Feeds

Minister intervenes in Oz spectrum auction

‘Red undies day’ arrives

Top three mobile application threats

Australia’s communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, who famously told Australian telcos they’d wear red undies on their heads if he told them to, has stepped into the auction process for new mobile spectrum.

His intervention comes amid speculation that the troubled state of Vodafone would leave Telstra and Optus as the only bidders – and thereby prevent the spectrum from being the river of gold the government hopes for.

Late yesterday, Senator Conroy issued this terse ministerial direction. It simply states that the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s normal power, under the spectrum allocation process, to set the reserve price is subject to the minister’s power.

As noted in industry newsletter Communications Day, the direction will delay the auction process, since the ACMA was due to issue information packs today (November 21).

The minister was the target of criticism after telling a conference in September that his ministerial powers mean he could direct carriers to wear “red undies” on their heads if he felt like it.

The auction process covers new spectrum in the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands, including so-called “digital dividend” spectrum vacated by broadcasters in the move to digital TV in Australia. With the government implacably tied to a political commitment to deliver a budget surplus next year regardless of international economic conditions, anything less than the hoped-for billions would be a disaster. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.