Telstra's competitors wasted no time in rushing to the ACCC after the company announced dramatic broadband price cuts. But with David Thodey under pressure to do things by the book and not all of Telstra's customers so quick to condemn it, is this round of price cuts really anti-competitive? Or is it just a harsh sign that the price of data is plummeting, and the ISP industry needs to do some navel-gazing or risk extinction?
A view from the trenches of Australian telecommunications. As the name implies, it’s a two-way conversation and we ask you not to pull any punches ... we won’t.
Australia’s first-world economy relies on first-rate IT and telecommunications innovation. David Braue, an award-winning IT journalist and former Macworld editor, covers its challenges, successes and lessons learned as it uses ICT to assert its leadership in the developing Asia-Pacific region – and strengthen its reputation on the world stage.
Howard-era comms minister Richard Alston was famously labelled as an ICT Luddite — but Tony Abbott's anti-NBN campaigning suggests Alston wasn't alone. Yet as details of Abbott's alternative policy become clear and pushes many voters towards Labor, it appears Abbott may want to reconsider his position if he actually wants to win the election.
It may seem like a backflip, but Conroy's filter isn't dead — just on holidays. Yet is this an indication that sanity is finally prevailing in Chez Conroy, or is it just a sign that Julia Gillard already has enough headaches to deal with in the election run-up?
Femtocells — short-range 3G base stations that can be installed in your house to improve 3G coverage — offer great promise overseas. But how to convince Joe Bloggs to help blanket the world in 3G coverage? One company has a new approach that's well worth considering.
Before Julia Gillard wipes her bloody knife on her toga, she should consider a major change to the Communications ministry. But that's not to say Stephen Conroy should go; rather, she needs to adopt a different strategy that could save the NBN — and save face in backing away from Conroy's most disastrous policies.
Like the protagonist of Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea", Stephen Conroy has finally reeled in his biggest catch ever after an epic battle. But has he tamed Australia's largest telco at last, or will a cashed-up and liberated Telstra simply regroup, biding its time until it can come back stronger than ever?
Labor seems bent on an ever-more-stunning array of policies that are all but sure to lose the election this year — and compromise everything Rudd and Conroy have worked towards. Will their proposal to track and log Australians' every move lose the election — or has bad policy already lost it for them?
Telstra's half-ownership of Foxtel has long been a contentious issue — but its destructive effect on Foxtel's more-open pay-TV vision has rarely been clearer than in the telco's attempts to lock Foxtel to its own delivery network. In an era where improving telecommunications mean such close relationships are no longer necessary, such a deal would let Telstra create unnecessary obstacles to the realisation of the industry's triple-play vision.
Stephen Conroy hasn't been making many friends lately, what with his attacks on Google and his false claims of filter support from iiNet. But have poor communications with industry and even the PM made our communications minister an ironic liability to his own party? Or is it the party itself simply showing its internal systematic failures for the world to see?
Telcos' reputations for customer service came to a head in April, when ACMA announced a formal inquiry into the industry's ailing standards. But recent experiences with Telstra and Optus suggest they may finally be lifting their game — thanks to their warm embrace of social media.