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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
While the iPad is certain to shake up a broad range of online industries, one of its biggest lessons may well be for the world's telecommunications carriers.
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?
The NBN has never lacked critics arguing that it will be too expensive and will be irrelevant for millions of Australians already serviced through other means. Yet even as ACMA reports an explosion in wireless broadband, can we assume this growth dilutes the case for the NBN? Some have, but not all are convinced.
Most people head to the beach for the sun and sand, but I had an ulterior motive one day earlier this month as I headed out to beautiful Tootgarook Beach on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula: I needed coverage - and I'm not talking about sunscreen.