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.

Latest Posts

Could NBN leave Rudd Iridium-faced?

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.

January 21, 2010 by

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The mobile compromise is still a beach

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.

January 14, 2010 by

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2010: The good, the bad and the Conroy

The best thing about 2010 is that it's an election year, and the worst thing about 2010 is that it's an election year. Pressed to deliver concrete results to push their case with voters, KevAgainIn10 and Stephen Conroy will do their damnedest to progress the NBN, Telstra separation, the digital TV switchover — and the hated internet filter. But can the Opposition parry?

January 11, 2010 by

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The people's NBN, now with 1001 uses

Faced with a renewed threat in newly-appointed Tony Abbott and unknown-quantity communications portfolio ankle-biter Tony Smith, Stephen Conroy responded this week in the way any politician would: he gave lots, and lots, and lots of speeches.

December 10, 2009 by

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Forget the NBN, 100Mbps is already here

Telstra and TransACT will shortly begin offering 100Mbps broadband to many customers. By moving early, the companies have not only raised the bar for Australia's broadband services, but thrown down a challenge to a government that now faces increased pressure to deliver the NBN as promised.

November 22, 2009 by

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Can not-so-smart meters help the NBN?

It was interesting to witness Conroy's recent enthusiasm to spruik the NBN's role in supporting the Smart Grid, Smart City initiative. What a pity that Conroy hadn't yet seen the damning report from the Victorian auditor-general about that state's smart-meter roll-out.

November 12, 2009 by

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