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The Government's Smart Cities Plan For Australia: Uber, Driverless Cars, And Clean Energy

The Turnbull government’s newly announced Smart Cities Plan name-checks the “sharing economy” and hints at a vision of the future where Australia’s major cities are dragging kicking and screaming into the 21st century with ride-sharing services like Uber and GoGet, the proliferation of autonomous vehicles and buildings that use energy more efficiently.


Australians Should Be Allowed To Circumvent Geoblocking: Productivity Commission

Australian consumers should be allowed to use technologies like VPNs and proxies to defeat the efforts of companies like Netflix and HBO that stop them from accessing digital content libraries from other countries. That’s the thrust of a Productivity Commission draft report into overhauling Australia’s existing copyright laws that has just been released.


France Will Build Australia's $50 Billion Submarine Fleet

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce that France’s DCNS Group has won the competitive tender process to build Australia’s next fleet of submarines, the replacement for the locally-built diesel-powered Collins class. The nuclear-powered DCNS Barracuda will reportedly be adapted to use conventional power sources, beating out competing designs from Japan and Germany.


Turnbull's $230M Cyber Security Strategy: Four Industry Experts Respond

Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull served up a $230 million Cyber Security Defence Strategy to bolster our protection against cybercriminals and nation state hacking attempts. How did the IT security industry feel about the plan? Is $230 million even enough? Read on to find out.


NSW Wants To Replace Learner Driver Logbooks With An App

The appification of our nation’s governments continues. Digital driver’s licences are on the horizon in Australia, but NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay wants learner drivers to take the first step. He’s flagged a change to the long-running and much-hated logbook system for keeping track of learner drivers’ hours, replacing it with an app.



NBN Gives Telstra $1.6B To Upgrade Australia's HFC Cable Network

Telstra and nbn have signed a contract to build out and speed up the telco’s existing hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable internet network, bringing it up to current standards to “deliver nbn™ broadband capability” to customers that will be moved onto it as part of the current government’s multi-technology mix National Broadband Network. The deal is worth a massive $1.6 billion for Telstra, and will run until the NBN build is complete in 2020.


New Relaxed Drone Regulations Will Help The Industry Take Off

The Australian drone industry is set for a shake up following the announcement of a long-awaited relaxation of regulations on their operation.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) says the amended regulations will come into effect in late September 2016, and with them comes the introduction of new categories of what are known as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).


Waleed Aly Is Right About The NBN

Opinion: The government’s NBN roll-out is running behind schedule. At least, that’s according to leaked documents quoted by The Project and Waleed Aly, in last night’s “Something We Need To Talk About” segment. Who to blame? Tony Abbott, Aly says, and “the guy who he says invented the internet”, Malcolm Turnbull.

Waleed Aly is right, inasmuch as he’s saying that the NBN — in whatever form it has taken since the Rudd government created NBN Co — has always been just as much about politics as it has been about connecting Australia to the world with universal high-speed broadband wherever possible.


What Is FTTdp?

The five-letter acronym on every telco nerd’s mind at the moment — FTTdp — stands for fibre to the distribution point. Sitting somewhere in between fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the premises (FTTP or FTTH) in speed, cost and complexity, it’s a new potential technology that may feature heavily in the future of the NBN. It promises to be cheaper than FTTP, faster than FTTN and equally quick to roll out.


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