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Mobile Black Spots


The Department of Communications has released the final list of 6000 locations nominated as mobile black spots, and is inviting people who have previously nominated locations to have a final check to ensure that the area is listed prior to the closure of the database on 15 October (next Wednesday). The Department has advised that the map will still be publically available after that date, but that..

Robot folds itself up and walks away


August 7, 2014 (BOSTON) — A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks™ — the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated — to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human intervention. Click for more detail (

Get Up To Speed Program A Finalist in Internet Awards


Australia and New Zealand’s leading contributors to the use and development of the Internet have been recognised, with 29 finalists announced for the 2014 ANZIAs (Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards). The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community, on the Int..

Smart Street Lighting for Smart Cities


Rapidly increasing opportunities amidst an industry transformation Many cities have begun replacing their high-pressure sodium street lights with LEDs. While the motivation for these replacements typically focuses on cost and energy savings from improved efficiency and longer lamp lifetimes, a growing number of cities are discovering the benefits of incorporating new sensors and networked contro..

Real Urgency for Smart Communities


In the last few years I've attended a number of events on the 'Smart City', or some variation of that theme. Discussions at these events have typically focused on technologies, systems or public policy frameworks to make things 'Smarter'. Unfortunately 'Smart Cities' has quickly become one of those ambiguous terms where it can mean everything but also nothing. Recently I attended a differen..

Market Clarity- Future Tech Interview


Future Tech research is based on interviews with luminaries in research labs, vendor labs, telcos, futurists and others, and is designed to feature cutting edge research insights into the wide range of gadgets, technologies, and trends that will impact telecom services (and everyone that uses these services), including: wearable devices, sensors, new form factors for phones + tablets, drones, the ..

Planning Implications of Telecommunication


Special Issue of Australian Planner, 2015 We invite planning scholars and practitioners to contribute to a special edition of Australian Planner co-edited by Dr. Tooran Alizadeh, Dr. Heather Shearer, and Assoc. Prof. Neil Sipe. The theme is Planning Implications of Telecommunication. The intention is to highlight the contemporary significance, challenges and opportunities that telecommunication ..

Telecommunications Forum in Bass Coast Shire


15 April 2014-Frustrated with mobile black spots across the Shire and uncertainty about timeframes for the rollout of fibre associated with the national NBN rollout, Bass Coast Shire Council’s Economic Development and ICT departments organised a forum to hear from the main telecommunications providers about their services and plans for Bass Coast. It is acknowledged locally that limited band..

Fibre-to-the-Home Australia


Only fibre connections to homes and businesses will be able to meet the growth in demand for broadband services. According to US based Broadband Communities, technologies such as hybrid fibre coax (HFC) and fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) - now being offered as part of the NBN MTM model - are based on unreliable copper networks. It is misleading to refer to them as super-fast broadband. HFC and FTTN..

Mobile Blackspots Funded


On the spending side, the budget provides $100m over four years for the mobile blackspots programme. And a press release from Turnbull and Fletcher suggests that pro-competition lobbies may have won their argument that new infrastructure funded under the programme be “open access” with the two stating “in addition to improving coverage of high quality terrestrial mobile voice and..

Intelligent Community recognition for company providing access to worlds cheapest tablet


The Intelligent Community Forum today named Suneet Singh Tuli, 44, the co-founder and CEO of DataWind Ltd., as Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year for 2014. The Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award is presented to an individual or an organization that has taken a leadership role in promoting broadband technology and applications as an essential and transformative utility in th..

WA development body plots wireless mesh replacement for NBN satellite


The Western Australian government’s Mid West Development Commission has hatched a plan for a new fixed wireless mesh network, using bonded ADSL for fixed backhaul from fibre-linked ADSL exchanges, that it hopes could complement the NBN satellite coverage for much of the region. But principal project manager Noel Ferguson, who will speak at the ‘Broadband for the Bush’ forum tod..

iAwards Nominations


The iAwards ( is the annual national awards program for the ICT industry. The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the ICT industry. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. This year the national iAwards national events will be held on 29 ..

IBM Awards Perth and Ballarat with Grants to Fund Consultations with IBM Problem Solvers


IBM has announced that the cities of Perth and Ballarat have been selected as two of the sixteen cities around the world to receive the 2014 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants. A team of six IBM experts will be on the ground in both Perth and Ballart, and will work alongside the cities’ councils for three weeks. They will meet in person with government, citizens, business and organisations ..

MyBroadband Website Launched


A website launched today will allow Australians to see how their neighbourhood rates in terms of internet connectivity. NBN Co has the information from the website and will consider poorly served areas in prioritising the NBN rollout where this is logistically and commercially feasible. The MyBroadband website is a simple way to access information about broadband availability and quality acro..

Mayor of City of Greater Geraldton urges Senate Select Committee to reconsider


Comments from Mr Ian Carpenter, Mayor, City of Greater Geraldton- "The City of Greater Geraldton is a regional capital of Western Australia. The city is some 400 kilometres north of here. Our local government area covers an area of around 12,000 square kilometres and we have a population of about 40,000 people. We are the largest local government outside of the Perth metropolitan area. When we f..

Developer Hackathon meet up at Noosaville


Programmers and developers are invited to a Hackathon meet up in Noosaville this Saturday to network, brainstorm, collaborate, motivate and implement a prototype mockup/application. Developers should bring their laptops with a dev environment ready to go and ideas people should bring an idea or two and paper to scribble on. Lunch, coffee and munchies will be provided. Silicon Beach &..

Sunshine Coast connects with talent, networks and resources.


THE INNOVATION CENTRE SUNSHINE COAST IS HOME TO OVER 30 INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY BASED BUSINESSES, RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE USC AT SIPPY DOWNS. The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Pty Ltd (IC) is a business incubator and accelerator that aims to create new jobs in new industries for the Sunshine Coast region. The IC was established in 2002 by the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is located o..

Satellites to bring 'fast, cheap' internet to 'under-connected'


The first four of 12 satellites in a new constellation to provide affordable, high-speed internet to people in nearly 180 "under-connected" countries, were shot into space on Tuesday, the project's developers said. The orbiters, part of a project dubbed O3b for the "other 3 billion" people with restricted internet access, were scheduled to be lifted by a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou in..

Industry taking the lead on Cloud Computing Protocols to safeguard consumers


Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy, today welcomed the Australian Computer Society's announcement of a national public consultation process for the development of a Cloud Consumer Protocol. "It is important that business and government are in lock-step in developing consumer protections when implementing the National Cloud Computing Strategy," said Senator Lundy. ..

Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program


Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program An Initiative of Digital Brisbane The Budding Entrepreneurs program aims to encourage people to take the plunge. The Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program will provide funding to carefully selected individuals who have a passion for entrepreneurship and an idea for a tech start-up. The program aims to stimulate greater levels of entre..

Former NBN Critic becomes a happy convert


A SOMERTON resident who was initially opposed to the NBN fixed wireless service now says he vastly underestimated its capabilities. Lindsay Doyle operates his quantity surveying and building consultancy business out of a home-based office. He switched to the NBN service after speaking to a number of advocates who convinced him to upgrade. “I spoke to some friends who have been ..

The Digital Brisbane strategy aims to kick-start a business revolution


( Digital Brisbane strategy aims to kick-start a business revolution to ensure the city capitalises on the rapidly growing digital economy including the online market, currently valued at $US20 trillion. download here ... (

SCC wins Applications Development Category in the Excellence in eGovernment Awards 2013


Sunshine Coast Council took out the top gong for their eBusiness platform at a prestigious national awards ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday night. Council is the winner of the Applications Development Category in the Excellence in eGovernment Awards 2013, conducted by the Australian Government Information Management Office. Services Delivery Portfolio Councillor Ted Hungerford said council is ..

US Broadband Subscriptions Reveal the Growing Need for Speed


Ever wonder how fast the U.S. subscriber base for broadband is or isn’t growing? What about who is winning the pitched battle between cable and telecom companies to capture those highly desirable customers who can’t live without fast Internet access? The answer to both of those questions comes in the form of a new Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) study on U.S. broadband. There ..

Labor's NBN coming to another 1.3 million premises across Australia


The Australian Government today announced plans to connect another 1.3 million homes and businesses to the NBN, bringing the total number of premises where NBN construction will commence or be complete by 30 June 2016 to more than 4.8 million. Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, today released the updated NBN 3 year rollout plan, which will see La..

Monash scientists future-proof the NBN


MONASH University researchers have future-proofed the NBN with a new method of using fibre-optics that could handle the world's current data traffic on one cable. The breakthrough uses commercial components manufactured in Australia to optimise the efficiency of the existing optical fibre networks that connect towns and cities. It could dramatically boost the overall performance of network..

CSIRO launches $40m digital economy flagship


Federal research organisation CSIRO has pulled together a range of projects into a concerted, $40 million initiative aimed at boosting Australia’s services sector. The so-called Digital Productivity and Services Flagship was launched today by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and W3C director Sir Tim Berners-Lee. full storey here (,csiro-launch..

The price you pay for being an Aussie


COMPARED to Yanks, we shell out half as much again to fill our tanks. Shave or buy shoes and you'll lose. We're so expensive that the price Canadians pay for a pair of jeans at home would only buy one leg here. Need a drink? Well, you'll get stiffed on that too. "I don't know that many people realise just how ripped off we've been," said executive director of The Australia Institute, economist R..

Faster internet for the bush as NBN Co doubles internet speeds for rural and remote Australians


Faster internet for the bush as NBN Co doubles internet speeds for rural and remote Australians • 25 Mbps speed tier for fixed-wireless and satellite networks to help end tyranny of distance • NBN Fixed-Wireless customers to benefit from as early as June NBN Co today unveiled plans to bring even faster internet to the bush by doubling the wholesale broadband speeds it will deli..

BUNDABERG Council's digital economy strategy


BUNDABERG Regional Council is developing a digital economy strategy for readying industry, businesses and communities in the Bundaberg region. The council is looking for a qualified information and communications technology (ICT) provider and 10 small to medium-sized enterprises (SME's) to participate in the Digital Ready Champions Program. All companies involved must be head-quartered..

oZAPP Awards


The oZAPP Awards is a competition to identify Australia’s best mobile app concepts, with the winners attracting significant resources to build and launch their apps. The Awards aim to foster dialogue and collaboration between innovators, researchers, investors and industry, and to further stimulate innovative business culture around Australia. The organising committee of the oZAPP Aw..

More NBN jobs for Queensland as Roma chosen for satellite ground station


Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Labor Senator for Queensland, John Hogg, today announced that Roma in Queensland will be one of the ten towns across Australia that will host a National Broadband Network (NBN) satellite ground station. "This ground station will bring jobs to Roma and act as an essential satellite gateway for the NBN&rsqu..

Website to Promote Telework and National Telework Week


The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy today launched a new website to assist companies and organisations that want to participate in National Telework Week. The website address is (http:// The website provides: Advice on how employers can participate in National Telework Week; A range of examples of organisations that..

The need for speed


What superfast internet connections can do for a city NOTHING drives an elected official to indignity faster than the promise of something for nothing. When Google announced that it would build a fibre-optic broadband network capable of delivering one gigabit-per-second internet—roughly 150 times the average American internet speed—to residential users in an American city, mayors l..

Free Community Wi Fi


Peregian Beach is home to the head office of Atmail (, a next-generation email platform. With the best Internet connection in the area and a skilled IT staff, Atmail knew there was an opportunity to share their connection with customers of local businesses creating free community WiFi in and around the town. Last week they increased the signal range around the village with..

Key Regional Indicators


Subject: Analysis of the major industry sectors of the Mid North Coast In the March 2012 Key Regional Indicators report, the broad economic activity of the region for the 2010/11 Financial Year was described. In this paper, we take a closer look at the major industry sectors of the region and how they contribute in terms of jobs, Gross Regional Product and economic output. These industries com..

RDA Mid North Coast - Newsletter - Issue 10


Newsletter July 2012 - issue 10 Subjects covered are: - Key Regional Indicators: - Subject: Analysis of the major industry sectors of the Mid North Coast - New Contact Details: RDA Mid North Coast's Port Macquarie Office has moved. - Pathways to the Pilbara: After appearing on the front page of The Australian last week, find out more about how Pathways to the Pilbara is d..

National award win for council’s Broadband Today Alliance


Broadband Today Alliance (BTA) has taken out a top gong in the Economic Development Australia Awards. The award was announced last night at the National Economic Development Conference 2011 held in Adelaide, with Sunshine Coast Council representative, Broadband and Digital Economy Manager Michael Whereat, in attendance to receive the award. BTA, a Sunshine Coast Council-led initiative, w..

Secure your wireless network at home.


QLD POLICE ADVICE ON HOW TO SECURE YOUR WIRELESS NETWORK AT HOME: 1. ALWAYS USE THE STRONGEST WIRELESS ENCRYPTION YOUR MODEM OR ROUTER HAS! Wireless networks can employ various methods of encryption to protect data being sent over the network. WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) or the newer WPA2 is the best wireless encryption standard currently available to most users of wireless networks. Many..

Valuable NBN Co Information Resources


Australian Government NBN Advertising Campaign Resources The Department for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has released resources linked to their (now active) NBN advertising campaign. Included are videos related to health, education and business, plus radio transcripts. Visit: Additional resources are available at www.nbn...

4G mobile broadband to be used by 7 million mobile devices in Australia by 2016


The number of connected LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile devices in Australia is set to grow from as little as 100,000 in January this year to 7 million units by 2016, according to new research from emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte. Telsyte estimates 4G will have a penetration of 19% of total mobile connections by mid-2016 and in many cases will provide an alternative solution to fixe..

DNSChanger Malware – Is Your Computer One Of Over 10,000 Affected?


Could your computer or networking equipment be one of more than 10,000 that are still affected by the “DNSChanger” malware from last year? Let me first explain what DNS is, and then explain this amazing situation – which has left the FBI holding the bag, and over 10,000 users in Australia and New Zealand potentially in the lurch, with no access to the Internet after July 9 2012..

Local Government thoughts on the digital economy - Hume, VIC


Local Government has an important leadership role to play in ensuring the digital economy becomes a reality in the region. We recently met with Murrindindi Shire Council (Economic Development Officer, Bob Elkington) and Strathbogie Shire Council (Economic Development Officer Phil Howard, and IT Manager Richard Bianco) to get their thoughts on the digital economy and the opportunities and challenge..

My NBN news - the newsletter for home and businesses


Three year rollout announcement Australians are excited about the rollout of the NBN with work to be underway or completed by mid-2015 for 3.5 million home and businesses across Australia. Following the three year rollout announcement, over half a million people have used our new interactive map to see if they are among the first to get connected. NBN Co chief executive Mike Quigley said: "Th..

Online access makes it easier to interact with council


Sunshine Coast Council has launched several online modules as part of its eBusiness strategy, providing customers with more ways to access their information and communicate with council by facilitating a range of 24/7 self-service interactions. The new services improve the way the community engages with council by simplifying processes for bill payment, licenses, permits and requests. Custome..

Coffs Coast - Broadband locations unveiled


THE company building Australia's national broadband network, NBN Co, has unveiled the locations on the Coffs Coast which are scheduled to receive high-speed fixed wireless broadband. NBN co's External Relations Manager Trent Williams said the fixed-wireless network will deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses not connected to the fibre optic network at wholesale speeds up to ..

NBN to reach remote schools, health clinics, and local government facilities via satellite


The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced that remote schools, health clinics, and local government facilities are now eligible to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN) through the Interim Satellite Service (ISS). “By extending the eligibility for the ISS, approximately 250 schools, 800 health clinics and 20..

NBN vital for improved regional telecommunications, says independent committee


Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has today released the 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Review Committee report. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee was established in 2005 and regularly examines telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote Australia. The review found that: There is a "ge..