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Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMware and Dell EMC

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack. The Register understands that the bank has signed up for a lot of Virtual SAN, to run on Dell EMC servers, and that the combination will become an important part of its hybrid cloud. We understand that the deal goes beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017
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nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network. The demonstration was conducted in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat and required the aggregation of eleven “carriers” - …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017
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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

Australian scientists have released a new analysis of debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and again asserted that the search for the Boeing 777 was conducted in the wrong place. Scientists from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) penned the new report, The search for …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2017
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nbn™ joins standards body CableLabs

Yet more evidence, as if we needed it, that nbn™ has little interest in more FTTP nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has won membership of CableLabs, the global R&D body that develops technologies and standards that help cable operators deploy new services on existing …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2017

Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

Australia will scrap its visas for skilled temporary workers. Government data on “457 visas” shows that 24,270 have been granted between July 1st, 2016 and December 31st of that year. That number puts Australia on target to match the typical quantity of such visas issued in recent years, which since 2005 have seen more than 50 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017
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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

Tat bazaar eBay has threatened to stop Australian buyers doing business with offshore sellers if the nation goes ahead with a plan to charge local sales taxes on imported goods. Australia levies a goods and services tax (GST) at a rate of ten per cent, collected at the point of sale. But the tax is not applied to imports …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017
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We have good news and bad news about metadata retention

On the same day that Australia's telecommunications metadata retention regime kicked off, the nation's attorney-general also tabled a report quashing the use of that metadata in civil litigation. The "Review of whether there should be exceptions to the prohibition on civil litigant access to retained telecommunications data" ( …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2017
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

TPG to create Australia-wide mobile network

Australian junior telco TPG has announced it will create Australia's fourth mobile network. TPG and Vodafone were today announced as having placed the winning bids in Australia's latest spectrum auction. Telco TPG acquired the sole 2 x 10 MHz lot on offer, for for $1.26 billion. Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) will write …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2017
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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

Australia's Commonwealth Ombudsman has published its report (PDF) on Centrelink’s automated debt raising and recovery system and found that while it is capable of correctly assessing debts, the agency was aware it had flaws and did little to prevent them. The system was introduced by Australia's Department of Human Services ( …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2017
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nbn™ gets its wish: Australian ISPs' performance to be rated

Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission has been given at least AU$7m to fund a broadband speed rating service that will publish details of speeds users experience on Australia’s national broadband network. This year the Commission (ACCC) has already set new rules for internet service providers that compel them to …
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nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced it will launch a 100Mbps fixed wireless service in 2018. Demonstrated to The Register at a trial site in Ballarat today, the service will require subscribers to update their aerial and modem. Hitting 100Mbps for downloads, and …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Mar 2017

Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

Australia's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is crowing today after the nation's Federal Court agreed with its ruling on how much dominant telco Telstra can charge for wholesale services on its fixed line networks. In 2015 the Commission decreed that Telstra must cut wholesale prices by 9.4 per cent. The …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2017
Koala on a rocket

Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

At some point over the last fortnight, watching the second launch countdown in as many weeks via YouTube livestream, it became clear the Second Space Age - as promised by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson - had become entirely real. The promised land of cheap(er) commercial payload launches has come to pass. Even if …
Mark Pesce, 27 Mar 2017
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Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day. Enetica's web hosting and domain/DNS service have been down with limited intermittent availability at best since Thursday. The latest updates from Webcity, Enetica's parent firm, …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2017

Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan

Australia this week shelved planned safe harbour reforms to copyright and decided to proceed with laws that would make its attorney-general NetAdmin-in-chief. The latter law, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill aims to give Australia's government a new set of powers to ensure carriers and service …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2017
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Telstra wants civil litigants to pay up front for access to metadata

Telstra has put a new wrinkle on Australia's simmering data retention debate by suggesting that it charges for access to retained telecommunications sought by civil litigants. The suggestion is found in Telstra's submission to the government inquiry into whether retained telecommunications data should be made available in …

Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

nbn™, the organisation that builds and operates Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), appear to be escalating its efforts to rebut those who call for it to abandon its fibre to the network build. Last week the company's CEO Bill Morrow used a Senate Estimates appearance to make the point that that matters beyond nbn™'s …
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nbn™ is installing new hybrid-fibre coax cables

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, is installing new hybrid-fibre coax cables in some suburbs. The new build came to light after a Reg reader looked up nbn™'s new “when am I getting the NBN?” service, which was recently upgraded to advise what technology will be used to …

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