David Braue

As large as the US mainland but with a smaller population than Texas, Australia relies on ICT innovation to maintain its position as a first-world democracy and a role model for the developing Asia-Pacific region. Award-winning journalist David Braue has covered Australia’s IT and telecoms sectors since 1995 – and he’s as quick to draw lessons from their failures as to laud their successes.

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Let's hope Apple has (Nokia) 10/20 vision

Let's hope Apple has (Nokia) 10/20 vision

Many weeks using the Nokia 1020 as my primary phone revealed it to be both a strong iPhone competitor and an example of why Microsoft has struggled to build a mobile juggernaut. Its superb camera will bring many users, but how does it stack up as a primary phone?

June 1, 2014 by in Mobility

Broadband is not a utility, nor is the NBN. Discuss.

Broadband is not a utility, nor is the NBN. Discuss.

Pragmatism has already forced Malcolm Turnbull to step away from the Coalition's non-interventionist telecoms dogma. But as a coalition of US carriers threatens a freeze on infrastructure if that country's government declares broadband, it's worth considering which approach will deliver the most desirable outcomes.

May 18, 2014 by in NBN

Just because NBN Co serve you doesn't mean they like you

Just because NBN Co serve you doesn't mean they like you

Just so we get this straight: when Labor proposes spending $43 billion on an FTTP network it's "reckless spending". When the Coalition spends $41 billion on a hodgepodge it's "money well spent". This, from the government that's putting the 'con' back in 'condescension'.

May 11, 2014 by in NBN

NBN Co commits $1.7b to extend fixed wireless, FTTN footprints

NBN Co commits $1.7b to extend fixed wireless, FTTN footprints

Over 420,000 more customers will receive fixed-wireless and fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) broadband services after an NBN Co review recommended an additional 1300 wireless towers be built – at an additional cost of $1.7 billion – to prevent latent demand from swamping satellite services to be launched in 2016.

May 6, 2014 by in NBN

NBN Co cannot offer FTTB in TPG-serviced buildings: Morrow

NBN Co cannot offer FTTB in TPG-serviced buildings: Morrow

Technical restrictions mean that NBN Co will not be able to offer its pending fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) product in buildings where TPG Telecom has already installed FTTB services, NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has confirmed. The alternatives? FTTP to the apartment – or no NBN Co service at all.

May 5, 2014 by in NBN

To Morrow, when the NBN war began

To Morrow, when the NBN war began

NBN Co is becoming a parody of itself as new CEO Bill Morrow strongarms would-be competitors and a multi billion dollar organisation justifies a 180-degree policy turnaround on the back of a single, non-representative speed test.

April 21, 2014 by in NBN

History won't judge Turnbull's governance-free NBN kindly

History won't judge Turnbull's governance-free NBN kindly

The cost-benefit analysis is incomplete, Ziggy Switkowski has gone rogue and there's still no clarity around how or even if the government will access Telstra's copper – yet Malcolm Turnbull happily marked NBN Co's fifth birthday with a new Statement of Expectations putting the NBN on a road to nowhere. How will future Australia judge this day?

April 8, 2014 by in NBN

Office for iPad: Readers yawn but users apping it up

Office for iPad: Readers yawn but users apping it up

Readers may have given the ZDNet Great Debate to the 'yawn' vote, but the fact that Office for iPad apps are flying off the shelves suggests that Microsoft has indeed captured the imaginations of increasingly mobile users. Whether it can keep them, is the big question.

April 7, 2014 by in iPad

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