do more fibre if it was cheaper: Morrow

The Senate committee overseeing the National Broadband Network has drilled NBN Co about a disputed report that claimed great cost reductions to rolling out fibre to the premise (FTTP).

Australian telcos remain holdouts on IPv6

Australian ISPs continue to make a poor showing on IPv6 adoption, based on data released this week by World IPv6 Launch.

One in five Australians not online: Broadband Commission

Australia has ranked 21st in the world on Internet access, with 83 per cent of its people using the Internet, according to an annual report released by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

Invoice2go scores $35 million from Silicon Valley

US venture capital firms have committed USD$35 million to a B2B startup from the Central Coast.

VDSL2 standards for NBN to clean up interference

With vectored VDSL2 broadband expected to play a key role in the Coalition’s multi-technology National Broadband Plan, the Communications Alliance has updated two related industry standards.

Government to address startup issues after long wait

The Coalition government plans within weeks to release details of its plans for promoting tech startups in Australia, including changes to employee share option (ESOP) taxation rules, as part of a wide-ranging economic reform package.

Optus tunes up 4G network with carrier aggregation

Optus has upgraded its 4G network in four capital cities in Australia with the launch of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology.