There are times when the tone of Australia's broadband discussions makes me want to laugh, and others when it just makes me want to cry. The past week has been one of the latter, after two very different broadband-related stories made their way across my desk.
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.
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.
There must be something in the water in Canberra. After years of measured inaction, the Coalition is taking long-overdue steps towards universal broadband and working around Telstra's continued domination -- after 10 years of deregulation -- of the country's telecommunications wholesale markets.
Just a few days after the Australia Connected program was launched Communications Minister Helen Coonan was selling the initiative to the TV talk shows.Senator Coonan made a good defence of WiMax technology -- which, I should say right now, is great stuff and really shouldn't be lumped in with flaky and low-powered Wi-Fi.
The government's Australia Connected program, it appears, is no longer an altruistic and long-overdue investment in Australia's infrastructure, but a political football whose primary purpose seems to be to send a massive "nyah-nyah" to the Labor party.Such is the price of progress in an election year.
Steve Jobs' backflip on a key aspect of the iPhone stood out from a normal day -- broadband furore, antagonistic marketing, personal attacks and government inaction -- in the world of Australia's telecoms market.At this week's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Jobs said the iPhone, that oh-so-cool gadget set to make its mark on the US later this month (and on Australia, whenever Apple gets around to it), would have the ability to run third-party applications.
I'm sure we've all written e-mails, or other things online, that have come back to bite us.With its pointless and, frankly, bizarre hate campaign against the government, Telstra in particular must have been suffering post-email regret.
Is your telco taking security seriously? It should be.
If someone gave you AU$93.5 million to spend, would you forget it? I wouldn't either. But this is exactly what seems to have happened in the aftermath of the 2007/8 federal budget, which was widely lambasted by many observers -- including yours truly -- for its lack of funding for meaningful ICT related initiatives.
With so many mobile phones and plans in the market, it's easy for truly innovative services to get lost in the noise.This is the only reason I can think of to explain why there hasn't been a wholesale rush to mobile carrier 3, which with the launch of its X-Series content and calling bundle, recently put its boot up the collective backsides of the entire mobile industry.
Government's broadband strategy goes missing
It's hardly news that Telstra's corporate philosophy has become one of incessant whinging and strongarming since CEO Sol Trujillo rolled into town, but over the past week the company took its rhetoric to another level ...
Australians have a right to know exactly what the G9 is planning.
Back in mid-February of this year, I almost attended a conference held in Sydney by technology vendor CA. I say "almost" because I registered for the event, put it into my diary, and was fully planning to show up.
The multi-billion dollar merger of local insurers Suncorp and Promina has raised some interest (to put it mildly).
This afternoon I caught up with the local arm of arguably the world's largest telco, AT&T. Hold on, you say -- didn't the American government break up AT&T back in the 1980s in an attempt to promote competition in the country's telecommunications sector?