Australian Industry Group hungry for high fibre broadband diet from Turnbull

By Julian Bajkowski New Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s key election promise to build cheaper National Broadband Network (NBN) faster using existing copper wire assets is picking-up initial static on the line to the business sector. One of Australia’s most powerful industry associations, the Ai Group, has called for Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) connections for […]

Local Government dropped from federal ministry list

By Julian Bajkowski The federal ministry of Local Government could be the first of many administrative casualties in Canberra after the function conspicuously failed to appear in the publication of Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott’s first Ministry list. In a document that provides a partial window into how the bureaucracy and machinery of government of […]

Copper, loopholes and probes dominate Coalition’s cut-down NBN launch

By Julian Bajkowski The Coalition has gambled large on reviving Australia’s ageing copper telecommunications network to supply broadband download speeds of between 25 megabits per second and 100 megabits per second to deliver a heavily pared-down and cheaper version of the National Broadband Network (NBN) it claims will be completed by the end of 2019. […]

Digital plug for Australia Post’s $400 million revenue hole

By Julian Bajkowski Australia Post will need to increasingly expand its business into markets normally serviced by the private sector to remain financially sustainable and continue to provide traditional postal services, its chief executive, Ahmed Fahour, has said. In an impassioned speech to the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce in Sydney on Thursday, the former […]

South Australia dials into 3G data for Ambulances

By Paul Hemsley South Australian Minister for Health and Ageing John Hill has improved digital communications for state ambulance crews to increase the amount of information they have about the patient and the incident at the scene of an emergency. The South Australian government’s initiative to install mobile data terminals in ambulances to receive signals […]

Conroy prescribes NBN for retail therapy

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has continued his hard-sell of the National Broadband Network (NBN), dropping into a designer pop-up-shop in the trendy inner Melbourne suburb of Brunswick to tub thump the business as an example of how the fibre rollout can accelerate small businesses productivity and profitability. As big […]

Golden Plains loses NBN project

By Paul Hemsley The decision not to build a fixed wireless facility in Napoleons has raised a dispute between NBN Co and Victorian-based Golden Plains Shire Council. According to council, this decision not to consider alternative sites sets a precedent for NBN Co to hold councils and communities to “ransom” if they do not agree […]

NBN fast tracked to Northern NSW and QLD

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said planning has started to connect more communities to the national broadband network (NBN).   People living in communities in northern NSW, the Hunter and the southern part of Darling Downs in Queensland will have access to broadband, with the first homes and businesses […]

More local government opportunites through NBN

By Lilia Guan   The minister for broadband communications and the digital economy has announced the north-west New South Wales town of Bourke as one of ten towns across Australia that will have a satellite ground station.   Bourke’s ground station will act as a satellite gateway to deliver broadband to rural and remote communities […]

Onkaparinga teaches NBN literacy

Willunga residents will receive free online training to improve digital literacy and experience National Broadband Network (NBN) services following the launch of a digital hub. The first South Australian Digital Hub and Digital Enterprise programs were launched in Willunga under the City of Onkaparinga, which has partnered with the Australian Government to establish the hub. […]

Telstra selected to improve WA regional communications

Western Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities and businesses will receive access to a mobile voice and wireless broadband service. Telecommunications company, Telstra was selected to deliver the three year project with $39.2 million in Royalties for Regions funding under the Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP). Minister for Science and Innovation, John Day said Telstra […]


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