David Braue

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.

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NBN: Happy birthday to you

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.

April 6, 2010 by

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Better LTE than never

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.

March 24, 2010 by

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As NBN rolls on, where's the Opposition?

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?

March 14, 2010 by

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Retail plans reveal NBN Co hypocrisy

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.

February 28, 2010 by

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Seven's dream to turn vivid nightmare?

Australia definitely loves its wireless broadband — but as Seven firms up plans to deploy high-speed WiMax wireless services this year under its vividwireless brand, the big question is whether the geographically-limited service can become relevant in an already crowded wireless landscape.

February 15, 2010 by

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iiNet case dealt filter a body blow

While a court absolves iiNet from responsibility for what users do with its internet services, Senator Stephen Conroy is exploring yet another way to control what Australians do on the internet. But with the forces of net neutrality seemingly gaining strength, is Conroy's case for filtering losing steam?

February 10, 2010 by

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Is 42 no longer Telstra's answer to everything?

Telstra has proven corporate memory to be short indeed, this week launching an 8Mbps peak-rated data card that it claims to be "the fastest wireless internet device of its type". But has the company forgotten about its own 21Mbps data card, launched a year ago? Or is it intentionally backing away from misleading references to Next G's 42Mbps design speed — and its argument that wireless can replace landline services?

January 27, 2010 by

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