Before you go to the voting booth on September 7, ensure you've weighed up the full implications of both parties' NBN strategies. In this instalment, David Braue looks at the opposition's policy.
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.
The latest election brochure from Coalition bigwig Andrew Robb suggests the NBN is no longer even important enough to mention when it comes to party priorities. Somebody should tell Tony Abbott – and stop letting Malcolm Turnbull waste so much time spruiking his NBN policy.
The dissolution of Julia Gillard's ministry saw Labor try a curious approach to replacing the ubiquitous Stephen Conroy: appointing four separate ministers to each spruik the NBN in their own way. A week away from the election, has this approach helped Labor's chances or hurt them?
Malcolm Turnbull still believes Telstra will gift its supposedly worthless copper network to the Coalition for its FttN plan – but his reasons why, make no sense at all. With the election looming, has Turnbull simply abrogated any responsibility for NBN accuracy?
Election success depends not only on engaging voters, but on keeping them that way. Unless Anthony Albanese can transform the NBN election debate into something that resonates with voters – the general distrust of Telstra, for example – he risks losing their attention and handing advantage to Malcolm Turnbull.
This week's Turnbull-Albanese debate on ABC's Lateline shows both parties are still up to their usual political tricks when it comes to the NBN. But will this approach convince swing voters – or alienate them?
Tight online partner collaboration and a data-driven internal culture have helped Australia's second-largest supermarket chain partner with suppliers to eliminate stock-outs through better forecasting.
Watching from the other side of the world, it’s easier to see the fine line between intellectual-property pragmatism and bald hypocrisy – and Obama’s poke in Samsung’s eye just crossed it.
It may only have access to 5% of the information it needs, but Australia’s largest and busiest airport has already seen early successes using big-data analytics to better model passenger flow and plan new services.
Mike Quigley was quick to claim that Syntheo's collapse would not dely the NBN rollout in Western Australia and South Australia — but with just a month until the election, this was the last news NBN Co needed. Will it be a free kick for the Coalition?
Moves by Optus and Vodafone to reinvent themselves confirm that they've been quite content to milk customers with overpriced data plans, global roaming, and more. Can their new, self-effacing manner right those wrongs?
Big-data success for major supermarket chain meant building a scalable analytics platform – and a team of ‘rock stars’ to keep it running and business-relevant.
Content-equivalent IPTV services diminish the value of Foxtel's HFC network – and could push Telstra toward an open-access wholesale broadband model that would benefit both the NBN and itself.
Teradata’s churn-prediction success at T-Mobile shows value of big-data insight from correlating structured and unstructured operational data – but be careful where you store it all.
A two-year workforce survey is driving a democratic redefinition of KPMG’s culture on the back of an 82% staff participation rate and social-media analysis that’s challenging traditional notions of management control.