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Telstra picks up five Frost & Sullivan excellence awards

Telco provider, Telstra, was one of the main winners of analyst firm Frost & Sullivan’s sixth annual excellence awards held in Sydney during October.

Gen-i to provide Westpac NZ data centre services

Telecom New Zealand (ASX: TEL) subsidiary, Gen-i, has extended its existing IT contract with Westpac NZ to include data centre services.

Top four security predictions for 2012: ISF

While 2011 is coming to an end, security threats show no sign of slowing down. UK-based Information Security Forum (ISF) vice president of sales and marketing, Steve Durbin, shared his four security predictions for 2012.

Revera, Datacom awarded NZ government data centre contracts

New Zealand data centre providers Revera and Datacom are set to build new tier-three facilities after being awarded infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) contracts by the NZ government as part of a bid to reduce IT costs.

State councils need to share NBN learnings

An information resource to help councils in areas of Australia that are not located in the National Broadband Network (NBN) test sites needs to be created in order for them to prepare and learn from other councils' experiences, according to a visiting broadband expert.

Australian companies caught up in RSA SecurID token attack

The aftermath of the RSA SecurID token attack which occurred in March and led to the replacement of thousands of tokens, has continued with the revelation that customers of Australian Internet service providers (ISPs), including Telstra and iiNet, may have been compromised.

Empired extends $14m contract with Main Roads WA

Perth-based IT services company, Empired (ASX: EPD), has extended its three-year $14 million infrastructure and project services contract with roading contractor, Main Roads Western Australia, for a further two years.

Total Tel International plans e-commerce expansion using IBM Cloud

Australian software company, Total Tel International (TTI), is planning to expand its electronic wallet services following the deployment of IBM’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) SmartCloud enterprise.

ACCC questions Telstra's fibre-to-the-node arrangements

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called for legislation to change fibre-to-the-node arrangements under the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout that would still leave Telstra in control of its copper network from the node to the home.

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Discounts needed for low income earners to access NBN: ACCAN

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has proposed a broadband low income measures scheme, including discount wholesale prices, to enable Australians earning $26,000 a year or less to access to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Focus11: Technology exploits to become easier by 2016

Copying all the data from an intercepted 16GB iPhone could be done in as little as 11 minutes by the year 2016, according to forecasts by security vendor, McAfee.

Focus11: Intel announces collaboration program with McAfee

McAfee's parent company, Intel, is set to work on five areas of collaboration with the security vendor over the next five years, including securing mobile devices and improved Cloud security.

In pictures: The first 24 hours of Focus11

After a day of keynotes including insights from Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson, and break out sessions with McAfee staff, delegates were keen to let their hair down in sunny Las Vegas.

With music and humour from a Rat Pack tribute act (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin), and the lure of the tables at the Palazzo hotel/ casino, there was plenty to keep staff and customers entertained well into the night.

Focus11: Virgin Galactic to blast off next year

The first commercial space passengers of Virgin Galactic will be experiencing weightlessenes and "one hell of a ride" by the start of 2013, according to the space travel company's founder, Sir Richard Branson.

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Sir Richard Branson on Steve Jobs

While Apple will continue on without its co-founder, Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month, it would do well to find a new public face according to Virgin Group founder, Sir Richard Branson.

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