Stories by Hamish Barwick


ACCC releases draft mobile, fixed line regulations

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a draft proposal to start regulating the termination of SMS messages for the first time.

Shadow Comms Minister says ‘Australians want Labor's NBN’

The NBN Co’s 60-day strategic review of the NBN has generated a range of responses, with Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare saying that the Coalition government has broken its election promise to deliver 25 Mbps speeds by 2016.

In pictures: Metronode opens Unanderra data centre

Nextgen Group subsidiary, Metronode, officially opened its new Tier III data centre in Unanderra, Wollongong this month. The facility is one of two data centres used by the NSW government as part of its Data Centre Reform Strategy. Metronode’s other facility is located at Silverwater, West Sydney.

Spam Act notches up 10 years

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Spam Act, saying that it has helped reduce the amount of spam emails Australians receive.

World Nomads Group upgrades storage with virtual computing platform

Sydney-based online travel insurance company, World Nomads Group, has improved scalability and reduced storage issues since investing in a virtual computing platform during June 2013.

NAB continues private cloud migration

National Australia Bank (NAB)’s move to a private cloud infrastructure will continue well into 2015, the bank said this week.

NAB plans customer migration to NextGen platform

National Australia Bank (NAB) has announced that 4 million customers will be migrated to its NextGen core banking platform over the next three years.

A/NZ College of Anaesthetists to expand campus security monitoring

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) has plans to use its network performance monitoring offering to alert campus security staff of potential break-ins during 2014.

Credit Union Australia signs Good Technology to secure 400 devices

Credit Union Australia (CUA) has ditched its fleet of BlackBerry phones and IBM Notes Traveller email software in favour of Good Technology’s mobile device management (MDM) suite.

Ruyton Girls’ School to swap paper books for tablets

Ruyton Girls’ School in Melbourne is set to replace paper text books with tablets in 2014.

In-home electricity storage could reduce energy bills: CSIRO report

Solar panels, battery storage and smart devices that switch off without human intervention have been proposed by CSIRO as ways to reduce power bills in the future.

Security concerns driving choose your own device popularity: IDC

Choose your own device (CYOD) adoption is set to grow in Australia next year because of security concerns about uncontrolled bring your own device (BYOD) in the workplace, according to 2014 telecommunications predictions from IDC Australia.

Privacy International files complaint against Australian Signals Directorate

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has received a formal complaint from UK-based privacy group Privacy International following allegations that the ASD offered to share information about Australian citizens with international counterparts.

Lack of in-house skills a barrier to big data adoption in A/NZ: report

Big data adoption in Australia and New Zealand is getting hampered by a skills shortage and lack of suitable software, according to the findings of a new research paper.

NSW Waratahs to use predictive analytics during 2014 season

The New South Wales Waratahs rugby union team will be using a predictive analytics system to help anticipate player injuries and prevent them happening in 2014.