Stories by James Hutchinson

NBN Co aims to solve the activation blame game

If all goes to plan with the National Broadband Network, internet service providers may no longer be able to use the age-old excuse of "It's Telstra's fault!" for activation delays. According to NBN Co’s industry integration manager, an uncomplicated activation should take no longer than five minutes.

Internode deploys multicast to national Agile network

Adelaide-based internet service provider Internode has completed a national deployment of multicasting architecture on its Agile DSLAM network, allowing it to officially launch FetchTV internet protocol television (IPTV) services since first partnering with the company last year.

Metronode starts data centres in Melbourne, Perth

Leighton Holdings (ASX:LEI) subsidiary Metronode has ramped up plans to more than double its data centre technical floorspace across Australian capital cities, with construction due to commence on Melbourne and Perth facilities next week.

Leighton spins off submarine project, signs Alcatel-Lucent

Leighton Contractors (ASX:LEI) has pushed forward with plans to build a new submarine cable link between Perth and Singapore, with plans to have the cable operational and feeding up to 16 terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity by 2013.

Defence to trial next gen desktops

The Department of Defence will pilot its next-generation desktop projects in coming months, after receiving “first pass approval” from the Government for the project, six months after initial plans to go to tender.

NT makes first e-health contributions

The Northern Territory has allocated $6.6 million toward telehealth services at 17 remote towns in the territory, marking its first financial contribution since the initiative was announced a year ago.

NBN Co confirms Optus, IPSTAR satellite contracts

National Broadband Network (NBN) wholesaler NBN Co has awarded satellite operators Optus and IPSTAR contracts worth a total $300 million for managed satellite services to three per cent of Australian premises, confirming industry speculation surrounding the service.

IPSTAR joins NBN interim satellite talks

Australian satellite operator IPSTAR is likely to become one of several sub-contractors to Optus under a deal to provide interim satellite services under the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Ninefold reports hundreds of Cloud customers

Macquarie Telecom’s move into self-managed Cloud computing services has paid off, with Ninefold reporting hundreds of customers signing up to the service in the first four months.

Vodafone complaints still a problem: TIO

Complaints about Vodafone’s mobile network have doubled in the first three months of 2011 as customers struggled to deal with continued dropouts and signal issues, according to the telco industry ombudsman.

EA buys Melbourne-based Firemint

International publisher, EA Games, has announced the acquisition of Melbourne-based iOS developer Firemint for an undisclosed sum.