Securing Digital Dividend spectrum for the wireless industry is a key priority for the new chair of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.
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Unified communications has reduced costs and employee travel for the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, among other benefits, according to the office’s CIO, David Schneider.
CIOs should prepare for higher costs with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), IDC analyst Tim Dillon said at the CIO Summit in Sydney. Dillon also spoke about “creeping uncertainty” affecting CIOs’ business outlooks.
Australia will start assigning “05” phone numbers to mobile users in an effort to avoid number exhaustion, the Australian Communications and Media Authority said. The ACMA revised the <I>Telecommunications Number Plan 1977</I> to implement that and two other changes [[artnid: 410749|proposed earlier this year]].
Qantas has launched social-flavoured vacation booking website Hooroo using the cloud and open-source software.
Commonwealth Bank is betting that an EFTPOS terminal that looks like a tablet will give it the edge over competitors. The bank just announced Pi, a smart point-of-sale payment platform embracing modern touch-screen technology and apps.
Cordys opened its first Australian office in Melbourne, the business process specialist said. The company appointed Steve Thomas to direct Australia-New Zealand operations.
Optus will do the work of making a website for small and medium businesses with My SiteOnline, the first in a suite of planned SMB services called My BizOnline.
The Family Court of Australia wants to replace ageing network equipment nationally, and build and fit a new design, according to a tender published 13 July.
Bill shock will perpetuate even with SMS usage warnings required by the revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) code, said WhistleOut director Cameron Craig. Carriers should instead let customer place a “hard stop” on their phone accounts when they reach limits, he said.
Qantas and Telstra hope to reduce airplane paper by giving iPads to pilots. The companies have been working to secure approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and hope to distribute the first iPads in September, according to Telstra and CASA.
Telstra agreed to sell its New Zealand business TelstraClear to Vodafone NZ for A$660 million. The deal could be a precursor to a later Telstra takeover of Telecom New Zealand, analysts said.
InMobi reported 34 per cent growth in tablet impressions on its Australian mobile advertising network in the last three months. New Zealand experienced a 78 per cent growth in tablet impressions the second quarter, it said.
Telcos said they’re already complying with many of the requirements of the revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) code.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has said it will enforce an industry code to prevent telephone and broadband bill shock. However, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has said the ACMA lacks adequate power to keep telcos honest.