Linux powers nation's largest satellite network

Some 75 towns across New South Wales have started accessing the Internet through Linux-based satellite routers in what is said to be largest network of its type in Australia spanning upwards of 800,000 square kilometres.

Written by Rodney Gedda30 March 04 08:05

Expand Networks target Australian bottlenecks

Expand Networks, providers of airborne secure remote access to US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Joint Forces Command, has substantially upped its antipodean presence aiming to gain a substantial foothold in defence, government and corporate sectors.

Written by Julian Bajkowski25 March 04 12:21

Andreessen offers reasons for open source growth

At the third annual "Open Source in Government" conference at George Washington University in Washington. D.C. last week, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen came up with his top twelve reasons on why open source will boom over the next five to 10 years.

Written by LinuxWorld staff25 March 04 08:00

Telstra shakes up security

Australia's 600-pound telco Telstra is in the midst of its biggest security shake up in more than a decade, and is understood to have appointed a new group manager for security across the whole enterprise. It is also advertising for no fewer than 10 senior and executive security positions.

Written by Julian Bajkowski24 March 04 08:27

Open source security ‘not good enough’

Open source software will have to lift its security game if it is to match that of proprietary software, particularly if its use proliferates, according to representatives from global information security companies.

Written by Rodney Gedda19 March 04 15:41

ATO IT will stay at home

In what has been a clearly testing week, Australian Taxation Office CIO Bill Gibson has spelled out his vision for Australia's single largest revenue raiser and scotched allegations that the Tax Office is set to move its applications code shop to India.

Written by Julian Bajkowski17 March 04 08:54

Analysis: NOIE morphs to live and expand

In the six months since the spectacular exit of Richard Alston as IT and communications minister and his replacement by Daryl Williams QC, much has quietly changed in the way those who hold power in the federal sphere view public sector information technology and particularly outsourcing.

Written by Julian Bajkowski16 March 04 09:57

IT must deliver reality cheque

IT needs to be upfront about costs, speak in plain English and be prepared to deliver reality rather than promises to both users and suppliers to secure the budget they want.

Written by Julian Bajkowski11 March 04 09:20

Unions, Labor support offshoring legislation

Australian unions and the Labor Opposition have signalled their support for US-style legislation that penalises companies that engage in offshore outsourcing.

Written by Sandra Rossi11 March 04 08:45

NOIE cut in two

The federal government has moved decisively to centralise control of its ICT expenditure, architecture and execution across all agencies and will appoint an Australian government chief information officer (AGCIO) to oversee whole of government ICT coordination, backed by a new specialist office to oversee the development and promotion of its own ICT agenda.

Written by Julian Bajkowski10 March 04 13:28

Auditor demands government Web site metrics

Five government agencies have been told to develop performance measures for their Internet offerings after their Web sites were declared rudderless ships floating aimlessly on a sea of taxpayer's money, according to the findings Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report.

Written by Julian Bajkowski10 March 04 08:31

Sun plans per-citizen pricing for governments

Taking the per-employee pricing model it introduced last September a great leap forward, Sun has said it's readying a per-citizen licensing plan for countries using its Java Enterprise System and Java Desktop System software.

Written by Robert McMillan09 March 04 07:16

National address database pinpoints properties

The 2006 national Census will be among the many beneficiaries of a new government database that helps translate addresses into geocoded locations.

Written by Steven Deare08 March 04 15:39

Open source group puts the gloss on FOSS

The push within Australia to give open source software major grip in government and large organisations has been boosted by the formation of a new representative body, Open Source Industry Australia.

Written by Howard Dahdah02 March 04 11:36

Unions wage war against Telstra over outsourcing

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) will conduct a concerted campaign against Telstra and the federal government to stop the national carrier from sending jobs offshore, according to ACTU president Sharan Burrow.

Written by Helen Han26 Feb. 04 10:50

Microsoft a bit player in public sector: Vamos

A little bewildered by Australia's public sector charge toward Linux, Microsoft claims misguided 'perceptions' and 'misinformation' has derailed the IT purchasing debate.

Written by Sandra Rossi26 Feb. 04 08:00

Govt help needed, says software community

Australia’s software industry is looking for more access to grants, tax concessions and Government procurement, according to a recent study conducted on behalf of ARN.

Written by Brett Winterford25 Feb. 04 07:26

Privacy Commission urges employee records review

Federal Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton has released a discussion paper on information privacy and employee records that will have widespread implications for the IT department.

Written by Sandra Rossi24 Feb. 04 13:20

IT unemployment outstrips national average

Australia's IT unemployment rate is 77 percent higher than the national jobless average but incredibly, the rate is an improvement on the year before, according to the Australian Computer Society's (ACS) 2003 ICT Employment Survey.

Written by Helen Han23 Feb. 04 12:11
  • After 44 years of evolution, Australian telecommunications’ next business enabler is expected to be the nbn™ broadband access network

    Two 22-year cycles of reform first consolidated, then deregulated Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure. As the third cycle begins, the nbn™ access network is expected to become a key driver for business innovation into the future.

    business nbn™

    NBN Co supports the needs of Australian business with the establishment of a dedicated team – business nbn™. The business nbn™ team works with service providers and the broader industry to create purpose-built wholesale products and services to allow service providers to better support medium and large organisations. By providing open-access connectivity on non-discriminatory terms to all service providers, NBN Co intends to help create a level-playing field fostering a competitive business market that has historically been dominated by a very small number of players.

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