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

Cash cow in a BigTinCan?

Around one third of Australia's telcos have shut their doors over time, but that isn't stopping new ventures hoping to chip away at carriers' mobile call bonanza. By fighting carriers at the smartphone rather than the home phone, could the latest two contenders be onto something big?

July 8, 2009 by


Will Rudd's bush backhaul bonanza deliver?

Rural areas will be welcoming the government's decision to put its money where its politicising is, funnelling $250m into a regional fibre upgrade to six rural centres. Remedying over a decade of near-neglect at the hands of telecoms privatisation, the investment could be the firmest step yet for Labor's NBN dream — but with inevitable political questions and a looming election, Rudd and Conroy need to deliver, and quickly, to preserve the NBN's credibility.

July 3, 2009 by


Trust us with the NBN; we're politicians

As Rudd and Conroy railroad the NBN into reality, the Liberals are trying to inject some due process into the whole thing by holding Labor accountable for its decisions. However, with the future of Australian telecoms on the line and no real viable alternative, is it just a bit late for accountability?

May 20, 2009 by


Which filter side is Optus playing for?

Optus' involvement in the controversial government blacklist project could fall on either side of the fence. In kissing the ring, is Optus conceding that censorship is inevitable — or hatching a scheme to discredit Conroy's folly from within?

April 23, 2009 by


The resection we had to have

Pigs are flying in flocks as Telstra has a change of heart on separation. Given the vitriol of the past few years, Rudd and Conroy deserve credit for bypassing the copper loop and, in so doing, bringing Australia's most big-mouthed telco in line at last.

April 14, 2009 by