Articles about acma

Facebook

Facebook suggests mm-wave spectrum should be free in Australia

Facebook has urged the Australian government to open up millimeter-wave spectrum for licence-free applications. It's no secret that The Social Network™ has a fondness for wireless applications around the 60 GHz bands. Last year, it outlined its research into systems dubbed "Terragraph" and "Project ARIES" at its Connectivity …

MongoDB ransom attacks soar, body count hits 27,000 in hours

MongoDB databases are being decimated in soaring ransomware attacks that have seen the number of compromised systems more than double to 27,000 in a day. Criminals are accessing, copying and deleting data from unpatched or badly-configured databases. Administrators are being charged ransoms to have data returned. Initial …
Darren Pauli, 9 Jan 2017
tanami_desert_near_willowra_648

Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vodafone spaff AU$543.5m on spectrum

Australia has scored AU$543.5m (US$391m) for part of its 1800 MHz spectrum. The The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced the outcome of auctions it initiated in November 2015, with the following results. Bidder Total price Optus Mobile $196 million Telstra $191 million …
Tin Can Telephone

Australian telcos coughed to cops 600,000 times in one year

Australia's telecommunications companies disclosed information to Australian authorities 600,019 times in 2014/15, according to the annual reports of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The new report (PDF) lists “Disclosures made under Part 13 of the Telecommunications Act 1997— by carriers and carriage …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2015
rage meme

Wanna call Barnaby Joyce a w**ker / gerbil on radio? FINE, says ACMA

It's official: Australians can call their elected representatives “wankers” on air, as long as they mean it as a term of abuse rather than a literal description of their sexual activity. That's the conclusion of an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which as well as managing spectrum licenses, …
Burning copyright symbol. Photo by: Martin Fisch http://www.flickr.com/photos/marfis75/ on flickr"

Carrier club's copyright code off to ACMA

A day after Dallas Buyers Club won the right to get names and addresses of putative pirates in Australia, the Communications Alliance has sent its proposed piracy code off to for regulatory approval. The code – full name the Copyright Notice Scheme Code 2015 – has been submitted to the Australian Communications and Media …

POODLE vuln dogs Australian consumer modems

The persistent awfulness of consumer broadband modems is once again in evidence, with the Poodle and Freak bugs present in a huge number of Australian households. The issue has hit Twitter, with some people reporting that ISPs are notifying them of possible malicious traffic – but without useful information on what to do. TPG …
eyeofSauron

Senators plot metadata pushback as requests keep expanding

On the heels of an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) report that Australia's carriers provided more than 582,000 items of information to law enforcement under Australia's telecommunications interception regime in 2014, cross-bench senators have announced they will hold a briefing on the issue at the end of …
NBN Co Customer premises equipment

Tasmania offered possible pay-to-connect for NBN fibre

NBN Co boss Bill Morrow has told Tasmanians that communities might be able to preserve the fibre rollout – if they're prepared to kick the can for the installation. In an interview with The Mercury, Morrow said the network builder was investigating the possibility of using co-funding models under which “everyone can jointly …
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Sloppy call data gets Telstra an ACMA wrist-slap

Telstra is on notice that its data roaming billing isn't up to scratch, courtesy the Australian Communications and Media Authority. At fault : billing systems with a persistent penchant for plugging multiple flagfall fees on a single data session. This, the ACMA says, put the incumbent in breach of the Telecommunications …

Save spectrum for public safety: Oz parl't committee

Public safety users need broadband radio access and should be allocated 20 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band, according to an Australian parliamentary report. Emergency services have been seeking extra spectrum for years, while the government has seen the 700 MHz frequencies vacated by TV broadcasters during the move to …
The Register breaking news

ACMA lines up 'bill-shock' standard

Australia's mobile carriers are on notice to do more to avoid international roaming bill shock, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority setting the timetable for implementation of its International Mobile Roaming (IMR) standard. Carriers will need to implement the items in the standard by September 2013, with …

ACMA mulls cloud regulation

Dropping into the cloud privacy and security debate without even the slightest clang of irony, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has listed security, privacy and access to data as issues that might need regulation in the Australian environment. It's discussion paper, The cloud – services, computing and digital …
Sennheiser SKM 900 wireless microphone

Wireless mics to clear Oz 4G bands by end 2014

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has begun the groundwork for clearing wireless microphones out of the 700 MHz band, and hopes to get its new technical standard adopted by October this year. The ACMA has issued a discussion paper (linked here) covering its plans to bump wireless mics from frequencies between …
Apple maps offers this route from Darwin to Mount Isa

Aussies in 'don't understand location services, just use them' shock!

The most frequent users of mobile location services are the most clueless, according to research conducted for Australia’s telecommunications and media regulator. The Australian Communications and Media Authority research found that “high frequency” users of the services “were less likely to display an understanding of the …
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Terrible reception for Oz spectrum auction

Australia's spectrum auction has found a terrible reception from those hoped to be most interested in access to the airwaves, with local carriers deciding not to bid. The auction to be held in April next year is for Australia’s 700MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum, will reallocate the spectrum that becomes available when broadcasters …
the red underpants are bugging from buechertiger's Flickr feed of Bonn street art

Minister intervenes in Oz spectrum auction

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 …
IT Crowd. Source: Channel 4 / 2entertain

Global action takes down tech support scam

Australian, US and Canadian authorities have jointly proclaimed a victory over scammers who call punters and offer unsolicited and unnecessary tech support. The scam has been running for years and involves a call from someone claiming to be an employee of Microsoft or another tech titan. If you answer, the caller explains that …

Create a news alert about acma, or find more stories about acma.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018