Stories by Hamish Barwick


Australian retail, digital gaming markets battle for dominance

Despite the rise of digital games distribution platforms such as Steam and Origin and the growth in massively multiplayer online (MMO)gaming and mobile gaming, the Australian retail game market remains relatively healthy, according to the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (iGEA).

UC services market to grow 13.8 per cent year-on-year: Report

Managed services and hosted offerings are forecasted to drive unified communications (UC) growth of 13.8 per cent year-on-year up to 2018, according to Frost & Sullivan.

Telstra offering flood-affected customers in NSW $50 mobile credit

Telstra is offering its flood-affected customers living in Moree Plains and Tamworth, New South Wales, who don’t have a fixed-line service, $50 of mobile credit as part of a flood assistance package.

How to attract and retain IT staff in 2012

The tight Australian IT job market has been touted as a blessing for job seekers and a curse for employers. Hamish Barwick looks at strategies companies can use to stop valued staff jumping ship.

Vocus forecasts brighter half year results

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) forecasts that its revenue in the first half of FY2012 will be $21.9 million, up from $13.9 million in the previous period.

TechVoucher R&D pool opens for NSW SMBs

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) in New South Wales can apply for development funding of up to $15,000 following the release of the state government’s TechVouchers.

Children’s smartphone usage sparks cyber safety fears: Report

The adoption of mobile phones by Australian children is growing rapidly, but education about the dangers of cyber space is lacking, according to a new Telstra survey.

Consumerisation of IT adoption increases: Survey

A new global survey has claimed that the consumerisation of IT is becoming more of a priority for Australian enterprises.

Optus wins TV Now case

Optus can continue to show live sports via its mobile TV service, TV Now, following a favourable verdict in Sydney.


Cloud adoption in Australia not matching predictions: Index

The adoption of Cloud computing by small to medium businesses (SMBs) in Australia has been slow and is not matching predictions, according to the second annual Acronis Global Disaster Recovery (DR) Index.

Optus needs a stronger NBN strategy: Analysts

While Optus is fresh from celebrating 20 years in business, the next two decades will see changes in the telecommunications market that it will need to tackle in order to stay competitive, according to telco analysts.

Telstra, Tata join Global Meeting Alliance

Telecommunication companies, Telstra and Tata Communications, have signed up to the Global Meeting Alliance, a network which will allow its customers to hold international video meetings, irrespective of participating service providers.

Vodafone teams up with McAfee to offer security app for Android

Vodafone has teamed up with security vendor, McAfee, to offer a protection service for the telco’s Android phone customers.

In pictures: Optus milestones

Telecommunications company, Optus, celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. We take a look back at some recent history.


NBN Co wholesale pricing too high: Telstra

Telstra has criticised NBN Co for having too much flexibility over pricing of National Broadband Network (NBN) wholesale services in a submission to the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) consultation paper.