The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a discussion paper inviting comment on draft documents relating to Telstra's establishment of an Independent Telecommunications Adjudicator (ITA).

"The confidence of Telstra's wholesale customers in the ITA will be important to ensure the success of Telstra's interim equivalence and transparency commitments and its obligations under the migration plan," ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.

The Victorian Government has hit out at the recently announced 3-year rollout plan of the National Broadband Network (NBN), saying that the state has been duded.

The Federal Government has announced the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) as the second organisation endorsed to deliver services under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.


“The Scheme will provide Australian households and small businesses with access to free collection and recycling services for televisions, computers, printers and computer products – boosting the recycling rates for those products and providing a long-term solution to television and computer waste,” Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability Senator Don Farrell said.


“As the administrator of an approved co-regulatory arrangement ANZRP is able to sign up television and computer manufacturers and importers, and collect and recycle products on their behalf.
“ANZRP’s approval follows that of DHL Supply Chain, which was announced on 6 March.”


Further announcements of successful applicants are expected shortly. Collections under the new scheme are on track to commence in mid 2012, with access to services expanding across Australia by the end of 2013.



ANZRP will be required to achieve annual targets for recycling computers and televisions, starting with a 30 per cent recycling rate in the 2012-13 years, rising to 80 per cent by 2020-21.



The Federal Government has announced a National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout plan that will see the service delivered, or in the process of delivery, in the next three years.

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has welcomed the final stage of the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) that is expected to generate up to 800 jobs.

Canadian HR software giant Halogen has opened its first office in Sydney to meet growing demand for its services in the Asia Pacific market.

The Federal Government has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei for fear that it could compromise national security.

The Federal Government has passed the universal service reform legislation through the Senate, which the Government hopes will ensure the ongoing delivery of key telecommunication consumer safeguards during and after the rollout of the NBN.

Telstra has announced that its infrastructure-as-a-service cloud has met all requirements to receive accreditation from Cisco as part of their World Wide Cloud Partner Program.

Telstra has announced Australia’s first 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi service after it showcased the battery-powered Telstra Mobile Wi-Fi 4G and the Bigpond Mobile Wi-Fi 4G.

Vodafone has announced the appointment of Bill Morrow as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer of the Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) joint venture.

The Australia Japan Cable company has announced it has selected Ciena to conduct its 40G upgrade that will add a further 560 Gbps of capacity to its 12,700km network between Australia, Guam and Japan.

Data centre operator NEXTDC has announced it will construct what will become the country’s largest private-owned rooftop photovoltaic solar system at its Port Melbourne data centre, known as “M1”

Global consultancy firm Analysis Mason has released the findings of its report into the National Broadband Network, praising the $36 billion project for anticipating an expected massive spike in data demand in the coming decades.

The Victorian Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips Government has launched the government’s new $11 million Digital Futures Fund.

Interactive, a systems availability provider, plans to build a new IT facility alongside its existing high-tech facility in Port Melbourne.


Interactive provides products and services for cloud computing, data centre operations, disaster recovery and hardware maintenance as well as managed services to more than 1,900 businesses, including BMW Australia Ltd, Austar, Bluestone, Lonely Planet and Flight Centre.


Interactive managing director Chris Ride said the new facility would enable Interactive to expand on its world-class cloud service delivery to local and multi-national organisations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, while sustaining employment for Victorians in the technology industry.


"With significant growth in recent years, this new high technology facility will allow Interactive to provide the highest quality availability services to local businesses at competitive prices," Mr Ride said.


Interactive currently has more than 350 employees Australia-wide.

Research conducted by the University of Sydney’s Business School has found that executives are increasingly relying on a multitude of smart technology to assist them in their daily work.

 Victorian company Geomatic Technologies (GT) has secured a contract with NBN Co to deliver a defect-management solution as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Optus’ parent company SingTel has announced a ‘bold organisation’ restructuring in an attempt to capture emerging opportunities.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released its long anticipated Content Regulation and Convergent Media report into content censorship in Australia.

The Report of the Independent Media Inquiry has recommended the establishment of a statutory News Media Council that would set journalistic standards and handle complaints for news reporting on all media, including online.

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