As they often do, a press release from Telstra crossed my desk last week. The headline screamed: "Launches nationwide 8Mbps business broadband".
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Wednesday seemed like a nice normal day at ZDNet HQ, until all of a sudden in the middle of the afternoon a hush ran through the office. I looked over to the aisle where the consumer technology journalists live, to see my colleague Randolph Ramsay deep in a phone conversation.
It looks like the nation's domain name regulator is trying to raise its profile in the community.
This morning's announcement of a hookup between Internet search supremo Google and wireless carrier Unwired reminded me of an early scene from the 1946 classic The Big Sleep. "You're not very tall are you?
Most Australians have never heard the name "Tellabs", a company that has only seven employees Down Under. Yet internationally, Tellabs is one of the world's largest vendors of networking equipment.
If there's one indication that customer relationship management (CRM) systems at telcos are screwed, it's got to be the phenomenon of the 'zero dollar' bill. This typically occurs when a customer changes suppliers, but the telco's computerised billing system doesn't quite know what to do...
I wouldn't have wanted to be in Telstra spokesperson Rod Bruem's shoes when he walked out of a lift last week to be confronted by The Chaser boys asking if Telstra wanted to purchase naming rights to Cyclone Larry. Bruem told Full Duplex he glibly sent the Chaser crew off to arch-rival Optus: "We've been doing a lot of good work up there but Optus is nowhere to be seen -- maybe you should go speak to them.
I don't normally read the job ads in the morning papers, but this one caught my eye:A rare and exciting role has arisen with Vodafone Australia for a talented individual to join its established Public Policy group at a managerial level.Working within a collaborative team environment you will be responsible for providing economic thought leadership together with leading and advocating Vodafone's economic policies.
Interesting reading in Om Malik's article for Business 2.0 magazine that some parties are expecting a wave of mergers and buyouts to ensue in the ranks of networking equipment vendors if Alcatel and Lucent jump into bed together.
It can't be easy being a Telstra spokesperson presenting to a conference composed of rival telcos, regulators and government officials -- not to mention disgruntled customers. Especially if you're speaking before lunch.