Stories by Hamish Barwick


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.

Optus looks back at 20 years in Australia

Optus has celebrated its 20th anniversary after beginning commercial operations on 31 January 1992.

Tony Abbott to establish Online Safety Working Group

The Coalition has announced plans for an Online Safety Working Group designed to assist parents and teachers in protecting young people from the risks associated with the internet and social media.

Temporary cable to restore Telstra’s North Bundaberg services

Telstra is in the process of installing a temporary cable to have fixed-line telephone and internet services ready for residents in North Bundaberg, Queensland by 8 February.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank upgrades customer service applications

In a bid to support its growing customer business applications, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has installed two IBM XIV Gen3 storage systems.

Aruba smashes security intrusions for Tennis Australia

Tracking intrusions to the Tennis Australia network is easier this year due to an expanded partnership with Aruba Networks.

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.