Stories by Hamish Barwick


Internode offers new NBN-equivalent FTTH plans to more customers

Internet service provider (ISP), Internode, has introduced fibre to the home (FTTH) plans at 20 real estate developments around Australia that align prices with its NBN services.

Beware of malicious QR codes: Report

Cyber criminals have taken advantage of the proliferation of quick response (QR) codes on posters and marketing material by putting their own malicious stickers over the top of legitimate ones, warns security vendor, AVG Australia and New Zealand.

Australian-based data subject to Patriot Act: Lawyer

Data located in Australia but owned or operated by a US company could be accessed under a Patriot Act request, even if this violates National Privacy Principles, a legal expert has warned.

New ASX data centre to open in February

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has announced that its Sydney-based data centre will be open for equity trading from 6 February 2012.

BT appoints new Australian chief operating officer

Communications services company, BT, has appointed former Macquarie Telecom customer service and operations group executive, Simon Gatward, as its new chief operating officer.

Big data, NFC adoption set to grow in 2012: Deloitte

Near field communications (NFC) and big data have been tipped by research firm, Deloitte, as two technologies that will see greater uptake in Australia during 2012.


Hoyts serves up food, drink via mobile payment app

Sydney Hoyts customers will be the first in the world to pilot a mobile payment application developed by MasterCard called QkR which allows them to order food and drinks without leaving their seat.


Telstra to offer wholesale open access broadband service

Telstra has announced plans for an open access wholesale service on fibre networks it is currently deploying in South Brisbane.

ACMA calls for discussion on the future of digital free-to-air TV

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is calling for submissions on the future of free-to-air television after the transition to digital television is complete.

Perth to Singapore submarine cable to be ready by 2013: ASSC-1

A new optic fibre submarine cable system which will link Perth with Singapore is expected to have a capacity of 6.4 terabits (Tbps) per second when it is completed in 2013.

Q&A: Payless Shoes IT manager, Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith has been with Payless Shoes for eight years as IT manager and prior to joining the retailer, worked at Essential Software.

NBN Co to launch fixed wireless network trial

From April this year, NBN Co will be offering a free trial of its fixed wireless network for six months to National Broadband Network (NBN) first release sites including Armidale, Tamworth and Toowoomba.

AARNet spruiks open standards for video conferencing

In a bid to support open standards for video conferencing, the Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) has joined the Open Visual Communication Consortium (OVCC).

Customer interaction drives Australian SMB website adoption: Survey

More Australian SMBs are developing websites in order to improve customer service and generate sales leads, according to a Telstra Business survey.

Internode turns on IPv6 for new customers

Internode has become the first Australian broadband provider to make IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) available by default for new customers.