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No plans for R18+ for games: Labor

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Game classification has been a tough debate between those who want the rating and the politicians. Neither political party has said that they will support the classification, even though Labor has invested money into broadband and high definition television. The classifications previously didn’t include PG, but had G8+; but that cause havoc between game developers. A huge revamp out of the classifications systems over on movies, DVD, television and gaming […]

Telstra not getting enough…

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And when do you think the Telstra bandwagon has finished, Telstra’s lawyers have said to the High Court that it needs to be compensated as the government has ‘acquired’ the broadband local loops. The biggest telecommunication company in Australia, and also partly owned by the government, is mounting a constitutional challenge over how the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s power to regulate how Telstra can actually sell it’s broadband local […]

Labor plans telecom “revolution”

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As an election promise, Labor has said that they will have a better internal split of Telstra as a promise to revolutionize the telecommunications industry; hoping to end Telstra monopoly. In an interview with The Australian, Opposition Communication spokesman Stephen Conroy described the current arrangements as “flawed”. “We’ll get rid of it and start again,” Senator Conroy said. “We’ll have a tougher operational separation regime. This has become a strong […]

.au reaches one million

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The .au country domain has now reached 1 million, after 5 years of strong growth; according to AusRegistry. It says that the domain has grown 25% each year for the past 5 years; saying this can be attributed to the reduced domain pricing, regulated environment and technical stability. Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA (the .au Domain Administrator) said in a statement that the .au domain was “highly respected internationally.” In […]

Optus, iiNet crush Telstra in Speed Test

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ZDNet Australia has now released some of the results of it’s Speed Test, launched in September. Since it’s introduction, it had more than 270,000 hits, a majority from Australians. According to the results; Exetel is the fastest Internet service provider in Australia, with an average connection speed of 11,258 kbps. At the time of writing, however, only two (according to ZDNet) were performed by the ISP; so this might not […]

Maths whiz supercharges the net

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An Australian maths whiz has found a way to make the internet faster than what it is today. Dr John Papandriopoulos, from the University of Melbourne, is on the way to Silicon Valley after developing a way to reduce electromagnetic interference that slows down ADSL connection speeds. ADSL connection speeds are usually between 1 and 20 Mbps; but if Dr. Papandriopoulos’ technology is successfully commercialized, the internet speeds could be […]

EFTel to bring in VDSL2 in Australia

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EFTel has announced that it will bring VDSL2 (Very High Speed DSL Line 2) to Australia, with more than 70 exchanges being upgraded to support it. VDSL2 is to be the offer faster speeds than ADSL2, with 100mb/s. However, according to Whirlpool, that it becomes the same as ADSL2 when the connection is 1.6km away from their exchange. VDSL2 has not been ratified in Australia, but EFTel is expecting that […]

Tell The Truth Telstra may mean this…

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The ACCC, Australia’s competition regulator, is now taking legal action over Telstra for misleading it’s ‘Next G’ network for some of it’s slogans; which include ‘Everywhere when you need it’ and ‘Get your coverage you need’. They also request that the slogans should be removed. Telstra has said that it has removed the ads in July, before the ACCC intervened. No date has been set, though the ACCC is seeking […]

Switchoff decision now falls to someone else

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Senator Helen Coonan, the Communications Minster, will no longer decide the fate of Telstra’s CDMA connection. After launching their ‘Next G’ network, the government intervened when Telstra wanted to switched off the CDMA. Now, the power falls to the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock; giving him full control on how and when it will shut it down. Ruddock also said that he approves of the latest changes to Telstra’s license. Now Telstra […]

The Battle of HD Multi Channelling…

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EDITORIAL: Since the age of digital television, I thought Australia is just way behind. Let’s face it, only the ABC and SBS are allowed to multi channel. But now, I think I might change my mind. Channel Ten and the Seven Network both announced that they will launch their High Definition (HD) multi channels. This comes after the Government lifted multi channelling restrictions. Current laws now state that channels are […]

2Clix to sue Whirlpool

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Whirlpool founder, Simon Wright is being sued by the accounting software company 2Clix for “injurious falsehood”. 2Clix is suing for $150,000 plus damages, also two forum posts to be deleted. Whirlpool wrote that “Users should refrain from doing anything that might expose Simon to contempt of court such as making statements that prejudge the outcome of the case. Please keep any comments polite and factual.”

Telstra takes minister to court…

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Telstra has posted a legal complaint against the Communication minister, Helen Coonan, because she wouldn’t reveal how the AU$1 billion WiMax funding was awarded to. Coonan revealed in June that Optus and Elders won the tender, joint funding the project.

IT services firm fined

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Raw Capital Partners has been fined AU$33,000 by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) for not declaring the loss of a key contract to the stock market. The key contract, with Optus, had provided 2/3 of revenue for Raw Capital Partners for the 2005 and 2006 financial period. It was signed in 2001, allowing Raw Capital to provide the telco with network, server, desktop and application support services. According […]

Qantas offers in-flight internet

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Australian airline Qantas has announced it plans to offer in-flight internet in all of it’s Airbus A380s and as well a power source for all laptops. Plans to retrofit the Boeing 747-400 were also announced. However, people want to use the wi-fi have to share the 432 kb/s speed across the plane. No plans or pricing were made available.

Spam nets $150,000 fine

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has fined DC Marketing Europe for “serious breaches” in the 2003 Spam Act – where the maximum penalty is $149,600. ACMA has said that DC Marketing Europe had breached the act 102 times, all in July & August last year. DC Marketing Europe had place short, small calls on mobile phone users, placing a missed call message. When users called up the number, […]