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  • iiNet praises NBN Co, pans lack of digital economy strategy

    Internet service provider (ISP) iiNet (ASX:IIN) has praised the National Broadband Network (NBN) but has cautioned that the value of the fibre network will be lessened unless the Federal Government issues a national online strategy to give purpose and direction to the project.

  • CIO priorities reflect NBN opportunities in ANZ: Gartner

    Organisations are looking to make the most of opportunities associated with the National Broadband Network (NBN), with Gartner Executive Program’s annual CIO agenda survey showing that networking, voice and data communications are a higher technology priority in Australia and New Zealand than globally.

  • WA Police upgrading digital radio network

    Western Australia Police will rip and replace its regional analogue radio system and move to digital as a means of providing secure and robust communications for front-line officers across the whole state.

  • Vodafone replacing 8000 network sites

    Vodafone has signed up Huawai to help it replace all its 2G and 3G radio access equipment across its entire Australian network as part of its major network improvement initiative.

  • Vocus launches peering exchange

    Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC) has launched a “multilateral internet peering exchange” service, PacificIX, connecting Sydney and Auckland.

  • Kordia abandons trans-Tasman cable plan

    Kordia’s plans to build a trans-Tasman cable have been shelved following Pacific Fibre’s announcement that it is partnering with Pacnet on a new international cable connecting New Zealand, Australia and the US.
    “There’s only room for one cable across the Tasman and our project was always a trans-Tasman project,” Kordia CEO Geoff Hunt says. “Once they’ve (Pacific Fibre) got to a position where they can launch the project there wouldn’t be a business case to launch a second cable,” Hunt says.

  • Taxpayers should put up $5 billion for broadband: Vodafone CEO

    Taxpayers should foot the bill for the government’s Ultra Fast Broadband network, according to Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners.
    Speaking at the Telecommunications and ICT Summit in Auckland, Stanners suggested that the government should increase its investment from $1.5 billion to $5 billion in the UFB. He compared the proposed fibre network to the roading network and pointed out that while $30 million of public money (for example user road charges, fuel taxes, rates) will be spent on the roading network in the next ten years, only $1.5 billion of taxpayer money will be spent on the Ultra Fast Broadband network.

  • Black + White confident it won't meet TelstraClear's fate

    New entrant mobile operator Black + White is confident its wholesale agreement with Vodafone won’t suffer the same fate as TelstraClea's agency agreement.
    In July last year, Vodafone assumed direct control of all 30,000 mobile customers who had bought services through TelstraClear under the agency agreement that expired on June 30, 2007.