How did your business fare when massive earthquakes wreaked havoc with telecommunications cables off the coast of Taiwan last Boxing Day? Yes, it was a public holiday in Australia.
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.
A bulletin board troll in the 1980s, David Braue has been online long enough to remember using the text-based Lynx browser to visit www.ibm.com, one of around 100 Web sites available back then. Telecoms has remained an obsession as he developed ever more complicated schemes to stay in touch with family overseas without going broke. After more than a decade covering Australia's ICT industry - and watching our telcos stumble time and again - he's eager to call them to task.
It's a well-known Australian joke that retailer Harvey Norman's prices are "hardly normal". After all, you can usually buy the same electronic parts online or at a smaller store slightly cheaper than you can at the retail king.
You wake up at 12 midday, feeling as if your mouth has been genetically re-combined with shagpile carpet. You vaguely remember recently consuming a huge amount of alcohol, smoking several packets of cigarettes, and the decayed remains of a beef kebab are fondly cradled in your right hand.
Telstra's antics have certainly kept us amused this year. And as 2006 draws to an end, the laughs just keep on coming.
Telstra obviously doesn't feel that ADSL2+ broadband is a very exciting concept on its own. That's probably why at last week's launch of the high-speed service, the telco trotted out celebrities left, right and centre to get the press excited.
Your intrepid reporter braves the horde of user-generated videos on YouTube to find the best (and most amusing) content related to the nation's biggest telco, Telstra. Be prepared for infantile humour.
Like many reporters engaged in the shady business of covering the Australian telecommunications sector, I spent Friday, 6 October, at Telstra's mammoth eight hour investor briefing in Sydney. While the day saw the debut of Telstra's shiny new national 3G mobile network, it will no doubt go down in history more for the sprinkler malfunction that doused a bunch of high-profile executives during the morning, narrowly missing Telstra's own captain, Sol Trujillo.
Not everyone takes "no" for an answer when told they're stuck in a broadband blackspot.One ZDNet Australia reader wrote in this week to detail his personal remedy for the situation ...
The creme de la creme of the Australian telecommunications industry is incredibly hung-over today in the wake of last night's annual Service Providers Association (SPAN) dinner in downtown Sydney. Bravely facing the waves and waves of drinks that just keep coming like an onslaught from the hands of smiling, yet deadly waiters, the nation's top telco execs braved the night and staggered home in the early hours of the morning.
Comedian and occasional Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan took up the microphone again last week as he continued his campaign of targeting Telstra with bad jokes.Speaking at an Australian-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) event in Melbourne last Thursday, O'Sullivan said the business group was just one of the many it sponsors.