Stephen Conroy must have been biting his tongue hard since receiving the NBN implementation study two months ago. Here he was, sitting on good news, while having to endure a constant barrage of criticism from every quarter. But now that the report is out, and supports the NBN, an emboldened Conroy has gained a new legitimacy. Can the NBN save Labor?
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.
Telstra markets its new T-Hub device as "The Future in a Phone" — but as telcos go fancy in an attempt to stem the exodus of revenues from landline services, customers may be asking a more relevant point: does the home phone even have a future?
Just before Christmas, I shared my experiences with a hobbled home phone service that was delivering 1995-era dial-up internet speeds, if any connection at all. Here's how that story ended — and the very interesting lesson I learned about Telstra's PSTN in the process.
After years of spruiking Australia's so-called "mandatory" internet filter comes the revelation, from no less than Stephen Conroy, that it is in fact optional: anybody who wants to circumvent the filter is free to do so without penalty. One might ask: what, then, is the point of this whole expensive exercise?
If ever there were doubts that Apple views its carrier partners with contempt, the design of iPhone OS 4 lays them to rest.
A year ago today, I sat in the lounge room eating a bowl of Nutri-grain while watching Kevin Rudd and Stephen Conroy announce their quite astounding NBN plan. A year later, they've run the gauntlet and set the wheels in motion. But they have not come through totally unscathed.
Double-digit wireless broadband speeds are now a reality, and with Optus and now Telstra planning LTE trials we could see triple-digit speeds in a few years. It sounds great for consumers, but it could further complicate things for the NBN — and play right into the hands of a forcibly separated Telstra.
When an opposition minister concedes he's not really on top of issues in his portfolio, you know he's not going to be much of a hindrance. Which is a good thing for Stephen Conroy, who is busy railroading through the NBN to support Labor's election bid. But is Labor's end-justifies-the-means mentality acceptable if it means ensuring the delivery of such a critical project?
The wording of the draft NBN legislation, now up for public comment, revealed the surprising possibility that NBN Co could become a telecommunications retailer under certain circumstances, suggesting massive government hypocrisy that could upset the tenuous balance of Australia's telecommunications market.
If there's anything this week's Mobile World Congress has shown, it's that Apple's seemingly unassailable position in the smartphone market is anything but.