Archived News for IT Professionals - September, 2012
Vodafone has announced it has switched on its 3G+ service in the countries major capital cities, forming a major part of the company’s planned roll out of its 4G LTE service in 2013.
The Gold Coast City Council Governance and Finance Committee has recommended that Council approve a scaled back ICT program, following a blowout in its cost from an initial $40 million to over $100 million.
NBN Co has withdrawn the Special Access Undertaking that it lodged with the ACCC last year, removing the need for the ACCC to make a decision on the undertaking by 17 September 2012.
The University of Tasmania has been awarded two projects worth more than $2 million to establish new computing and modelling facilities that will revolutionise the capability of scientists to undertake computational studies.
Southern Cross Computer Systems has opened a new $6 million office and innovation laboratory established in Melbourne that will create 60 new jobs over the next three years.
Five out of every six Australians are now online and regard the internet as a central part of their lives – but people who don’t have access are at a deepening disadvantage as the digital gap widens, researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation have warned.
KPMG has released its Technology Innovation Survey, identifying disruptive technologies in consumer and enterprise markets over the next four years and highlighting leading innovation markets and innovation management trends in the technology industry.
Preliminary results for the FTTx, DSL and CMTS markets show a mix of growth and declines in 2Q12 as multiple transitions in fixed access technologies and products continued, according to telecoms analyst Ovum.
Federal Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Nicola Roxon and Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan have announced an agreement with Vodafone Hutchison Australia to provide location-based emergency warnings during disasters.
The Victorian Government has announced two new policies, the DataVic Access and Intellectual Property policies, that will enable unprecedented access to the state's data.
Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips, who announced the new policies at the 8th Annual Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards, said that Victorian Government data was one of the state's most important public assets.
"Each year the Victorian Coalition Government invests millions of dollars in producing and acquiring high-quality data about our state", Mr Rich-Phillips said.
"Giving recurrent and reliable access to this data is a long overdue stimulus that Victorian businesses and the community will be able to finally harness in developing innovative applications that create new services or improve existing ones.
"These new, comprehensive policies place Victoria at the head of the pack in Australia on mandating access to state government data.
"In driving the release of useable, high-quality data, these new policies will stimulate significant innovation and economic activity, creating a platform on which to develop new technologies, new services and ultimately, new jobs."
"Under the Victorian Coalition Government's DataVic Access and IP Policies, it will be significantly easier to identify Victorian Government data and to access it, in most cases, at no cost," Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Mr Rich-Phillips said access to certain types of data would be restricted on the grounds of privacy, public safety, security and law enforcement, public health, pre-existing contractual arrangements or to comply with other laws.
Data will be available to users online through the re-developed Victorian Government data directory at www.data.vic.gov.au
Research released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) confirms that Australian Government agencies are moving closer to an open access and proactive disclosure culture.
Cloud service provider, Rackspace Hosting has announced it will open its new data centre in Sydney, creating an expected 50 jobs in Western Sydney over the next three years.
“In the second quarter of 2012, we saw the number of ICT contractor placements increase. However we also saw a trend towards shorter contract durations of 1-3 months, which we believe may be a strategic move in response to prospective cost cutting,” she said.