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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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.

published May 18, 2014 by

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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.

published May 6, 2014 by

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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.

published May 5, 2014 by

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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.

published April 21, 2014 by

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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?

published April 8, 2014 by

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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.

published April 7, 2014 by

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Four months on, I'm still not using Office for Mac

Four months on, I'm still not using Office for Mac

Four months after I swore off Office for Mac in favour of Apache OpenOffice, I'm happy to say that the change has stuck. OpenOffice may not have everything Office power users need, but for the other 99 percent it's capable, reliable, and more compatible with Word than even Apple's Pages.

published April 4, 2014 by

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Senate Committee finds FttN NBN 'inadequate', recommends FttP

Senate Committee finds FttN NBN 'inadequate', recommends FttP

The Senate Select Committee on the NBN has found the government's fibre-to-the-node (FttN) model is "inadequate", criticised the government's NBN Strategic Review for fudging its numbers to support the FttN model, and recommended that NBN Co be "unshackled" to continue the FttP rollout free from political interference.

published March 26, 2014 by

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Coalition's biggest achievement: making the NBN boring

Coalition's biggest achievement: making the NBN boring

Six months on, and there's so little excitement around the NBN that an industry conference was cancelled because there was nothing to discuss. Welcome to the Coalition's NBN: lowering expectations and rewriting history until the project is so unambitious and boring that we'd rather just watch the footy.

published March 24, 2014 by

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