Stories by Adam Bender


Optus announces mobile payments using phone number

Optus customers can send charges for mobile purchases directly to their phone bill, through partnerships announced with BlackBerry and payments company Boku.

Telstra adds wholesale data products

Telstra announced a set of data products for wholesale customers available today.

Conroy updates progress on regional telecommunications recommendations

The Australian government has started implementing several recommendations of the Regional Telecommunications Review Committee (RTRC) from a report released 23 May, said communications minister Stephen Conroy.

Government unveils $5m telehealth project in South Australia

A $5 million telehealth project aims to enhance delivery of mental health care in South Australia. The project, launched today, is funded by the Commonwealth and the South Australian government under the $20 million digital regions initiative.

NBN spurs business process overhaul at Telstra

The NBN has driven Telstra to overhaul internal processes to become more competitive, according to Telstra director of products and IT enablement, Jenny Wood.


Possible Vodafone no-show in 700MHz auction may reduce revenue for government

Vodafone Hutchison Australia’s possible absence from the upcoming Digital Dividend auction could increase the importance of auction rules to be published this November.

Bureau of Meteorology seeks crisis communications system

The Bureau of Meteorology is taking tenders for a crisis communications system. The system is to be used internally during “high impact events," according to the request published 22 August.

TCP code to ban misleading claims in telco ads

New telco advertising rules take effect 1 September just before NRL and AFL finals kick off.


Digital Post Australia customers can now use digital postbox

Digital Post Australia announced the private launch of its digital postbox service less than one week after a federal court dismissed a complaint against the company by Australia Post.

Defence seeks secure smartphones, tablets

The equipment entity under the Australian Defence Force is building a secure mobile communications system supporting tablets and smartphones, according to a request for information (RFI) published 21 August.

Rackspace seeks expansion with Sydney data centre

The new Rackspace data centre in Western Sydney is critical to the company’s expansion in Australia, according to country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Mark Randall. The American cloud company has announced that its first data centre in Australia is nearly finished construction.

Rackspace launches first data centre in Australia

Rackspace announced its first Australian data centre, a multi-million investment to be located in Erskine Park, West Sydney. At a press conference in Sydney, Rackspace officials said the announcement is a response to demand from Australian customers to keep data within national borders.

Telstra to cut 651 customer service jobs after reducing calls: Reports

Telstra has proposed cutting 651 jobs and closing two customer service centres in Lismore and Townsville.

Melbourne IT finds 'opportunity' in AAPT data breach

Melbourne IT is busy securing servers after customer AAPT was breached by Anonymous, the company's CEO, Theo Hnarakis, said in a conference call about its first-half 2012 results.


2G networks to die within a decade: Analysts

2G wireless networks are likely to shut down in Australia and around the world before the end of the decade, according to telecom industry analysts.

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