Australia's new Liberal Party government is using the wrong strategy for rolling out the country's national broadband network (NBN) and should consolidate the planned two-stage deployment of fibre-to-the-node (FttN) technology into one rollout, a leaked internal report has revealed.
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.
As large as the US mainland but with a smaller population than Texas, Australia relies on ICT innovation to maintain its position as a first-world democracy and a role model for the developing Asia-Pacific region. Award-winning journalist David Braue has covered Australia’s IT and telecoms sectors since 1995 – and he’s as quick to draw lessons from their failures as to laud their successes.
NBN Co advice for incoming minister Malcolm Turnbull warned that issues around the deployment and electrification of fibre-to-the-node (FttN) cabinets, as well as problems retraining NBN Co and subcontractor staff, would contribute to the project missing key milestones.
The release of NBN Co's advice warning of significant challenges to its FttN NBN rollout has elicited a strong reaction from a minister who claims he wants the 'unvarnished truth'. What he forgets is that nature hates a vacuum — and so does the NBN debate.
Fans prove eager to use smartphones, tablets to access interactive content during matches using custom large-scale WiFi system – but will it keep them from staying home instead?
I've already railed against Apple's overhaul of iOS 7, with its jarring use of white and its over-reliance on textual Web motifs. But, as the rest of the software industry follows suit – and as Microsoft and Apple blur the boundaries between tablet and desktop user interfaces – it's worth asking if the user experience really is improving.
Is Telstra's copper network dead or isn't it? Experts just can't seem to agree – nor can those people that were supposed to be Malcolm Turnbull's allies, who are compromising his Telstra renegotiations and his case for rural FttN at the same time.
With Office for Mac in limbo and Apple continuing to spoil Pages for the rest of us, I took a risk installing OpenOffice on a newly configured Mac – and may never look back.
Having already missed the first significant deadline of his ministry and by all accounts set to blow way past a more significant one, Malcolm Turnbull's NBN turnaround effort is already looking iffy. He's prevailing upon the telecoms industry for "patience" and "collaboration", but will they listen?
Google's steady push to become an intermediary for all of our communications comes at a cost – but do we care anymore about paying it? Judging by the results of the latest ZDNet Great Debate, the answer is... ribbit.
Revolutionary 3D printer cuts time to manufacture printed circuit boards from weeks to an hour – and even prints on paper.
As if a slowdown in the NBN rollout weren't problem enough, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's NBN Co has been hit by lawsuits, subcontractor chest beating, and protracted timeframes for its Telstra renegotiations. Has he already lost his grip on the NBN?
This week's Melbourne Knowledge Week celebrations expected to drive newcomers to ThoughtWorks' Weekly Hack Nights for Humanity, whose developers have half finished a module for expanding the globally used OpenMRS e-health system.
The TIO fielded 25 percent fewer complaints about Vodafone in the 2012-13 financial year, but the troubled telco still got more complaints than Telstra and Optus put together.
Tiny Kogan Mobile generated over 800 Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) complaints but mobile-related overall declined by 25% in 2012-13, "cautiously optimistic" ombudsman reveals.
Telecommunications customers complained about problems with their landline Internet services at an increasing rate during 2012-2013, new TIO statistics reveal, while NBN complaints were few and far between.