Global IT spending creeps up

CRN, 12 April, 2017 – Worldwide IT spending is set to top US$3.5 trillion in 2017, a 1.4 percent increase from 2016, while Australian IT spending is forecast to grow by 3.5 percent to hit nearly $87 billion. However, the global growth rate is down from a forecast of 2.7 percent, which the analyst firm […]

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ISPs to be named and shamed: ACCC to monitor NBN speeds

COMPUTERWORLD, 7 April, 2017 – The federal government will fund a broadband performance monitoring scheme run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield announced today. Some 4000 volunteer households will have hardware installed to monitor the performance of their fixed-lined National Broadband Network services. This year’s budget will earmark $7 […]

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nbn: 2 million activations and counting

NBN, 5 April, 2017 – Retailers are signing Australians up for fast internet over the nbn™ network at the quickest rate ever, with two million homes and businesses now connected and more than 4.5 million premises able to order a retail service over the nbn™ network. The rollout of the nbn™ access network sets the […]

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NBN data usage continues to soar

COMPUTERWORLD, 29 March, 2017 – The average household connected to the National Broadband Network is churning through 148 gigabytes of data every month, according to NBN. The figure represents a 32 per cent increase compared to 2016, the company said. A key driver for increasing data consumption has been the growth in the popularity of […]

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NBN Co starts replacing FTTN in network rollout

ITNEWS, 6 March, 2017 – NBN Co is starting to abandon future FTTN deployments in favour of newer fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology. Updates of its online maps – captured by iTnews as part of a full reconstruction of the company’s three-year plan – show how FTTC is to be used outside of the Optus HFC footprint […]

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The cloud is growing 7 times faster than the rest of IT

NETWORK WORLD, 21 February, 2017 – The public cloud just keeps on growing, with increases in spending on cloud services and infrastructure easily outpacing overall IT spending. And it isn’t even close. The latest update to International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide projects worldwide investments in the public cloud “will reach […]

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Australia finally has mandatory data breach notification

ITNEWS, 13 February, 2017 – Australia will have a mandatory data breach notification scheme in place within the year after several aborted attempts, following the passage of legislation through the senate today. The Labor and Liberal parties today united to pass the government’s Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 into law. Learn what the […]

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NBN passes 1 million FTTN/B premises

ITNEWS, 8 November, 2016 – NBN Co has passed a milestone for premises connected to its fibre-to-the-node and fibre-to-the-basement networks, with more than 1 million homes and business now able to take up a service. At its first quarter results briefing today, NBN Co revealed it had passed 338,000 total premises during the three-month period, and welcomed 280,000 […]

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Australian IT spending to hit $85b in 2017: Gartner

ITWIRE, 25 October, 2016 – Growth in the software and IT services market is driving up IT spending in Australia to a forecast total spend of almost $85 billion in 2017 on the back of organisations undertaking major digital platform transformations. According to Gartner, the forecast figure of $85 billion (A$) represents a 2.8% increase in […]

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NBN Co reveals ambition to become IoT player

ITNEWS, 21 October, 2016 – NBN Co has revealed it is looking beyond its government mandate to create an internet of things (IoT) business, connecting “non-premises infrastructure” like traffic lights and potentially offering wholesale compute and storage services. Principal technology officer for FTTx Daniel Willis told the Broadband World Forum in London overnight that NBN Co was […]

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